Thursday, March 10, 2011

One more piece of history for tonight...

When I was at Sportsnut Cards on Monday to find out if the owner knew any more about this card (sadly, he didn't), I got to burrow through their full inventory of dollar boxes, since it had returned after the Valley Forge card show. To spare you any more rapid-fire posts tonight, I'll go through a bit of what I pulled before I get to the real story of this particular post.

Pumpsie Green rookie? 1960 Topps card (my first)? Yes, please! Pumpsie's got some paper loss on his neck, but what the heck. I've actually got Pumpsie's first 2 Topps cards now. Don't call it a player collection!

'71 Joe Torre? Hell, I'm always glad to see a good '71. Sign me up.

'72 Dick Allen? Yup!

Second year Lou Whitaker? Awesome!

Second year Fleer Wade Boggs? An early Boggs card that I don't have (and a great one) is always welcome.

I grabbed an '81 Topps Rollie Fingers I needed, too, but I didn't scan that for whatever reason.

Anyway, as I'm going through all these cards, stashing some in the back of the in-no-particular-order boxes so there's a chance they'll be there next time I visit (I didn't wanna totally break the bank, The Binge be damned), passing on others, and then I find something that's not a card.

It's a ticket stub. 

I look at it a little closer. It's from a ways back, not too old but it's not as gaudy as current ticket stubs are in an attempt to justify the gouging involved in attending a live sporting event nowadays, and it's not from around here. Nope, it's from St. Louis. Wow, cool, they played the Expos in this one! I look at the date on it, and it's pretty familiar.

Hm. Last Sunday of the season in 1998. Cardinals. Could it be? Why yes, it is. If you're not familiar or too lazy to click the link right now, Mark McGwire hit home runs #69 and #70 of his 1998 season at this particular game, #69 coming off Mike Thurman, and #70 coming off New York's favorite pitcher, Carl Pavano.

Now, plenty of us, myself included, have our feelings about 1998 and McGwire. Wherever you land on that particular spectrum, I think you can agree that this is a pretty damn good piece of baseball history to snag in the dollar box of a card shop. Hell, the original owner paid at least $13 more for it!

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