- The Arizona Diamondbacks are suing the Maricopa County Stadium District to alter the terms of their lease so they can seek a new ballpark before it expires in 2028.
- Former New York Giant Daryl Spencer passed away yesterday at the age of 88.
- Micah Owings talks about the role his faith has played in his professional baseball career. After spending last season in the Atlantic League, the 34-year-0ld pitcher has an invitation to spring training with the Seattle Mariners.
- Rich Mueller looks at a 1992 interview with then-Topps Vice President of Sports Sy Berger as he reminisces about the “Boyhood Photos of the Stars” subset that debuted 45 years ago in Topps’ 1972 set.
The next two weeks are probably the swan song for this blog. The domain renewal is coming up, and I don’t really feel the same enthusiasm for baseball that I did when I began.
I could still change my mind, but I’m having a hard time imagining what I might find to say about the 2014 Mets that anyone would want to read and other commitments will keep me from going to more than a handful of minor league games next season.
I do want to thank everyone who stops by to read Random Baseball Stuff, and I appreciate the friends I’ve made because of this blog.
With that out of the way, let’s take a look at our Mets Baseball Card of the Week.
In 1972, Topps came up with the idea for a “Boyhood Photos of the Stars” subset, using old family photos for a “then and now” look at some of the game’s more prominent players. (In reality, I suspect the checklist had a lot to do with which players had moms that sent in old photos.)
I know Bud Harrelson as a coach and manager, first of the New York Mets and later of the independent Atlantic League’s Long Island Ducks. For me, regular baseball cards from his playing days are a glimpse into the past. Looking at this baseball card might as well be stepping into a time machine.
Depending on condition, you could expect to pay between 50 cents and $1 for your own copy of this card.
A couple of weeks ago, I shared some scans of semi-recent additions to my 1972 Topps New York Mets team set and posted my wantlist. Thanks to some much appreciated help, I’ve been able to cross off five more cards.
Thanks to its unique and colorful design, the 1972 Topps baseball card set is my favorite from that decade. I’m slowly making progress towards completing the New York Mets team set – here are some semi-recent acquisitions:
Baseball’s hot stove season continues to depress me. I think I’m looking forward to the New York Mets’ 50th anniversary more than their 51st season.
Today was this month’s sports card show at the Rahway Senior Center, and for a change there were several dealers that had things that I wanted. I didn’t have a lot of money to spend, but I’m happy with what I bought.
Here’s a look at my new cards from Topps’ colorful 1963 and 1972 sets.