Friday, September 20, 2013

Great Cards I Really Love (GCRL)

9 out of 10 dentists prefer vintage cards 2 to 1.

Or something like that.

I prefer vintage over slick, shiny stock.  Every once in while I'll get a card package with a random Senators card or a great old catcher card.  People are always looking out for me that way.

No one has fed the vintage machine around here quite like Jim over at GCRL.

Here's your proof.

1969 Deckle Edge originality.  You try cropping that card nicely.

Have I told you how much I love vintage cards?  I don't care that some kid actually watched TV with this 1955 Bowman TV Set card stuck in the couch cushions.  I can appreciate how well loved Smoky Burgess truly was and now he'll never have to be abused again.

1961 Topps Harry Bright is so happy to be outside playing ball, he doesn't even care that he has a palm tree growing out of his backside.

Look how the color pops on that authentic, vintage cardboard.

Here's a challenge for you.   Take a vintage card, say a 1963 Chuck Cottier, in one hand and a 2013 Joe Blow nobody in the other hand.  Close your eyes and see what happens.  I'll tell you what happens.  The hand with the 2013 card will reflexively open, drop the slick, fake cardboard and attempt to wrest the genuine cardboard from the other.  Vintage cards just feel that good.

Creepy?  Maybe a little.

I don't think Dave appreciated my challenge.  He's looking at me like I'm just a bit freaky.

Keep lookin' up vintage catcher Merritt Ranew, because that's where it all is.  A little ode to local DJ Kidd Kraddick who passed away recently.

Say hello to the professor!

Is there a Doctor in the house?  That's Doc Medich for you young fellas (and ladies).

I guess even the Yankees had to have catchers and as such, I can appreciate them when they are pictured in the tools of ignorance.

I'm starting to feel like this post is turning into a staged bunt with strange men in suits in the background.  Or maybe it's just this card with the SWEET Senators batting helmet.

The 1973 Topps team card...looks like a bunch of Little League players.   I love it!

I always liked being born in 1970 because it was easy to keep up with my age.  Unfortunately 1970 Topps are sort of ugly, with that gray border.  Still, the set holds some sentimental value to me and I really should try to put it together some day. The Senators look sharp at least.

Bats!  Lots and lots of bats!  I want one of those Senators batting helmets.

Is it just me or does Mike Brumley look like an train engineer's hat?  It's sitting so high on his head.  He looks like a strong farmhand who could beat a man down.

Jim collects double play cards.  He knows I collect play at the plate cards.  He sent play at the plate cards.

And wild pitch cards.

I have my Clark.  His name is Will and Upper Deck made a silver parallel.

I love Masterpieces.  I wish it would come back somehow.

That looks like a violent collision.

I love vintage cards and I love shiny Chrome cards too.  I'm a tale of two collectors all wrapped up into an enigma.  Or something like that.

Jim, as always, your generosity and thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!


  1. sweet, I love vintage, any condition!

  2. always a pleasure to trade with you, brian. and, the 1970 set is not too bad once it's all bindered up. still, i wouldn't have minded having been born a year later.

  3. UD Masterpieces is awesome! C'mon MLB... give UD a second chance.