While trying to add to my growing 1959 Topps set, I came across one auction that led me to look at the sellers other items. Low and behold, he had six 1959 Topps star cards I was going to need! I pretty much pounced at the last second of each of these auctions. Sure the condition isn’t top notch, but it’s right in my wheelhouse to complete a set like this. We have four HoFers, plus Maris second year, and a high number All-Star card.
The colors on each of these pop—especially on the Say Hey kid’s card. All had clean backs and speaking of backs—check out these stats …
These two were absolute monsters as they began carving out Hall of Fame careers in the mid and late 1950’s. Entering the 1959 season, Aaron and Mays had already won MVP Awards, nine All-Star selections, and three Gold Gloves! Moving to the opposite coast Mays enjoyed one of his better seasons as a Giant, the first as San Francisco.
I’m making some great headway in this set, but do have some higher priced cards to track down. Among those, Sandy Koufax (#163), Bob Gibson rookie (#514), and Mickey Mantle (#564) All-Star card.
Anyone that has even one or two 1959 Topps cards, hit me up. I have many commons and stars from 1954 through the present. I would love to help other collectors cross off some needs on their own sets. Of my 100 dupes from my partial set lot, 63 are headed to Shane at Shoebox Legends as I help him with his own 1959 Topps Set. Thank you for reading.
1959 Topps #’s 343-351
Thanks to my trip to the LSC this weekend, Ted Lepcio, #348, finished off another page in my 1959 Topps set binder.
My favorite card: Gotta be Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks. Banks would go on to win back-to-back MVP Awards in ’59 by belting 41 home runs, driving in 143 runners, and hit a cool .304.
Number of Red Sox cards: Two—Lepcio and #646 Batter Bafflers combo card of Tom Brewer and Dave Sisler. Brewer had been an All-Star for the Sox in ’56 when he went 19-9
Other Red Sox alumni: Two… Russ Nixon checks in here and actually played for the BoSox on two separate occasions from 1960–1965, and ended his career with them in 1968. Of note, he was also traded TWICE to the Red Sox in 1960, but Sammy White refused to report to the Cleveland Indians and thus voided the deal. The two teams came to an agreement three months later with Ted Bowsfield and Marty Keough heading to the Tribe. Billy Hoeft pitched in five games for the Sox in 1959.
Other interesting player of note: Gil McDougald takes the cake here. The 1951 Rookie of Year winner also went on to earn five All-Star selections as well as place five times in MVP voting. Gil was also a member of eight American League pennant winners. Although often overshadowed by Cooperstown-bound teammates like Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, McDougald was the glue that held together the Bombers’ infield of the 1950s. He was also particularly clutch at World Series time.
Best factoid evah: Ok so get this—man Baseball-Reference.com is the bible—on May 2, 1959 Dave Sisler AND Ted Lepcio where traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Detroit Tigers for Billy Hoeft. Too bad these three cards weren’t numbered sequentially—but hey, to have all three on the SAME page, what are the odds?
This weekend was pretty damn good! The weather here in New England was perfect, just mild enough to bring shorts back. The Pats and my fantasy team romped and a visit to the LSC proved to be one hell of a trip.
All in all, I landed:
- 1959 Topps: 20 cards including six Red Sox. He had a Banks All-Star but wasn’t going to go $42
- 1965 Topps: 5 cards
- 1973 Topps: I wished I had counted, but I knocked off over 200 plus off my want list. Knocking off card #1 is always great, especially when it boasts three incredible, all-time players! And one of my favorites in my haul has to be the horizontal World Series card of Johnny Bench with Blue Moon Odom being more like Dead Moon.
- 1973 Topps Team Checklists: Landed another 17 cards here and he tossed those in for free!
I guess there are some rumors he might be closing and just doing eBay. My guess he sticks around through the holidays. It would be a shame as his prices are great, he takes time to dig around to find more cards for you to go through, and is great to the kids. We’ll see happens, worst case, I’ll have to venture to RI.
I did manage to complete another 1959 Topps page as well as a handful of 1973 Topps pages. I’ll try to post a couple of those in the coming week. Also had a nice eBay mail day on Friday in which I landed four 1959 Topps HoFers and a couple of other cards so stayed tuned. Also have a couple of sweet Red Sox finds to post too—man, looking as my images, I have quite a bit of work to do posting wise.
And yet more work to do… I’ll be posting my wants for my 2008 Topps Heritage (1959) and 2014 Topps Heritage (1965) sets. Figure it would be nice to have the original sets next to the Heritage ones. Which means I’ll be collecting the burlap beauties in Heritage’s next installment. I just to need to get my new blog back onto JayBee’s Sportscard Blog Roll so my trading can pick up again. Thank you for reading and please drop me a line if you want to trade!