Deadline was approaching, and I was looking for a Zen route out of a writer’s rut.
I resolved to do a Google image search on “Topps Mets cards” and write a piece on the first hit.
And the internet being the magnificent animal that it is, the initial image this search called up was a 1978 Topps Bruce Boisclair (autographed, no less).
Because really, there are few better symbols of the joy/pain sunshine/rain of being a Mets fan in the mid to late ’70s than Bruce.
I can remember him loping out of the dugout in 1976 and 1977, his narrow-set eyes focused and determined. No Gehrig he, but he wore number 4 with pride, and put up some pretty decent totals coming off the bench (44 RBI in 307 ABs in 1977).
Clearly he was a mutt, but he was ours.
While I have a warm spot in my heart reserved for Bruce, I was never a big fan of the 1978 Topps set. The photography was often less than flattering– I recall a whole bunch of grainy, washed-out photos like this one of Bo.
And nearly a quarter of the real estate on the card backs was devoted to a game called “Play Ball: Played by Two.”
I defy you to find me a child of the ’70s who actually indulged in that particular folie a deux…