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mco sportscards Neverending Journey
Thoughts on baseball, baseball cards, and life.
 
entry Jan 17 2009, 12:02 AM
I just finished watching Ken Burns' Baseball- Inning 3: The Faith of Fifty Million. It ended with the telling of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. It always saddens me when I think of that occurrence. So many great players forever shunned by baseball because they rattled the foundation of its integrity. Lefty Williams, Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandill, Happy Felsch, Swede Risburg, the backup second baseman....can't think of his name right now...I know...I know I could look it up but why?? He was doomed for obscurity and I wouldn't even be worrying about him right now if it wasn't for his (in)famous teammates that suffered the same fate. Most saddening of all....Buck Weaver and Joseph Jefferson Jackson(the one person Ty Cobb considered his equal). All black-balled because they struggled under the reserve clause.If it wasn't for the reserve clause and a stingy owner, it probably would never have happened. Not much can be said about the stingy owner...he was just trying to make a buck...but the reserve clause...it was the shackles that kept the players bound into slavery by the owners. Which brings me to the questions: 1)How important was Curt Flood to baseball and the players? and 2) Why has he not been inducted into the Hall of Fame?

I heard of Bert Blyleven whining about how the baseball writers were giving him the cold shoulder. He was certainly a better than average pitcher but what makes him any more deserving than Curt Flood? What makes any player more deserving than Curt Flood? Flood was on pace to have a Hall of Fame career. MVP, Gold Glove Award winner, a batting title, world champ, etc., but he gave all of that away in order to take up the fight against the reserve clause. Ultimately, he lost the battle, but the players have reaped the benefits of his struggle and won the war. Every time Arod cashes one of his $10 million dollar checks, he should get down on his knees and thank God that there was someone like Curt Flood who was willing to give up everything in order to help his fellow players. Why hasn't the veterans' committee enshrined him, yet? They owe him a great deal of gratitude. He was unappreciated, then, he's severely unappreciated, now, and I want to know: When is it Curt's turn?

entry Jan 13 2009, 02:18 PM
It's a new year and with it comes many firsts. I'm going to be getting married later this year...that's a first. I will be busting my first case....a long awaited first. Most importantly, at least for the purpose of this entry, I received my first 1952 Topps cards.

Why are they important? They materialized from an epiphany I had after selling my dad's 1959 Topps Ernie Banks (BV$80) for $20 in order to help bankroll my first case break. I felt remorse. I couldn't believe I had sold off a card that is certain to hold it's value for a bunch of unknown cards that may amount to nothing. It was almost like I was selling my dad out by doing so.
In order to assuage some of my guilt, I used some of the money from my sales to purchase around 20 cards from the 1952 Topps set. No they're not my dad's....my oldest brother traded all of my dad's 52 Topps when he was a kid and Dad never got them back. The purchase was the first step of a journey. The journey to collect every Topps card ever issued.
Why Topps? Topps was always Dad's favorite brand. They were the first cards he ever received, the cards that he grew up with, and the cards that he passed on to me. I realized after selling the Banks card that I was doing the same thing that my oldest brother had done....chipped away part of what my father had begun building. I am now beginning to re-lay that foundation.
I ask you to join and help me along my journey. I'm sure there will be ups and downs......but the lessons we learn and the stories that we'll be able to pass down to our own children will make it worthwhile.
- The prize is not gained by success, but by the journey itself.

Marc

 
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