Today was incredibly stressful and long, I'm out of gas but did want to at least post something. Here are three well-loved 1959 Topps baseball cards I picked up a while back at the local hobby shop...
Not the HOF Earl Averill, this would be his son Earl Jr. Quite a few condition issues here, not the least of which is a giant crease above the team logo. I'll fork over a dime for any '59 Topps card I don't have though. I think it was so cheap largely because of the back:
Yeah this was definitely taped or glued into an album at some point, but you can still see the cartoon which is my biggest concern.
Eddie Haas would later coach the Braves in Atlanta (after Joe Torre), and even spent some time as a scout in the Red Sox organization. I love the Sporting News Rookie Stars subset in this set.
Last but not least, Allan "Red" Worthington. Red began his Major League career with back to back shutouts, which is noted in the cartoon on the back of his card:
No paper loss here! Three cards closer to a beater '59 Topps set, and my total cost was 60 cents. No complaints there!
Can't go wrong for 60 cents. As a full bleed guy the 59's are way too much about border for my taste. I guess that's why I've always loved the 1967's.
When it comes to vintage... I'm a huge fan of cards with character. My grandma used to tell me that there's a story behind every wrinkle... and I sort of believe that works for creases and tape marks too.
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