Friday, March 26, 2021

Shining cards

Earlier in the week I snuck out a little challenge for readers to identify a certain baseball card visible in the film The Shining. Congrats to Fuji for deftly solving the mystery! We'll recap that in a minute, but first some cards... three shiny refractor autos from 2003 Topps Retired.

Juan Marichal! Very happy to score this recently. I love these things, and this one is particularly pleasing to look at.

It was less than a year ago that I landed the '05 Retired Marichal refractor auto, and he didn't get an auto in the '04 set, so that means it's a Retired wrap on the Dominican Dandy for me.

Same with Moose Skowron here-- I already owned his '05 Retired refractor, and he didn't get an auto in '04, so this sweet '03 refractor takes his name off my Retired needs.

Five-time World Series champ.

Last one for today is George Foster taking a big cut at the plate. This is also the last Retired card I needed of his-- I've already got his '04 refractor and he doesn't have an auto in the '05 set.

The base version of this card is one of the more-plentiful autos in the set, but the refractor pops up much less frequently. This one had been loitering on eBay for a while a little overpriced, but I finally pulled the trigger during the same celebratory shopping spree as the similar Tom Seaver I showed off a few posts back.

Dig this photo of a redder look at the shining George Foster.

Now about The Shining...

Ok, here's the hidden card.. can you spot it?




Fuji was the first to correctly identify the card in question as 1978 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars #10 George Foster.

In his own words: 

Haven't watched The Shining in awhile. I put it on right before class and between periods (on HBO Max) and saw the Frosted Flakes box in the pantry. It was hard to see from my laptop, so I played in on my television and knew it was a Kellogg's card. From there... I went over to COMC and looked at anything similar and the 78K Foster was the only card that resembled the card on the cereal box. I had a lot of fun solving that mystery.

Good work, Fuji!

For his effort, he's getting a Warren Spahn auto as his selected prize from what other product than of course 2003 Topps Retired, LOL, tying the post together nicely.

Thanks for reading and have a great weekend, everybody.


  1. As always, those Topps Retired autos look great. And Fuji is the master.

  2. Congrats Fuji! I never would have spotted that!

  3. Lol. I actually tried to search Google for a Frosted Flakes box to verify it was Foster, but couldn't find one. Anyways... those refractor autographs are gorgeous. You sure have cornered the market on these. That's awesome.

  4. I don't think I've ever actually seen The Shining, although am familiar with the pop culture references. Good spot on the card on the box.

    Also, it always annoyed me when fruit was pictured cut up in cereal. Who actually did that on their own? I'm pretty sure nobody put strawberries in their Frosted Flakes.

  5. These Retired refractors are fantastic, especially since they're numbered to just 25. Equally impressive is Fuji's eagle eye. I'd spied the box of Frosted Flakes in your screenshot but there's no way I would have been able to tell what card/player was on the box.

  6. Congrats to Fuji. I never saw this movie and am not likely too, but it's fun seeing what I guess is the stockroom in a late '70s supermarket. Lots of great old packaging/logos.

  7. Fuji takes care of business, even in semi-blog retirement! Great catch!