I’ve done a couple of posts in this series, and I realized that I wasn’t doing a good job of getting across one of my main reasons for doing these in the first place.
Well, sure, aside from the fact that it’s a relatively easy post.
…And also aside from the fact that I enjoy showing off these cards, some of which are favorites of mine….
But one thing I wanted to get across is that I am, by nature, a cheap person. I can count on both hands the number of cards in my entire collection which I spent more than $10 on… and yet, I have a collection I enjoy, containing a number of cards of HOFers.
There’s a healthy dose of “Look what I’ve got!” in here, but just as important is “Look what I got while on a budget!”
As before I’m defining “vintage” as anything before 1974 – when I started buying cards – so there’s nothing I pulled from packs.
I would love this card regardless, but…
I suspect that I wouldn’t love this 1967 card quite as much if it weren’t such a “Charlie Brown Christmas Tree” type of card. To quote Mr. Brown, “It needs me!”
1967 Topps (Checklist)
I don’t mind checked-off checklist cards, because they were used for their intended purpose and they tell a story… OK, yeah, maybe not a tremendously interesting story, but a story nonetheless.
1968 Topps (All-Star)
1968 Topps “Game” insert
1970 Topps (All-Star)
This is the back of the above 1970 all-star card…
1971 Topps (World Series)
The O’s beat the Reds 9-3 in Game 3, on their way to beating the Reds 4 games to 1. The play depicted is a 3rd inning solo home run by Frank Robinson. Paul Blair was on deck, so that’s likely him greeting Frank at home.
This World Series game, with a combined 12 runs and 19 hits, was completed in two hours and nine minutes (insert wistful sigh here).
1972 Topps (Leaders)
Frank Robinson had 99 RBI; AL leader Harmon Killebrew had 119 and Major League leader Joe Torre had 137.
And finally, my favorite of the bunch and the only Frank Robinson card I have from his time with the Reds…
1964 Topps Giants
Scans never quite do justice to these cards from the 1964 Topps Giants set.