This is my first post, my first tinkering into the baseball card blogosphere. I've been reading and commenting for a while now, and it's about time I contribute.
To get started, I thought I'd talk about the title of my blog. Why Coot Veal? you ask.
I grew up with a dad who owned a mom and pop record store called The Sound Depot. What's a mom and pop store? What's a record store? I'm not talking about Best Buy here. Before K-Mart and Wal-Mart moved to town and choked out small business, my dad's store was one of those artifacts of awesomeness from the '80s where cassettes and 45 singles and LP and eventually CDs filled the shelves. He stocked all the best music you never heard of and could order anything. In fact, he used to get crazy orders all the time. Often people would call and ask if he had so-and-so, and his favorite response was: "We don't have them, but we do have Coot Veal and the Vealtones." Now, I'm not sure why this was an effective business strategy, since I imagine he incited a gaped-mouth silence in his inquisitive customers. But my dad always had a good sense of humor, and when customers got his jokes, they stuck around.
On one occasion of my dad claiming he had Coot Veal and the Vealtones on vinyl, a caller surprised my dad, responding, "Coot Veal. Short stop for the Tigers in 1959." The caller came to the store to pick up his order a few weeks later and gave my dad this card.
As an older, wiser collector, I knows this card is pretty beat-up, but I still treasure it. It's the card that cemented my interests in baseball cards. The musty smell of aging cardboard, the old Tigers logo, Coot Veal gazing full of hope through a knothole of deep red--what kid wouldn't be thrilled.
Since I got back into trading a couple years ago and started trading with the baseball card blogosphere, this card has been upgraded. Steve from White Sox Cards sent me the upgrade, and a few other great Coots in my first blog trade ever.
I'm still looking for Coot's 1963 Topps card, and then I think that's it. If you have it, we should trade. Or check out my want lists. I'm always up for trading. I might not have exactly what you're looking for, but I do have Coot Veal and the Vealtones.