Month: June 2013

Card Show Pickup #22: 1973 Braves

I end my card show pickup posts with the same player I began the posts. I already had these cards in my 1973 Topps set, but these were priced so low, I decided to go ahead and pick them up for my Braves team set collection. After all, is it really even possible to have too many Hank Aaron cards?

Card Show Pickup #21: 1970 Braves

Topps made it through the 1950s and the 1960s without making a single awful design. In 1970, that streak came to a crashing end. I do not like the gray borders. I do not like the script font for the player name. I’m really having trouble thinking of any positives. I love the Braves uniforms on these cards, so there is that.

Card Show Pickup #20: 1968 Braves

I bought a nice little stack of 1968 Braves cards out of his 1968 box. I’ve always had mixed feelings about this set. I like the overall design, but I detest the borders. If they had sone literally anything other than that fake burlap sack border, I would love this set.

My pickups here include some of my favorite players from this period for the Braves: Aaron, Niekro and Alou. Cepeda would be joining the Braves not long after this, helping them to win the first ever NL West division crown in 1969.

Card Show Pickup #19: 1967 Braves

People who don’t like 1966 Topps tend to dislike 1967 Topps for the same reason. I like both sets, but I love neither. The designs are simple and uncluttered. The focus is squarely on the player on the card. This card was from Roger’s bargain box and he gave it to me for free because of the miscut.

Card Show Pickup #18: 1966 Braves

There are two schools of thoughts where the card sets of 1966 and 1967 are concerned. Some find the sets to be incredibly boring. Others think they are simply OK. Me? I like them, but I was never a fan of pictures where the players are hatless. I honestly think I prefer cards with a touch of airbrushing on a cap photo.

Card Show Pickup #17: 1965 Braves

Goodbye Milwaukee “M” on the caps of Braves players. In 1966, you will be replaced with the hatless shot, the airbrushed, logoless cap, and the occasional actual Atlanta “A”. The Braves would pack up and leave Milwaukee ending a 13 year run in the city. Not once in those 13 years would the Braves finish below .500. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about their time in Atlanta.

Checklist:

  • Look at these cards. (CHECK)
  • Marvel at the wonderful design. (CHECK)
  • Look forward to 2014 Topps Heritage with the same design. (CHECK)
  • Fret that Topps will blow it. (CHECK)

Card Show Pickup #16: 1964 Braves

AS the sets got newer, the Braves commons I found in the bargain box got cheaper and cheaper. Here are the few 1964 Topps cards I picked up. (This year’s Heritage set is based on this design.) I have to say, I like this set a lot, but I know many find it a little boring. I think its biggest problem is that it is sandwiched between two of the best sets of all time.

Card Show Pickup #15: 1963 Braves

For the longest time, I had stopped purchasing vintage cards. It just seemed like my dollar went a lot further on new cards. That’s a bogus argument from the start, but in the world of gimmicked short prints driving up the price of a hobby box (before said box sits on a shelf for three months and the price crashes … another story for another time), vintage seems like a better deal. Of course, I also doubt that cards of today will ever be considered classics in the same manner as the cards of the 50s and 60s. I’d love to just poo poo all over the cards of today and stop collecting them entirely, but I won’t do that. I still love the game of baseball and I still want the base set, if for no other reason than to remind me of the state of the game in 2013. I’d love to want to “build” the base set, but I’ll just stick to buying them for a little less than the price of a hobby box from a case breaker.

I’ve enjoyed the last few years of Topps designs, but once a year has passed, I tend to get confused what year is what. The cards just aren’t the same today. Hell, even the cards of the junk wax era were better and more distinctive form year to year. Buying the handful of vintage cards I purchased from Roger at the card show, reminded me of just how amazing the designs of the 50s and 60s are. Nothing Topps has released since the 80s can even compare to these sets. There’s a reason that 1953 Topps, 1953 Bowman Color, 1954 Topps, 1965 Topps and 1963 Topps are the gold standard in the hobby.

