Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Surprise Vintage Package from Bozeman Mike

There is a reader out there named Mike, who happens to live in Bozeman, Montana. Mike and I first traded a few months ago, when I was looking to get rid of a bunch of my '08 Ginter doubles, and every once in a while Mike will send me a bubble mailer chock full of O's, accompanied by a hand written want list; mostly of cards needed to finish sets. He's sort of a man of mystery, and I have thusly dubbed him "Bozeman Mike".

Bozeman Mike sent me over quite the stash of vintage Topps Orioles, and we'll get to those in a moment. I'd like to start out by showing off a few of the more modern cards that were sent along:

1987 SportFlics Orioles logo thingy
What a great logo. I've said it many times now, but I think the O's should go back to the cartoon bird. After all, it was the symbol of the organization "glory days", from the mid-60's to the mid 80's. DO IT!

2002 Topps American Pie "American Sluggers" Brooks Robinson

2003 Fleer Fall Classic Brooks Robinson

2 very nice Brooksies for the player collection, and an awesome SportFlics logo card. Talk about a great way to start a trade post! Now, we've got a healthy dose of vintage in store. I will start part 2 of this feast for the eyes with the "newer" cards that Bozeman Mike sent along, seven 1971 Topps.

#53 Paul Blair

#170 Mike Cuellar

#491 Jim Hardin

#219 Elrod Hendricks

#193 Bob Grich

#196 1970 A.L. Playoffs Game #2 Highlights

#80 Mike Curtis
Topps' old football designs, especially from the 70's, were awesome!

Also included was one 1966 Topps card, a great one at that, if you ask me. It's in pretty good shape for being 40+ years old, unlike most of the vintage I own.

#390 Brooks Robinson

As if that wasn't already cool enough, Bozeman Mike also sent over nine 1964 Topps Orioles. NINE! These are the first '64 Topps I've ever owned, and are in remarkably good shape. The majority of them even have something resembling sharp corners, making them among the nicest 60's card in my whole collection.

#382 Wes Stock

#565 Stu Miller

#126 Russ Snyder

#45 Milt Pappas

#364 Joe Gaines

#239 Herm Starrette

#322 George Brunet

#263 Chuck Estrada

#221 Bob Saverine

That was a pretty impressive package from Bozeman Mike. Thank you very kindly sir! The 1964 Topps cards are absolutely beautiful in person, and have really made me appreciate the design a little more. If anybody has any more '64's or '71's of Orioles not pictured in this post, I am interested in trading for them. Since this package got me off to such a good start, I might as well attempt to build each O's team set. Eventually, I'd like to build every 1960's Topps Orioles team set. The '50's & '60's designs are so beautiful, I want all of them in my collection.

By the time you read this, I will be sitting through jury duty. Ugh.

1 comment:

  1. I love the look of vintage, but Im just one of those picky fucks who stars at a bad corner way to long.

    Im not sure it would work for me.