Time’s been a bit tight lately, so I figured I’d keep it simple, feature a few cards I got and explain why I got them… just a little show & tell session. …And really, isn’t that what most collectibles blogs are? A technological update of the elementary school standard.
What I got: 1962 Topps Carl Willey
Why I got it: I looked at it because it’s cheap vintage, I walked away with it because of Willey’s smile. If Willey had been born a couple of decades later, he’d be an orthodontists’ boat payment. But because of when he was born, he’s got a smile with character.
…Also, Carl Willey pitched for the Mets from 1963 to 1965.
Interesting stuff about Carl Willey: He lead the NL with four shutouts in his rookie season of 1958. He also had four shutouts with the 1963 Mets, a team that lost 111 games.
What I got: 1985 Topps Rack Pack Glossy Dave Winfield
Why I got it: a) Nickel box! b) it’s junk wax now, but it was cool in 1985; c) I’ve been a baseball fan through most of Winfield’s career, but I swear I appreciate him more now than when he was active.
What I got: 2012 Topps Archives “1968 3D” insert of Nelson Cruz
Why I got it: 3-D! Do I need more than that?
What I got: 2014 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects “Bowman Is Back” Silver Diamond refractor of Michael Conforto.
Why I got it: I’m not normally much for shiny, but Shane over at Shoebox Legends included a couple of these in PWE’s, and I got hooked. Plus I like Conforto.
What I got: 1965 Topps Bob Tiefenauer
Why I got it: This one’s got a bit of a story. I pulled a buyback version of this card a while ago, and I didn’t know what to do with it. I don’t do buybacks, so in some ways a buyback card is a damaged card… but it was also a card I didn’t already have… but as a buyback I knew that someone would appreciate more than I did. I eventually found a better home for the buyback, and then figured that if I didn’t buy a non-bought-back version of the card, I’d mistakenly remember having it and I’d get all screwed up.
Besides, it’s a 1965 card, and it’s got a great cartoon.
Interesting stuff about Bobby Tiefenauer: He was a knuckleballer who pitched professionally for 21 seasons, including 10 in the majors with the Cardinals, Indians, Milwaukee Braves, Houston Colt .45’s, Yankees and Cubs. He was traded 7 times and purchased 3 times, pitched in 697 games at the AAA level and is in the International League Hall Of Fame.
That’s it for show and tell, boys and girls, time for a nap. Everybody get your blankets out.