Sunday, January 10, 2021

Sunday Edition - 2021 Collecting Goals


2021 Collecting Goals

I've set the bar the pretty low for myself this year, at least in regards of trying to complete the collecting "goals," I set out for myself.  Looking back at last years post and the "goals" I listed, I didn't do very well.  I'd go ahead and grade my effort as an "F."  I did acquire a lot more Wallach cards in 2020, but fewer than I did in 2019.  I also laid out three distinct things I wanted to get done with my Wallach cards and didn't manage to make a real effort at any of the three.

As far as the set building goals I set for myself in 2020, that was slightly more successful than my Wallach "goals," but not by much, I think I'd generously give myself a "C-."  I did finish a few modern sets from 2008 to present, including 2008 and 2020 (albeit 2020 by the factory set route), but I didn't finish off a single "vintage" set.  I made some huge progress on 1972 Topps, and put some dents in the other 70's Topps sets I've yet to complete, but didn't actually finish a single one.

The final area of "goals" is my "Top 10" list of single cards I want.  This used to dominate my attention prior to getting hooked on set building, but has gradually grown less important me each year as I've become more obsessed with vintage set building.  I'll give my effort in 2020 a "D+."  The 1962 Topps Joe Pepitone "Rookie Parade" was the only card on my Top 10 list that I acquired (Pepitone was listed at #4) and I didn't pick it up until around November.  I did pick up a decent number of other nice cards, including a '64 Topps Pete Rose, a '54 Bowman Whitey Ford, and '58 Topps Orlando Cepeda, but they weren't on my list (though the Rose probably should have been).

My expectations for 2021 are low.  For a number of reasons.  So I'm setting some more modest goals for myself than in previous years.  Here's a look at what I'm hoping to get done:

1. Acquire More Tim Wallach's

Once again this will be my primary collecting objective.  I currently sit at just under 27,000 cards in my collection.  Each of the last two years have seen me acquire over 2,000 Wallach cards.  If can match that in 2021 that'll push the total to over 29,000, which is a very significant number, as Wallach wore #29 for nearly his entire career.

Aside from sheer numbers, here's a few things I'd like to do related to the blog this year.  I'm calling them "ideas" rather than "goals":

(1) Ten Year Anniversary Post - February 11 will mark the ten year anniversary of this blog.  For the occasion I'd like to take it deep dive into some of the statistics and maybe even post a few charts.  I'm not sure how deep, as I'm sure it'll require a massive amount of time, but it's an idea for now.

(2) Bring one card to extinction - I've talked about this idea for several years now and have never really made a serious effort to complete it.  The gist is simple, focus on one card, likely one from 1983-86, and try to buy it out online.  The issue I always run into is that when I start loading up an online shopping cart, as the dollar number in cost grows, I'm left thinking about all the vintage set needs I could buy instead.  So far the vintage needs are undefeated against 200 copies of an '85 Fleer from 40 different sellers.  

(3) Variations - At some point I want to post on all the variations, however slight, that exists on Wallach cards.  Be it paint splatter patterns on '90 Donruss, or glow in the dark '91 Topps, I want to create a reference page for all them, as most of them apply to every card in the sets and I feel like people may be able to use it for their own collecting needs.

2. Continue to Complete Sets

I went he factory set route with 2020 Topps last year.  That was my plan from the moment I saw the initial design on Twitter.  Since 2016, I've gone the Factory Set route three and half times (in 2019 I completed series 1 by pack purchase and bought a complete series 2).  It's what I do when I think the design is ugly, and there has been no shortage of heinous designs the last few years (2018 being the exception)  Usually it's a lot easier and a lot cheaper.  This past year was problematic.  I sort of live under a rock in my little obscure corner of the collecting universe and was patiently waiting for factory sets to be released, completely oblivious to the fact that baseball card collecting was having something of a revival.  I was more than a little shocked to find I couldn't even get my hands on a Factory Set.  Most years my issue is whether I wait for my Target to start slapping clearance stickers on them before I buy, or if I just splurge and pay regular price right away.  What I ended up doing this year was buying one on eBay that had already been opened and had the stupid little gimmick pack of inserts removed.  It ended up being pretty cheap and I would happily do it again.  If only there was a safe way to buy cereal at a reduced price after people take out the toys inside Frosted Flakes.  Here's a look at my more modest goals for 2021:

