All righty then. Other than the yootoob pack rip videos I may never get around to, this is the very last Mini Mall flea market binge post. I got a lot of traction out of twenty bucks! I saved the best for last, the vintage pickups. I've always got to pick up some cheep vintage stuff when I can. There's usually a box of older stuff when I go to the flea market and that day was no exception. Fifteen cents each or 8 for a buck. I got three stacks of eight cards for three folding Washingtons. You've seen the O-Pee-Chees, here are the Topps cards I picked up:
1970 Topps #75 Jim Kaat
283 wins, a .544 winning percentage, a 3.45 lifetime ERA, 2461 strikeouts, SIXTEEN STRAIGHT Gold Gloves, a World Series Championship and a lingtime broadcaster. Can we please give up this 300 win threshold nonsense and put him in the Hall already??
1971 Topps #177 Hal McRae
Forget the rant, Hal was a damn good player for nineteen years and has stuck around baseball as a manager and coach. HAl is most associated with the Royals, but here's an early card of him with the Reds.
1971 Topps #202 Reds Celebrate
1972 Topps #505 Mike Marshall
To me, Cy Young winner Marshall will always be the egghead pitcher in Ball Four who is always experimenting with his pitching strategy. Dr. Mike's mad scientist approach to pitching continues on in his revolutionary pitching technique that supposedly prevents injuries. I saw him demonstrate it on the MLB network several months ago and it looks pretty neat. Maybe some team will actually try it out one of these days...
1973 Topps #35 1972 ERA Leaders
WHAT THE HECK IS LEFTY DOING IN THE CHEAPO BOX.
If only Tiant had been sporting his trade mark Fu Manchu, this card would be worth a million dollars. THAT'S RIGHT, ONE MILLION DOLLARS.
1973 Topps #115 Ron Santo
Another guy who has been locked out of the Hall for no damn good reason. Maybe the Veteran's Committee will get it right this year. And maybe tiny winged versions of Joe Morgan and Tim McCarver will fly out of my butt and call a nationally televised baseball game in a lucid, intelligent and enjoyable fashion.
1975 Topps #255 Dwight Evans
One of these days Santo and Kaat will get into the Hall and I won't be able to bitch about how stupid the voters are for leaving them out anymore. That's when I can start bitching about Dewey being left out. PUT HIM IN ALREADY YA DAMN FASCISTS
1975 Topps #311 1874 ERA Leaders
Catfish and... Buzz Capra?? Sad thing is Buzz beat out Phil Niekro by only .10 for the ERA title. That title might have helped Knucksie in his Cy Young race with the afore mentioned Dr. Marshall.
1975 Topps #466 1974 World Series Final
TEH A'S DOOD IT!
Sadly, they wouldn't did it no more...
Well, not for another 15 years at least.
1975 Topps #618 1975 Rookie Pitchers
Ok, I bought it for Easterly. I'm a hopeless Braves homer.
1977 Topps #95 Keith Hernandez
Keith is always rocking the exquisite 'stash, but here he is also showing off the most excellent '70s hair. Oddly this card has a weird blue tint to it. Look carefully at the border.
1978 Topps #2 Sparky Lyle
PURE RELIEF. That's what Sparky is. Just like finally getting to the front of the line to the urinal at the Bon Jovi concert after drinking those 5 pitchers of Pabst.
1978 Topps #412 NL Championships
WOOOOOOOOOOOO Dodgers beat the Phillies! I don't know who that batter is! Night Owl will tell me, this is a night card! Philles fans don't care because they won it all last year! Man I like going WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
1978 Topps George Foster
Last but not least. This card has his 1977 MVP season stats on the back with the 52 home run line. Remember when 50 home runs was a TON of 'em? Me neither, because everyone got juiced up in the 90's and hit homers like crazy and MLB and the union looked the other way and now they're all playing it off like it was the other guy's fault when in actuality it was a complete failure of the underlying system! So, how to fix this travesty?
PUT FOSTER IN THE HALL YOU BIG DUMMIES!
Along with Kaat and Santo and Blyleven and Murphy and Dawson and Minoso and O'Neil and Dewey and Hodges and Baines and John and Rosen and Reynolds and Tiant and Hernandez and McRae and Marshall and Lyle and Belle and Rhoden and Capra...