Saturday, September 18, 2010

1975 Great Plains Greats Baseball #5, Allie Reynolds

Oklahoma-born Allie Reynolds turned a career of great pitching, 6 All-Star games, and 6 titles into a spot in this souvenir 24-card set, published to promote the Great Plains Sports Collectors Association's 1975 convention. Its simple design reminds me of the 1954 Red Heart set, though without the nostalgic (and more expensive) hand-tinted fronts (Google images).

Card front

Allie helped New York win an unprecedented 5 straight World Series from 1949 to 1953. Could a team be that dominant in today's free agent era? Since 1973, the Yankees do lead baseball with 7 titles--but that's just 1 more than Reynolds picked up in less than a decade.

Card back

The 1975 convention took place in Des Moines, Iowa, hence the Sheraton underwriting. (Perhaps Great Plains SCA used the hotel itself for their show space.)

Aside from his pitching accomplishments, Allie Reynolds was also the son of a preacher man. Alert Dusty Springfield!

Value: This #5 cost $5 on eBay. Its bigger names (Feller, Maris, Berra) cost $10 or more.

Fakes / reprints: Haven't seen any fakes in the market and assume the market's too small to be worthwhile.

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