Friday, June 17, 2011

Nothing beats cheap vintage—Part Two

Gonna jump right into this post as I am hoping to also post a random mish-mash of trade bait material.

So three more cheap vintage cards and three more Hall of Famers!
While all three did not quite come as cheap as this morning's post, these still we all had for a little more than the cost of a blaster box. All three did come with free shipping so I didn't mind paying a little bit more per card.
Love the 1960 Warren Spahn card. Has a lot of rich color and the corners are pretty decent. I had tried landing this card a couple of times but got outbid in the closing seconds. There is a super light crease than can only be seen if you tilt the card just right, still, a pretty sweet card of one of my favorite Topps designs of the sixties. Regarded as a "thinking man's" pitcher who liked to outwit batters, Spahn once described his approach on the mound: "Hitting is timing. Pitching is upsetting timing."

Next up is a 1961 Topps Frank Robinson. A young Robinson would go on to win the National League MVP in '61 scoring 117 runs, while mashing 37 homers and knocking in 124 Redlegs. Oh, and he could run too, the 25-year old stole 22 bags that season. While not the card I was trying to get (I liked his '62 Topps better), this year always seemed to be priced pretty low compared to some of his other cards. Frank helped the Reds to the NL pennant in 1961 but, the Reds lost the 1961 World Series to the Yankees.

And finally, the 1974 Topps Nolan Ryan. This is a great shot of Ryan from the mound, menacing and intimidating. Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for most one-hitters, with 12. He also pitched 18 two-hitters. Despite the seven no-hitters, Ryan never threw a perfect game, nor did he ever win a Cy Young Award. Nolan is one of only 29 players in baseball history to date to have appeared in Major League baseball games in four decades.

Speaking of vintage and trade posts, I hope to start putting some vintage up for trade bait to help fill in holes with my All Decade teams. I know I'll be throwing a 1960 AL Kings (Kuenn/Fox), a 71 Rose, and a '73 Seaver just to name a few off the top of my head so stay tuned.

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