30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

It's A Celebration

Life will always be filled with ups and downs2020 has definitely been a downer, but I know that there's a light at the end of the tunnel.  I'm just hoping I see it within the next six months instead of the next six years.

In the meantime, I take it one day at a time and focus on the positive things to help get me through the dark times.  As I've mentioned before... the hobby is one of those things.  It's not perfect.  I could find things to complain about... but in general... I think it's cool that we've experienced a card collecting boom.

Another bright spot in my life has been following the success of my two favorite MLB teams.  For the first time since 2006, the San Diego Padres are headed to the postseason.  And with the help of the Seattle Mariners... the Oakland A's have finally knocked the Houston Astros out of the top spot in the AL West.

Normally... I wouldn't celebrate anything short of a World Series title.  But the odds aren't in their favor... so why not celebrate the little successes while they're in front of us.  I figured this would be the perfect time to share another one of my summer eBay gift card purchases:

1974 Topps #479

When it comes to celebration cards, this card has to be one of the coolest around with the red, white, and blue banner... and the perfectly timed photograph.

I was barely two years old when this celebration featuring Darold Knowles, Sal Bando, and Ray Fosse took place... which means I was way more interested in sucking on my binky than watching baseball.  However forty-seven years later, there isn't a binky on this planet I'd trade this card for.  

The back of the card shows off the key batting statistics for both 1973 World Series participantsRusty Staub fans might notice that he had one heck of a series and probably would have taken home the WS MVP Award had the Mets pulled off the Game 7 win.  Instead Reggie Jackson took it home.

As we enter the last week of the regular season, it'll be exciting to see how things play out and who will face who in this year's playoffs.  Obviously... I'd love to see the Oakland A's end up meeting the San Diego Padres in the 2020 World Series.  However I'm planning on celebrating again at the end of October regardless of who wins... unless it's the New York Yankees, Houston Astros, or Los Angeles Dodgers.

Well that's it for today.  Only three more days until the weekend... so that's a reason to celebrate.  Hope all of you are having a good week.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


  1. Woke up this morning on this side of the grass, that makes it a great day!

  2. I've always loved the fans in the background of this card jumping on the field. Some of the 1970s and 1980s World Series clinchers had insane amounts of fans end up on the field. The 1984 Tigers had guys sitcking their hats and gloves inside of their jerseys before the final out to keep them safe. Should be an insert set in Archives.

  3. Meh. I was hoping for Ms. Chastain.

    I remember Fosse as a broadcaster. Though, of course, the play with Rose is famous.

  4. Topps chose not to include celebration cards for the two world series championships that my team has won in my lifetime. Hoping to get such a card this year.

  5. I'm with gcrl on this one and I like our chances.

  6. Of the subsets that had disappeared by the time I started collecting cards, the WS highlights is one that I wish Topps had every year.

  7. I'm rooting for a White Sox v Padres World Series. Both teams have so much young talent and haven't had much to cheer for the past decade.

    Btw,I made a post about butterscotch pudding on Monday. You're welcome. Lol!

  8. I reckon the Padres would have made the post season this year if there hadn't been a pandemic. But then I'm an optimistic fan :-)

  9. Nice card! I know Fleer did World Series highlight-y cards...I remember particularly the ones for the Mets in 1987 after their 1986 victory over the Red Sox. I'm hopeful for a great match up this year between really any AL team and any NL team NOT the Dodgers.

  10. I am paying less and less attention to baseball I am finding

  11. johnnys trading spot - now that's the spirit

    the snorting bull - didn't even see the fans running onto the field until you pointed it out. thanks

    elliptical man - i've written about chastain before. i actually went to school with her brother. as for fosse... that play with rose was brutal

    gcrl & bbcardz - the dodgers are definitely the favorites. but i'm hoping someone will rain on their parade. unless they're playing the yankees... then i'll root for mookie, clayton, and company

    nick vossbrink - yeah. i feel like they've made them the past few years, but it should just be a standard subset from this point moving forward

    collecting cutch - i missed your butterscotch post? i'll have to check it out. as for w/s vs. padres... i'd love to see that. the good news is both of their futures are bright so we could always see that next season

    jongudmund - no doubt. the good news is they'll make it this season even with the pandemic ;D

    peter k steinberg - yeah, i remember those too. they were factory set bonuses for a few years.

    sport card collectors - i'm sure now that the football season has started, that hasn't helped your fanfare for baseball