I went in with a simple plan last year. I was going to try to fill some holes in my collection. I was also going to try to get rid of all my cards from 1981 to present and try to trade them for either vintage or something I needed to complete a set. I think I made the most out of my parameters, but I'll let you be the judge.
1983 Topps #46 - Richard Dotson
I needed one card to complete my 1983 White Sox team set and this was it. I am very happy to put this set to rest.
1983 Topps #488 - Alfredo Griffin
This was the one card I remember from my very first pack of cards. It was the card that started my interest in collecting. Without this card in my first pack, I may have shunned cards altogether and headed down the wrong path and became an RCA Studio II fanatic or a Jart champion.
1980 Topps #594 - Dick Tidrow
I said I would take anything 1980 or earlier and this qualifies. Tidrow would switch leagues in a rare Cubs/WhiteSox trade.
1980 Topps #612 - Cliff Johnson
Something about this card just screamed, "Take me home... NOW"... and I listened.
1979 Topps #238 - Balor Moore
I was hoping to trade up but got stuck with it. Vintage is never a bad thing though. Love those uniforms.
1978 Topps #86 - Dave Tomlin
Another card that just couldn't get traded away, but I love that uniform!
1978 Topps #107 - Ed Halicki
Halicki is just a fun name and I want to Photoshop a stool under Ed. He looks like he should be sitting on a stool, relaxing against a bar, trying to hit on an unsuspecting woman. Not pitching in a major league game.
1976 Topps #282 - Dan Osborn
The last card I needed to complete my 1976 set. Awesome!
1975 Topps #318 - Ernie McAnally
The old school Expos uniform. Spring training palm trees. Tilted photography. Great name. How could I pass on this? I just can't!
1975 Topps #169 - Cookie Rojas
This year, I got my own Cookie. And no one can take it away from me.
1972 Topps #173 - Clay Kirby
Great card and oddly, only the front has creases, not the back.
1975 Topps #116 - Ed Farmer
So this is what Ed Farmer looks like in another organization. Kinda like Greg Brady.
1967 Topps #208 - Jack Lamabe
Needed this gem for my 1967 set.
1961 Topps #29 - Don Nottebart
1961 Milwaukee Braves rookie! Ended his career as a Cub in 1969.
1961 Topps #203 - Eddie Bressoud
Played against Hawk Harrelson in the 1967 World Series. I wonder if Hawk has any stories about Eddie. He came in as a late inning defensive replacement at shortstop for the Cardinals in Game 2 and Game 5 and never batted.
1954 Topps #140 - Tom Wright
I am impressed that this is a card from 1954, from a team who has since relocated. I am not particularly impressed with the condition. The top left corner looks like it was a snack for a hungry animal of the rodent variety.
1954 Topps #91 - Bob Oldis
This isn't a pristine card either, but it is in much better condition. I'm glad because this is the card that I was most looking forward to when I unlocked it. I love the color shot of Bob! The black and white image reminds me of the angels and devils that would pop up on people's shoulders when they had a tough decision to make. Add in the currently non-existent team (I know they still exist, just not in that city) and it creates a near perfect card and the best of the bunch!
I was skeptical when I won an unopened pack from the 70s or 80s. I had a premonition that it would be either from 1987, 1988 or 1989.
I can say that I did get some pretty decent cards in the 1989 pack, but it's still a 1989 pack. Any card I can potentially get from there, I have probably owned at least five times over. I wonder if I can still win a trip to 1990 spring training?