Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Legendary Lumber

There are two pieces of American literature that every boy should become familiar with: Paul Bunyan Swings His Axe (or perhaps one of the other tellings of the lumberjack legend) being one, and Casey at the Bat being the other. Add those two pieces of American folklore to a couple of other boyhood 'musts'- baseball cards and balsa wood airplanes- and you have today's featured card.

1996 Leaf Lumberjacks #7 (Serial Numbered 4569/5000)

I try not to get sucked into the 90s time machine, but it's tough because of all the cool innovation taking place in the hobby back then. There were enough cards coming out during the decade (and the 00s) to keep a collector busy for a lifetime. And while I have cooled off on the Chipper purchases, I still enjoy the occasional insert, oddball or attractive base card. 

It's funny looking back at the hobby twenty years ago. With no internet (or at least, with it not being as easily accessible), cards like this Chipper Lumberjacks seemed like hobby legend, known only through oral tradition. Or the latest copy of Beckett.


  1. It is interesting how much things like Beckett, hearsay from other collectors, and sell sheets at the card shop informed and guided the hobby just 15-20 years ago. It seems like these days you've already seen every card in a set by the time it even releases, and a card numbered to 'only' # / 500 is barely worth a mention, let alone one # / 5000.

    1. You're right. I have that happen to me when I use eBay to try to finish off team sets, for instance. I get tired of them before I even acquire all of them.