Yowza! As many of you did, I took advantage of our lovely friend Adam’s (ARPSmith) offer to unload some cards from the massive collection he purchased recently. I thought I saw a small stack of Astros at the back of the picture – it turns out I wound up with a whole small flat rate box stuffed to the brim with Astros goodness!
I’m going to have to break all this star-spangled glory into a few posts in order to really do it justice, but I want to go ahead and acknowledge Adam’s kindness and some of this awesomeness instead of sidelining it for my backlog of posts. So let’s dive into some of the stuff!
First, as you can see, there are a couple large items that we’ll get to in short order. I figured in this post we can cover some of the odd-sized oddballs that were carefully tucked in with the contents of this package. I certainly wasn’t expecting this much stuff!
What you might be able to see in the photo, if you have an astute eye, are these two cards from the 1981 Topps Scratchoffs series. This was a game set where the cards came in packs of (three or five I think) panels. The backs of a panel told you the rules on the first card, had a scoreboard on the second card, and some sort of mail-in offer on the third card – either for a ball-strike indicator, a “Super Sports Card Locker” or a hat. You were supposed to scratch off the circles, playing innings against your friend and denoting the runs scored on the scoreboard panel. While these two are scratched (looks like Art Howe had a rough day, but Puhl did pretty well), there was no score on the back of the Puhl.
Along with another TCDB member who had come into some of these, I actually tried to put together a not-quite-comprehensive checklist of the actual panel variations, based on what each of us had in our collection. We’ve determined that there were three or four different panel variations for each of the players on the first card. I’m in the process of lobbying TCDB admins to add a checklist for the full 3-card panels, because I really don’t want to break apart the copies I have.
Like I said, this is just the tip of the iceberg for all the cards Adam sent over, so expect a few more posts to come. Thanks for the package Adam! I’ll have to try and find something really cool to send back your direction.