Saturday, December 5, 2009

1981 Fleer Steve Renko: A Cardboard Mystery

I present to you the mysterious Steve Renko player card from 1981, Fleer edition:

You may be asking yourself, What is that "thing" behind Steve? Here are a few possibilities:

1. What's left of the bomb that has just toppled Steve Renko. (He's falling and falling fast.)

2. That freaky smoke cloud from LOST. (Could Ben have been a Yankee fan in 1980?)

3. Evidence that Jim Rice spontaneously combusted during a game. (Then came back from the dead?)

4. Maybe it was Yastrzemski practicing for his now defunct Vegas magic act.

5. The shadow of the tree that was planted as a memorial to the Bucky "freakin" Dent baseball. (Like goal posts and Yankee monuments, trees should not be in the field of play. Neither should weird sloping hills. I'm looking at you, Houston Astros!)

6. God, in an updated burning bush, letting the Sox fans know that there time will come.

7. Rick Burleson was a shape-shifter.

8. Manny was being Manny even back in 1980.

9. Fleer was being metaphorical: When Renko pitched, Fenway became a war zone. (Steve was 9-9, average at best, but not terrible.)

10. This was the precursor to the 1989 Billy Ripken card. The rare original has Glenn Hoffman flipping the double bird right at the camera. This more common version shown here is referred to as the black smoke version. I have heard there is a version where Hoffman is behind a big black box. Other versions include a scribble and Hoffman's birds replaced by "thumbs up".

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Best Trade Ever...for me!

Mets fan, graphic artist, and general nice guy, Sean, of Condition Poor AND scary relic fame sent me a 2nd package to complete an earlier trade. Sean collects EVERY Mets card so filling holes in his collection is like shooting something in a barrel (as I am told that is easy to do, although I think the Mythbusters said the shockwave is what kills the unsuspecting fishes).

The second package was unnecessary but possibly the coolest trade item I have ever received.

Three important facts about these three gems:

1. All three come from my 1-of-every-Met wantlist. (The Pre-2008 list is pretty tough to find outside of 1991 Mets Wiz.)

2. They are SlangKo originals. (Quickly becoming my brand of choice!)


3. They are all autographed!!!! (They were sent out to these dudes and they all sent them back. And then they were sent to me!)

Unbelievable. I can't wait to fill another box to send Sean. Thanks.