Wednesday, April 2, 2008

1987 Smokey Bear - Charlie Hough

Charlie makes another appearance today on card number 12 of this set. It looks like Charlie is sharing the secret of the knuckle-ball with Smokey. Shortly after this picture was taken Smokey gave up his MLB aspirations after being informed that he would have to have his claws removed to avoid scuffing allegations.

This is an over-sized card that has perforations along three sides and so seems to have been torn out of a larger sheet. The back of the card has no stats but does inform us that it was a public service in wildfire prevention, 1987. In a cartoon Smokey advises readers to, "Leave a cold trail!" In the background a family prepares to leave a picnic area.

I like these kind of cards. Fun and simple, like cards should be.


Bay Rat North West said...

Cards like this are great. I actually laughed uot loud when I saw it and before I read the headline.

Spiff said...

Glad you enjoyed it. I always get a kick out of these kind of cards as well.

NTXCoog said...

Charlie Hough & Gaylord Perry are my 2 favorite pitchers of all time because they were able to throw junk balls so well. This is a great card!

Spiff said...

Thanks for the compliment and for reading the blog. I have some Perry cards that I plan to post at some point in the future as well as some more of Charlie's cards. Hope you enjoy reading through the rest of the posts.