30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Lucky, Green, and Corned Beef

When I think of St. Patrick's Day, three words come to mind: lucky, green, and corned beef.  Well... I just finished stuffing my face with corned beef earlier in the day and afterwards I went upstairs into my office and opened up a package from Angus over at Dawg Day Cards.

Earlier in the year, I entered a contest for a near complete set of 1995 Comic Images Phil Rizzuto's Baseball: The National Pastime and was the lucky winner.

However before I get to the contest winnings, I figured in the spirit of the holiday, it'd be more appropriate to show off the huge stack of green cardboard he also included.  And when I say green cardboard, I mean Oakland A's baseball cards...

The first thing that stood out this 1991 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics envelope that was laying on top of the cards:

Anyone who has reads my blog on a regular basis knows that these sets were a big part of my childhood and are one of my favorite oddball issues out there.

Underneath the envelope was the compete 28 card set:

Angus lives north of the border, so he has access to O-Pee-Chee baseball cards, which I love almost as much as Mother's Cookies trading cards.  He ended up sending me around thirty cards ranging from the early 70's to the early 90's:

1971 O-Pee-Chee baseball has one of the greatest back designs around.  It blows away their 1971 Topps counterpart.

That 1987 O-Pee-Chee Reggie is sweet!  It's nice to see the Oakland A's logo, instead of the California Angels logo that featured on the Topps version

Speaking of 1987 Topps, he also included this buyback:

Rickey's 1982 Topps card is one of my favorite cards from the 80's.  In fact, I used it for one of my 30 Day Baseball Card Challenge posts last year.

Okay... enough green.  Let's move on to my "lucky" contest winnings.  Here's a look at the partial set I won:

When I read the original post where Angus showed off cards from his box break, the two cards that caught my attention the most were these:

I added the pinup girl card to my cheap cool cards binder, while card #47 was added to my Japanese PC binder.

Thank you Angus for this generous contest package!  You were already on my payback list for the package you sent me earlier in the year.  Now I need to go out and acquire a few more goodies to throw in.

Okay... time to finally give into my food coma and hit the sack.

Happy St. Patrick's Day and sayonara!


  1. Glad you enjoyed the package, and your St. Patrick's Day!

  2. Sweet winnings-I agree the '71 OPC backs are amazing and always makes me think Topps did just enough to get by year to year. We didn't have Mother's in the MidWest-glad I didn't 'cause I would have been chomping mucho cookies to get these cards

  3. Belated Happy STPD. I haven't seen those Rizutto cards in a while. I have to put them on my want list.

  4. Angus - Both the package and St. Patrick's Day were pretty amazing! Thanks!

    B Man - If I recall correctly, they didn't start putting them into bags of cookies until the late 80's. All of the mid 80's Mother Cookies cards that I know of were stadium giveaways.

    Hackenbush - Those cards are really cool... especially if you're into the history of baseball.

  5. Love the Nishitetsu Lions card. I have to laugh at the back though when they say that Heiwadai Stadium is "outside Tokyo". That's certainly true - it was about 350 miles outside Tokyo. It was in Fukuoka (where the Lions called home until 1979) which isn't even on the same island as Tokyo.