Friday, February 18, 2011

Tales From the Dime Box Part III: '72s and Heavy Dudes

Here's the final batch of ten-cent cards, fresh from the oven.

1972 Topps #117 Cleo James
The front of this one is a little gummy, but should that relegate it to the dime box?
According to the cartoon on the reverse, Cleo's hobby is table tennis. I've not investigated this fully, but I'm willing to bet the timeline would match up for the era in which Forrest Gump was representing our country in ping pong. Maybe Cleo was that guy at the VA hospital who asked, "Gump, how can you watch that stupid shit?"

1972 Topps #18 Juan Pizarro
Too bad the only '72s in the dime box were Cubs. At least this card helped me learn more about baseball. Juan Pizarro was on the Hall of Fame ballot only once, in 1980. He received no votes as Al Kaline and Duke Snider were given the nod. Amazingly, nine other players not elected on that ballot would make the Hall in a subsequent year. This number hit 11 the next year. In the 1990s, the average number of players who would make it in a subsequent year was 4.5. In the 1980s, the average was 6.9, but the first half of the '80s it was more similar to the 1990s at 4.4, and in the second half of the '80s it was 9.4 players per year. I don't think we can trust the 2000s data yet, for some players haven't been on the ballot for long enough, but it looks to be hovering around 5 as well, perhaps even lower. Not exactly sure what this data suggests, other than a confluence of several great players being necessary to make an era great.

As I may have mentioned before, for the days leading up to the Super Bowl, I was using my Facebook page as a Packers card showcase. This show, as you may recall, was the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, and while I never got the chance to post these before the game, I wanted to honor a few of the unsung (or, perhaps, "lesser sung") players on the team, guys that don't get all that many cards made of them. I found a small lot of these in the dime box, all samples from the 2007 Wauwatosa Police Department.
First, we have Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher. These guys are Packer lifers who finally got their ring. I actually feel happiest for Donald Driver for finally getting his, but these fellas aren't far behind. Tauscher is doubly awesome as a home-grown Wisconsinite and a Badger to boot. (Even his IR status cannot diminish his presence.)

Another couple of big dudes protecting the state's most valuable natural resource, Aaron Rodgers, also get a rare trading card. Scott Wells and Daryn Colledge were also both drafted by Green Bay and help establish the nucleus of the offensive line.

Okay, it's gut check time with this one. Over the last three seasons, lines in the sand were drawn. In Wisconsin, you were either a Packer fan or a Brett Favre fan. In my mind, there was absolutely no way you could have been both. One of the most stressful days of football I've ever witnessed was the night of last year's NFC Championship game. To me, there was just no way you could consider yourself a Packer fan if you were rooting for Favre in that game. That's not to say that those people were wrong; however, they couldn't have it both ways. It may have taken a few years to sort itself out, but in the end the true Packer fans were rewarded. There may have been Favre fans rooting hard for the Pack in SB XLV, but I can't see how they could have enjoyed it as much as the faithful.
Simply put: Ted was right.


Wrigley Wax said...

You mentioned the green and yellow C and S variations on the '72 Bill Bonham card a couple posts back. Both the Pizarro and James cards have the same variation (your James has the yellow C and S while your Pizarro is the green version). There is one more card with the variation, #45 Glenn Beckert.

Thorzul said...

Yeah, I noticed that when I was writing the post, but forgot to mention it. Good eye, Wrigley!