They're not alone. I take attendance everyday on my laptop... plus a high percentage of my lessons require my laptop, Smart Board, and projector. And when I'm not using my computer to present information, I'm using it to play music in the classroom.
But that's only the tip of the iceberg. When I get home, I use my computer to scan images, write posts, read email, watch videos, check scores, pay bills, read blogs, and shop online. It's truly mind-blowing how much I rely on electricity and technology.
I remember when I was a kid, I loved power outages. My mom would light candles around the house and we'd grab our favorite reading materials and just relax in peace and quiet. As much as I enjoy my cell phone and computers, there's a part of me that misses the simpler times.
Speaking of simpler times, today's post focuses on an insert set produced years before personal computers and mobile phones became regular household items.
Back in 2013, I purchased some Legends magazines from the flea market and buried inside of one of the issues were two 1967 Topps posters. One was Willie Mays. The other Mickey Mantle.
Then earlier this year, famous blog supporter... Mr. Hoyle sent me the Bert Campaneris. Since then I've been searching for a complete set for my collection and a few weeks ago, I finally added a clean set that fell within my price range.
As much as I dread scanning cards, I figured these were well worth the time and effort. Let me know down in the comment section below if you agree...
#1 Boog Powell
#2 Bert Campaneris
#3 Brooks Robinson
Much like the 1970 Topps Posters I showed off at the beginning of summer, these were printed on very thin newsprint and are prone to browning and tearing.
#4 Tommie Agee
#5 Carl Yastrzemski
My set's golden brown color shows off its age, but I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of tears. In fact, I only spotted one small tear in the entire set which I'll point out later.
#6 Mickey Mantle
I never went out of my way to target singles, but I'll assume Mantle is the highest priced poster in the set. He also represents one of sixteen hall of famers in this set.
#7 Frank Howard
#8 Sam McDowell
There are a total of thirty-two posters on the set's checklist, which means that half of this set is composed of hall of famers.
#9 Orlando Cepeda
#10 Chico Cardenas
#11 Bob Clemente
#12 Willie Mays
Although Mantle might be the biggest name on the checklist, Clemente and Mays have a solid hobby following as well.
#13 Cleon Jones
#14 John Callison
Callison represents the first name on the checklist I don't recognize. According to Baseball Reference, he was a 3x NL All-Star and a sixteen year veteran who had a solid MLB career.
#15 Hank Aaron
Aaron would join Mantle, Clemente, and Mays on my 1967 Topps Posters Mt. Rushmore.
#16 Don Drysdale
#17 Bobby Knoop
#18 Tony Oliva
I'm still crossing my fingers that Oliva will one day get the call to the hall.
#19 Frank Robinson
#20 Denny McLain
#21 Al Kaline
Baltimore Orioles fans can celebrate. They top American League teams with three players on the checklist.
#22 Joe Pepitone
#23 Harmon Killebrew
#24 Leon Wagner
After seeing guys like Mantle, Mays, Aaron, and Killebrew on this checklist, I started wondering who had the most career home runs among these guys entering the 1967 season. Any guesses?
#25 Joe Morgan
#26 Ron Santo
#27 Joe Torre
If you guessed The Say Hey Kid, then you're correct. Back in the Spring of 1967, Mays was right behind The Sultan of Swat in career home runs. There's your tidbit of baseball trivia for today.
#28 Juan Marichal
#29 Matty Alou
#30 Felipe Alou
#31 Ron Hunt
#32 Willie McCovey
Rounding out the set is Willie McCovey, who happens to be the third San Francisco Giant in the set. The difference between their trio and Baltimore's trio is that Mays, Marichal, and McCovey are all members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Well there you have it. This fifty-two year old set is gorgeous and I'm absolutely stoked to finally cross it off my list. Outside of the browning, the only other flaw is the small tear in the McCovey.
Besides that, this set is gorgeous. It's just a shame that the 5x7 size of these posters limits my ability to display or store them. As of right now, I have them individually sitting in 5x7 soft sleeves. But I might go out and buy a box of Ultra Pro 2-pocket pages so I can display them in a binder.
Okay... I better wrap up this post and quickly click the publish button before the power gets shut off. But if it does, there's a part of me that won't mind lighting a few candles and taking a break from the use of technology.
What about you?
How much do you rely on your cell phones, tablets, computers, and other electronic devices? Can you remember the last time you spent an entire day without using any of them?
Sadly, I can't. But if we lose power for several days, I might end up being forced to sooner than later.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!