Monday, December 4, 2017

My Favorite Card of 2017

I Have to Pick One?!

I'm finding out about all these cool contests and giveaways I missed out on by not blogging in 2016 and now I am taking full advantage. A lot of the other bloggers out there come up with some thoughtful posts to get the blogosphere to interact in fun ways and its awesome.
P-Town Tom of Waiting 'til Next Year , who has made many appearances in this blog has a contest running that I am super impressed with. "What is your favorite card of 2017?" That is such a great question and a tough one to answer. I can't wait to see what others choose. For me, there is one card that combines two of my passions in a retro/classical way. Lucky for me, Tom will let me squeak by without this card actually being in my possession; yet. I know I will obtain it at some point and the hunt is part of the fun. Here it is:
The 2017 Topps Ted Williams SP #US18. My time spent living in New England educated me on the non-baseball aspects of Mr. Williams life, especially fishing. You'd be amazed at the amount of fishing paraphernalia that sport Ted Williams name as a brand. The picture on this card shows a crafty Ted stripping line on a fly rod from the front of a small boat. I know I have been in this same position in my canoe many times, maybe not with the flair for fashion Mr. Williams had. I can't wait to add this card to my collection. It is hands-down my personal favorite from 2017!

In the meantime here are two other cards that came to mind but didn't exactly fit the criteria for this post but I do own.
This Ted Williams from 1959 isn't current but still illustrates the same love I have for the first card. The Allen and Ginter sailfish card was the last one I needed to complete the set. This set opened my eyes to a vast collecting potential of fishing tobacco cards of the past. Plus, I was able to attend my first Bassmaster weigh in this summer and had interesting cards for the anglers to sign for me. I am still building that collection. 2017 helped integrate two of my biggest passions in the world.


  1. Wonderful choice! I have no idea what stripping line on a fly rod means, but it certainly demonstrates your passion for fishing!

  2. That is truely an awesome card! Fun Fact: Willliams is also a member of the "Fishing Hall of Fame" - a two sport Hall of Famer!

  3. great choice! certainly an unusual photo selection by Topps - quite refreshing!