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.


  1. This might be my favorite card yet that you've shown. Cursive graffiti on a card, something you won't find much on modern cards I bet!

  2. The card is pretty cool. Never seen this set before and I enjoy oddball cards like these. But as you highlighted... the best part of this particular card is the previous owner's commentary.