I realize I've been very heavy on the buyback posts here on the blog recently, but there are many other collecting projects that I have going on. Two of those involve 1950s baseball sets that I'm casually collecting; 1950 Bowman and 1959 Topps.
Recently Chris, who writes the excellent blog The Collector, was kind enough to send me a pair of singles for my '59 set build. By the way, if you haven't checked out the "Sports Card Tour" posts he's been featuring in recent months I highly recommend heading over there and catching up on the backlog. Anyway, Chris made it to a card show recently and as his note to me indicated, he couldn't find a single Topps buyback at the show, so he got me a couple of Topps "originals" instead!
A big part of the reason I enjoy collecting and blogging as that each and every card is a chance for a learning experience/research. This card is a prime example, not only for the paratrooper factoid...
Constable was sort of a middling reliever who appeared in 56 total games across a handful of seasons. A nice enough card, especially since I like franchises of the past like the Washington Senators, but as Chris remarked in his note to me the real highlight of this one is the back:
That may have been accurate at the time, but Constable ended up making a comeback that saw him pitch in a handful of games with the Braves in 1962 and the Giants in 1963! I guess this is an uncorrected error? Haha.
Chris, it was incredibly thoughtful of you not only to send me this great duo, but also to scour a card show looking for buybacks on my behalf. Thank you! I'll make sure to hit you back with some Sox cards here!
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