A great post today over at The Fleer Sticker Project on fans sitting on the billboard in center field during the 1967 World Series. Hard to believe one could pull of such a feat. Also hard to believe that the Red Sox are at home for Game 6, one win away from their third World Series title in ten years. I remember back in April thinking the Sox would be lucky to get to .500. I never would have thought they’d have a shot to make the playoffs, never mind the World Series.
In honor of tonight’s game, here’s David Ortiz’s card from this year’s Topps Archives set. It obviously is based on the 1990 design. I’ve always had an interesting relationship with 1990 Topps. I hated it, even when I was eight-years old when it was released. I thought the radical! neon color scheme was lame and an eyesore back then. Still, I bought a crap-load of the stuff; I must have hand collated the set two or three times over. Great shot of Ortiz here, looking as locked-in and cool under pressure as ever.
Hopefully he knocks a couple out of Fenway tonight and the Red Sox are able to wrap things up!
Collecting has been non-existant the past four or five months. I moved from Boston to Brooklyn in late-August so any money that would have been spent on cards went into savings for the move. But now that I’m here and settled in and found a new job I’ll finally be able to get back into the swing of things and start posting again on a (semi) regular basis.
Tonight, the Red Sox return to the ALCS for the first time since 2008. Living in New York makes it extra exciting, especially since I teach at a college up in the Bronx and virtually all my students are Yankee fans. With all the postseason success the Red Sox had from 2003-2009 I started taking playoff baseball for granted. But after the nightmarish end to the 2011 season and the mess that was 2012, I’ve promised myself that I never will again.
The Williams card featured is obviously from the 2013 Allen and Ginter set. I really like how they chose to include more retired stars this year, like Williams, Nolan Ryan, and Hank Aaron. I bought a pack at Target while picking up a bunch of things for my new apartment so I’ll definitely start chipping away at this set soon.