New Baseball Card Clean-Up: 1955-1970
Dating back to February of this year, I've been scanning the new singles as they arrive. Via card store purchase, usually Pal's Sports Cards, or whatever. Of course my intentions were to write about them quickly and get the story online in a somewhat timely manner. But that didn't happen... So all the card scans and notes piled up until it became far too much for one single story. Especially at this time...
So I'll break it up!
Once sorted and placed, the shelves of 3-ring Binders consist of my favorite cards from each set by year and brand. Those albums not dedicated to housing my Twins, Expos and Rockies team sets. I'm trying to keep a good representation of each set. Whether that encompasses 9 cards, or over 200. Stars, semi-stars, rookies and commons I like, all find permanent homes in these albums. If I like the picture on a card, it goes in the album.
And why have simple 3", D-shaped, three ring binders become so expensive over the last few years? What is it about the materials and effort to produce this product, that says $10 (or a lot more) is a reasonable price to charge for it?
Anyways... The width of pages in my albums from 1973 and earlier are drastically thinner than 1974 and onward. So a big part of my collecting goals are to pad those 1957-1972 binders. (The oversized cards of 1956 and earlier are housed in Top Loaders.) Which means I'm on the lookout for inexpensive commons and minor stars from these years. Topps cards from this era consist of a lot of boring head shots or basic poses. So I like the cards with more to offer. Stadiums, batting cages or other strange things going on in the background.
This will be the first post from those scanned cards of the last 6 months. A selection of vintage cards from 1955 through 1970! All on their way to the yearly album shelves.
1955 Topps - Senators
Why did Topps cut Tom Wright's last name by a third? It would have easily fit the way it was...
Yeah... Well it looks like someone peed on your picture...
Or Shibe Park for that matter.
1959 Fleer Ted Williams
Still trying to figure out what ballpark this is... Spring Training?
Joe McClain (and his cartoon Senators uniform), Billy Consolo (a Twin I needed), and Fred Green (great Polo Grounds shot!).
A couple more Twins needs. Two players who have not yet earned their TC's...
Just as Moeller and Sievers are doing.
Even more 1963 Topps Twins!
Couldn't turn down Uecker's second year card, which is in pretty nice shape.
It came into my hands thanks to a school bus trade, back in Junior High School. A kid on my bus really wanted a 1988 Topps Matt Nokes card for whatever reason. Told him I had one and he agreed to trade me the 1963 Rookie Stars for it. There were a couple small creases in it, and the corners were fuzzy, but my current oldest card at the time was a 1981. It was 1988. Agreed!
I didn't understand that trade, but was happy to make it!
He also dubbed me a copy of U.S.A. for M.O.D. One of the most gloriously in-poor-taste metal/punk albums one could ever listen to. I love it! On the cassette, he and a friend had recorded a bit about a New York Mets relief pitcher selling deodorant. His name was Alicia Flimfooky... Okay... (I made an .mp3 of it many years ago!)
I'd go onto to pull still more 1988 Topps Matt Nokes cards than I'd ever need.
At some point in the late 1990's, I was told he had been killed while hopping trains in Arizona. I wasn't surprised, some people are just like that. He was nice to me, very strange and misunderstood...
Back to 1964...
Speaking of great photos that fill multiple categories on my checklist of favorite features... Catcher's gear, batting cages, and a stadium backdrop all add to it's appeal. I wont even subtract too many points for it being an Angels card...
Billy O'Dell either had an unfortunate birthmark or herpes...
Mis-cut Dick Howser and Dick Green. Both in sleeveless vest jerseys. Kind of an ugly trend for the mid-1960's. Though the KC Athletics uniforms uses the vest look a lot better.
Six Twins... Some needed... Some already had...
Six 66 Topps Twins, all needs...
Six 1967 Topps Twins... Some needs, some additional wants...
This block of 9 shows a good sampling of what I'm looking to fill vintage albums with...
Future Seattle Pilot and another great photo.
Heheheheh... Dick Lines...
(With water damage!)
Great shot of Frank Quilici, with a 99 Spillihp cameo in the background.
Grabbed Ollom's rookie card from 1967, so I have to get his first solo card!
I didn't pick up many 1969 Topps cards, only two that were not Twins, Expos or Pilots. I love the photo of Jerry Grote hanging out at some campground. And Fritz making a happy pitching pose at old Yankee Stadium. I had to look close at the Tom Hall rookie, since I missed him being a Twins need. No wonder last year's Heritage changed the cropping so the giant gumball doesn't cover up the logo.
Then you have this year's Heritage...
Batting cages, palm trees, mountains, high-numbered series, bad eyeglasses, Pilots and Dick Such's rookie card. (The longtime Minnesota Twins pitching coach, who was terrible at developing pitchers, but was Tom Kelly's best bud, so he had a job for YEARS...)
I really need to figure out which cards I'm still missing from my 1969 and 1970 Topps Seattle Pilots team sets...
Here's four more Twins that I needed.
Six Expos that I needed...
And then two (or three) more that I need!
My 44th birfday took place in March. So I have to mention some of the baseball related stuff that came my way. Sticking with the Expos theme, Laura gave me a couple of books...
Up, Up and Away by Jonah Keri
Au jeu / Play Ball by Norm King
The first book being biography of stories about my favorite defunct franchise. The second book consisting of write-ups about the top 50 games in Expos history. A few of which I remember.
Very anxious to dig into them, once I get some time to read!
But for now, those books, and the new old Expos cards have a comfortable home on The Expos Shelf, in New Baseballcardland.
Stories of new scanned cards from 1971 through 2002 is coming soon?