Yesterday the time travel was all through the 1970s up until around 1986. Who said you could never quarantine the past? There were two shelves of … stuff that had been quarantined for at least 34 years. Found some neat items, things that brought me back to certain times and places and people.
From a Mets perspective there were a bunch of scorecards and yearbooks but the thing that made me the happiest was a collection of sticker albums that I distinctly remember getting but wasn’t sure was still in my possession. The item in question was the Dell Today’s 1971 National League Eastern Division collection of team booklets. The six booklets were inside an enlarged manila folder-like sleeve.
They’re called stickers but that’s a little misleading. There were lines to cut them out of the booklet but it’s not like they had any sticky substance. And if you were to cut them out, there was nothing that would have been suitable to keep them in. Given my cutting skills at the time, it’s a really good thing that they’re still in the book.
If cut correctly, the stickers would measure 1-7/8 x 2-15/16 inches. The front was a picture with a facsimile autograph and the back had a brief bio. Each team had 24 stickers over two pages. The players for the Mets were:
The front of the booklets carry the stamps of MLB and MLBP (no A at this point) which meant they were allowed to use pictures with team logos. Chance, Aspromonte and Sadecki were all in other team uniforms besides the Mets. And the facsimile autographs look like they were all signed with the same pen. And somehow Agee signed his first name “Tommy.”
This isn’t particularly valuable but it was a joy for me to come across because I remember getting it. This was delivered without begging for it – it was a complete shock to get. Maybe one of my older brothers got it for me – don’t remember the particulars but it was given to me and that’s what matters.
Now, if only my Danish Go-Rounds All-Time Baseball Greats cards would materialize like these sticker albums did…
“Oh how I love things as they used to be,
Don’t show me no more, please.”