Vintage Footb…errr…Baseball Card of the Day – 1973 Topps #50 Roberto Clemente

Before I started my Vintage Football Card of the Day posts, I talked with Jason to get his thoughts.  He suggested that I just call it Vintage Card so that I could use other sports.  While it was a fantastic idea, I know that my vintage love is in the football realm and that’s what I’d want to post.  So I went with football.  I grew up an hour south of Pittsburgh and I know how loved he is there, even to this day.

Scrolling through Facebook this morning, I saw a post from Andrew McCutchen’s page mentioning Roberto Clemente.  He also posted the image that I used as the header on this piece.  I only have one Clemente card from his playing days and I made it today’s card of the day.

The image below is my actual copy of the card and I’m very happy that I have it. I picked it up from Baseball Card Exchange in Indianapolis when I still lived there.

I think that anyone reading this at least knows the general story about Clemente’s death.  After a earthquake in Nicaragua, he was on a December 31, 1972 flight that contained relief supplies for victims.  Unfortunately the plane crashed shortly after takeoff.

I’ve actually been thinking back the last couple of weeks about how excited I was at Christmas as a kid in the 80s and 90s because I usually got a box of cards for the next season.  I feel like Donruss and Topps were the first two to release and usually before Christmas.

I don’t know when sets were released in the 1970s.  That’s a little before my time.  Perhaps this card was released before December 31.  Maybe it was released posthumously.  Nonetheless, this would be the last mainstream Clemente card from his playing days.

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1973 Topps #50 Roberto Clemente

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – 1965 Philadelphia #53 Mel Renfro

Pro Football Hall of Famer Mel Renfro was born on this day in 1941.  He spent his entire career with the Dallas Cowboys.  Renfro has just one rookie card, from the 1965 Philadelphia set.

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1965 Philadelphia #53 Mel Renfro

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#TheAndrewShawProject and #Blackhawks #Mailday from COMC

The hockey portion of the COMC order brought me more Andrew Shaw, a Steve Montador and also two cards that, when I bought, I wanted to send as a TTM autograph request.

Not that it’s a surprise, since I believe that I have the best Andrew Shaw collection in existence, but none of these were new for me.  The First Goal card is only my second copy of these.   Over time, sellers have just wanted to much for this card.  I’m not going to throw money away.  Heck, I probably paid too much for this one, but since it’s $3 shipping for all cards from COMC, I feel that I “saved” money buying this way.

LINK: The Andrew Shaw Project (Gallery)

The SP Authentic was my fourth copy.  It’s another one that I feel too many sellers ask too much for and I’ve not picked up many copies.  Compared to what many are asking, I felt $4 was a good deal on this and about as cheap as I would find one.

At this point, I pick up any cheap copy of the Contenders card that I can.  I’m up to 14 and it’s numbered to 999.  Maybe in time, I can get obtain a significant amount of the print run.  While possible that someone out there has more of these than I do, it’s not likely.

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2012-13 O-Pee-Chee Red #422 Steve Montador

When Steve Montador played for the Blackhawks, he was the player that I disliked the most.  I felt that he cost the team more than he provided, in multiple ways.  He was overpaid and his negative on-ice plays far outweighed his positive ones.

As a fan, you never know what battles these athletes may be fighting at the time or in many cases, once their career ends.  After Montador’s  death, I learned of his friendship with Dan Carcillo.  I have passively collected Carcillo cards because even though I didn’t care for his on-ice game, there was just something I liked about him.

After Carcillo’s retirement announcement and learning of his next step in life, I decided to pick up Montador cards that he’s wearing a Blackhawks sweater in.  At the time all I could find were the cards from the 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee set.  I will look later on and see if there are more.  I do want to collect this rainbow as my own little tribute.  Sometimes we all need a reminder that these athletes are human, just like us.

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2005-06 Parkhurst #108 Matthew Barnaby

Matthew Barnaby’s playing career has ended, but he is a show host on the Sirius NHL Network.  I became a big fan of him last season and picked these up to attempt to get a TTM autograph.  However, because of some crappy programming changes that saw some of my favorite personalities leave the air, I don’t even listen to the channel anymore.  Maybe I’ll still send these off, who knows.  I tweeted at Barnaby asking if he’d be willing to sign if I sent them, but got no reply.  He replies to many people, so that rubbed me the wrong way as well.