i. 1972 Topps: I've knocked off 84 of the 130 6th series high number cards in this set.  That may not sound like I'm all that close to some people, but I feel like I'm on the cusp of taking this set down.  There are still a few lingering 4th series cards I need, and a good number of 5th series (which aren't exactly cheap either), but I'm on the home stretch.  If I can complete 1972 Topps in 2021, I'll call the year a success.   Here's a link to what I need in '72 Topps (and every other set I'm working on). 

While 1972 Topps is the only set I'm specially listing as a "goal" to complete, I would like to make some progress on a few others.  If I happen to complete one of these, it wouldn't shock me.

ii. 1953 Topps: I I few years ago I picked up a 1952 Topps Willie Mays. It was a significant collecting moment for me, beyond just fact it was the card coveted more than any other as a kid.  It was also the last card I needed to complete the first five series of the '52 set, cards #1-310.  Since then I've been slowly working on the '53 set.  By chance I have lucked into most of the high dollar cards in the '53 set, including the Mantle.  Willie Mays still needs to be dealt with, but I already feel like I'm working downhill to complete this set sometime in the next couple of years.

iii. Single Series'd 1970 Topps sets:  I've yet to finish 1974, 1976 and 1977 Topps.  I need less than 30 cards in each of them to finish them off, but for a number of less than great reasons, I have yet to do so.  The truth is, it's just more fun to direct my hobby budget towards 1971-73 at the moment.

iv. 1971 Topps: I won't be making any concentrated effort at this set until after I finish the 1972 effort.  But that doesn't mean I can try to give myself a little bit of a head start here and there with the occasional '71 pickup.  The same applies to 1973 Topps, though that is farther down the priority list.

v. 1975 Topps Mini: I came into a large number of these a few years back and have been slowly been adding to them since then.  I still need about a 180 cards (give or take) to finish the set, including Gary Carter and Robin Yount, but sooner or later this set will be near the top of this list.

vi. Modern Topps: Working on the modern Topps sets feels more like a chore than a hobby, but it's something I still feel compelled to do none the less.  I actually finished off 2008, 2009, 2015, and 2018 last year, and none of it felt like cause for celebration.  Just a sense of relief.  If I finish 2012, '13, and '14, I'll have a complete run of sets from 2008 (the year I started collecting again after about 15 years off) to present.  

vii. 1988-89 Fleer Basketball: I'm working on all three of the Fleer sets from 1986-89, but Michel Jordan is causing problems for me in the first two sets.  So while I search for a Jordan that is in sufficiently terrible condition to put it in my price range for the first two sets, I'd like to go ahead and finish off this one.  The Jordan is already in hand too.

3. Single Cards

Due to the growing size of the list above, I haven't focused on singles the way I used to.  I've decided to make some changes to this list as a result.  There a few cards that have sat on it for several years now that I've never really felt compelled to pursue, which tells me, maybe I don't really want them that much.  In any event, it's being overhauled with at least an eye towards my set building needs.

