As mentioned several times before, I did a lot of shopping on COMC during the Black Friday Weekend promotion. After I finished going through my wantlists, I spent the rest of the weekend dreaming up different things to shop for.
Towards the end of the weekend I decided to go to each 1960’s Topps set and see if there were any inexpensive cards that weren’t on any of my wantlists, but were just cards that I liked for whatever reason.
Here are some of those cards…
As much as I hate the Yankees, I really like cards that show parts of the original Yankee Stadium… Plus I like Woody Held’s far-from-pristine helmet.
Woody’s first name is Woodson and he played for 7 different teams. According to baseball-reference.com he’s the only Major Leaguer to have played 100 games at second, third, short, left, center and right… yet he never played at first. Interesting.
Rich Rollins here is fresh off a guest appearance on “Mad Men”.
Rich Rollins does admittedly kinda sorta have another reason for being in my collection; he was a Seattle Pilot, and as such holds a special place in my heart.
It’s a 1965 card, so I can’t NOT show the back.
“Versalles” mentioned in the cartoon was Zoilo Versalles, who was the AL MVP in 1965. If I ever go into witness protection and have to change my name, “Zoilo” would be right up there on my list… Although I guess that wouldn’t be terribly inconspicuous.
Even though I know that there were two All-Star games each year from 1959 to 1962, reading that someone “appeared in both All-Star games of ’62” still makes me say “What the what?”
I wish my scanner didn’t tend to “wash out” cards, because I bought it solely because I liked the colors… The yellow and red of the border combined with the Cardinal red… Wonderful stuff.
I’d never heard of Don Dennis; he pitched two years of relief for the Cards, got traded to the White Sox and never appeared in the Majors again.
This is another card that simply appealed to my visual cortex.
Despite the glove in this photo, Jerry Lynch was one of the premier pinch hitters of his time. He had 116 pinch hits; while he appeared in 1,184 games he played the field in only 710 of them.
My apologies to Mr. George Alusik, but when I saw this card I said “Damn, I look more like a ballplayer than this guy!”
I’ll be fair, George Alusik looks much more athletic on his 1963 and 1964 cards, both of which picture him with the Athletics (and look like they were taken moments apart in 1962). Alusik played sparingly for the Tigers from 1958 to 1962, got traded to Kansas City and played more regularly for three years. He has 23 career homers, but in 1962 he homered in 5 consecutive games.
So that’s it for this particular batch of cards… I’ll be featuring these “COMC What I Got” posts throughout the next few weeks… months… years…