Since I came back from “vacation” I’ve featured 2015 Bowman, non-sport cards, oversized oddballs and customs. I kinda feel like some of you might look at this like one would regard a concert by a famous rock musician who insists on playing all the stuff from his new album instead of the stuff that everybody really came to hear.
With that in mind, here’s a post featuring nothing but vintage cards which fit in a 9-pocket sheet… Well, except for one card which goes in an 8-pocket sheet.
I’m slowly working towards the 1968 Topps “Game” insert set, and here’s a card I just got featuring MLB’s PeteRose-a non grata…
I’m not particularly a fan of Mr. Rose, but I like this card… Not even sure why. It’s kind of funny that the all-time hits king should have a “ground out” on his game card, but I guess somebody had to. My own thoughts are that Pete Rose will eventually get in the HOF, but not until after he’s shuffled off this mortal coil.
In order to keep my efforts from getting too scattershot – yeah, right – I’m trying to focus my Kellogg’s acquisitions on Mets and the 1976 set… But that doesn’t mean I won’t pick up a cheap 1972 Kelogg’s when I see one…
Dick Drago was never a star player, but he was one of the better players in early Royals history. In 1971 he was the Royals’ Pitcher Of The Year, going 17-11 with a 2.98 ERA, 15 complete games and 4 shutouts.
This 1972 Richie Scheinblum has a classically bad airbrush job. I think everybody should take a moment to appreciate the poorly-placed logo on the airbrushed cap.
1972 was Scheinblum’s only season as a regular, and he batted an even .300 while making the All-Star team.
I’ve been making something of an effort to get a better representation of the 1950’s in my collection. Being a Mets fan from a young age, it’s not surprising that I have relatively few cards from before the Mets’ first season in 1962. I’m also an Orioles fan, but I became one much later in life, so I don’t quite have the emotional attachment to vintage Orioles. As a result, I’m often left with few budget-friendly cards to go after from the 1950’s. Instead, I often go after guys who would later be Mets coaches from when I was a kid in the 1970’s.
Eddie Yost was a Mets coach from 1968 to 1976. Known as “The Walking Man” for his ability to draw a base on balls, he has a higher career on-base percentage than HOFers like Rod Carew, Joe Morgan, Honus Wagner, Tony Gwynn and Willie Mays (as well as Derek Jeter and Pete Rose).
I’ve been thinking of shopping for 1950’s cards using my 1956 modus operandi – go for the beautiful commons, regardless of who’s featured on them… Cards like this:
If anyone’s got suggestions on any Bowman or pre-1956 Topps that fit this category, please leave me a comment (and if it’s a card you’ve featured in your blog, a link would be greatly appreciated). Thank you in advance!