We’re beginning this by reminding everyone the COMC challenge is still open. I know who the missing player is now, thanks to a COMC employee who has agreed not to be considered for any prize. However, if anyone can supply a scan of the missing player, who is a future HOFer, and never been tainted in any steroid scandals, that would be greatly appreciated. We will announce the winner in the next Rich’s Ramblings and on our other social media sites we visit later in the week
You may have noticed that several of our Rich’s Ramblings columns have actually become Rich’s Mailbag columns. We’re always happy to feature your well-written comments either as a separate story, such as we did for Dr. Paul Lieber or as a letter to which I will add a few comments. Please note in any submission, we do need just your name and city for publication purposes. Dialogue such as we have had recently is an important part of any hobby and this column is just one way to promote an increase in communications.
Isn’t this a great time of year? The weather usually starts turning cooler except here in Dallas-Fort Worth we’re still waiting for high temperatures to dip below 90 on a regular basis. Baseball is in a mode where almost every game matters right now, the football season is beginning and hockey and basketball seasons begin real soon. Always lots of excitement in all four sports and the next couple of months are a great time for everyone.
A few more notes from the floor of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention…
At the National this year I saw Dave Miedema, a long-time collector who used to write a column for Sports Collectors Digest back in the day. In his younger days, Dave was a ‘ball hawk’, one of the many people who used to congregate outside Wrigley Field hoping to snare home runs that landed on the streets beyond the far wall. One night I could have sworn I heard Keith Olbermann mention Dave’s name on ESPN’s SportsCenter. I was glad to see Dave walking about the show.
It was also good to see Joie Casey at the National. I’ve known Joie a long time and he even took us out to dinner when we went to Las Vegas for our wedding. Joie has long flowing hair and I swear during our too brief chat, at least 10 people came over to see him and say hello. If I remember correctly, Joie’s particular card passion is the 2005 Topps Pristine set and somewhere in my hazy memory he always told me how hard at least one of the Joe Carter cards were in that set.
Another mystery is the 1967 Topps Venezuelan set, a really cool mix of players in the Venezuelan winter leagues, photos from the 1967 Topps set and retired greats. According to Paul Sjolin of Batter’s Box cards and confirmed by John Rumirez, who came across quite a find of these cards about a decade ago, six of the cards from the first series were removed. For a long time, some of these cards were only rumored to exist but the whole set has since been verified. I like the low numbers because they include first known cards of potential Hall of Famers Bobby Cox and Dave Concepcion.
There is always something to learn when you’re a card collector.
As always, thank you for reading and we’d love to hear from you.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]