Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Welcome to 1972

The 1972 is the funkadelic set that in many ways matches the time. I started collecting baseball cards about this time. It was the first I seriously collected. I remember walking to the post office with my grandfather and he’d always stop at the pharmacy on the way back and get me a rack pack. These were also the guys I’d get in the backyard and play games of. I had to learn how to throw a ball up and hit it left handed so I could be Lou Brock, perfect the chicken wing to be Joe Morgan and whip the bat around in a circle like Uncle Wilver Stargell. Now that I have Strat-O-Matic I’m playing through the 1972 season.

I've read Andy's blogs on the 1988 set and the 1978 set. I really enjoyed them and, while I understand his decision to suspend the 1978 blog, I've been inspired by what he's done. For those of you familiar with his blogs I'm going to use something of the same format in that I'll go through the set card by card. I'm nowhere near the stats guru he is, so I'll just have anecdotes about the player on the card, and some historical references (history is one of my other passions) to the world at large and the sports world in 1972.

I'm not trying to be a copycat and this is not going to be the same quality. I'm not trying to join the pantheon of baseball card blogs. I'm just trying to have some fun. I don't know how regularly I'll post and certainly can't make any representations about the quality. Just like anyone else, my personal views will spill over into the writing, so if you don't agree with my viewpoint, politics or faith, that's OK. I really just hope you have some fun, too. I welcome your commentary. Let's go back to the first baseball strike, Richard Nixon's landslide, Earl Morrall riding to the rescue and 787 funkadelic cards.


  1. Even though I'm familiar with the 1972 Topps set, I look forward to hearing your perspective on each of the cards and about the year in general.

    Welcome to the Hobby Blogosphere. Your site has been added to both my blog's and the Sports Card Blogroll.


    JayBee Anama

  2. Love the blog. Just discovered it yesterday (3/30/09) and read it backwards from that point.

    1972 was also my first year collecting cards and this is probably my favorite set. Tons of stars and some overlapping eras: guys like Mays and Clemente in their final years, others like Bench and Jackson relatively new.