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – 1963 Fleer #13 Lee Grosscup #Jets

Former NFL player and football broadcaster Lee Grosscup turns 79 years young today.  He played professional football from 1959-66 before a broadcasting career that included 20 seasons as a college football analyst for ABC.

Grosscup has just one football card in the Sports Card Forum database.  Despite the team on the card, he never played for the Jets.  After two years with the Giants, he played with the New York Titans in 1962.  The Titans became the Jets for the 1963 season, but Grosscup wasn’t on the team.

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1963 Fleer #13 Lee Grosscup

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Vintage Football Mailday from COMC

I’m breaking down my COMC mailday into multiple parts.  I’ve already posted my 1955 Topps All American pickups, but these are the rest of the vintage football cards.

I knew that I was about to send off a shipment, so I thought I’d see what cheap vintage I could find to spend most of the rest of my balance on.  I searched by lowest price, so

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1948 Bowman #55 Frank Reagan
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1948 Bowman #55 Frank Reagan (B)

At $1.55, this is the most I spent on any of the four cards in this post.  I actually bought this one earlier and sat on it for awhile.  It was probably the cheapest one available at the time and I just decided to add it.

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1951 Bowman #57 Jon Baker
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1951 Bowman #57 Jon Baker (B)
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1951 Bowman #119 Vic Sears
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1951 Bowman #119 Vic Sears (B)
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1951 Bowman #104 Gail Bruce
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1951 Bowman #104 Gail Bruce (B)

Each of these was just 55 cents.  I know that they aren’t in great shape, but they are a part of history to me.  I look at vintage football cards the way that Mike and Frank look at bicycles, motorcycles, signs and oil cans on American Pickers.  I wish these cards could talk.  I wonder where these cards have been in their 64 years.  How did they get into this shape?  Were they in a 10 year old boy’s jeans pocket for months until he traded them off?  Sadly, I will never know.  It doesn’t take any luster off the cards though.

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Vintage Football Card of the Day – 1958 Topps #90 Sonny Jurgensen #Duke

Recently, the Duke Blue Devils football program has seen some of it’s best success ever.  The ten-win season in 2014 was the first season of double digit wins for the Blue Devils.  They play today in their fourth straight bowl game for the first time ever.  Yes, almost everyone makes a bowl these days.  For a program that recently was one of the laughingstocks of college football, this is a big deal.

Without the greatest football history, who is Duke’s best football player ever?  According to this NFL.com post, it’s Sonny Jurgensen.  That is why this card is the vintage card of the day.  The other options didn’t make the choice too difficult, however.

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1958 Topps #90 Sonny Jurgensen

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The Contest Prize that I’m Gifting

Since it’s Christmas and many are likely guilty of “regifting,” I thought it would be the perfect day to show off my contest win and how I’m gifting it.

One of the more frustrating things in the hobby to me is when people enter contests to win items that they have no intention of keeping.  I’ve seen many that run contests on Twitter gripe about it as well.  Myself, I don’t enter contests unless it’s something that I truly want to add to my personal collection.  I’d rather leave the item and HOPE that someone truly wanting the item wins it.

I’m not going to say it’s shady to enter a contest to win an item that you’re just going to sell.  Okay, I can’t lie, it’s Christmas day.  I am saying that.

However, I entered a Beckett Instagram contest knowing that if I won, I wouldn’t be keeping the item.  I was fortunate enough to win.

The reason I won’t be keeping this is that I am gifting this card.  Not a Christmas gift, just a gift.  My teenage nephew loves sports in general, loves the Cowboys and has some interest in cards.  I told him a few months ago that I’d take him to one of our local card shows, or a shop, but haven’t made it happen yet.  However, I’m certain that he will love this.  I can’t wait to see the look on his face.

Whether we are collectors, dealers or anyone else associated with the hobby, we need to make sure to capture and maintain the interest of the kids.  With ridiculous prices on most of the cards out there, it’s more difficult than ever to get kids, in my opinion.

There are some great card shops like Baseball Card Exchange (Indianapolis) and Nick’s Sports Cards (Dallas) that are absolutely amazing with the kids.  I’ve seen the owners of both shops give kids cards.  Sometimes for no reason and sometimes because the boy, or girl, is just so polite and courteous.

It isn’t just up to shops, it’s up to all of us.  If the kids don’t get interested, the hobby will die.  I’m doing my part with this card.  I hope that you will do yours as well.

It’s about the #collectfam.

Have a great Christmas, y’all!