2020 Most Wanted Cards
(images from random eBay listings)

i. 1953 Topps Willie Mays: For the second year in a row this card is number one on this list.  Five years ago or so, I thought, not entirely unrealistically either, that I may be able to get a well worn copy for under a $100.  Currently, anything less than $500 for even a horribly beat up copy would have to be considered a steal.  For that reason, this card may be number 1 on this list again next year.

ii.  1987-88 Fleer Michael Jordan:  Like the Mays, this card remains in the same spot it was in last year, and is a card I have watched go up in price exponentially.  Less than mint copies routinely sold in the $35-50 range a few years ago.  It's about 5x that figure now.  

iii.  1972 Toops Ben Oglivie, Ron Cey, and Bernie Williams:  This is most expensive card remaining on my '72 need list. Sometimes there are high number cards that sell for ugly looking numbers that just don't make much sense to me, and on paper, this was one of them.  However, after seeing it repeatedly in eBay listings the last few years, I'm starting to get it.  It's a a nice looking card featuring two players that had really phenomenal, albeit not Hall of Fame, careers in Oglivie and Cey.  This card has gone from an annoyance to me, to one I actually really want to own, for reasons that go beyond just wanting to complete the set.

iv.  1986-87 Fleer Larry Bird:  I don't like the Boston Celtics.  I don't particularly like Larry Bird (as someone to root for, by all accounts he seems to be a fine person off the court).  But I currently sit two cards away from completing this set (plus some stickers that I'm not too concerned with), and this is one of them.  You can probably guess the other, but I'm not in a mental state to spend $1,000 plus on a piece of mass produced junk wax from the 1980's, which is to say I'm not crazy.  I will however end up over paying for this Bird.  I currently have a very nice looking counterfeit copy of the sneaker king in my binder, and once I add this Bird I'll more or less consider the set "complete" for now.

v. 1971 Topps Nolan Ryan:  I'm far from what you would call a Nolan Ryan fan.  But there's something about cards of him in a Mets uniform that I really like.  His 1970 Topps was far and away the most difficult card for me to acquire when I finished that set.  After my expierence with it, I made a point to start tracking his other cards in 1970's Topps sets.  I figured I may as well get a head start on them.  This is the last one I need to complete the run of 70's Ryan, one of him in a Mets Uniform, has an awesome RC Cola sign in the background, and is a set need.  That warrants it's placement at #5 on this list.

vi. 1963 Topps Pete Rose:  I've wanted this card since I was about five years old, following Rose's assault on Ty Cobb's record.  It should probably be higher on this list, but the reality is that it just isn't a priority right now, even if it's place in my subconscious warrants it.  This is sort of "The" baseball card in my mind and I suspect the minds of a lot of other collector's my age.  If I were pressed on a Mt. Rushmore of baseball cards for my demographic, I'd probably point to this card, the '68 Ryan, the '84 Donruss Matttingly, and probably '86 Donruss Canseco.  Feel free to disagree, it won't hurt my feelings.

vii. 1967 Topps Rod Carew:  The bulk of Rod Carew's career was played before I was born, but he's always been one of my favorites.  I'd probably point to his '85 Topps card as the genesis of Carew fandom.  It was an awesome card, and even before flipping it over to see the mind blowing batting numbers on the back, I could tell even at my young age that the player pictured was a bad ass.


viii. 1971 Topps Lew Alcindor:  This isn't Kareem's rookie card, it's actually is third Topps card.  It is however the first standard sized card of the NBA's All-Time leading scorer.  This could also be a set I decide to finish one day as I have a good head start on it already.  Even if I don't ever take a stab at the set, I would love to have this card in my collection.

ix. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky:  I more than dabble in hockey cards, and have slowly built up what I consider a half-way respectable collection of NHL cardboard.  This Gretzky would obviously be a crown jewel.  While I have no minimum standards for condition, I am stubborn when it comes to OPC vs Topps.  I want the OPC.  I wouldn't mind owning a Topps, but it wouldn't crack this list if it were 50 cards long.

x.(a) 2002-03 Upper Deck Henrik Zetterberg: This card was #10 on this list last year as well.  Hank's been out of the league for a few years now, his Hall of Fame chances don't look too strong, the Red Wings are a dumpster fire, and yet this card continues to demand crazy amounts of money on the rare occasion one shows up for sale.  The only one available on eBay at the moment is listed at $550.  I don't get it.  

