This week I’ll hit up a few items from the 70’s and early 80’s.

First up is a plastic McDonalds baseball card holder from 1974. 1974 was the first year for Ray Kroc owning the Padres so this promotion makes sense. The baseball cards are round and the players I have are Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Bobby Tolan, Fred Kendall, Glenn Beckert, Johnny Grubb, John McNamara, a Padres Home Schedule for August and September and lastly a card with Ronald McDonald swinging a bat. On the back of the Ronald card it lists when cards were given away.

7/31-8/4: Willie McCovey and Bill Greif
8/5-8/11: Nate Colbert and Matty Alou
8/12-8/18: Dave Roberts and Johnny Grubb
8/19-8/24: Bobby Tolan and Dave Winfield

I don’t know if this was a McDonalds promotion or a Padres promotion but it’s pretty cool that each week the kids could get 2 new cards until they completed the collection. I’ll have to try and complete mine some day.

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This Saturday, a good majority of the Padres Public crew will be attending the Lake Elsinore Storm game as they take on the Lancaster Jethawks (Astros). We have a Party Deck reserved and are all excited to be attending. It is Social Media Night, along with Martial Arts Night AND you get FREE Hidden Valley dressing that night.Pure awesomeness. That right there is Minor League baseball in a nutshell. I have been many times over the years and it never disappoints. Cheap, fun, quality entertainment for the whole family and if you haven’t been to a game at The Diamond yet, then you are truly missing out.

In years past I stuck to Padres only bobbleheads. But recently I have begun hitting up the Minor League bobbleheads as well. This is a little more difficult since I can’t exactly attend every game in Lake Elsinore, Eugene, Fort Wayne, San Antonio or Tucson since I live in San Diego. I sometimes see them on eBay but they tend to be a little pricey for some reason. I have a few from the various teams but I’ll focus on the Storm for this post.

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Search engine optimization be damned! I create titles that are fun/stupid. This post is about records and clocks. Why? Because I wanted to post about records and clocks.

Here is a record that was released after the 1984 season by KFMB. All net proceeds of the sales went to the American Diabetes Association. As opposed to the other Padres ’84 NL Champs record below, this one is full of songs. I’ve listened to it a few times and it always brings a smile to my face.

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Side One
Talkin’ Baseball by Terry Cashman
Thunderin’ Lumber by Steve Vaus
Doin’ The Goose by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Talkin’ Number One by Steve Vaus
Padres Win Again by Eric Show

 

Side Two
Hey Pads by Glenn Erath-Hudson & Bauer Singers with Steve Horn
The Garv by KFMB’s Hudson & Bauer
Steve Garvey National Anthem by Steve Vaus
Tiger Safari by Glenn Erath & Steve Horn
The Committee by Steve Vaus
We Are Still The Champions by Glenn Erath & Karen McDermott
Dreams Can Come True…Ode to Ray by Mutimer & Friends

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Yes, I’ve used that title before. So sue me.

With the Towel Giveaway coming up this Saturday, I thought I’d take a look at some of the towel giveaways from years past. I don’t exactly collect Padres towels, I just have kind of acquired them over the years from going to all those games (of all the towels below, maybe 2 were purchased). The 2005 towel is still my favorite and I use that all the time.

Do you have some towels in your collection not listed below? Post them in the comments!

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Normally I come up with some sort of theme for these posts. But today I felt like going all over the place so try and keep up.

Steve Garvey is easily the first person you think of when someone mentions the Padres and Dodgers. Here he is in face-on-a-stick form. I’ve talked about the face-on-a-stick a couple times before. The first in Part 1 of my version of a better Promotional Schedule (Part II to post tomorrow) and then when I recently purchased a Chicken version at the SABR garage sale. This particular item was most likely given away in stores to promote Padre’s ticket sales. It is sponsored by both Yago Sant’Gria and TeleSeat. There is no date on it so I’m not 100% sure when it was given away, but looking at the mustard and brown hat and knowing that Garvey signed with the Padres in 1983, then that only leaves 2 years that it could have been: 1983 or 1984.

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Rumor has it if you blog about it enough, you’ll turn into it. Or so I’ve heard. So I guess the day has finally come for me: I have officially turned into a bobblehead.

That’s right, you read that correctly. I have my own bobblehead. I got perhaps the coolest birthday gift I have ever received from Ms. Fro today. My reaction was similar to that of Dwight Schrute when he got his own bobblhead for Valentines day, “It’s me. I’m the bobblehead. Yes!

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I’m going to be honest. I collect a ton of stuff, but autographs are not on the list. I see the autograph hounds in Spring Training every year and I kind of get a dirty feeling just looking at them, as these grown men are slobbering all over these ball players for their signature. Pushing down small kids to catch their 40th foul ball of the day on the backfields. 5 Baseball card albums filled to the brim with cards. I will never be that guy. If you are that guy, please stop.

That’s not to say I don’t have any autographs though. There are certain situations where I don’t feel like a slime ball and might ask a player to sign something. I have a bunch of Tony Gwynn autographs that I got when I was a kid mainly because I just wanted to go and see my favorite player and have a conversation with him (which he always did, despite sometimes the lines being rather long). I also have a Will Venable autographed ball that my sister got for me at a silent auction for my birthday 2 years ago. I will cherish that ball forever. I also got a Rollie Fingers autograph at FanFest a few years back (2010?) because he’s a legend. Then I have my pride and joy. The Padres retired numbers ball.

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I’m probably one of the only people in the world who collects Padres programs. I love them mainly because I can look back in the old ones and find articles about upcoming prospects or seasons of promise. Us Padres fans know better than to believe these articles and know who the real prospects are nowadays but back in the 80’s and 90’s we got excited by these. The programs listed here are newer though. I’ve been going to Peoria regularly for the past 4 years now. Before that I had a couple seasons scattered around but it wasn’t until 2010 where the trip was mandatory every year. Let’s take a look back at the last 4.

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