Sunday, May 24, 2020

Mike Boddicker Has A Great Sense of Humor!

Last Fall, I called out Topps on their mistake for using a picture of Mike Boddicker on Jim Palmer's Greatest Seasons card in the Update Series.

As a followup to that post, I wanted to share a picture that Bill sent me of the card where Mike displayed a great sense of humor by signing the card using Jim Palmer's nickname "Cakes":

Its great to see Mike taking this mistake in stride and having fun autographing a card where he is identified as Jim Palmer with a playful nod to the mistake.

As for the origin of the nickname, it is a result of Palmer's routine of eating pancakes on the day he was scheduled to pitch:


The fantastic "When Topps Had (Base)Balls!" site created an awesome Nicknames of the 70's card for Jim "Cakes" Palmer:

I'd like to thank Bill for sending along the picture of the card showing Mike having some fun with Topps' mistake.

Friday, May 15, 2020

1991 Bowman Variation Discovered - Obscured Budweiser Sign

In what appears to be an attempt to cover up alcohol advertising, I've come across a variation of the 1991 Bowman card # 174 for Scott Lusader where the Budweiser advertisement on the Tiger Stadium scoreboard has been partially whited out as you can see on the card on the right:

The interesting thing is that I found both of these versions in factory sets that I was recently going through.  I have no idea which version may be more scare.  As there is only 1 Lusader card on COMC right now (with the ad showing) I don't have a representative sample to make a guess if one is harder to find than the other.

When I came across these variations, it instantly reminded me of the the 1989 Fleer Randy Johnson card with the various attempts by Fleer obscure the Marlboro sign in the background.