Another trip to the Antique Mall…

This is turning into a weekly journey. Ever since I found the place, I want to go every chance I get. Today I went with one player in mind: Dave Concepcion.

To call Concepcion a “Star” is an understatement.

Even to call him an “All-Star Étoile” misses the mark, since those only play one game a year.

I would have settled for “Super Star,” but Kellogg’s said, “No, he’s more than that! He’s a 3-D Super Star!” Honestly, why this guy is not in the Hall of Fame baffles me. He ruled the shortstop position until Ozzie Smith arrived, and though he didn’t do any somersaults, I would pick Davey over the Wizard any day of the week.

What surprised me was that he came out of retirement in 2004 to play in the Red Sox/Cardinals World Series. I’m not sure which team he played for, though, because they let him wear his old Cincinnati uniform. Sadly, I was not following baseball in 2004 so I had no idea this was going on.

Of course, I didn’t stop at Concepcion. I also picked up a 1962 Cincy shortstop…

A few 1983 Topps Reds stickers…

And…

Wait for it…

Oh yeah, baby…a 1963 Rookie Stars featuring the Reds legends…

Sammy Ellis and Jesse Gonder. What, you were expecting someone else?

In addition to these, I got a few packs of randomness, out of which I pulled this oddball Sandberg…

It’s not a Baseball Cards Magazine card like I expected. There is no manufacturer info at all on the back, just Ryno’s 1986-1990 stats. But wait, there’s more! I also got this extremely oddball Bo Jackson…

The flipside actually has another photo of Bo. Again, no manufacturer details, so no telling where this card came from. Maybe Bo knows?

And finally, I took a trip down to the actually baseball card shop as well and picked up a few more packs of 1992 NFL Game Day. I don’t know why I am drawn to these cards. Maybe it’s the 50-cent price tag.

Out of these packs, I got a radio host and a kitchen appliance…

A couple of great 1980’s quarterbacks…

And a couple of highly touted youngsters who never lived up to their potential…

I remember how everyone made a big deal about Dan McGwire, little brother of Mark, but he never really made a mark on the league, did he? And Klingler, of course, was the first in a long line of terrible Bengals QBs. I don’t blame Klingler for his poor play in Cincinnati; I blame the Bengals for throwing everything on one young man’s shoulders and giving him no support whatsoever. Like they did with Akili Smith. And Jeff Blake. And Carson Palmer. Although Palmer has handled it admirably so far. So…far….

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About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on June 30, 2009, in baseball, baseball cards, football, football cards and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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