I pulled a 200 count card box out of my closet yesterday just to see what was in it. It was marked 'Oddballs, Orioles, etc." I always seemed to label boxes with 'etc.' as if I'd know what was in them 20 years later.
I pulled a small stack of cards from the middle of the box and among other weird junk these cards stood out. First is this Hires Root Beer George Zuverink card. These were issued in 1958 and as you can figure from the name they came in cartons of soda. There is a lot to love here but for me the nostalgia value tops all of it... Hires Root Beer was a staple in my grandparents' Brooklyn house.
Zuverink spent all or parts of 8 seasons in the bigs, about half with the Orioles. I covered his career on my 1959 Topps blog including the fact that he was one half of the first battery with both partners having names beginning with 'Z'.
1976 Hostess Mike Cuellar.
1982 Kmart Boog Powell. Back in the early 80s there was a new 'boxed set' available every day, or so it seemed.