Black Friday: Working On My Mets Teams From Three Decades

I  hope you enjoy seeing what I got on COMC during Black Friday weekend, because I still have a bunch to go…

The first two cards nicely illustrate why I’m happy that Topps Heritage has gotten to the point where the sets are “color-coded” by team… other than a little line of type at the bottom, there is absolutely nothing about these first two cards which says “Mets”.

…not that these cards are Heritage cards, but the designs were the basis for recent Heritage sets and … awwww, you know what I mean.

Charlie Neal – Topps seems to be the only ones spelling his name “Charley” – was one of those players who were like gold to the First-year Mets:  A former Brooklyn Dodger who was available.  In this case, he was obtained from the L.A. Dodgers in a late 1961 trade.
1962 Topps Charley Neal
I was surprised to find that during his peak years of 1959 and 1960 he won a Gold Glove, was named to two All-Star teams and lead the N.L. in triples.  That’s pretty recent success for the famously bad 1962 Mets.  He put up some decent numbers in 1962, batting .260 and hitting 14 doubles and 9 triples.

Tracy Stallard was obtained from the Red Sox in a late 1962 trade;  he would go on to a 16-37 record with the Mets over two years, and in 1964 he lead the NL with 20 losses.
1963 Topps Tracy  Stallard
During that 20-loss season he had a career-high 118 strikeouts, a 3.79 ERA and a 1.267 WHIP, which are pretty decent numbers… but the 1964 Mets lost 109 games, there’s only so much one guy can do to counteract that…

In 1965, Stallard would go 11-8 with the Cardinals.

Jerry Robertson never got to trade his day-glo airbrushed hat for a real Mets hat.  The Mets picked  him up at the end of 1971’s Spring Training, but he only pitched for the AAA Tidewater Tides before an injury forced his retirement.
1971 Topps Jerry Robertson
I know this card is a high number and probably a last-minute addition to the set, but couldn’t Topps have figured out some way to not have the signature run across Jerry’s face?

Lee Mazzilli was one of the bright spots on a bad 1979 Mets team.  In that year’s All-Star game, he hit a home run off of Jim Kern and got the game-winning RBI in the 9th when he drew a bases-loaded walk off of the Yankees’ Ron Guidry.  When your team loses 99 games, getting the best of a Yankee on a national stage is as good as it gets.
1979 Topps Lee Mazzilli

I feel like I should have more in this post, but I’m out of time… So here are three Mets acquisitions from the 1980’s without any additional commentary from me. Lucky you!
1984 Topps Mookie Wilson

1985 Topps Darry Strawberry DP

1985 Topps Dave Johnson

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