Thursday, July 23, 2009

Type Site: Carl Crawford Cards

By his own reckoning, my dad amassed the neighborhood's largest baseball collection as a kid. Given the era (1950s and 60s) and occasional "find" made over the years (see 1953 Red Man NL #5, Roy Campanella), it must've been a sweet ensemble of cardboard. Just about every visit involves a baseball game, lengthy discussion, or nostaligic ramble on Brooklyn vs. L.A. We haven't played catch mano-y-mano in a number of years, but the memory stays strong.

Carl Crawford Cards, a #5 type collection follower, tracks not only his favorite, eponymous player, but also a variety of vintage sets and family stories. His July 21, 2009 post includes a similar familial overlap, 1976 Topps' own Father & Son card for Gus and Buddy Bell.



I liked the card's story of Gus bringing Buddy back to the game after a bout of depression.



The younger Bell went on to collect 2500 hits, make several All-Star teams, and win 5 Gold Gloves. That's a lot of success to be thankful for!

Carl Crawford Cards posted almost 70 entries in his first 3 months of writing, an impressive kickoff in both quantity and variety. I look forward to reading more as time goes on.

5 comments:

Carl Crawford Cards said...

Hey, glad you dig the Bells card! For me it's one of the better athlete/father stories I've heard, and definitely the best I've read on the back of a baseball card. It's almost cinematic. Makes those guys seem a lot more human, like the rest of us.

And thanks for the compliment on the blog, glad you like it!

lixue said...
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Matthew Glidden said...

Agreed about the Bell's card content and it'd be cool to see more player participation in sets. Wonder what the barriers are to it--time? Additional compensation?

lixue said...
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Matthew Glidden said...

Quick note to say thanks for including the Gus / Buddy Bell card with the Fire Trucks winnings. I noted it in the #5 type collection today.

http://number5typecollection.blogspot.com/2009/08/card-arrival-from-white-sox-cards.html