It’s snowing again as I write this morning, but we’re less than a month away from the start of spring training. (Yoenis Cespedes, Amed Rosario, Wilmer Flores, and Juan Lagares are already in Florida.)
So I thought I’d share some recent baseball card purchases, my first of 2018. I’m particularly happy with the T.J. Rivera and Josh Smoker cards since they’ve been Mets long enough to appreciate them.
Baseball Reference tells me that Jamie Callahan and Tomas Nido played for the Mets last year, but I don’t remember them at all. Luis Guillorme made an amazing catch in the dugout last spring, but he’s still waiting for his shot in the big leagues. The A.J. Ramos card is a placeholder until I can get one that shows him as a Met. I think I already had a Matt Reynolds autograph, but he’s sporting the snazzy Mr. Met spring training cap and it was only a dollar… so why not?
Here’s a vintage Shea Stadium postcard that my friend Greg found for me a little while ago. I only remember the old ballpark from the neon ballplayer era, so this is a particularly neat glimpse of the past for me.
My friend Greg found this nifty 1960s New York Mets pin and got it for me. Brinke Guthrie of Uni-Watch thinks it was worn by ushers and vendors at Shea Stadium. It’s very cool, and very much appreciated.
Sunday is the day of football’s “big game,” but I know some of you are like me and can’t wait for baseball season to return.
And if you happen to be in the area of Lebanon, New Jersey on Feb. 1, you’ll have to chance to meet and get autographs from a 1969 Met as well as the man who threw the first official pitch at Shea Stadium.
RC Collectibles, 1060 Route 22 West, will be hosting a sports cards and collectibles show and auction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Former Mets Ed Charles and Jack Fisher will be signing autographs for $25 each, with a combo ticket available for $40. Photo ops with either former player are $10 each, and there is a special “golden ticket” option which includes autographs from and photos with both Charles and Fisher for $50.
If you’re still looking for a piece of the Mets’ old home ballpark, Shea Stadium Memorabilia will one of the vendors at the show.
Before I got sick this weekend, I spend some time trying to make a little headway organizing the baseball cards that I’ve acquired over the past few months.
I had overlooked the Jonathon Niese card pictured above when I originally opened my package from last season’s Tribecards baseball card giveaway. Upper Deck’s A Piece of History set never seemed all that exciting to me and I didn’t notice the gold foil serial numbering on the front. I haven’t been obsessed with chasing after parallels since they were the new, exciting thing in the early 1990s…but it is still kind of cool to have a card that there were only 49 other copies of were created.
Back in 2009, it seemed funny for Niese (or almost any rookie, really) to be included in a set called “A Piece of History.” But in 2014, Niese really is a piece of history. He, along with David Wright, Daniel Murphy and Bobby Parnell are the last current Mets who played at Shea Stadium – which only closed six years ago.
Depending on how things go this winter, it’s possible that Wright will be the only Shea Stadium Met who’s still with the team on Opening Day. I don’t know about anyone else, but that makes me feel a little bit sad.