Where does nostalgia come from?
Old is in now. Hipsters love hating but wearing vintage clothing. Thrift shops are thriving. Antique malls are doing pretty well, too. And then there are real antique stores.
Many logos have a retro or old, simple crafted feel now - the All-Star Game logos and San Francisco's various parks logos stand out in my mind.
Architecture either incorporates existing structures or has a nod to historic buildings. Just look at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and Petco Park for inclusion of old buildings. Pretty much every ballpark built today has moved away from concrete and glass to brick and iron. Have a look at AT&T Park and the new SunTrust Park being built in Atlanta.
In the baseball card word, retro has been a hit for quite some time. Topps and Panini put a lot of effort into issuing throwback sets - Heritage, Allen & Ginter, Panini Cooperstown and even Donruss harken back to a prior age.
And then there are reprints; notably, 2016 Topps will have a Sy Berger tribute that's essentially reprints. Just like they did in 2011. (I guess we know what to expect in 2021 Topps too.)
A recent article (I can't remember the source) implies that Donald Trump's quick rise to popularity may be a result of the quickly changing socioeconomic situation, and I wonder if the increasing interest in things from "a simpler time" might be similarly inspired.
But when it comes to cardboard, vintage has been popular for a long time. I love old cards both from my childhood (ahh, the good old days of "junk wax") and before. When I was a beginning collector, getting older cards - even mid-80s cards in the early 1990s - was a bit of a treat. I had a bunch of those old Coke bottle caps with baseball players inside. I wonder what happen to those.
It wasn't until Jim came around and offered me a bunch of 1973 Topps singles that I really started building a vintage set. And I'm still trying to finish that set. Most of the cards I have of that set came from him, but there are others who have been a big help. And I've found some cards on my own, too, but I don't come across '73s in Japan.
So when I came back to the US in June and met up with Jim, I guess it's only natural that he should have some more 1973 cards for my set. At this point, I'm only really missing the tougher cards - keys and high numbers. So looking at the cards below for the first time, I was pretty excited!
The Mets TC is the only one in 1973 Topps that "lists" in Beckett Baseball. Yes, I have the price guide. Shoot me. Why is this card so important? This (along with his regular card, #305) is Willie Mays' last card from his playing days.
this card was the one found in one of my favorite childhood movies, The Goonies?
Jim is quite generous. I'm sure he'll dismiss the condition and such on some of the cards but none of that matters to me; just having these cards is cool enough!
And with this small but significant stack, my want list is now under 100 cards of this 660 card set!
Thanks so much, Jim! It was great hanging out with you again!