Four From 1956: Cards I Forgot To Post

In looking for existing scans for an upcoming post, I ran across four images of 1956 cards I picked up two years ago and had never featured here… What an a terrible squandering of bloggy resources!

And since I wasn’t sure what I was going to post today, I’ll make up for lost time.

In this past year I found out that there are three notable Roger Craigs, and not just the two that I thought there were. Notable Roger Craig #1 is the former original 1962 Met who also pitched for the Dodgers and managed the Giants & Padres:
1956 Topps Roger Craig

Notable Roger Craig #2 is the San Francisco 49ers running back who won three Super Bowls with a little bit of help from Joe Montana, Jerry Rice, et. al.

Notable Roger Craig #3 is a former “Jeopardy!” champion who set the highest single-game total and the largest “True Daily Double” bet… A True Daily Double is when you wager everything you’ve got, rather than the more typical one or two thousand. Roger Craig is apparently well-known for True Daily Doubles, as I’ve seen people say things like “I’m going to Roger Craig it!”

…I should do a custom “Jeopardy!” set sometime…

Just like Roger Craig, there are two notable Frank Thomases… The Big Hurt and the “original Frank Thomas”, the guy who played from 1951 to 1966, was a three-time All-Star, an original 1962 Met, and also put in a number of years with the Pirates and other teams.
1956 Topps Frank Thomas

Gus Triandos is 12th on the All-Time Orioles Home Run list. His 142 ranks just above Nick Markakis (141). Hopefully Nick, who is a free agent, will be back to pass Gus. No offense, Gus.
1956 Topps Gus Triandos
It just occurred to me… Markakis passing Triandos… How excited would Baltimore’s Greek-American community get over that one?

For the record, the top 15 are: Cal, Eddie, Boog, Brooks, Palmeiro, Brady Anderson, Kenny Singleton, Frank Robinson, Andrew Jones, Melvin Mora, Chris Hoiles, Gus, Nick, Paul Blair and Jim Gentile.

I knew nothing about Jim Wilson before buying this card. How’s this for a “fun fact”: In 1955, Jim Wilson lead the A.L. with 18 losses… and was an All-Star.
1956 Topps Jim Wilson
Wilson was a All-Star three years in a row, and it appears that he represented three different teams… Milwaukee Braves in 1954, Orioles in 1955 and he was an All-Star in 1956 when he started the season in Baltimore and got traded to the White Sox on May 21st, so I presume that he was an All-Star with the White Sox.

Beautifully Poor – 1959 Topps “Danny’s All-Stars”

I was going through a dealer’s bargain bin at a show not too long ago, when I ran across this card from 1959 Topps:
1959 Topps Danny's All Stars

This card seemed to be in pretty nice condition for a bargain bin, not to mention that it featured Ted Kluszewski as well as original Met Frank Thomas. I turned it over to see what might’ve been wrong with the back… and that’s when I discovered the result of some child’s boredom:
1959 Topps Danny's All-Stars back
As someone who “double-bags” in 9-pocket sheets, I like vintage cards that have writing on the back, because it brings the price down in a way that I don’t mind… but I have to admit, I kinda liked this piece of original “colored pencil on cardboard” artwork. At least they stayed within the lines.

These two guys weren’t Danny’s All-Stars for very long. Frank Thomas was traded to the Reds before the 1959 season, and Big Klu was traded to the White Sox that August.

Highlights Of My Last Few Repacks

It used to be that when I needed a random “fix”, I’d buy a pack or two of Bowman or Triple Play or some other set I wasn’t really collecting, but lately I’ve been gravitating more towards the 100-card repacks, even with the diminishing returns I’m getting.

I mean, with all the repacks I’ve bought, I’m still 50 cards short of completing the 1987 Topps set. What is up with that?

Anyway, rather than giving a complete blow-by-blow of the repacks, I figured I’d share some of the more interesting cards out of the last three or so.

I’ll lead off with the most unusual card I got… This one was in the last repack I bought and is my first repack autograph… A 2005 Topps Chrome Update Cesar Carrillo.

2005 Topps Update Chrome Cesar Carrillo

I didn’t remember hearing much about the guy, so I looked him up… He did pitch in 3 games for the Padres in 2009, but he’s bounced around since then.  He’s currently part of the Tigers organization, but he’s under a 100-game suspension for drug violations coming out of the Biogenesis investigations.

…And that is why his autograph found it’s way into my repack. It’s still kinda cool, even though it’s worth about as little as an autographed card can be.

One thing I’ve really enjoyed about the repacks is getting these 1980’s/1990’s Topps glossies. I’d had only a handful of these cards from each year, but I think I’ve added over 20 of these to my collection.
1991 Topps Rookies Glossy Frank Thomas
Not only was this Big Hurt card one I needed, but I was mildly surprised to find that it actually has some value, at least in theory.  I don’t mean to keep going on about value, but when I get a repack card like this that’s potentially worth a buck or two, it just makes me sit up and take notice.

This card was on the front of one repack I bought…
2001 MLB Showdown Todd Zeile
…I like getting MLB Showdown cards, especially for Mets and Orioles. I’d be very happy if more of these popped up in my repacks; they’re like the King of the 21st Century Oddballs, plus they sometimes feature players who didn’t get much play in the mainstream sets.

I normally wouldn’t keep a 1993 Donruss card for a player I don’t collect, but I just enjoyed the photo (Sorry, Joe Oliver)…
1993 Donruss Joe Oliver
Either he’s just been sent sprawling by a brushback pitch, or he’s breakdancing.
Go, catcher! Go, catcher! Go, catcher!

Finally, I got a couple of TriStar Prospects cards… Oooh, shiny. I was a little surprised that some of them were for guys who still had the potential to be an impact player.
2007 Tristar Prospects Plus Justin Heyward
If J-Hey fulfills half of the promise some people expected out of him, this card might end up being something worthwhile. This one’ll go into the “Wait and see” box.