Joy of a Completed Page

As we inch closer to the games actually meaning something, I felt people might need a break from all the Heritage posts so going vintage today. Today’s completed page came about from the Mansfield Card Show I attended a couple weeks ago. It was a very successful 45 minute ride as I reeled in 30 cards for my 1959 Topps set, including the card that completed this page with some guy called Mantle.

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1959 Topps #10-18

Card that completed the page: Vern Law (12)

Favorite card: I’d be lying if I didn’t say the Mickey Mantle (10). I have a couple of Mantle cards in my collection including a beautiful ’63 Topps that has a pen mark on the back and the ’68 Topps that’s in the set I’m building. But it’s this one, that would be my favorite. Still young and and not completely ravaged by injuries, Mick looks ready to smack one out on that sunny afternoon.

Best photograph: I’m a sucker for combo cards but the colored background takes away from Danny’s All-Stars (17). Joe Pignatano (16) is cool shot showing the Dodgers first West Coast home—the LA Coliseum.

Best career: The Mick … by far. Hall of Famer, hobby legend, an idol to many kids in the 1950’s and 60’s. Too bad drinking and injuries hampered a career that could have been even better.

Number of Red Sox: One, Dick Gernert (13). A nothing special first baseman who played eight seasons in Boston while batting a middling .252 over that span.

Past/Future Red Sox: Zero.

Interesting fact: That Dick Gernert finished 25th overall in the 1952 American League MVP voting. He finished ahead of a young Billy Pierce and a soon to be retired Johnny Sain. In 102 games that year, he batted .243, 19 HR, 67 RBI.

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Here’s a close up of one of the biggest cards in the ’59 Topps set. Absolutely beautiful color on “The Mick.” Sure, it’s off-centered and has a wrinkled lower left corner but has a clean back and was a nice get off of eBay last summer. I still need to throw a couple pics up in regards to that show haul — there are some great ’59s that are surely to complete more pages!

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Working on a couple new trades this week with Nick over at Baseball Dime Box as well as Julie at A Cracked Bat, both are new traders for me and both should be fun trades as they need cards I should have a fair amount of. Also wrapping up a monster trade with Scott over at I need new hobbies—easily close to 1,000 cards if not more! So please hit me up for some trades please!!

Looking for West Coast team collectors as I’m trying to gather some Mother’s Cookie singles from 1983-1989. Maybe you have some dupes from 82-83 Granny Goose sets. How about (gulp) some 80’s Mets Fan Club cards? Anyone have extra 1987-89 Kahn’s Cincy Reds cards? How about some Stuart Montreal Expos cards from 1983-86???? These are some of the items I’d like to trade for!!! Thank you for reading!

 

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A Whole New Game

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1968 Topps Game

The 1968 Topps Game cards are probably the most popular insert set of the 1960’s. This 33-card set full of Hall of Famers measure just smaller than a standard size 1968 Topps bubble gum card. They were issued with the 1968 regular baseball cards and are very similar to the Topps Red Back and Blue Back sets issued in 1951. The cards were designed to be used as a baseball card game. I also believe that these 1968 Topps Game cards were also sold in complete box sets.

I had picked up about eight of these cards over the last year to go at the back of the 1968 Topps set I am working on. However, I saw an auction for a complete set that I couldn’t say no and also just a smidge over $40. The Mantle has some wear but alone runs anywhere from $20–$40 in this condition.

Looking at the Matty Alou (and Clemente) reminded me to ask Pirates fans or Uni-Watch fans, why did the Pirates have those sewn/glued on rectangle “P” patches on these hats in the 1960’s? No other team did this to my knowledge.

I do wonder, how a couple of players failed to make the cut. Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tony Oliva, Boog Powell just to name a few. Overall, this is a beautiful set and a real winner.

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About to Welcome Some Friends

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Above is a handful of 1959 Topps I have accumulated over the last couple of years. If I see a great deal on eBay or at the LSC, I’m always game to pick up some off-conditioned vintage. And with that, headed my way shortly are another 330 members of the 1959 porthole family!

Back in 1988 as a kid working in the LCS, I almost bought a partial 1959 Topps set. The owner let me take it home and look through. In the end though, I felt I didn’t have the money to make it work and it was missing many superstar cards

I have’t tried building a 1950’s set to date, but having some of the superstars helps me decide on the 1959 set. Having the Mantle card in hand, the biggest money card all set. Add the 35 high numbers coming in the lot, that helps cut some bigger dollar cards as well. The Bob Gibson rookie is the highest dollar card I’ll need to trade down as right now.

I have built a few vintage sets this way a couple of times. I find a great deal on a partial set that I just can’t pass up. I have done this a couple of times already with the 1965, 1968, 1971, and 1975 Topps sets. The latter two are complete. I have all the big cards in the ’65 and the Ryan and Bench rookies in the burlap beauties.

Those who may be collecting this set as well, there were about 120 doubles in the lot so let’s see if we can trade. I also will post more trade bait — would love to trade my 1958 Yogi Berra for a 1959 one for example. So stay tuned on a new want list and more vintage trade bait.