|1934-36 Batter-Up #54, Si Johnson ($8)|
So why collect pictures of guys who've long since retired and (often) shuffled off this mortal coil, knowing you'll never root for them to strike someone out or slug a game-winning homer? Introspection says it's the hunt for buried treasure, those artifacts that trap a sense of time and place otherwise lost to family albums and history books. Si Johnson, in long-sleeve undershirt and high socks, showing off his curve ball grip. (1934 Batter-Up set profile.)
|1940 Play Ball #163, Spud Davis ($5)|
Cards with quote-unquote nicknames of guys who are just happy to be here. (1940 Play Ball set profile.)
|1951 Topps Blue Back #42, Bruce Edwards (free)|
|1951 Topps Blue Back #8, Dick Sisler (free)|
|1951 Topps Blue Back|
Fellow vintage enthusiasts from my trading group OBC gifted both of these blue backs from Topps' first big year of baseball cards. Thanks guys, much appreciated! If you enjoy old cards and don't care about condition, consider joining up. 20+ OBC members made it to the 2011 National; our annual swap session's a cardboard experience of its own.
|1959 Topps #408, Keystone Combo (50 cents)|
I'm including prices to show that the vintage treasure hunt remains affordable, even for 1950s cards featuring two HOFers! (Despite the National being in their backyard, Chicago White Sox and Cubs carried no obvious price premium; find another White Sox player on 1959 Topps #5.)
|1961 Topps #380, Minnie Minoso ($1)|
Fan favorite and five-decade player Minoso also appears on 1952 Bowman #5, one of my favorite cards ever. (1961 Topps set profile.)
|1962 Post Cereal Canadian #6, Roger Maris ($2)|
A paltry $2 to learn "his 61 homers set a new major league record season record for 162 games" in French? Oui, s'il vous plais. (1962 Post Canadian set profile, featuring runner-up Mickey Mantle.)
Thanks for reading thus far. Still more National cards to come on Thursday and then a three-player giveaway on Friday!