12.29.2009

A Topps Heritage set we'd like to see: Mets history.

Perhaps you'd like Topps Heritage sets of your whatever teams you formed affiliations with when you were young. We'd like one of the Mets. What would it include? Perhaps a few shots of the strangely happy 1962 Metropolitans:

There could be an array of headline cards, showing the past:

and more recent events:

The set could employ Metly images of forgiveness and hope (that's Jason Bay, who is to sign a multi-year deal with the team):
Hope hope hope via recently signed Ryota Igarashi of the Yakult Swallows:


Muscle? (that's Kelvim Escobar, one-year deal):
It's not only the current Mets that looked to hope as a solution for team problems:


Intersperse this Mets Heritage set with photos of long-suffering fans:
Does anyone remember Karl Erhardt?:
He was The Sign Man, a fixture at games from 1964 through 1981, famous for holding up tailored signs after key plays that displayed his pleasure or frustration with the team. Gentle ribbing, never rude. For example, "Jose, Can You See?" whenever outfielder after Jose Cardenal struck out. Then there are the modern-day brutal realists:
In our fantasty Mets set there would be at least one card each for the greatest of the Mets announcers, Bob Murphy, Lindsey Nelson, and Ralph Kiner:

Some team icons, such as Casey "Can Anybody Here Play This Game?" Stengel:

Marvelous Marv Throneberry:

Ron Swoboda's historically great catch:

Mookie:

Buckner:
Piazza's post-9/11 homerun:


Also fitting would be some front office satire:


There'd have to be an acknowledgment of Shea Stadium organist Joan Jarvis: She played the Thomas organ

and had a song for when the Mets trotted to their positions, a song for a homer, the Mexican Hat Dance to get things going during the seventh-inning stretch, and so on. The Shea music had real personality; and an entire generation of Met fans came to identify the team's championship run in 1969 with her somewhat jazzy keyboard work. (Read more about Ms. Jarvis here.)

How about a tribute to the face of the Mets...then:




and now:


(David is wearing the head covering to honor some kids he had earlier that day met when he visited their a cancer ward.)
We can't forget William Shea, and the house he built. William A. Shea Municipal Stadium, usually shortened to just Shea, was located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park and was the home park of the Mets from 1964 to 2008.There should be a couple of 1977 (they were in last place) cards: such as the night in July when Jerry Koosman had 11 strikeouts, and then the lights went out. Really out. Blackout out. The enforced darkness began at 9:34 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13, 1977; it was the bottom of the sixth inning at Shea, and the Mets were losing to the Chicago Cubs. Emergency lights illuminated the stadium for a while but the game was not finished until Sept. 16 (when the Cubs won, 5-2).
How about cards depicting the various designs the Empire State Building lights have taken in the Mets' honor:

A card should be devoted to the great illustrator, William Mullin:
We'd also need at least one card of Tomorrowland, since that's where Mets fan tend to live:

Yes, we need a Topps Heritage set paying tribute to the New York Mets.

12 comments:

dayf said...

Great googely moogely, that's a very detailed Metsy post.

Jeremy said...

That's a great idea. A lot of nice history there. "Tomorrowland", that's funny.

shanediaz82 said...

What a great post!

MattR said...

It would be cool for Topps to do a "team history" set each year. They could choose the team based on the anniversary of a milestone event. For example they could do a Mets set in 2012 (50th anniversary). Perhaps the cards in a team history set could be inserted into wax packs and sold separately in a box similar to the traded sets from the 80s. 132 cards to a set would be a nice number.

James said...

Awesome. I'd like to add Joan Payson, Gil Hodges, and Eddie Kranepool to the list.

capewood said...

Former Phillie Richie Ashburn was on that famous '62 Met team. He went on to be the color man on Phillies broadcasts. He used to tell some good stories (none of which I can remember at the moment) about that team.

paulsrandomstuff said...

I would definitely buy it, as long as there was a Bob Murphy card.

Bo said...

The Mets have had a more interesting history in their less than 50 years than many of the teams that have been around for 100+ years.

And I say this as a Yankee fan who has no love for the Mets. Win or lose, they're never boring.

jacobmrley said...

As a long suffering mets fan, that was beautiful. Happy New Year!

mikepelfreyshouse said...

this set would be so coool, Awesome post! I love the magical mystery tour picture. Awesome work!

I Am The Average Joe said...

The Sign Man definitely deserves his own card, thats for sure. Big part of Mets history and love that 77 shot of Shea.

The Mojo Hand said...

I have always liked David Wright. I stop at Roswell with Flipper and distribute cards to the kids twice a year. Its a great feeling, and one that stays with you for a long time. The photo of David with the head covering chokes me up. Its a very classy thing to do as most of the kids are very self conscious about there hair, and going through a tough time with chemo.

Nice post.