I had forgotten, but, besides the doubles of 1960 Topps Minnie Minoso that I am fixing to trade Gerardo for a haircut (or two?), as I inspect my manifest of the 76 cards I had in that binder, there were two older, and rarer and assuredly more tradeworthy Minnie, and that I if Cooperation did not had elevated our Orestes fellow former South Sider, to the pantheon with the Mays, Aaron, Koufax, Feller, Greenberg, Cy Young and “the purloined Gehrig.”
If you only have 2 cards from a set, like the 1953 Topps, 11 years before I was born and 19 years before I recall watching baseball and buying packs, its a good synecdoche to have Minnie Minoso and Enos Slaughter, “Country” as compared to “Cuba”, known I picked up somewhere along the way for a Mad Dash around the bases to win the 1946 Series for…wait for it..the Cards:
I was a Giants fan from 1970 or so on, but would have picked up somewhere some respect for the Dodgers, especially during the integration era and the value of a card, I would have spied at these trade shows, circa 1975-1978, of a Pee Wee Reese:
1951 was the start of the Topps dynasty and that year featured smallish cards you, people older than me but younger than my dad, could play a game with; here, getting dealt a Warren Spahn is a “ball”:
Phillies star hurler Robin Roberts (who might have been on the mound when eventual newscaster of same name was born, in 1960) was elected to the Hall of Fame, after 286 wins and 2,000+ strikeouts, a 7-time All Star, in 1976 or during the time that I was reading Baseball Digest and going to card shows, influencing this purchase decision:
Meanwhile I might have seen batting champ Tiger George Kell on the also rans on the Hall of Fame balloting, although he was not inducted until The Veterans’ Committee i 1983, after I had stopped being active in the hobby. My cards sat in my parents’ house during college. Steve Cohen and I went to an occasional show in the late 1980s. I would think most of the increase in value for the hobby or industry as a whole occurred during my collecting years, or between 1975 and 1990. Kell:
First national broadcast of color television The Roses Parade, 1954;
I was born, 1964.
I bought this card, a 1955 Bowman Willie Mays, with “Color TV” stylings, in 1974 or so;
February, 1, 2008, about 7 years ago, it and everything else on this page disappears from the house I was renting in Barron Park.
I had three 1956 Topps in that set, Willie Mays, Jackie Robinson (my only Jackie Robinson) and a Roger Craig (some people call it a rookie card; I sent mine to him while he was the Giants skipper and asked him to pass on word to Mike Remlinger that he was the only guy with “Wah Hoo Wah” and “Humm Baby” on his side):
1959 Topps but in so-so shape:
I lost 7 Mayses all in, or all out, but at least I have several more from the sixties and seventies, 1963 thru 1972. It was the PSA article about “Mays sets” that inspired this bad body.
Here’s a better image
1959 Topps Sandy Koufax
(I just noticed there are no 1961s in the grouping?)
1962 Topps Willie Mays