Lumberjack Surprise

I made a small Sportslots order from Lumberjack Cards last month. When he saw that some of the cards I’d gotten were intended for my colorwheels project, he got excited and looked through his “too beat up to list” pile to see if he had anything I needed.

This was very nice of him. Free mailings like this, even when expected, are always surprises when they show up. Sometimes they don’t get sent. Sometimes the cards get lost in a box. Stuff happens. So it’s always fun to get a package and it’s even more fun to dig into it and see what’s there.

We’ll start off with two 1959 colors I was missing. I’d filled in a bit since my original post but both of these are quite welcome. Jim Hegan replaces a Giants card and Wally Post will anchor the center square.

These give a bit of a flavor of the condition. Hegan has a corner that’s about to fall off and Post is written on in red crayon* Both work just fine for my page though.

*Actually looks like the red grease pencil used to mark contact sheets.

Five 1969s bring a lot of color here too. Dave McNally is a bit beat up even for my taste. Thankfully I already have a light green. The other four are all colors I need.They’re also in pretty good shape too. Some kid added big V-shaped mustaches to the four of them only to think better of it later and try to erase the markings. Some erasings look better than others.

It’s worth highlighting the Mel Queen card in particular here since it’s got one of the more unique baseball card backs ever made. Queen was a two-way player who converted from outfielder to pitcher in 1966. His 1967 card lists him as a Pitcher/Outfielder bot only has batting stats on the back. His 1968 has a lot of text about his transition but only lists his two years of pitching stats. his 1969 card back though is a treasure.

Complete batting stats for his time as an outfielder. Complete pitching stats for his time as a pitcher. Off the top of my head I can’t think of any other cards like this. It’s a shame Topps couldn’t fit his hitting totals on as well. I also can’t help but wonder if his 1966 hitting stats include his hitting while he was a pitcher.

Two more well-loved 1969s could’ve fit in the colorwheel page but are a much better match for my small collection of do-it-yourself traded cards. Literally one of my favorite things. I don’t seek them out but I very much love to come across them. So these will be going into a different album with all the other cards I’ve found.

All of which means that it’s time to post updated images of the 1959 and 1969 pages. 1959 is coming along very well. I only need orange and light blue. The images are all nice baseball-looking ones without any capless weirdness. I’ll probably want more team variety than three Phillies at some point but that’s something to tackle much later. I can already see how nice the finished page will look too.

1969 needs a little more work. I left the orange Niekro in the scan so show what it’ll look like when I get an orange card. Mike Ryan is a good placeholder but the image isn’t what I want to have on the finished page.* And I suspect that, as with all the Phillies in 1959, I’m going to be looking to swap out some of the erased mustache guys at some point much further down the line.

*Yes I know it’s not a fair representation of 1969 to not have capless wonders and blacked-out logos but I want a page that actually looks nice here.

For now though things look great. Not as bright as the 1959s but that colored spot is still very distinctive. I’m just looking for red, orange, and dark green.* Light pink, light purple, light orange, light blue, and brown look like they’re going to be the colors that get cut but maybe I’ll need a couple pages here instead.

*I really should shove a Giant in to the dark green pocket for the time being.

Very cool. Binder is looking super nice. I’ve updated the searchlist at the bottom of my original post to reflect my current status. Thanks Lumberjack!

Happy New Year from @LumberjackCards

Late last months, @LumberjackCards made a New Year’s offer to send a bunch of us a few packs of junk wax* and I happily raised my hand. I didn’t know what to expect but it’s always fun to open packs with my kids. My package arrived on January 2 and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it had a few more goodies hidden between the packs.

*While I’ve posted about going through junk wax in repacks before it’s worth discussing the term and how most of us who grew up in the peak junk wax days of 1987–1993 use it fondly as a way of enjoying nostalgia on the cheap rather than thinking of all our childhood hobbies as being trash.

The main goodie was a Caveman autograph. I got a few cards of his signed in Philadelphia but this 1989 Topps was not one of them. As a Giants fan, 1989 was one of the more exciting baseball years of my youth and this takes me right back.

The rest of the goodies were a handful of Giants cards. I kind of like how the Chrome scans black—especially with the Giants cards. I also understand the brand a little better when it’s applied to cards with borders. On the current full-bleed cards I never understood the point. But then I’m not a sucker for shiny the way I used to be.

I still am not a fan of Ginter but I can admit that the minis do scratch a bit of my oddball itches. On the Venn Diagram of Insert vs Parallel vs Oddball I’d put the minis right in the middle as part of all three sets. And that’s kind of cool.

The Buster Posey Triple Play card made me laugh because @LumberjackCards put it in a penny sleeve. And the Grizzlies contest was not a winner but no surprise there. Yes I know that the Grizzlies are no longer the Giants AAA affiliate but my gut still thinks of them that way.

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The real fun though was the packs. When I showed them to the boys (after a few days of waiting for them to clean up all their Christmas Legos) they excitedly asked if these had gum in them. I had to explain how only Topps had gum and these had puzzle pieces instead. But they had a lot of fun tearing open their packs and seeing who they got.

My five-year-old had a Kirt Manwaring card right on the top of his stack and got very excited to have found a Giants card. The rest of his pack was not nearly as exciting though he was as intrigued by Oil Can Boyd as I was when I first saw him pitch in the 1986 World Series.

My 8-year-old’s pack was a bit better. No Giants but he got George Brett, John Olerud, and Lou Whitaker. He knows enough now to know what the Hall of Fame is and be happy finding cards of guys who are in it.

My packs meanwhile had a bunch of the MVP inserts, a Robin Ventura Rated Rookie, and an Atlee Hammaker card. 1990 Donruss is another one of those designs which has grown on me. It gets a lot of snark about being the Red Set and it is true that the Green (Rookies) and Cyan (Best of NL/AL) sets are a bit easier on the eyes. But that script font and the color spatter and even the bright color all scream 1990s design to me in a way which I really appreciate now.

I had also forgotten the way wax packs smelled. In a good way. Something about the mix of ink and paper and wax reminds me of being a kid again. A little kid. If the smell of UV coating reminds me of opening cards in the early 90s as an early teenager, the wax pack smell reminds me of being nine years old. Which made this a perfect way to kill an hour of time on a snowy day with my kids.