Saturday, September 25, 2010

Mercury Cougars

I'm not a big fan of Ford cars. I had one back in 1984 and it was not my most favorite car to say the least. But, I do like the Mustang and the Cougar. Here are some of my Cougars.

This first picture is the first Matchbox Cougar, #62. In the middle is the King Size Matchbox #21 and the last one is the Superfast version of the first one. The smaller ones are a lime green color while the large one is gold. Also shown are their boxes.

Here is an assortment of Cougars from both Matchbox and Hot Wheels. Incidentally, Mattel Toys now owns both the Matchbox and hot wheels brands.

Finally, here is a picture of a newer Matchbox release, a Cougar in its own blister pack with its box.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Baseball Games

Here are some baseball games I've collected.

This one is called "Bat-M-Up Jr.: and was made by Northwestern Products Co. My guess is it is from the late 1950s or early 1960s. You shoot the metal ball and if it lands in the plastic holder, you get a hit or out.

This one is from Nathan's. Again you shoot the metal ball and it ping pongs down to settle in a holder and you score the number of that holder.

This one is rather new, from 2001. You shoot a marble and get the result when it lands in one of many indentations in the board. This was made by Schyiling.

Finally, here is a larger game.This one you actually bat the marble and again, your result is where it lands in the indentation. This is from the late 1960s.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

1965 Topps Baseball Cards

The 1965 Topps Baseball Card Set is another of my favorite sets. 1965 is the earliest year I can remember collecting baseball cards. Above is a picture of a wrapper the cards were packaged in. This example is for a 5 cent pack of 5 cards and a piece of gum. The cards were also sold in penny packs of one card and gum.

The cards are very well pictured, not cluttered. My favorite part is the baseball pennant on each card. Here is a group of N. Y. Mets cards. The team cards featured the clubs position in the standing the previous year, a first.
Here is a card of the San Francisco Rookie Stars that features Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese born player in the Major Leagues.

Here is a card of N. Y. Yankees pitcher and broadcaster Jim Bouton. I was fortunate enough to meet him at a baseball card show and had this card autographed by him.