If you’re still thinking about buying a New York Mets ticket plan this year, you may want to free up some time on Friday, March 21st .
The Mets are hosting a select-a-seat event at Citi Field from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., with refreshments and raffle prizes throughout the day. Mr. Met will be there from 11 a.m. – noon and 2:30-3:30 p.m., and Doc Gooden is scheduled to have a meet & greet with photo opportunities from 1:30-2:30 p.m.
You will have to RSVP by March 19th if you’re planning to go – email email@example.com with your preferred half-hour time slot, your name, phone number and the number of guests attending. You should receive a return phone call confirming your time. Call 718-507-TIXX with any questions.
Most sports card collectors who were in the hobby in the 1990s remember Action Packed as a brand of football cards with distinctive embossed player images and gold metallic borders.
In 1988, the company tried to get a license to produce Major League Baseball cards and they produced a six-card sample set. In addition to Dwight Gooden, the set also includes Wade Boggs, Andre Dawson, Carney Lansford, Don Mattingly and Ozzie Smith.
While the front of the card uses the same design as the company’s 1989 and 1990 football offerings, the cardbacks are done in a vertical style that is closer to Score’s 1988 set than what the later horizontal Action Packed cardbacks would look like. (This baseball card does have rounded corners – they are not just an artifact of my blog theme.)
Action Packed did not secure any kind of a baseball license until 1992, when they made an 84-card set featuring retired players.
After missing the first two months of the 1987 season because of a drug suspension, Gooden returned to All-Star form in 1988. He finished with an 18-9 record, 3.19 ERA and 175 strikeouts.
Spring is just around the corner, and that means a new crop of baseball books. Among them:
Mike Piazza‘s “Long Shot” is probably the one that will get the most buzz, and the former Mets catcher is scheduled to do two book signings in New York next month. One will be at the Barnes & Noble on 5th Avenue in Manhattan on Feb. 11th; the other will be at the Barnes & Noble in Carle Place on Feb. 12th. For more information, visit Mets Hot Corner.