Thursday, December 8, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 8

December 8, 2022:
1993 Topps Stadium Club #394 Tony Longmire
If there's anything Major League Baseball players are known for, it's sitting around in the clubhouse after a game and catching up on basic cable or streaming service-produced modern western television series.  This year's Philadelphia Phillies National League Championship team would famously gather around the nearest available screen to catch up on the latest episodes of Yellowstone.  Well, all of the Phillies except one.

"Kevin Costner?  He's alright, I guess.   I don't really buy him as the seen-it-all cattle rancher, though."
Those are the words of Tony Longmire, who just finished his 30th season as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

"For me, Longmire is where it's at," says Longmire.  "A&E has long been synonymous with the very best TV programming, right up there with... no, ABOVE a channel like HBO.  It's the channel that has always had something for everybody.  From Storage Wars to the rebroadcast episodes of Homicide: Life on the Street in the early 2000s, it's a lineup that can never be beat."

When we asked Longmire about the appeal of Longmire, a series that wrapped up its sixth and final season in late 2017, Longmire thought for a bit.  "It's... it's just Longmire."

It's just Longmire, indeed.

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 7

December 7, 2022:
2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn - Band of Heroes #BH-7 The Resistance
It's trivia night, so I've gotta rush this one out.  Quick and dirty, who's your favorite character on this card?  Don't think about it too hard, just go with your gut.

I'm the type of guy who hasn't even seen whatever they called Episode IX, so my Star Wars cred, which peaked in the '90s, has taken a hit in recent years.  My head settled on Chewbacca, but I know in my heart that it's R2-D2.  That kid has been through a lot, and he (?) remains the soul of the series.
So who ya got?  Leave a comment on this post or respond to the tweet that brought you here. 

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 6

December 6, 2022:
1993-94 Classic Draft Picks #26 Tony Dunkin
First of all, Holy Bejeebers, THAT'S a great name for a basketball player.  Until Tom Reception starts playing wide receiver in the NFL or Michel Highsticking gets called up to the Calgary Flames, this might be an all-time athlete name.

The question is, could this guy ball?  Well, despite most of the world not knowing his name, Tony Dunkin is still the only male college basketball player to have been named conference Player of the Year four times (D1).  This is a record that may never be equaled in our lifetimes.  Circumstances dictate the unlikelihood of repeating this feat.  First, if you're a freshman winning PoY in your conference, you're probably playing in one of the power conferences.  And if you win it your first year, you're probably on your way to an NBA career before your four years are up, given the state of basketball over the past 30 years.

On the other hand, let's say you're a freshman who wins the honor in a mid-major conference.  Not unheard-of, but unlikely.  A wunderkind just out of high school is probably not going to Louisiana-Lafayette or UW-Green Bay.  But let's say it does happen.  Is it easy to replicate over sophomore year?  Absolutely not.  But, for the sake of argument again, imagine a repeat happens.  A guy who's not good enough to go pro, but is right at the top of a smaller conference.  He could do it a couple more times, right?

Two words make this even less likely today: Transfer portal.

If a diamond in the rough at UC-Irvine starts lighting up the rest of the Big West, soon enough the Pac-12 (or whatever's going to be left of it) will come calling.  I'm calling it right now.  We will never see this happen again.
Tony Dunkin, you may not have had the most memorable professional basketball career, but the staff at this blog would like your remarkable feats as a Chanticleer to be acknowledged by the entire world.

Monday, December 5, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 5

December 5, 2022:
1954 Quaker Oats Sports Oddities #27 Yankee Stadium
Not bad.  A nice aerial view of the stadium, juxtaposed with an artist's rendering of a left-handed hitter (perhaps Mickey Mantle, taking his preferred side of the plate?)  Nothing really odd about the venue, though.  An average contemporary stadium in the 1950s.  Let's flip it over and see if there's a story attached.

Good God, almighty, we've got some editorializin' going on!

As most readers know, the only thing that gets me going more than a hideously miscut card is one that has been doctored, the more genuine and the further in the past, the better.  Let's examine the "improvements" made to this card at some point in the last 68 years.

Hmmm, that's a bold accusation to make against a purveyor of oats and cardboard.  It helps that this person underlined the first sentence.  Pretty innocuous statement, shading a little more toward opinion that pure fact, but hard to argue with.
Would the defacer of this card care to elaborate?
"The Yankees are bums"
 It's a fine cursive script, and very assertive.  Not the most creative sentiment, but it gets the job done.  Most pen-or-pencil alterations come in the form of either glasses and a goatee, or a team name scratched out and replaced with another after a trade.  Not so here.  A long-ago collector wanted the world to know his or her stance on the New York Yankees, and this was his soapbox, his Twitter.

Well done.  I am not a Yankee hater (they tend to beat up on teams I dislike even more), but I will spread your word.

Sunday, December 4, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 4

December 4, 2022:
1991 Starline Hollywood Walk of Fame #153 LeVar Burton
There are likely hundreds, if not thousands, of cards featuring LeVar Burton as Star Trek's Geordi La Forge.  You may even have a few of them.  But how many of you own a card featuring LeVar Burton as America's Favorite Person, LeVar Burton?  Not many, I'd venture.
Seriously, is there anyone more universally beloved than the esteemed Mr. Burton?  Can anyone make a legitimate gripe with the man?  I answer this in the negative.  Only a monster would even attempt to call out LeVar Burton.  I have half a mind to carry this card around with me in a top loader placed inside my shirt pocket at all times for inspiration and good luck, and there is no doubt in my mind that within the span of a week, this totem would save my life in an assassination attempt on the streets of Milwaukee, just like the lengthy speech and eyeglass case did for former President Theodore Roosevelt.  No doubt in my mind.
But you don't have to take my word for it.
See ya next time.

Saturday, December 3, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 3

December 3, 2022:
1969 Topps #232 Dave Ricketts
I'm pretty sure Dave has been a part of this calendar in the past, but back in the Thorzul Will Rule days, therefore within a post that is no longer accessible.  With the combination of the thick-framed glasses, the vacant expression, and a great big Venus flytrap of a mouth and jaw, Dave is easy fodder for internet jokey jokes.  Throw in a last name that brings to mind a vitamin D deficiency, and his cards are instant comedy.

This time, however, we wrap this enigma within another vest.  This card is obviously a miscut, but it pulls back the curtain somewhat.  Along the left border we see the phrase "SLIT B" written in vertical fashion.  This doesn't appear to have been written post-pack opening, but seems to be part of the printing process.  The letters look oddly like someone's handwriting, but perhaps this is something that was written on the edge of a proof sheet early on in production?  It appears not to have been intended for the eyes of the consumer to have seen.  It's barely visible to the naked eye, but those letters are directly to the left of a faint yellow line that looks to be where the cut should have been made along the left edge of the card.  I realize this is getting in pretty deep about a simple production error that occurred over 50 years ago, but I'm genuinely curious about SLIT B.  If you have any thoughts on this, drop them below.

Friday, December 2, 2022

2022 Card-vent Calendar: December 2

December 2, 2022:
1991 Pinnacle #399 John Offerdahl Pro Sideline
Not much to say about this one other than I'm creeped out by that smile.  Offerdahl's: Come for the bagels, stay for the molestation.

"No, I will NOT go with you into the storeroom to get more Everything spice."

*Please note that John Offerdahl is, by all accounts, a fine human being who has actually saved at least one person's life.