Saturday, July 24, 2021
Friday, July 23, 2021
1951 Bowman contains some iconic rookie cards. Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle each debut in this set. Mantle's teammate and friend, Ed "Whitey" Ford also has a rookie card in the set.
The Batter's Box card shop had two of them recently. They now have none. I went in last weekend with intent to purchase one or both. One had just sold to one of the guys that works in the shop. In fact he made a second payment on the card and took it home with him while I was there.
The reason I considered getting both was because they were so different that I couldn't decide which one to get. You can see mine below. The condition is rough, but I'm okay with that. The condition of the other copy was a little better except that it had stains all over the front of the card. I asked the shop owner about the stains and he confirmed what I thought. The stains were from the plastic of some really old pages that the card had once been in. The centering was a little better and the colors were more vibrant, but it had these stains all over it. I wish I had taken a picture of it.
This card will go down with my 1954 Hank Aaron, 1968 Nolan Ryan and Johnny Bench, 1969 Reggie Jackson rookie cards as one of the cards that I dreamed about owning as a kid, but never thought it would ever happen. Lots of cards still on that list though. Which one will be next?
How about you? What cards did you dream about owning as a kid, that you now own. Which ones are still on your list?
Friday, July 16, 2021
Thursday, July 15, 2021
I saw a card on Twitter the other day and I instantly wanted it, so when I went to the card shop this past Saturday I asked to look through their stack of 1951 Bowman commons and I found it. I also found a few others that I happily added to my collection.
These are all cards I didn't even look at when I got the Ralph Branca and Bobby Thompson 1951 Bowman cards a week or so ago.
Virgil "Fire" Trucks - Great nickname and great autograph signer through the mail. Passed away a few years back.
I really love the 1951 and 1952 Bowman cards. No stats, but the write up on the backs are fantastic.
Monday, July 12, 2021
Sunday, July 11, 2021
Saturday, July 10, 2021
I picked up a few other gifts for myself at the card shop with some birthday money. The Batter's Box got a bunch of 1951 and 1952 Bowman's in recently and so I went through and found a couple of 1951's to add to my collection.
You can't think about 1951 without thinking about Bobby Thomson and Ralph Branca.
I figure these will go nicely with the 1952's that I had picked up previous.