x.(b) 2003-04 Topps Carmelo Anthony: I'm sure a few of the regular readers of this blog already know this, but The Syracuse Orangemen are my team.  I do have professional sports teams  across the leagues that I root for to varying degrees, I am very much a Yankees fan, I like the Buffalo Bills, came to enjoy following the Detroit Red Wings during my law school days in Michigan and would rather see the Knicks win than lose.  But at the end of the day, Syracuse Basketball is the only rooting interest that truly matters to me (to an unhealthy extent if I'm being honest), and maybe Syracuse Football to a much lesser degree.  Over the years I've hoarded Lawrence Moten and John Wallace cards the way I do Wallach cards (I just don't blog about it and on a much smaller scale).  I have a binder of nothing but former Orangemen, from Dave Bing, to Rony Seikaly to Jonny Flynn and everyone in between and after.  Yet somehow I've never bothered to pick up Carmelo's rookie card.  It's an oversight I need to correct.

So that's a wrap for my goals this year.  Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you with your 2020 collecting goals.

Friday, January 1, 2021

2020 Year in Review

2020 Year in Review

It finally happened.  For the first time since 1995 (should be 1997, but that's a gripe for another day), a Wallach once again appeared in the Topps base set.  Chad Wallach, the youngest of Tim's three sons, was featured on card #658 of Series 2 Topps this year.  While I'm obviously quite pleased to see Chad featured in this year's set, I'm still compelled to complain that it didn't happen three years ago.  Chad made his MLB debut in 2017 with the Reds.  Given that his debut was so late in the year, I don't fault Topps for not including him in the 2017 Update set, but he certainly should have been included in the 2018 base set.  It's not like there was reason to believe he wasn't going to be on an MLB roster during the 2018 season, as Chad not only made the Marlins roster coming out of Spring Training in 2018, he was the opening day starter.  Traditionally I feel like the kids of long time Major Leaguers get shoe horned into Topps sets at the earliest opportunity (or maybe I'm just biased by my fascination as a kid with the '85 Topps father/sons subset), but Wallach was made to wait until he was playing in his 4th MLB season before Topps could be bothered to include him.  Better late than never.

The other Wallach kids did appear on minor league cards during their careers, but never made it to the majors or into a Topps set.  The oldest, Matt Wallach, made it to Triple-A in the Dodger organization as a catcher, playing for the Albuquerque Isotopes.  I actually saw him play a few times in Albuquerque as well as with the Dodgers in Spring Training.  Unfortunately he never got the call up.  Brett Wallach was a 3rd rd draft pick as a pitcher, and was featured on a lot of cards before having his career come to a premature end due to an arm injury.  Prior to Chad's card above, Brett's inclusion in the 2010 Topps Pro-Debut set was the closest a one of Wallach's sons had come to being on a "real" card.  

Chad Wallach had an abrevieated, albeit, shortened 2020 season appearing in 15 games for the Marlins.  However, he ended up winning the starting job at the end of the year and starting all five of the Marlins Playoff games.  Hopefully 2021 will see another Chad Wallach card in the base set, and few more chances to make a mark in the Majors for the youngest Wallach.

2020 wasn't all about Chad Wallach's Topps card for me.  I also added a few thousand more Tim Wallach cards to my collection.  A couple of big mile stones were hit, including the 1987 Topps card becoming the just the second card I have to it the 1,000 copies mark (1982 Topps is the other), and 1988 Donruss becoming the third to hit 900 copies.  Here's a more detailed look at the 2020 baseball card numbers:

Current cards in the Collection: 26,914
Cards acquired in 2020: 2,091
Collection grew by: 8.4%

