Monday, July 20, 2009

Phungo 5 with 30-Year Old Cardboard

The Phils just finished playing the Marlins in a three game set in Florida (didn't go well for the fish) and this week will be entertaining the Chicago Cubs. And who better to talk about the suddenly Hot Cubbies and struggling Marlins then one of our favorite South Florida Card Bloggers, but Brian from 30-Year Old Cardboard.

1) You are both a Cubs and a Marlins fan. This probably affords you a unique perspective on the 2003 NLCS and the Moises Alou/Steve Bartman play. Can you elaborate on your thoughts on the events?
Let me start by saying that I was thrilled that the Marlins won that series and eventually the World Series title. Even at the time, I saw the 'Bartman Play' as just another fan interfering with a ball that could have been caught by a player. It just so happened to be in Chicago and at Wrigley. Anything there gets amplified and once the game and series ended all of the blame went to a guy that did what any of us in those seats would have attempted to do. Sadly, Cubs fans attacked him and his life was hell for quite some time afterwards. It's just another thing that Cubs' fans have hung their hats on, and until they get that victory in the World Series, they will continue to place blame on 'other' things besides the team's performance.

2) You have completed the 1983 Super Veterans Subsets, what classis subset would you like to complete next?
The 1983 Topps Super Vets set was a lot of fun to collect. It was great to re-visit many of those legendary players and learn new things about some of the guys I had forgotten. I don't want to give my secrets away just yet, but let's say that there is a nice handful of subests that were issued in the 1980's that I have my eyes on. For me, if the set brings me back to my collecting days as a kid than it is a contender!! How about a few hints?? 1985 Topps has 1 I am ready to go after. '88 Score too! Ok, enough hints...

1971 Topp #240 Fergie Jenkins

3) You have delved into both Vintage and autograph cards as a player collector do you have a preference for either type of card?
Absolutely. While autograph collecting has been a big part of my collecting habits in the past year, nothing beats obtaining a vintage card. And if you can find that 'special' one in good, great, or mint condition there is a sense of pride about adding it to your collection. Grabbing a card of Fergie Jenkins or Billy Williams that is 40 years old and in good condition is so much better than any of the autographs I have aquired from the modern certified autograph craze.

4) If the Marlins have a Sell off what player would you most like to see on the Cubs?
Josh Johnson. I'd love to see what a pitcher with his skill could do at Wrigley. And with a bigger audience in place, it would be nice to see Josh get the attention and credit he has earned by being one of the top 'hidden' pitchers in the sport. If not Josh Johnson, I'd like to see Dan Uggla get a fresh start on a new team as well....

5) "Hill Street Blues" or "Miami Vice"
Sport Jackets and no socks rule - Miami Vice!!! I was a big fan of the show when it first came out and although I never watched Hill Street Blues, I doubt that it had the same kind of cultural impact that MIami Vice had during the 1980's. Crockett and Tubbs 4-ever!!!

Good Stuff. I am more of a HSB guy then Miami Vice, but Brian came up for some solid reasoning for his position there. I am also a big Josh Johnson fan - he is the ace of the Phungo Fantasy Team. 5 out of 5 for 30-Year Old Cardboard.

Thanks to the team over at 30-Year Old Cardboard and keep those Did You Knows? coming. For a look back at a previous Phungo 5 on the Florida Marlins click here for Wax Heaven's state of the team back in May.

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