Monday, November 18, 2013

The 5 Most Influential Cards Of All Time (To Me)
Number 2 - 1979 Topps Thad Bosley

There's a very simple story behind this card. It is the card I got from my very first trade.

You always remember your first.

It was the summer of 1979, and I was on the porch of my parent's house with another kid from my neighborhood. I had found out recently that he had some cards and he brought them over for me to look at. I don't remember why I only traded for one card, it probably was that I didn't have very many at that point to trade.

I do remember that he wanted the 1978 Butch Hobson that I had a duplicate of. So we traded.

Butch Hobson for Thad Bosley.

Why Thad Bosley?

It looked so cool to my ten year old eyes.

So who's up for a contest?

If anybody is interested in a hanging box of 2013 Topps Update, all you have to do is guess what card has been the most influential card in my life. These aren't my favorite cards, but the cards that bring back the most memories and keep me coming back to this crazy hobby.

So let's recap the previous four and why they are so important to me:

5.) 1977 Topps Pete Broberg - First experience with airbrusing.
4.) 1978 Topps Lyman Bostock - First deceased active player I had a card of.
3.) 1978 Topps Len Randle - Thought he was missing his right hand.
2.) 1979 Topps Thad Bosley - First experience with trading.

In order to enter the contest, you have to be subscribed to my blog.

To enter please comment on this post with the year, brand, player's name and why you think it is so influential to me.

I'm also going to give you a clue about each part of the answer.

Year - It's from one of my first four years of collecting (1977, 1978, 1979 or 1980)
Brand - I'll give you this one. It's Topps.
Player's Name - He is from one the most recent expansion teams at the time (Blue Jays or Mariners)
Why It's Influential - This is going to be the hardest. If you look at the previous four, most of them are "firsts". This is actually a "last" but a "first" as well.

I'm going to run this for a few days, so whoever gets the closest to the actual card will win. If there is a tie, I'll defer to to choose a winner.

Good luck, but don't spend too much time on this. It's only Topps Update, but it is free cards if you win.


  1. 1979 Topps Ron Fairly. Last guy still playing who was active in the 50's (although he wasn't really. Stretch and Kaat and McCarver were still around. Oh well)

    1. And I guess that should be 1978 (Blue Jay), not 1979 (Angel).

  2. I'll say '78 Topps Doug Ault. I'm not sure why, but that's my guess.

  3. 1977 Topps Dick Pole. His first Mariners card, his last year playing (I think?).

    Thanks for the contest!

  4. 1977 Topps Pete Vuckovich, his rookie (first) card

  5. 1977 Topps #653 Diego Segui? Last Topps card issued of Segui, (he's also the last Mariner on the '77 checklist). Pitched the very first Mariners game in MLB, so also a first. I don't know how to subscribe to a blog, but I put you in my blogroll which is what I use as my reading list. Does that count? Either way, great contest.

  6. Scratch that, found your follow button, was just waaaaay down there in your sidebar.

  7. I say 1978 Topps Lyman Bostock, because of the lessons it taught you about life.

  8. I'm going to say 1980 Topps Willie Horton, It was Willie's last year playing, but the year before in 1979 he played every game all 162, also this is his only card as a mariner as he was featured in a Blue Jays uni in 1979 Topps.

  9. 1977 Topps Phil Roof. Because his eyes are hidden in shadows.

  10. 1980 joe simpson. last card you needed for your first complete set.