Top Fifteen Most Abundant Cards in the Collection


1. 1982 Topps .................................. 1,233     
2. 1987 Topps ...................................1,024     
3. 1988 Donruss ................................. 976
4. 1989 Topps ..................................... 851
5. 1988 Topps All-Star ....................... 823
6. 1988 Topps ..................................... 796
7. 1986 Topps All-Star ....................... 709
8. 1990 Topps ..................................... 617
9. 1990 Donruss ................................. 533
10. 1989 Donruss ............................... 513
11. 1990 Fleer ..................................... 488
12. 1987 Donruss ............................... 468
13. 1982 Fleer ..................................... 456
14. 1989 Fleer ..................................... 443
15. 1986 Topps ................................... 440

The only change in the Top 10 was at the ten spot, with 1989 Donruss bumping 1990 Fleer down to 11.  The last few years I've only listed the Top 10 but am charting it out to 15 this year for a change.  As the collection as grown, and the field has started to spread out a little, it makes more sense to me to list more cards.  It was back in 2015 that I first posted one of these list for most abundant cards and on that list, 273 copies was enough to crack the Top 10.  Today 273 copies would put a card at #30 on my list, just between 1991 Score (271) and 1991 Upper Deck (288).  Needless to say, I've picked up a lot of new cards in the last six years.  

It's interesting to me, that even extended out to fifteen, the list is still monopolized by Topps, Donruss, and Fleer, and the most recent card is 1990.  I'd have to list cards out to #19 for another brand to show up (1990 Score x357).  

Top 10 most added cards in 2017

1. 1987 Indiana Blue Sox .............. 325
2. 1989 Donruss .............................. 85
3. 1988 Donruss .............................. 83
4. 1982 Fleer .................................... 74
5. (tie) 1990 Donruss ....................... 64
5. (tie) 1987 Topps  .......................... 64
7. 1990 Topps  .................................. 63
8. 1988 Topps AS ............................. 60
9. 1989 Upper Deck .......................... 58
10. 1988 Topps      ............................ 51

I no doubt expect the '87 Indiana Blue Sox card to be an anomaly and not make many more appearances on this list in future Year in Review post.  This year, one generous reader somehow had 325 copies of the card lying around and sent them my way, increasing my total from 1 copy, to 326 copies.  The rest of the cards in this list are more or less in line with what would expect. 

Notable No-Shows, zero acquired (pre-existing amount)

There really doesn't seem to be much rhyme or reason as to which cards will fail to make an appearance in a given year.  Obviously the more obscure cards, or limited inserts, aren't necessirly expected to show up, and that's why I don't point them out here.  There's also a few cards that I have decent number of, like 1984 Nestle x81, that don't show up very often and I just happen to have a large stack of, that I don't really feel the need to point out either.  It's the one's like 1992 Bowman this year, a card I currently have 57 copies of, that managed to go the entire year with out adding a new copy that make me scratch my head.  Other surprise "no-shows" this year included 1995 Fleer Ultra (x51), 1985 Leaf (x45), and 1994 Collector's Choice (x45).  While I can't make heads or tails of what factors may explain why a card doesn't show up in a year, I have noticed that when I mention one on this list, for some reason I usually see a few copies of it show up almost immediately afterwards.

Welcome Back

There were a few cards that showed up this year after some very long hiatus.  The eleven year "no-show" streak for the 1989 Topps Baseball Talk is a little bit misleading.  The reality is it's the first one I've acquired since buying a three pack that included the Wallach in the toy section of a Target way back in 1989.  2011 is just when I put the original post up, and those are the years I use.  Otherwise there'd be no way of tracking all of this.

1st since 2011
1989 Topps Baseball Talk

1st since 2012
1987 Indiana Blue Sox
1990 Panini
1995 Donruss Top of the Order

1st since 2013
1994 Pinnacle Artist Proof
1996 Flair

1st since 2014
1993 Mother's Cookies
1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection

Top 10 cards sent in 2020

Cards sent by strangers, and people I've come to know through this blog remains my favorite aspect of collecting baseball cards.  It never stops being astonishing when an envelope shows up with a couple of Wallach cards inside.  The whole thing is just sort of surreal.  These were the Ten most commonly sent cards in 2020.

