Tuesday, December 23, 2014

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>mfc Celebates Christmas!!

Merry Christmas everybody. Happy Chanukah too. And happy holidays to those who have a problem with good 'ol seasons greetings.

 Wasn't planning on a Christmas post but I just learned Mets Fantazy Cards Like They Ought To Be hit 100,000 views last week. That is absolutely amazin' and deserves a celebration in it's own right.

So for the holidays lets get a peek at some future cards. Or past cards. To you, new cards. :) 

This post goes out to Pat Scalzo @Christmas, who twisted my arm and said," make more cards you slowpoke!" My New Years resolution is to post more frequently Pat.
1983 Topps was one of my favorite designs. Pretty much a more modern rehash of the 1963 design.
But George Foster was not one of my favorite Mets. Actually, I hated him (as a player) and his acquisition. But still, he was a Met so he gets a card. I'm like Oprah with the cards. Everybody gets a card! You get a card, and you get a card, and...

I liked Kevin Elster. I liked him even better after he left the Mets and had a great season with Texas, launching 24 long balls and driving in 99 (his only full season apart from the New York). I didn't like that he wasn't a Mets player anymore, but I wished him well on departure and he didn't suck.

 An mfc card in memory of Ray Sadecki. This card won't make the '77 pages. It's an alt that did not make the cut. I have made many alt cards for many players that did not make the cut for some reason (pictured in the wrong year is common), and they have not, and for the most part, will not be seen. I don't want to thin down the mfc collection (1 reg card per player for each year with some special exceptions) or use up all the pics and over saturate the project. I did make the horizontal 77 border for Sadecki's card, and that won't go to waste. The picture used on this will be applied to his '75 mfc card.

Since deGrom won ROY I will display an alt card in celebration. At least I think I only posted one of these here.. 

Someday I'll finish Tom Seaver's tribute page (I suppose I better start it first) and this next card will be used. I added the RC symbol, then removed it, because the MLB 100th yr anniversary logo had not been created yet in 1967.

When Topps first added the RC symbol they said that it would be restricted for use on only one version of a players card, denoting his one and only actual Topps rookie card. But recently they seem to throw that symbol on anything close to first year cards, and on more than one card of the same player. Shame on them for that.

So what if they did add a RC rookie symbol on the '67 Topps card, what might it have looked like? I figure something like the one pictured in the card.

What should this be called? 
Tom Seaver '67 mfc Update Set card?

'67mfc Seaver/Westrum SP card
Tom gets the ball in 1967 from Mets manager Wes Westrum. Behind Tom you get a glimpse of the 1967 off-white OF wall. The wall was this color the day Tom pitched his first MLB game. Could this picture have been taken on that day? A week or two later the wall was changed to the dark green that it wore throughout the late 60's and early 70's.

 I already introduced the horizontal '75mfc layout, which was pretty straight up.

I think that looks predicatively correct. That's probably how Topps would have laid out a '75 horizontal card.  But I wanted to take things a step further. If Topps pushed the envelope (and they did push it a few times in the early 70's with the '71 & '72 designs) they might have come up with a different horizontal design. There's only so many things you can do to the old classics before they lose their nostalgic connection to the original. But I'll push it.

Now if the kid in you looks at this card and goes...WOW, 
then I've done my job. If you look at this and think, wtf has he done!!!??
then I am truly sorry. *wink

And Ray also gets a horizalt card. 
RIP Mr. Sadecki. 
It was always a pleasure to watch you do your job.


The Shea Stadium poster is pretty much complete. It still needs a few updates for erroneous or additional information.
The poster will be pretty big, app 3ft. x 4ft.
If there is any interest I will print up a limited amount for purchase.
All I know is I want one on my wall.



  1. I love your horizontal '75 cards!

    1. I was weened on the '70,'71,'72 Topps designs so those are special to me. 1975 Topps was not a favorite of mine, but it was of my younger brother who had just started collecting himself that year. He thinks the horizalts go too far. They are so different they don't feel right to him. More like a card that could not have been.

      I expected to hear something like that, because if 1975 is your card, your year of entering the hobby, and special to you, the extreme changes in the design are hard to swallow. I thought I'd hear more negative stuff regarding the horizalts, so I'm happy it's all been positive.

      I'm glad you dig em. Have a happy and safe New Year Jason :)

  2. Horizalts are great. I'd want one of your Shea posters. Such detail in it. You do an awesome job all year long. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

    1. Thank you Seth. Hope you had a merry Christmas and have a happy and safe New Year. I'll have more info on the Shea poster in 2015.

  3. Wow!
    Ask and you shall receive, Lol
    Nice post plus 10 new cards Awesome!