Friday, September 05, 2014

Delivery (Delayed) Time: An April Package from Jaybarkerfan's Junk!

Back in January of this year, I won a contest over at Jaybarkerfan's Junk.  By April, the prize package had arrived at my house.  Now that it's September, I figured it's about time I post the contents!

The contest was basically a giveaway of a bunch of vintage cards - namely 1979 Topps cards.  I was happy to win the contest since I don't own a lot of the 1979 Topps set - and who knows, thanks to the SEVEN team bags full of 1979 Topps cards, maybe someday I'll actually be able to finish the entire set!

Now, I won't show you scans of all seven bags' worth of cards but I will highlight at least a couple of (new-to-me) cards.  In fact, I decided to pick the most noteworthy card from each of the seven packs...and by noteworthy I mean "I have something to say about this card."

Bob Stinson:

I think Seattle should bring back the trident logo.  It fits with the theme of their team (plus who doesn't love a good reference to the god Neptune)?!

Champ Summers:

I think "Champ Summers" is a perfect name for a baseball player...but not for one who had a .205 career average (with three different teams) over five seasons.  Poor Champ.  According to the card back, Champ got his nickname (real name John) from his father who was an ex-boxer in the Navy.

Steve Garvey:

This is a great looking card and I can only imagine what both Garvey and the catcher are looking at.  Probably a hot blonde in row 3.

Bill Plummer:

One thing that struck me is how many players in the 1979 Topps set were pictured with a big 'ol wad of chew in their mouth.  Could the '79 set hold the record for most instances of chew in a player's mouth?  I'm not sure because I don't do actual research very often for this blog.

Larry Cox:

I don't know what it was about this card that struck me - but I can't help but look at it and think it's a virtually perfect baseball card.  There's a good chance this is my favorite card in the entire stack that Wes sent my way!

Chris Speier:

I don't think Chris would play shortstop with his batting glove on his throwing hand.  That seems like a bad idea...  I also think this photo might have been taken at the local Little League field...look at how few ads dot the back fence (and how low the fence is).  In addition, I wonder of (S?)alle's Steaks and Seafood is still open?

Brewers team:

Finally, we end with everyone's favorite game:  Can you spot the beer keg?

Thanks for hosting the contest Wes - and thanks for all the great cards!  As for anyone else, my stack of envelopes to sort through is almost totally expired which means I'm ready to get back to trading.  Check out my want list and make an offer!

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