1. 1987 Indiana Blue Sox .............. 325
2. 1988 Donruss............................... 67
3. 1990 Donruss............................... 64
4. 1987 Topps .................................. 46
5. 1989 Donruss .............................. 44
6. 1989 Topps .................................. 36
7. 1984 Topps .................................. 31
8. 1991 Upper Deck Checklist ........ 26
9. 1991 Topps ................................... 25
10. 1988 Topps AS ........................... 23 

Top 15 All-Time Most Sent Cards

11987 Indiana Blue Sox ............... 325
2. 1989 Topps .................................. 321
3. 1987 Topps .................................. 304
4. 1988 Topps All-Star .................... 288
5. 1988 Donruss............................... 283
6. 1990 Donruss .............................. 280
7. 1988 Topps .................................. 253
8. 1990 Topps .................................. 249
9. 1989 Donruss............................... 208
10. 1990 Fleer ...……...................…  207
11. 1991 Donruss ............................ 189
12. 1986 Topps ................................ 186
13. 1986 Topps All-Star .................. 176
14. 1991 Donurss MVP ................... 173
15. 1991 Topps ................................ 171

Since I started this blog I have been sent 9,279 cards by readers.  The 15 cards above are the most commonly sent ones.  This list has long been my favorite list that I keep regarding my collection.  I think it's a better reflection on trends that existed within the card industry in the 1980's and early to mid 1990's than the list of my overall collection numbers.  This is a random sampling, while the overall numbers are directly effected by the cards I specifically target, and I am biased towards cards from 1982-85.

 With the anomaly of the 1987 Indiana Blue Sox set aside, every card on this list is a Topps/Donruss/Fleer base card from 1987-1991.  As someone who was a young kid buying cards at grocery stores, gas stations, little league snack bars, card shops, and even the ice cream truck for awhile during those years, nothing about that cluster surprises me.  Baseball cards were literally every where and I'm not sure I knew a kid my age who didn't at least casually collect them.  I really believe if I were to continue this blog for another 20 years, the cards on this list would remain more or less the same.  

2021 will see this blog reach its ten year anniversary.  My hope, is that for the occasion, I'll take a deep dive into my list and put together some charts and graphs.  I'm not sure there will be anything to be learned from them, but I'd like to see what they look like none the less.

As always, a huge thank you, and Happy New Year to anyone who reads this blog from time to time, sent cards last year, or has ever sent cards, I look forward to doing this all again next year.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

West Harlem, New York

These eight cards were sent by Brian and Jenny from 148th Street.  A couple of long time readers, and first time senders, they included a nice mix of mostly powder blue Expos uniform Wallach's.  This will be the last post of 2020, so if you sent me cards recently and haven't seen them yet, I probably didn't receive them yet and they'll be tallied in 2021 totals.

Thanks for the cards Brain and Jenny.

Updated Totals:

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Sunday Edition

Custom Campanella 

This custom Roy Campanella card was sent to my by Cigar Box Cards.  You can follow him on twitter @CardsCigarbox.  He's a good follow, but a must if you're at all a fan of Roy Campanella, George Brett, or cards featuring catchers, of which there is no shortage of good ones.  This particular Campanella is very nicely done, and makes for a cool addition to my little collection.  Thanks for the card.

This is relatively short "Sunday Edition" post, but I do also have one new Wallach to show off.  It's an "Orange" variation of the 2005 Topps Rookie Cup.  It's my 15th copy of this card, leaving a mere 384 more to go before I have them all.

Saturday, December 19, 2020

La Grange, IL

These 20 cards were sent by John of La Grange, Illinois.  Included along with the 20 standard cards was a custom "Johns" Wallach card.  Here's a better look at the front and back of the custom card:

I like the design a lot.  I have no idea what the characters say, but I'm okay with that.  I also recogonize the photo.  It's from Baseball Magazine Vol. 15 No. 3 from June of 1983, here's a link to the post on my copy of that magazine, and shot of the photo inside of it: 

It's not a photo I would have thought would make for a good baseball card, but clearly I was wrong, as it works extremely well on this "Johns" card.  I've received a few custom cards over the years and they've all been great, at some point I plan on doing a post with all of them.

