Little old rectangles

I’ve been going through some of my vintage Redskins the past few months to kind of pick up the missing pieces of cardboard and do a little scanning as well.  It’s a painfully slow talks that i’ve been slowly accomplishing over the last 5+ years…slow going, you know.  Judson over at My Cardboard Habit has been doing the same thing with his Rangers cards.  It’s an arduous task that i constantly question why in the hell i’m even attempting it…a little insight in to me though…i’m a “completionist” and i must collect sets once i get started and document everything along the way..once i get started.  This was totally cool when i was younger and mostly friend-less, wife-less and more critically child-less.  Now time is a highly coveted commodity, so scanning cardboard ain’t the most fun thing to do on a weekday night…but personal disorders tend to overshadow general common sense at times.  It’s a task i know in my head that i will never complete, but that’s not the point…it’s the pursuit…like collecting…pursue the unattainable endlessly and with VIGOR!!  or something.

One of the card sets that i’ve completed (maybe i should double check my checklist before i type so boldly?) is the 1948 Bowman set.  A cute (wife’s words, not mine) little 2″ x 2 1/4″ black and white card with some cool grainy “action” photos of men from generations past.  These little pieces of history are pretty cool to look at as well as read.  The backs of the cards are filled with wonderful snippets of the players as well as an opportunity to order some really wonderful pieces of americana.  I would definitely order the magnetic frisky scotties.  One because scotties are odd looking dogs that seem to be incredibly popular and, as the card says, i can “watch them fight”!  Not sure the backs of cards today would advertise fighting scotties…missed opportunity i say.

The leatherette helmet on the back of the Daniel Sandifer card is appealing as well.  The Sammy above sent me back financially a little, but this card and the Harry Gilmer were actually the toughest to find in decent condition and at an appropriate price.  Glad to have these three cards to close out my 1948 Bowman set.

So there you go.  A little aged black and white cardboard from almost 70 years ago.  Collecting this stuff really brings a smile to my face.  I get so much more joy out of this kind of card than a lot of the newer stuff out today…unfortunately, these three cards cost about as much as a mid tier box of cards…but i these guys are a priceless piece of my collection.

As i’ve been doing with my last few posts, i’d like to close with a video.  But in keeping with the vintage cards, i will spare you…the reader, a video of something obscene or out of line with your taste.

Heading home tonight, i was listening to our local jazz station KMHD 89.1 and they had a very quick recap of the Kamasi Washington show at the Roseland with i regrettably missed.  So here’s a nice little jam from his album The Epic…as performed last August.