My foundation of trivial knowledge was shaken slightly today when I named this Memorabilia Monday post. As a little kid in the 1970s (born at the end of 1971), I really would have sworn that the phrase of having more of something than "Carter's got liver pills" referred to then-president Jimmy Carter. I stuck that phrase confidently into Google and was shocked to find out that it had no such relationship. Instead, it was some placebo drug from the 1960s that people took just because...sort of like those same people raised kids who took cocaine, just because....but I digress....here's a television ad for Carters Little Liver Pills:
Now that my whole foundation has been rocked, let's get to the memorabilia. I have mentioned in the past that I bothered Gary Carter frequently for autographs even though I had to come up with Canadian postage somehow to get the SASE addressed properly and with the correct postage. He was my favorite player, after all, because he seemed like the nicest guy, always had a smile on his face, and he was a catcher like I was.
Don't get me wrong -- I liked the Brewers catchers -- but I had to have a non-Brewer player collection back then so that I could "compete" with my friend who was a Dale Murphy fan. If you would have told me then that only one of them would make the Hall of Fame, I would not have hesitated to say that it would have been Murphy. But, the 1986 World Series title gave Carter the big victory, and playing catcher made his numbers stand out more than Murphy's numbers did as an outfielder, so Carter was the guy who is now enshrined.
With no further introduction, here are my Gary Carter autographs on regular-sized cards and stickers:
|1982 Donruss Diamond King|
|1982 Topps Sticker|
|1981 Topps Scratch Off|
|1982 Topps Foil Sticker|
|1981 Topps Scratch Off unscratched|
|1982 Fleer, and what horrible photography this is!|
|2008 Topps Stadium Club -- the only one I have gotten in a trade|
|1982 Topps All-Star|
|1982 Topps All-Star (#2)|
And, for your trivia answer: the two pitchers who have lost 300 or more games in their career are both Hall of Famers: Pud Galvin and the incomparable Cy Young.
Hopefully tomorrow night I will be doing the finishing touches on my painting job from over the weekend, so that means that on Wednesday I should finally be able to break the suspense on my 2013 Topps Series 2 case break.
Thanks for reading.