Saturday, April 29, 2017

Card #40 - Dave Parker

The Card
Here we have one of the more iconic cards in the set...THE COBRA!  Helmet tilted back, bat on shoulder, leaning on the batting cage during BP, this dude knew he was THE MAN.

The Story
I couldn't find this one at my local card shop, so it was part of my first ever order from COMC.

The Price
I payed a cool $1.00, plus the S/H.

The Condition
It's a little rough around the edges with some corner dings.  I would say, as I've seen with some of the 1982's, it isn't the clearest print quality either.  For some reason you can  have two cards of the same player in the 1982 set and you'll swear you're looking at two different versions even though they're supposed to be the same.

The Verdict
I feel like Parker's popularity is retroactively growing.  His drug issues and suspensions blurred the fact this dude was one of the best hitter's in MLB history.  My prayers go out to him as he bravely fights Parkinson's.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Card #39 - Lou Whitaker

The Card
I LOVE this card.  Not only does Whitaker look like a complete bad-@$$...he signed his name "Sweet Lou"!  Are you kidding me!?!?  That's awesome.

I had the fortune of seeing Whitaker play in Tigers Stadium a couple of times near the end of his career.  I'm a better person for it.

The Story
You know I live in Texas, because if I was still back in Michigan there's no way this beauty would have been trapped in a common's box at my local shop.  This would be in the glass case.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
The card is in wonderful condition though it is off-center.

The Verdict
This is one of my favorites in the set.  That's why it's included in the blog background.

On a side note, sorry for the sporadic posts lately.  I'm coaching my daughter's soccer team right now and that's been dominating my free time...

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Card #38 - Charlie Lea

The Card
Here's a smart looking card for the late, great, Charlie Lea, a  Montreal legend and a fine pitcher.

You have to love this card, Lea appears to be warming up pregame along the third base line.  In the distance you see the old Candlestick scoreboard advertising the game's start time.  If my detective work is accurate, this is probably from the game on May 16, 1981.  Lea pitched a four hit shutout.  But that was actually a bit of a letdown compared to his previous outing.  On May 10, 1981, he no-hit that same Giants team, but in Montreal for that battle.

The Story
Another common's box rescue effort.

The Price
$0.15

The Condition
I can't find a thing wrong with it.

The Verdict
This card must induce nightmares anytime a Giant from the 1981 team sees it!