The Big Bang in Retrospect: 1979 O-Pee-Chee
I’ve been walking back through the stack of boxes that I bought at a garage sale last weekend, an event which I’ve since dubbed “The Big Bang” as it’s given my vintage collection quite a kickstart.
Inside one of the boxes was a nice stack of 1979 O-Pee-Chee, with its delightfully ragged edges and wonderful French/English backs. I’m a little surprised that the pitchers aren’t marked “lanceurs,” on front.
All told, I landed 64 cards with no duplicates. Mr. J.R. Richard here was my only Astro out of the stack, unfortunately, but I’m certainly happy to land him.
Let’s have a look at some of the other names in the stack!
Well would you look at that! A pair of eccentric pitchers – The Bird and Spaceman Lee. I did a little research, and apparently Spaceman pitched in some independent ball in the past couple years, in his mid-60s. These are certainly staying in the collection. I’m thinking I need to get a Bill Lee autograph into my collection as well.
Here’s another pair of notable arms. Denny looks really young here, and if he was still the pitching coach of my local nine then I’d be bringing this one to the ballpark in hopes of a signature. This is a pretty swell Tommy John card too.