Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Another Question About Grolier's Cards

I watched that 1984 race on TV and then went to South Carolina to watch the 1996 Olympic Trials. 

The story mentions that Ryun never fulfilled his dream of winning Olympic Gold.  Many others have had that dream and not gotten past winning a high school state title.  Ryun did okay - he won an Olympic silver medal or as the card says "took only a silver medal".

I don't see the Grolier cards on the tradingcarddb.com.  Has anyone found a checklist?  How about at least a checklist of track stars?

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Where Did One Get A Sportscaster Coin?

Does anyone know how this was distributed?

Was this given as a gift for subscribers?  I didn't get one back in the day.  This came with a lot of Sportscaster cards that I bought a while back.  

Thanks for responding if you know more about this.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Letters from the Sportscaster Corporation Boss

I started collecting Sportscaster cards at the beginning of the subscription service but I didn't still have the letters from the company.  I just got them in a lot of Sportscaster cards that arrived today.  Here they are.

Are there more letters?

Saturday, June 23, 2018

...But I Kinda Like the Music

I've never been to Shea......

I've been to 32 MLB ballparks since I first went to some games in Chicago in 1968.   Unfortunately, I never went to one in New York.  This card will have to do since I never found a way to get there.  I wish they'd done a card for every stadium. 

I've also never been to any MLB game in Florida (Tampa, Miami), Oakland, any Angels stadium or Arizona.  Maybe that will happen sometime soon. 

If you are still paying attention and doing the math it doesn't add up.  Luckily, I'm old enough to have been to multiple stadiums for some teams. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

I Finally Found a Few More Sportscaster Cards That I Need for My Set

I picked up a few Sportscaster cards today (13) that I needed for my set.  I've always loved this Dave Kingman image.  It would be so much better had it shown him in a Cub uniform with the Wrigley Field bleachers in the background.  

When I get around to discussing the interesting comments on Sportscaster card backs, the Kingman card will certainly keep it entertaining.  If you have this card, read the back soon.


I've gotten two unopened packs from set/deck 26, which contains Walter Payton, so I will check him off as part of my set since I can just open a pack and I've got him.

Here are the number of cards that I am missing from each range of sets.

01 - 49         Completed

50 - 59         09 cards

60 - 69         21 cards

70 - 79         33 cards

80 - 88         40 cards

101-103       12 cards

Total          115 cards

Now my goal is to get all of the cards from 50 - 59 that I am missing. 

My real goal will be to find someone willing to part/trade Wayne Gretzky, Magic Johnson and Larry Bird.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Kellogg's Olympic Champions Cards - Wow!

For track and field collectors here is a link to the post I just added to my Kellogg's cards blog.  It is about my new Kellogg's Olympic Champions cards purchase.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The 1970s Running Boom

Frank Shorter's win in the 1972 Olympic Marathon has been credited with being a big inspiration for the running boom of the 1970s.  It also got him into the first series of Sportscaster cards. 

Not surprisingly, Shorter is mentioned as being "skinny".  How many Olympic Marathon winners weren't?

He was attending law school while training for the marathon.  He finished second in the 1976 Olympic Marathon.  

Not on the card - the 1976 winner has been implicated in East Germany's state-sponsored doping that went on for almost 20 years. 

I remember what I did after watching the 1972 race.  As a nine-year-old kid, I went out to try to run around the block 26 times.  I think I went for about an hour before my mother stopped me.  It was probably about 0.5 miles so I'd guess that I racked up 5 - 7 miles.   I remember not walking at all.  Unfortunately, in every marathon that I've attempted I ended up walking for a while.  Oh, to be nine years old again. 

That day marked my first ever run.  Sure I'd probably run home from school, to a friend's house or away from a dog, but this was the first time I actually went running as sport/exercise.  Too bad I didn't own running shoes until 1978.  I wish I knew what kind of shoes I wore that day.