I've been planning on a post featuring three of today's cards for a few weeks now, I just haven't taken the time to do so. I've got my excuses: work, yard work, graduation & party, vacation. Really what it all comes down to has been laziness. I haven't wanted to put much thought into the blog lately. Even writing this now isn't easy.
When word came out this past weekend that actress Jean Stapelton of All in the Family fame died, I decided it was time to get to work on this particular post. What was originally going to be a post about Julio Franco has now morphed into something different.
You young 'uns might not remember the show All in the Family. In case you're not familiar with it, the show ran from 1971-1979, with a second sitcom (Archie Bunker's Place) following it from 1979-1983, and was centered around a conservative working-class bigot named Archie Bunker and his family- which included his 'dingbat' (his words) wife Edith (played by the late Jean Stapelton), feminist daughter Gloria (Sally Struthers) and her hippie, liberal huband Michael (aka Meathead, played by Rob Reiner). For most of the series, Gloria and Michael lived in the Bunker's basement while the latter attended graduate school; this living arrangement is really a recipe for disaster, as the two men continually clash over world views. The show really was groundbreaking for the time, as it tackled various subject matter such as racism, women's liberation, abortion, rape, and menopause- all of which at the time were considered taboo.
The show itself has absolutely nothing to do with sportscards- but , like the lyrics above, many of us long for the days that we consider to be better. Days when packs contained gum, cards had grey (or clay) backs and had no foil, and there was only one card manufacture. Call us the Archie's of the collecting world.
Then there's the Michael's. They are more progressive- seeking to bring innovation to the hobby. Thanks to these Meatheads, we have videocards, die cuts, cards made of wood, metal, and plastic.
I would like to think that most of us are the Edith's of the collecting family. We're the ones who are caught in between, realizing that there's room for both types of family members. We rarely take a hard-line stance, but when we do, watch out. We can be told to stifle it only so often.
1971 Topps #528 Wally Bunker
1983 Topps Traded #34T Julio Franco
Now if you'll excuse me, I think I'll go searching for some of the recently released Archives- I'm feeling a bit nostalgic.