Unexpected 1968’s, Part Three

So here we are with the third an final chapter of “1968 Topps cards I got recently without realizing just how many I had acquired until the dust had settled”.

Bud Harrelson… Another step towards a Mets team set I’ll likely never achieve because of the Nolan Ryan rookie (and I’m cool with that).
1968 Topps Bud Harrelson
In 1968, Bud was coming off of his first full year in the majors, and he was the starting shortstop for the Mets.

Don Buford is capless and in pinstripes because he came to the Orioles in the same trade that sent Luis Aparicio to the White Sox
1968 Topps Don Buford
I almost hadn’t noticed the “2B – 3B” designation on this card.  Buford played the outfield for most of his time with the O’s, and even though I have at least one card featuring Buford with the Chisox, I didn’t realize he was an infielder.  According to baseball-reference.com, he was an outfielder with the University of Southern California, was converted to the infield by the White Sox and converted back by the Orioles.

Dean Chance was an All-Star in 1967… with the Twins.  I didn’t realize he’d played for the Twins.  I knew he started with the Angels and won a Cy Young in 1964, I knew he pitched for the Indians and Mets towards the end of his career, but I missed the Twins in the middle.
1968 Topps Game Dean Chance
Even though he appears with the Mets on his 1971 card, he only pitched 3 games for them in 1970.  Guess I should have had him on my “Short-term Mets” team.

Dick/Rich/Richie Allen was the NL Rookie of the Year, he was the AL MVP, he was a 7-time All-Star, and none of these things happened in 1968.
1968 Topps Game Dick Allen

Rod Carew is a ground out?  How can you have a guy with a .328 career BA be represented by a ground out?
1968 Topps game Rod Carew
When this card came out, Carew was 22-years-old, the reigning AL ROY and just starting a 19-year career where the only season he didn’t make the All-Star team was his last season in 1985.

Like his Orioles teammate Don Buford, Pete Richert is also capless and in pinstripes… Unlike Buford, they’re Senators pinstripes, not White Sox pinstripes.
1968 Topps Pete Richert

This last card is a Bob Tolan card I bought solely because I liked the photo.
1968 Topps Bob Tolan

National Wantlist, Part 3: Met Met Met

Many of my goals over the past 10-20 years are ones which I semi-passively worked towards.  I rarely said “I’m going to this show to try to knock off those 1970 high-number Mets”, I would just go to shows and just see what happens to come my way… almost a zen attitude when it comes to collecting.

As I’ve said repeatedly over the course of this blog, there’s a significant need to get organized and get at least a little bit of focus, so I’m renewing my efforts concerning a goal since I started collecting in the mid-70’s:  Completing my Mets team sets.  I’ve got complete sets of 1974-1978 Topps, and I’m nearly finished with 1973, so my Mets focus for the National is Topps cards from 1962 to 1972.

The cards pictured here are all Mets I’ve acquired over the past year which I’ve been meaning to feature in this blog.  I’ve enjoyed this year’s Heritage set, but nothing I pull out of a pack can compare to a 1963 “Marvelous Marv” Throneberry, as featured above.

Below is ostensibly a Bud Harrelson card;  I think that even Topps would have to take the photographer at his word that Bud is the one applying the tag.  From the “396” on the wall, you can tell it’s Shea (as if the Mets home uniform wasn’t enough).  Nolan Ryan is standing in the foreground, looking like he’s making the call for the umpire.  I can’t say for sure, but I’m thinking the second baseman is Ken Boswell.  No idea who the umpire or baserunner are, other than the runner is an Astro.

This Danny Frisella card was a Diamond Giveaway acquisition.  Danny apparently feels that the best defense against the bunt is to pitch from the baseline.