I haven't done one of these in a while so it's about time for another installment. I used to do these types of posts on Saturday, but I had a friend come into town, so I didn't have enough time to play with my cards yesterday. Hence, the Vintage Sunday rather than Vintage Saturday post.
A couple of weeks ago I went to the local flea market in search of the holy trinity of junk: old cameras, baseball cards and comic books. I didn't find any cameras at all which was pretty disappointing, the comics I found were over priced, but I did find some random cards to pick up.
One of the booths that I visited had the best stuff. He was selling a bunch of relics and autos that were a little too pricey for me. He also had a complete set of 1962 Post cereal box "cards" for the bargain price of 300 smackers. Nice set, but a little too much for me. I settled for a pack of 89 Fleer, a shrink wrapped box of a 1992 Heisman set and some random assortment of Stadium Club. I've had some good luck finding packs of Stadium Club, but not this time.
The cards in the "packs" weren't so good, but I did get a few cards of some nice players.
This card is a little odd: Wade is basically congratulating somebody else's home run. It's an odd choice, but he's definitely the subject of the card.
Will Clark is somebody I recognize. I know that it's one of Brian's fav's. Still, it's kind of pedestrian shot. I don't know much about the Member's Choice parallels.
Nobody that I particularly collect, and the saddest part is that their weren't any cool action shots. Stadium club is known for cool action shots, I wasn't really feeling any of these cards. They just didn't do it for me. At least the John Russel card will go into the Oklahoma binder which is still under construction.
The Heisman Collection box yielded some nice cards. They are all reproductions of the paintings that hang on the walls of the Downtown Athletic Club in Manhattan.
I know a lot of people don't like what the Heisman ceremony has become. I could count myself as one of those people. I don't think it really goes to the most outstanding player in college football anymore. It really helps that you play in a major conference. I think they over look a lot of nice players. I'm glad Robert Griffin III won it this past year though. He's an outstanding player and should have won it. He brought a lot of attention to Baylor a doormat in the Big XII these past 14 + years and gave them something to be excited about. A lot of people count the game against Oklahoma as the game that won him the Heisman. I'm not so sure about that, but it certainly didn't hurt to beat a top ten team decisively. There I go again, always trying to bring the focus on OU.
Oh look! A cool card of former Oklahoma running back Steve Owens. I did it again. Sorry, but it's my only card of his at this point. I know there are some nice ones of his and I have waited too long to grab some of his cards. He's a pretty nice guy in person too. He signed a book and a football for my mom.
No vintage card post could be complete without an afro. Billy is also a great guy in person. He was nice enough to sign a photo and talk to me for a while a few years ago when I was trying to get an autograph for my mom's Christmas present. She now has two out of five OU Heisman autos. It's going to be tough to find one of Billy Vessels. (He passed away in 2001).
Johnny Rodgers also makes an appearance. He is famous to OU fans as being that guy that ran the punt back for a touchdown in the Game of the Century. Apparently the Heisman people took note; it mentions this fact on the back of the card. Shades of Robert Griffin III? Okay, I'm doing it again. I won't be that guy that thinks the world revolves around his team, but there seems to be some evidence to the contrary. I think maybe Oklahoma is the center of the college football world.
Here's a video of the punt return:
Alright then. I don't have much else in the tank. I didn't show off the pack of 89 Fleer, mainly because there wasn't much to show. The flea market guy had a whole box and I only bought one pack. If I had remembered the Billy Ripken card was in that set I would have probably bought the whole box. I wouldn't mind pulling one of the variations of those cards, especially the one with the curse word on it.
Hopefully I can get around to showing off some cool vintage stuff from the card store this week.
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