Those four sets are my favorites of all time, so it was a given that I would buy a few of the 1963 cards. The Uecker card is one that I’ve wanted for ages and ages. I became a massive fan of Uecker after reading “Catcher in the Wry” as a young kid. I loved his Miller Lite commercials. His appearances on the Tonight Show were worth staying up for, every night. He was great in Major League. Whenever he was working national baseball broadcasts, he was hilarious. I spent three years working a contract in Madison, and I got to listen to the modern Uecker call Brewers games on the radio. Turns out, even when he’s not playing the clown, he’s a damned great announcer. Entertaining, with great stories, and with a deep understanding of the game. The only play by play guy I’ve heard that’s better is Mr. Scully. I’m so happy I own this card.

Card Show Pickup #14: 1962 Braves

I love the 1962 Topps set. I love the 1987 Topps set. Gimme, gimme wood borders!!!!!

I have this theory that the Lee Maye card was rubbed with sandpaper. What do you think?

The Piche card is pretty great. It’s just a perfect pose. Topps has perfected the art of close up action photography the past few years. I think it’s time to reintroduce posed photos to the base set. The base set is in dire need of a new/old idea that isn’t a dumb gimmick.

From the Keyboard of my Wife

I’m making one last pimp for Camp Mays this year. The fun starts Thursday for her kids. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated. 100% of all funds donated goes directly to the Camp Mays adventures and we will be gladly paying quite a bit out of our own pockets.

You can learn more about Camp Mays at www.campmays.com. There are plently of pictures of the adventures the past few years. To donate, you can go to the Camp Mays Go Fund Me site. Thanks!

Here’s my wife’s about Camp Mays


I am raising money for Camp Mays. My name is Nicole Mays and I am a special education teacher at Kennedy Elementary School in Winder, GA. My students’ parents face several challenges once school is out for the summer. While summer break is, for most kids and families, full of opportunities and fun, that’s not the case a lot of the time with my students. It is often difficult if not impossible for parents to find a babysitter or child care provider who is qualified and willing to care for some of my students so their parents have almost two months with no break at all from caring for their child – a child who requires constant active supervision. Additionally, many of my students’ parents spend so much time, money and energy just providing everyday care for their kids that they often have little time, money or energy left over to do “fun” things. 

In an effort to provide some respite for my students’ parents and provide some opportunities for “typical” summer fun experiences for my students over the summer months, a few years ago I began taking my students on day trips to places like White Water, Children’s Museums, parks, etc. What has evolved has been dubbed “Camp Mays”. I rent a van each week and take my students (along with several of my friends, family and coworkers who volunteer to help) to places like the movies, Jungle Jumpers, Stone Mountain, the Georgia Aquarium, and swimming. Some of my students’ families may not have otherwise been able to provide these opportunities for their child. In the beginning I funded “Camp Mays” almost solely from my own pocket – purchasing the admission tickets, renting the van, buying the gas, and buying lunch for each child and volunteer. Families do not have to pay anything at all for their child to be able to participate in Camp Mays. In each of the first two years I spent over $3000 of my own money on Camp Mays. In 2011, I recieved over $1000 in generous donations and spent over $2000 on top of that. Last year I raised over $3000 in donations!! Because I get new students each year, and don’t want to exclude former students who have moved on to middle school or moved to other schools in the county, Camp Mays grows each year. This year I am expecting to have 20 students with disabilities, which means I will need more volunteers. I will need a bus instead of a van! 

I feel that these opportunities provide such a great service to my students and their families – mainly giving the parents a small break from the extreme demands that a child with a disability presents almost constantly and providing opportunities for my students to participate in fun activities just like other children. 

Please visit www.campmays.com to learn more and see photos from previous adventures. 100% of all money collected will go directly towards… van rental, gas, admission tickets, lunch, and/or snacks.