30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Seals, Stamps, and Signatures

I've never watched a single California Golden Seals game in my life.  In fact, I know barely anything about them.  Can I name any of their coaches?  Don't be ridiculous.  Their all-time leading scorer?  No way.  What about one player... any player?  Nope.

But that doesn't mean I'm not willing to learn.  I love hockey.  And the Seals are a huge part of Bay Area sports history.  That's why I decided to start collecting their stuff about six months ago.  And thanks to the generous Mr. Hoyle my collection has recently quadrupled in size.

Check out what he sent last week...

1971/72 Topps California Golden Seals

1972/73 Topps California Golden Seals Set

193/74 Topps California Golden Seals Set

1974/75 Topps California Golden Seals Set

But that's not all.  He also sent me this pair of Oakland Athletics:

1969 MLB PhotoStamp #91 and 1974 Topps Stamps #222

Oddballs are cool.  Vintage cards are cooler.  But vintage oddballs are the coolest.

Thanks Mr. Hoyle!  I should have some Red Sox cards in the mail within the next week or so.

Extra Innings

In addition to Mr. Hoyle's package... I also received some cards from Brett over at Card Collectors World Forums.  He contacted me last month and asked if I collect autographs of former San Diego Padres.

Earlier in the week... he sent me these:

Jared Baker was drafted by the Padres in the third round of the 1992 MLB Amateur Draft, but never made it to The Big Show.

On the other hand, Scott Hairston has played eleven seasons in the MLB... four of which were with the Padres.  In fact, his best years were arguably played in San Diego.

He also sent me a handful of San Jose Sharks cards... and this dual memorabilia card:

At first I struggled to figure out how this card fits into my PC.  I'm not a fan of the Canucks or Blackhawks.  Neither are known enforcers.  But upon closer examination... I discovered that the bottom right corner was dinged.  So I'm guessing that this was intended to be my Damaged Card PC's newest addition.

Thanks Brett!

Okay... it's time to get ready for dinner.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!


  1. I need to get me some vintage hockey cards. Nice gets

  2. Watch out for those 71-72s...some of the pix Topps used just grafted a head on someone elses body like Seal Paul Shmyr:


  3. Can I name 1 California Golden Seals player? Yes, Carol Vadinais.

    I only know that because I had a lot of the 1971/72 cards back in the day, and I remember thinking Vadinais looked like Paul McCartney.

    1. Vandals got traded to the Bruins and helped them win a cup

  4. I don't know why, but I find vintage hockey to be twice as cool when there's a defunct team involved... Seals, Barons, Rockies, Scouts, WHA, it's all good.

    I'm thinking that the Golden Seals' all-time leading scorer has that honor more as a technicality than an achievement... SOMEBODY has to have the most.

  5. I love the Seals. I finished the OPC run a few years back but I'm starting into the Topps just so I can do it all again. If the Seals had just been able to keep a few of the good young players they had in abundance, or maybe not trade the Lafleur pick...

  6. I have plenty more old hockey if anybody wants some. Enjoy the seals Fuji.

  7. i like the 71-72 card design. i believe topps is using it in 2014 archives as an insert. i think i will look for some of those.