Run For the (East) Hills!

My summer has been so upside-down that I still haven’t written about most of what I got at a July card show where I spent 5 or 6 hours wandering the floor.  I’m still working at getting my hobby time amid all my responsibilities, so today’s post features several unrelated cards from the 1960’s.

At the July show there was a dealer who had a couple of commons from the 1966 East Hills Shopping Center Pirates cards for $2 a shot. These cards don’t really fit into my collection, but I felt drawn to these oversized oddballs so I quickly added three to my purchase and moved on. When I got home I found that the cards were in beautiful shape… probably a bit *too* nice for 52 year old cards bought for $2 a pop. I’m mentally labeling these as “reprints”, but they’re still fun to have. One will be featured in a later post, but the other two are…

Don Cardwell, who would be traded to the Mets after the 1966 season and become a “Miracle Met” (even if he pitched only one inning in the World Series, an inning which came in relief of Tom Seaver in the Mets Game 1 loss to the O’s)…

Gene Michael was a Yankee during that narrow window of childhood naivety when I liked the Yankees. In my head he’s so completely associated with the Bronx Bombers that I get weirded out when I see him in another team’s uniform. This can be considered his rookie card, as he wouldn’t appear in a Topps set until 1967.

I’ve been a Steelers fan since the 1980’s.  Not being much of a football collector, I’d originally intended to collect only those Steelers teams I’d watched, and then I’d later set 1972 as a good starting point for my Steelers collection…  However, I keep finding myself picking up 1960’s cards here and there, like this 1968 Topps card of linebacker Andy Russell.

Russell won 2 Super Bowls with the Steelers and appeared in 7 Pro Bowls.  An organization called the Professional Football Researchers Association named Russell to their “Hall Of The Very Good” in 2011.  I’ve heard people joke about a “Hall Of The Very Good”, but I had no idea that any group had established a formal list.

One interesting thing about this card, and something that I didn’t notice until I got it home, was that the card is a puzzle back.

Football collectors would need to wait until 1969 to find out that Russell is 6′ 2″ and went to Missouri.  Anybody know whose shin that is on the card back? UPDATE: Jeb Reid has identified the “Mystery Shin” as belonging to HOF Chiefs QB Len Dawson (see his comment on this post). Thanks, Jeb!

I filled in a gap in my Fritz Peterson collection by adding his second-year card.

I’d probably bypassed this card a number of times thinking I already had it, because the photo used would also be used on Peterson’s 1969 Topps card, which I’ve had for a number of years.

One last card, a 1963 Fleer featuring pitcher Tom Cheney.  I’ve long been fascinated by 1963 Fleer, and could see myself trying to complete the 66-card set someday.  For now, I just casually pick up cheap commons as I find them.

Tom Cheney’s career was ended abruptly by an elbow injury, but in a game against the Orioles in 1962 he struck out 21 batters in a 16-inning complete game.  16 innings, 10 hits, 1 earned run, 21 K’s and just four walks as the Senators beat the O’s 2-1.  The Orioles Dick Hall took the loss in pitching 8.1 innings in relief.

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4 thoughts on “Run For the (East) Hills!

  1. Joe…the back of the Andy Russell ’68 Topps Football pictured a player puzzle. The player in question was KC Chiefs QB and Hall of Famer Len Dawson. He famously led the Chiefs into the very first Super Bowl during the previous 1967 season.

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