from GCA (we're fairly certain that stands for Great Card Awesomeness) tucked into a Christmas card that involved cute pictures of a dog. Of course, the dog element was excellent to Lucy, who thinks dogs are the best thing that ever happened on Planet Earth (except possibly for Humphrey the Hamster, but that's whole 'nother story). In addition to the canine, there was taped inside that Zito Effect Baseball Card.
The Zito Effect, as you may know, is the amazing thing that happens when people send us Barry Zito cards: we hardly ever already have it. We have pages and pages of Zito In A Binder, and yet we hardly ever get doubles! This may be relatively common when a player has a bazillion cards, but it's still fun to experience.
This 1951-style card sent by GCA (it's a 2003 Topps) is an especially excellent Zito Effect because BZ is sporting the Zoolander Stare. Here's the back of the Barry version:We know you inexplicably collect certain cards or players, but do you ever wonder what you would have inexplicably collected if you were eyeing the cardboard in the 1950s? If we were doing this in 1951, we believe that instead of Zito, we'd collect Gus Zernial. Trust me, there are similarities.
One thing for certain is that the 1951s are popular and it's easy to see why. If you type "1951 Topps" into eBay, you'll see that everything has at least one bid.
By the way:
- don't miss Grand Cards' great post that displays his 1951 Red Back Monte Irvin card.
- Night Owl has in his possession a Duke Snider.
- Because he maintains this is the first real Topps set ever, Adicto de Cartón has a want list.
- Wrigley Wax featured Johnny Schmitz back in August.
- And #5 Baseball Card Type Collection has on display the Blue Back #5 Johnny Pesky.
Signing off from Area 1951 here in New Mexico.