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Merry Christmas

B428fvuCIAA1cXrI’d like to take a moment to wish you all a merry Christmas (or a happy Thursday, if you don’t celebrate the Christian holiday.)

I haven’t written anything here in almost a month. Partly that’s due to having less free time to write – I took a seasonal job at a department store so I’d have some money coming in during the holidays. Partly it’s due to not having much to write about – while John Mayberry Jr. may turn out to be an important part of the Mets’ bench, I don’t really have much to say about him.

And Mayberry’s been the most interesting addition to the Mets’ roster since the early signing of Michael Cuddyer. At some point, I’ll probably want to talk about the moves that the Marlins, Braves and Phillies have been making this winter… but that can wait until we get closer to spring training.

(And how about those Padres and Dodgers? It’s been a long time since I’ve seen two teams in the same division make such significant roster overhauls during the same off-season.)

Mike-PiazzaUntil today, I hadn’t added many new baseball cards to my collection in the last month. But when I got home from work today, I found a surprise envelope from Geof, who occasionally sends interesting packages my way. I opened it to find a Mets yearbook from 1972, an issue of Time magazine from 1986 with a young Doc Gooden on the cover, some vintage Topps baseball coins, and an assortment of oddball baseball cards.

They are all awesome, but I’m going to save most of them for another time. But this is the perfect time to feature one, a Mike Piazza card that went right on our Christmas tree. Pacific certainly did produce some interesting baseball cards, once upon a time.

4 thoughts on “Merry Christmas

  1. I remember those ornament cards. Of course back then, the new baseball cards were out in time for Christmas. Pacific really was very innovative. And the people running the company were fans; that’s why you had fan-friendly stuff like teams grouped together numerically and such. Truthfully, since Topps has had the monopoly, there hasn’t been a single new innovation.

    Anyway, Paul, Merry Christmas! Thanks for sticking with it. I know you’d considered stopping the blog.


    1. Thanks for the kind words, Stubby. I hope you had a good Christmas.

      I plan to keep this blog around for at least one more year, and my goal is to write at least once a week in 2015.

      I must say, I don’t look for “innovation” in baseball cards, and I don’t really want to find it. The primary appeal is that the baseball cards that we can buy now really aren’t that different from the ones our relatives bought generations ago. Topps has been making baseball cards longer than there have been Mets.

      That said, I do appreciate cool insert sets & wish Topps would make more of an effort sometimes (for example, fewer recycled photos.)


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