Thanks for the cards John.  

Updated Totals:

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Lutherville Timonium, Maryland

 These 113 cards were sent by Bill of Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland.  Lutherville-Timonium is the "Elderly Woman Behand a Counter in a Small Town," of the places I've received cards from, which is to say it has the longest name, not that Eddie Vedder wrote a song about it.  It was a rather unique lot with nothing before 1987 and the overwhelming majority of the cards being from the 1990's.  Some of the highlights were four '93 Pacific Wallach's, which more than doubled the number in my collection bringing the total to seven, the first '91 Classic to cross my desk in three years, and a couple of 1993 Topps Finest, which is card that I am very rarely sent.  The oddest of the bunch though were five copies of Wallach's 1995 Donruss Top of the Order card.  Those were the first ones I've picked up since 2012, and nearly double the number I had previously had, which was three.  

Thanks for the cards Bill.

Updated Totals:

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

St. Joseph, MI

This pair of Wallach's was sent by Rob of St. Joseph, Michigan.  By my count this is the 5th time Rob has sent me cards going back to 2016.  This envelope included a nice tandem of cards featuring the red batting practice jersey.  I've long wanted to own one of these but have never found one.  The closest I've come is one with no numbers and that is way too small.  MLB did reissue one of these for Tim Raines a few years ago in their "Cooperstown Collection," but so far no #29.

Thanks for the cards Rob.

Updated Totals:

1989 Topps: 848

1991 Upper Deck: 347

Friday, November 27, 2020

Redondo Beach, CA

This card was sent by Austin and A.J. of Redondo Beach, California.  Austin was one of the first people to send me Wallach cards in the early days of this blog nearly a decade ago.  With the addition of this card, he and his son A.J. may have just become the first multi-generational contributors.  I know I've received nice notes from father/son collector duos in the past, but I'm not sure I've ever received cards from the son of a contributor who wasn't born yet when cards were first sent.  So thanks for the card guys, I really enjoyed the note.

Updated Totals:

1992 Studio: 82

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Citrus Heights, CA


This isn't the first time I've received cards in one of these Post Office "oops" packages.  I was a little bit nervous to open the cards but thankfully, they all arrived completely unharmed.  I for one, am a huge fan of our Postal Service.  The fact that I can put a 55¢ stamp on an envelope and have it delivered to the door of a friend or relative on the other side of the country in under a week is nothing short of a modern miracle.  (And here I thought socialized institutions were always abject disasters that would lead to bread lines and having to give away my golf clubs,...besides fire departments, libraries, parks, schools, etc, etc)

Here the 10 cards that were in fact safely delivered by our comrades at the post office.  The card of Wallach in the Dodger home whites is a 1996 Donruss.  I mention that because I had to flip the card over to be sure.  From it's inception in 1981 to about 1993, I can spot and identify a Donruss card and what year it was printed, from across a room.  Then they just went to full mid-90's over slicked, over chromed, over styliezed, junk, and I'm reduced to flipping them over to identify the year.  I'm not sure if I would have continued collecting cards through high school if it had stayed just Topps/Fleer/Donruss (and maybe Score and Sportflics), but the explosion of a 100 different sets certainly didn't help keep my interest.  It just left me confused and alienated.

That said, I'm always happy to add more 1996 Donruss (or '94 or '95, or any of the 50 other sets that have Wallach cards from the era that all look pretty much the same) to the my collection.  And in all fairness, the back of the 1996 Donruss is actually a very nice looking and well designed card back.  These were sent by "Big Shep," who has become a pretty regular contributor.  Thanks for the cards.

Updated Totals: