5.29.2009

We admit it: more 1972 Topps. Plus a major 1956 Topps bonus!

We were very lucky today, not only because it is another beautiful spring day in the Southwest, but because we received a package from the baseball card blog version of the Library of Congress, dayf the Cardboard Junkie himself.In this post, we'll begin with only a few of the cards he sent. First, the triple Rookies. Three posed batters on one card. I'm not sure any of these players became "stars" but at least they have those incomparably stratospheric '72 Topps hand-drawn stars on their card.This is the first '72 checklist we've seen, and it is all the more fantastical because someone back in '72 was doing a fine job of collecting this set, and diligently marking off each acquisition.
As you can see, even doubles are noted.

Spinks and Hands! Firstnamewise, Scipio is a little bit more awesome than Bill.

Jimmy-o and Ed-o.

That is a great unposed In Action shot before we return to the inaction shots.

As usual, highly posed, odd shadows, and various persons and body parts in the background.

Mr. plural Clines, those are some *excellent* sideburns.

The Leaders cards in '72 are very pleasing, and not the least reason for this is their inconsistency. Here we have the happy little stars and a different frame design than the '72 Rookie Stars above. And in case you can't keep count, Topps helpfully numbers the players for you here. Mr. Oliva, number 1, is otherwise occupied, and Mr. Murcer, number 2, is gazing forward with bedroom eyes. Mr. Rettenmund, number 3, looks pleased to be on a baseball card at all and in fact is becoming giddy. This is an extremely good-looking card. We were thrilled with these 1972 additions to our collection but then found this:

A Wes Westrum 1956 Topps card, #156. Doesn't it bring a tear to your eye? These 1956 cards (there were 340, plus two unnumbered checklists) are so beautiful in person, with the player's face in the foreground and the field of action in the background, that holding one in your hand is absolutely comparable to seeing great art for real versus seeing it in a book or online. (Although a great site for browsing these wonderful cards online is the indispensable Vintage Card Traders.) Long story short, in addition to 1972 Topps, we're going to try and collect all the 1956 Topps New York Giants cards. I think there are fewer than a dozen. If we could buy baseball cards via time travel, we'd find that the 1956 Topps cards could be purchased in either one-card penny packs or six-card nickel packs. The penny and nickel pack wax wrappers both had yellowish backgrounds with the nickel pack showing a single drawn player

and the penny pack showing two drawn players. Please correct us if we're wrong about that. Topps did justice to the card backs

as you can see, providing not only a cartoon but a cartoon epic on each card, along with stats. There are a couple of interesting errors in '56 set; card #31 of Hank Aaron shows Willie Mays sliding into home (see link to dayf below); card #218 of Joe Nuxhall is misspelled Nuxall; and the #251 New York Yankees team card shows Don Larsen misspelled on the front as Larson. And here is dayf's post about his favorite card of all time, which just happens to be one of the abovenamed 1956 Topps. We're babes in the card woods here at the Corners, but we are beginning to understand why Cardboard Junkie refers to this set as "the pinnacle of all baseball carddom." Thank you, Cardboard Junkie, for these wonderful cards, and for sharing your extensive card knowledge with all of us who read your blog every day. In particular your discussions of vintage baseball cards are a large part of the reason we got started in this hobby, and also why we stick with it.

6 comments:

night owl said...

'72s AND a '56????

Two of my absolute favorite years, card-wise. I'm jealous with a capital J, and a pinch of envy thrown in.

Good for you!

Wrigley Wax said...

If you look over Roger Metzger's shoulder, you can see the Candlestick Park expansion project underway. This is when the park was double decked and enclosed for the 49ers.

Actually, you can see the work on a lot of the '72 cards that had pictures snapped at Candlestick.

I've also got a bunch of '72 I could send you if you aren't too fussy about condition. They are doubles that I replaced as I put my '72 set together. Let me know if you want some.

dayf said...

1956 TOPPS GIANTS Team Set

9 Ruben Negray
28 Bobby Hofman
44 "Windy" McCall
50 "Dusty" Rhodes
73 Wayne Terwilliger
91 Gail Harris
104 Bob Lennon
130 Willie Mays
138 Johnny Antonelli
148 Alvin Dark
156 Wes Westrum
199 Hank Thompson
202 Jim Hearn
205 "Whitey" Lockman
226 Giants Team
241 Don Mueller
264 Ray Monzant
271 Foster Castleman
277 Daryl Spencer
301 Marv Grissom
307 Hoyt Wilhelm
325 Don Liddle

22 cards total, most can be found for under $3 each. I've seen the Mays in off condition for under $20 before. Look around and you might find a deal.

I have #104 Bob Lennon put aside for you. I chose Westrom for the action shot, but the background on Lennon is pretty cool too. Right after I sealed your package, I found a whole pile of stuff I set aside for you including 6 Moyers, 4 Zitos, 3 Ichiros, 2 Strawberrys and a Bob Apodaca to be named later. If you want some swag from Citi Park, let me know and I'll see what freebies I can swipe this weekend.

mikepelfreyshouse said...

I love the cheesy shots of 1972!

Dinged Corners said...

Oh boy we feel greedy but yes a little tiny easy to mail bit of swag from Citi Field would be, um,
amazin'.

Not sure how we undercounted the Giants but 22 seems kind of doable, thanks for the encouragement!

Tom said...

Nice Scipio card! I've always thought that was a pretty cool name. And you've got Roger, too. Oh! An Astos bonus...Claude (will have to wait a couple years for the 'Stros jersy).

I pulled out my '72 Astros set and several appear to be taken at Candlestick.