What I thought about this card then: My "Plan B" team has been the Phillies for a long time. But before that, it was the Mets. I changed my favorite team to the Mets for one day after receiving a glove for my birthday that was signed by Tom Seaver. Jerry Koosman was another favorite.
What I think about this card now: It's a bit shocking that I could find what is basically a glorified mug shot so interesting. I guess we had to make due in the age before video games.
Other stuff: Koosman went to prison in May for tax evasion. If everything is running as scheduled, he is due to be released this month. (EDIT: Koosman was released on June 30, 2010).
Back facts: This cartoon is burned in my brain from viewing it so much as a kid. To this day, if I think of Walter Alston, I think of cobwebs. Weird.
Oldie but goodie: You're dying to see the original card that I pulled out those packs 34 years ago, aren't you? Here you are:
A sign that I liked the card a lot: a north-south crease through the center of the card. Well-loved card? It was practically molested.
Other blog stuff: First 236 cards are scanned. That's more than one-third of the set. Woo-hoo!