7.29.2009

1972 Topps: we like cardboard baseball.

jacobmrley has an excellent track record making people around here happy. Just ask Lucy, who loves the Rocky Cherry and Darryl Strawberry cards she has received from him. And when you're having a less than thrilling day there is nothing quite like finding more than 50 Topps cards from your 1972 Topps want list in the mailbox. Am I right? Now, jacobmrleymax's number one favorite set is 1975 Topps, but he collects 1972 also, and sent along a wonderful bunch, plus a few other items we'll post separately. We selected these favorite '72s to share:

Firstly, Moe Drabowsky. Moe Moe Moe. There's the informative writing on the back (pictured above, including a handwritten update from one of the previous owners), and this great expression on the front:

What are you thinking, Moe? That you are only one of four players who played for both the Kansas City Athletics and the Royals? That Jim Bouton revealed in Ball Four that one of your teammates said you got sick on a team flight and "puked up a panty girdle"? You certainly elicited some fine quotes. Sports writer Mike Royko noted that you are "still considered the best pitcher that Ozanna, Poland, ever produced." Moe Drabowsky, we love you. Kochamy wasze karty. And do you know what else? We are going to collect you. Thank you jacobmrley for helping us reach this profound realization.

Unlike the current era when many players make a huge deal about how they wear their stupid caps, 1972 Topps features photos of players who had no concerns about the way their hats fit, perhaps bespeaking a simpler, happier time when men were men:

Here is perhaps the greatest floaty-heads team card of all time (if you have a better one, then we challenge you to tell us):


More 1972 Topps Players Looking Up:
Laid back, happy "Want to Have a Catch?" shot, for some reason rarely seen on baseball cards:
Stretch Catch Pose, Stretch Hit Pose:

This question on the back of Manny Sanguillen's card: "Which popular singer is Bucs vice president?*" made us realize that in addition to everything else that's uplifting about 1972 Topps cards, they are also a treasure trove of seventies pop culture. A thousand thanks, jacobmrley.

*The answer is Bing Crosby.

5 comments:

night owl said...

jacobmrley's favorite set is '75 Topps?

That is one smart, smart man there.

(Oh, and I agree about caring too much about how you wear your cap. Ballplayers must have too much time on their hands these days).

MattR said...

What a nice package to get in the mail.

I love those Cubs team cards. It's really hard to tell who is who on the other team cards.

MMayes said...

I remember Bing doing commercials for Minute Maid orange juice in the early 70's (he owned a stake in that company, too) wearing a Pirates jacket.....

Billy Suter said...

All Moe and no Moe makes Moe a Moe Moe.

jacobmrley said...

Oddly, to add to the weird personal preferences and histories I share on these blogs, my mother was going to name me Moses, which would have made me Moe, of course, but then Moses Malone came out of high school and she got tired of the name, so she went down her list of out of fashion 'M' names and came up with Max. I collect Moses Malone cards for just that reason alone.