A good week as far as cards coming into the house. Between a Sportlots order, a COMC purchase, and a brief stay at the monthly card show, quite a few cards were knocked off of want lists. It just so happened that there were three separate sets that had 2 cards removed.
One part of the COMC order (that I'd been putting together for a month) was these 2 high numbers from the '73 Topps set. Dig the eyebrows on Andy Etchebarren, almost reminiscent of the Wally Moon cards from the early 60's. The only one of the 3 pitchers in the Rookie Pitchers card that I had heard of was Mike Garman. Mike had actually appeared for the Red Sox in parts of 3 seasons ('69, '71 and '72) before this card was released. He was traded to the Cardinals after the '73 season and had a couple of very good seasons there before bouncing around the league with 3 other teams up until his major league career ended after the '79 season.
I found a couple of reasonably priced SPs on COMC for the 2011 Heritage set. The Orioles team card reminds me of the high number battle I am facing with the '64 set, and the overpriced Dodgers high number team card. Sorry, but I can't stomach paying $10 for a team card, high # or not...
It hurts a little to see a Roy Halladay card featuring him in a Phillie cap, but he did some things there that he never did in Toronto (make a ton of money, pitch in the playoffs, etc.) so that takes the sting off somewhat. He's still one of the top 5 pitchers in Blue Jays history in my opinion.
It is extremely rare that I go to a card show and come home with only 2 single cards for myself. But that happened yesterday because the dealer that I was really hoping to purchase a lot of cards from wasn't there. So I ended up buying a pair of '59s featuring a couple of HOF players. Can't say that I ever remember seeing that style of uniform that the Cubs Clubbers are wearing.
I was also curious to see what kind of numbers that Banks and his teammates put up in the '59 season, and was quite shocked as the disparity. Banks--.304/45HR/143/RBI. Long--.236/14HR/37RBI. Moryn--.234/14HR/48RBI. Only one other Cub had more than 50 RBI's in the '59 season. There was Banks with his 45 HR, and no other Cub had more than 14 (although 7 had more than 10).
These two cards bring the '59 set a little bit closer to the halfway mark, with just 29 more cards needed to hit 50%.
Believe it or not, the big purchase from the card show yesterday was a hobby box of 2016 Topps. I haven't cracked a box of cards in quite a long time, so I'm eager to see what the fuss is all about. You'll see a post soon about it for sure.
Thanks for reading, Robert