The other day I was glancing at an article about the 1964 Topps Giants set (a particular favorite of mine), and the article mentioned how many HOFers there are in the set. Featured in the article was the Mickey Mantle card; I happened to have that particular card… Here it is in all it’s oversized glory (Please note that there’s more text after the images):
I spent all of $3 on it (in the 1980’s, but still), and to this day it’s the only Mickey Mantle card I have from his playing days. Most importantly to me, it’s the first 1964 Topps Giants card I acquired, and the card that got me into a set I love chasing (damn those short prints, though…)
That got me thinking that I really should highlight more of this all-time-favorite oddball set… and then I got the idea of broadening the scope a little and showcasing any vintage cards I have of HOFers.
Now, unlike a number of other bloggers, I am…. um… fiscally conservative. OK, fine, I’m cheap. There aren’t many vintage cards in my collection that you’d see in a glass display case at a card show. Most of my vintage HOFers are either well-loved or oddballs.
Indeed, that’s the whole point of what I intend to make a series… One doesn’t have to have a 1952 Mantle or a 1968 Nolan Ryan to have a collection you enjoy and are proud of. I’ve been collecting over 40 years, I’ve got one vintage Mantle to my name, and I’m completely cool with that. It should always be about collecting what you love.
…And in my case, I love the 1964 Topps Giant set, which just happens to include a bunch of HOFers like Mickey Mantle.