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.
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!
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?
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.
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