Finding Tom Seaver (1970 Topps version).

While looking through the card vault in the garage this weekend during our trade session and cleanup, we came across this:I don't remember how this card came into our possession, but it must have been quite a while ago. Also, I've never, ever used a screwdown holder, so we must have gotten it already encased in this cinderblock-like containment unit.

Why it is encased thusly we don't know; it's not a particularly valuable card. But because it was encased, it is unscathed, safe and sound, despite doing longtime duty being squished into a box. We also, less dramatically, found this within minutes of Tom:
A fitting match. Kind of wonderful. No massive containment unit, though.
The 720-card 1970 Topps set is mainly distinctive because it is so blaaah. Have there ever been more blah borders? Is it possible for gray to appear washed out? Because gray is by definition a kind of noncolor. But the photos are pretty nice, as are the blue and yellow backs, which seem entirely unrelated to the gray front. (This set has the Munson #189 rookie card and that great #350 Roberto Clemente): But we digress. In his Major League career, Tom Terrific, righthander, won 311 games with 3,640 strikeouts and posted a 2.86 career ERA. He also earned three Cy Young awards. Seaver was elected overwhelmingly to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1992--the first year he was eligible for the ballot--by the highest percentage in history. But before all that, he was an Alaska Goldpanner.

Starting in 1960 as a barnstorming team, the Pan-Alaska Goldpanners were charter members of the Alaska Baseball League in 1974. They still play in Fairbanks and host an annual Midnight Sun Game. (The game starts at about 10:30 pm and completes around 1:30 am in close-to-daylight. Other well-known players who have participated: Dave Winfield, Terry Francona, Harold Reynolds, and Jason Giambi.)

He played in Fairbanks for two seasons (1964-65), after his first year of college ball at Fresno City College, and second after his transfer to the University of Southern California. Even then he was a pretty good hitter, just as when he later pitched for the Amazin' Mets:

Anyhow, we enjoyed our unexpected flash in the gold pan--finding the encased-in-a-brick card of Tom Seaver that we didn't know we had.


shanediaz82 said...

Cool, I don't have anything that interesting kicking around in my garage!

paulsrandomstuff said...

Cool stuff. I wonder what kind of buried & forgotten treasures I might unearth if I got motivated to really start digging...

I like the 1970 cards; the borders are so boring that you're almost forced to focus on the photos. :)

Hackenbush said...

I agree with you that the backs are much better than the fronts. Topps did better in 71 and 72. Maybe the Seaver was worth more when it was entombed.

Field of Cards said...

The card vault in the garage! Sounds like heaven.

Play at the Plate said...

Discovered treasures are the best...and you never know what else is there!