His seven month tenure in Baltimore is often lost in the shuffle when it comes to his trading cards, but recently Gavin (Baseball Card Breakdown) sent The Commish (The Five Tool Collector) a pair of customs, including a sweet 1976 Hostess card of Mr. October featured in Orange and Black. If you haven't seen it yet, click here. Gavin's customs are some of the finest around.
1976 Hostess #146
But the card that really caught my attention was the original 1976 Hostess Reggie Jackson The Commish used as a comparison.
It features Reggie in Green and Gold posing in front of the left field bleachers at the Coliseum twenty years prior to Mount Davis being constructed.
Everything about this card reminds me of my childhood. White pullover jerseys with a giant, yellow A's patch on the player's left chest. The pre-updated Oakland Coliseum with grass above the bleachers. Hostess cupcakes. And baseball cards on the bottom of boxes.
As soon as I left a comment on his blog, I headed over to eBay and found this:
The seller had it listed for $4.99 (+ $2.99 shipping). I went back and forth for a minute or two on whether or not to purchase it, but I decided to man up and buy it. Decision #1 out of the way.
The panel is far from perfect. It has a large crease running through Yeager's head and smells more like cigarette smoke than cupcakes. No biggie... I've stumbled across this problem before and it's nothing a little fresh air can't solve.
It gives me time to ponder Decision #2:
Do I cut out the Jackson or keep the strip intact?
We all know that Carmen is all about the strip. The question is...
What would you do?
Happy Hump Day and sayonara!