Sunday, June 30, 2019

A few of my Favorite Things

This is a long but lightly-worded post to see who's blogging this time of year. Feel free to use this topic on your own blog, or leave a long comment with your favorite things...

First of all, I apologize if the title of this post reminds anyone of that godawful Arianna Grande song. My boss has Pandora on all day and that track comes up way too often. I dislike pop music in general, but there are only a few songs I truly cannot stand - and that's one of them. 

What pop songs do I like? Well, that's the theme of this post: my favorite baseball card design, popular* song, and movie from each decade.  Here we go...

*not necessarily "pop" songs

The 1950's

favorite baseball card set:
You already know it's 1956 Topps; my favorite Bowman designs are 1953(color) and 1955.

favorite movie: I can count on one hand the number of 1950's movies I've seen. But I do love me some sci-fi.

favorite song: I dunno.."Rock Around The Clock"? My musical tastes don't go that far back.

The 1960's

favorite baseball card set: 1968 Topps will always be special to me, but two non-flagship sets I really like are 1964 Topps Giants and 1961 Golden Press.

favorite movie: I'm gonna go with Fail-Safe here. Cold War hysteria at its finest.

favorite song: It's tempting to pick "Light My Fire"(the only Doors song I like) or something by the Beatles, but "A Whiter Shade of Pale" really moves me, man.

The 1970's

favorite baseball card set: 1975 Topps. Nothing else comes close, though I am warming up to '72 and '74.

favorite movie: So many classics..I have to watch The Godfather trilogy again, it's been too long. Until then, my favorites are Rollerball and Soylent Green

favorite song: It would probably be something by Kraftwerk or Joy Division, but since I'm sticking with popular songs I'll go with "Baba O'Riley" (aka Teenage Wasteland)

The 1980's 

favorite baseball card set:
My birth year set is bland, and Topps didn't do a whole lot better during the decade. If I had to choose I'd go with 1983 Donruss, 1984 or 1987 Fleer, and 1989 Upper Deck, in no particular order.


favorite movie: Probably Back To The Future - which was one of the first movies I ever saw (the first non-animated movie I remember was Flight of The Navigator)


favorite song:
There's so much good '80s music out there, you really can't go wrong. But this song will always remind me of my childhood - spending summer days with Mom watching MTV while she cleaned million-dollar homes.



 This video has over 900 million views. I think it qualifies as "popular"

The 1990's  

favorite baseball card set:
So many choices! I love 1991 Topps, 1993 Leaf (and the underrated 1994 Leaf), 1992 and 1993 Fleer Ultra, and so on. I'll go into more detail in my next post, but here's a preview:


favorite movie: Pulp Fiction. The first time I saw the trailer it annoyed me; I couldn't tell what the movie was about. But the more it ran, the more interested I was until I finally saw the damn thing


favorite song: I'm trying not to pick something that was featured on the Alternative Rock countdown contest I mentioned in December...which leaves songs like "Enter Sandman", "Don't Speak", and U2's "One" (Metallica's "One" is also amazing - but it came out in 1988) 



The 2000's   


favorite baseball card set: I've blogged about my love of Topps Pristine before, and nearly all of my interest in the brand was because of the 2002 set.


favorite movie: It might be Idiocracy, I'm Not Sure. ;)

favorite song: "Hey Ya" and "Take Me Out" are catchy as hell, and I love Coldplay's "Fix You", but any list of great tracks from the 2000s must (repeat: must) include "Seven Nation Army

I will never forgive Bill Simmons and his cronies for omitting this. You're a sports writer, ffs.

The 2010's    

favorite baseball card set:
Stadium Club sets are a popular pick, but I prefer the design elements (and price point) of 2015 Topps.



favorite movie: I've never been into the comic book/MCU scene, so there's only a handful of films I've been excited about this decade. The first Hunger Games movie is my favorite.



favorite song: The overabundance of auto-tuned and recycled sludge that kids (and my 50 year-old boss) listen to is disturbing. Thank God for Fall Out Boy.



What are some of your favorite things?



  1. I might steal this, although the movie category would be pathetic and picking favorite songs would be impossible, so there are some road blocks.

    1. Stolen!

  2. Probably going to steal this next week. Or later this week, depending on how you look at it. I'm not sure I've seen any movies from the 1950s. (I'm not a movie person). Luckily, I can sort my IMDB watchlist. If I have anything it'll probably be Disney.

    By the way, your post title made me think of The Sound of Music.

  3. This is a good topic, I may have to join in the stealing.

  4. Fail Safe is one of my all time favorite films too.

  5. Great idea for a post. That Mays from '55 Bowman that you led off with is such a beautiful card too.

  6. Cool idea for a bat-around. Also, John Coltrane did a great version of My Favorite Things back in 1961. Might get rid of that pop music aftertaste.

  7. I'm always down for a solid blog bat-around. Not sure when I'll get it published, but I'll share a link as soon as I do.

    1. Didn't have the patience to do all 7 decades in one post, so I turned it into a series. Here's my 50's favorites:

  8. Just added my post to the blog bat-around.

  9. Looks like you started something here, I'm seeing these posts all over the place! I might have to give it a go, but I'll probably make a few changes, and possibly turn it into a mini-series.

    "I can count on one hand the number of 1950's movies I've seen"... what?!?! At least you made up for that crazy statement by picking a really great movie.