Thursday, January 7, 2016

Five Cool Things From a Dirty-Ass Binder #3

Waaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy back in March of 2015, I purchased a decrepit binder full of cards at a sketchy thrift store. While most of the cards in the binder were junk, there were a few things to be found that exuded their own certain kind of charm. Here is the third in this series.

First, there were a few 1991 Brewers Police cards. If you've read this blog for long, you may remember that it has been common practice since 1982 for police officer to carry a set of Brewers cards they produce to give away to little kids. The Milwaukee Police Department isn't the only jurisdiction to do this. Other departments, mostly those in Milwaukee suburbs, produce a set with their own department names on them. For player collectors, these are great, as it's fun to come across a Yount card from some podunk town. These definitely don't pop up as often as the MPD edition. If you look closely, you can see that these '91s were distributed by a variety of departments (Waukesha, Mukwonago, and Big Bend), but sadly, no Younts were to be found.

Up next, a 1994 set of Brewers police cards presented by the Oconomowoc Lake & Town P.D. (Although, oddly enough, the Dave Nilsson card is from the Waukesha P.D.) This was the first year of the awful crossed bats logo and uniforms, the beginning of over a decade of abject futility. None of these players were good, and we lost an average of 257 games a season over an 11-year period. Mike Fetters ran a school bus of disabled children off a cliff, and Jose Valentin killed a World War I veteran with an errant throw over the home dugout. It was a bleak era.

On another page, I found a group of more successful gentlemen. I'm not exactly when these cards are from, or who produced them, but they're a good-looking set recognizing the 1982 Brewers. It's not a full set, and of course the Yount is missing, but they're a fun look back to the Brew Crew's lone World Series appearance.

Thanks for reading. At some point in 2016, I'll get to the next cool thing I found in the dirty-ass binder.


Jupiterhill said...

I glad to see the DAB come back. I somehow missed the second installment so I had to go back to it. I can't wait to see what else was in it.

Fuji said...

Police officers carrying a set of cards to hand out to kids... is the coolest thing I've read today. Imagine if every MLB city did this. Might have a handful of new collectors. Key word is "might".