Drowning My Sorrows In 1960’s Post

So, it turns out there’s a significant difference between “I don’t think the Mets really have a chance” and “The Mets have been mathematically eliminated from the postseason”.

Wednesday was a very “sigh” day to begin with, and Major League Baseball saw to it that things didn’t get any better for me.

I had several posts in mind that I’d intended to be writing, but instead I decided to go with what just felt like fun… and today that’s a sampling of some Post cereal cards that I picked up at recent shows.  Post cards are a relatively recent thing for me… They kinda flew under my radar for years, and I recently discovered “Hey, these things are FUN!”

…Especially if, like me, you’re not particularly concerned with condition.  If badly-cut edges and handwriting samples are not an issue for you, then HOFers can be affordable.

I see these cards as having character.  Unlike a mint Topps card which might have been sitting in an unopened pack for 50 years, there’s no questioning that these cards were part of some kid’s collection.

I couldn’t pass this next card by… Aside from the fact that it features Ed “The Glider” Charles from his days with the KC Athletics, some kid (for reasons unknown) wrote “TOPPS” on it.

Did someone think that they were going to fool some potential trading buddy that this was a Topps card of Ed Charles?  The world may never know.

The original Washington Senators packed up their bats and gloves and moved to the Twin Cities for the 1961 season, it wasn’t a given that they would call themselves “Minnesota”… I read somewhere that the original intent was to call them the “Twin Cities Twins”, which is why the hats have the “TC” logo on them.

…But there was a certain amount of uncertainty about the team’s name after the move, and the cards of the 1961 Post Twins have two versions;  the rarer has the correct “Minnesota” listed as the team’s home, but the more common versions say “Minneapolis”.

I actually didn’t think about any of this until after I had the card.. I bought the card because of a small desire to start a Reno Bertoia collection, for reasons I don’t want to get into now (It’s more about happenstance than any real connection I have with Bertoia).

Here’s a lovely 1961 Post card of Marv Throneberry.

I probably should have included this card when I featured Marvelous Marv in my first “1961 Mets” post, but I frankly had forgotten that I’d acquired this card… I bought just enough of these to have lost track of which particular cards I’d bought.

Without meaning to, I managed to get a complete run of Post cards for slugger Jim Gentile who’s a member of the Orioles Hall Of Fame. Gentile was an All-Star in each of his first three seasons (1960 – 1962).

In 1961 his 46 homers got him a 3rd place tie in the Majors; he was tied with Orlando Cepeda and Harmon Killebrew, and finished behind Mickey Mantle (54) and Roger Maris (61, of course). Gentile finished 2nd in the Majors in RBI’s as well; he and Maris had 141, and Cepeda had 142.

Here’s a fun thing I’d not been aware of: all three of the players who got 1960 A.L. Rookie of the Year votes were Orioles: Winner Ron Hansen got 22 votes, while Gentile and pitcher Chuck Estrada both got 1 vote. I wonder who the sportswriter from Baltimore voted for. Gentile’s batting stats are largely better than Hansen’s, which leads me to believe that Hansen got the votes because he was a shortstop and must’ve been smooth with a glove.

I’m going to wrap up with my first Post *Football* card. Punter/Halfback Bobby Joe Green played for the Steelers in 1960 and 1961, was traded to the Bears and made the Pro Bowl after the 1970 season. Since Green rushed for all of 7 yards in 1970, I’m guessing he made the Pro Bowl as a punter.

This card seems to be considered to be a “pre-rookie” card, I’m guessing because it preceeded Green’s first card which came in packs (1965 Philadelphia).

And that’s all the Post cards I have for now (but not all of the ones I recently bought). Gotta admit, I feel a little better now.

I Do Not Know What A “Rheum” Is

I am so far behind in sharing my new acquisitions…

HOW FAR BEHIND ARE YOU?

…I’m so far behind that I’ve almost caught up to myself. Every time I go to a show or order off COMC I scan all the vintage cards and some of the more interesting post-vintage things, but for the most part the scans just build up because I never get around to writing about them.

This post is the first attempt to catch up, and all three cards are of Don Zimmer in his post-Dodger playing days.

Don Zimmer got around a bit in the early 1960’s. Shortly before the start of the 1960 season, the Dodgers traded Zimmer to the Cubs for a package of players and cash. He stayed with the Cubs for two seasons before being drafted by the Mets in the October, 1961 expansion draft.

There techically aren’t any Mets in the 1962 Post set – I guess because they used photos from 1961 and didn’t do any airbrushing – but if you look at the last line of text on this card, you can see there are cards which reference the fact that the featured player was drafted by the Mets.

1962 Post Don Zimmer
The Gil Hodges card (which I don’t have) has a similar line on it.

One of the Mets’ objectives in putting together that first team was to obtain players who would be familiar to the New York baseball fan, and Zimmer certainly fell into that category. Despite that, he only played 14 games for the Mets before he was (mercifully?) traded to the Reds.

Zimmer finished 1962 in Cincinnati, but during the following winter was traded to the Dodgers for a minor leaguer.

Anyone care to guess whether these are Cubs pinstripes or Mets pinstripes on this Dodgers card?
1963 Topps Don Zimmer

His second stint in LA was short, because he was sold to the Senators that June. He’d finish out his major league career with 2.5 seasons in D.C., after which he played one very unspectacular season in Japan.

1964 Topps Don Zimmer

…and if you’re wondering what the subject line has to do with any of this…

…”Zimmer” is the German word for “room”… or “rheum”, if you prefer.