a baseball card celebration of the dodgers and the infield of my youth.
22 December 2010
happy birthday nl iron man!
it's hard for me to believe that the anchor of the infield of my youth, steve garvey, is 62 years old today. or that i am now older (just barely) than he was when he took his final major league swing in 1987. still, time does march on, and today i celebrate the garv and his p-e-r-f-e-c-t 1974 topps card.
this beat up old version of it is the one i carried in my wallet for a few years after reading about bob costas and his mickey mantle card he carried around. i have no originality. whether it is abstract expressionism or post modernism, it is indeed art. i love love love that card.
i recently received a couple of fulfilled ttm requests from the birthday boy (including one that was over a year old). these were the third and fourth successes i have had which also blows my mind. here's his 1980 topps card
and a 1981 fleer card celebrating the fact that he led the league in hits in 1980.
next up we have a couple of cards from the 2004 upper deck legends 'timeless teams' set - 1974
gotta love the dual-eared helmet on the 1974 card. on the 1980 card, popeye added a line after the '6'. i have a lot of garvey autos with a lot of notation variations, but i am not sure what this is all about. maury wills does the same thing sometimes.
the garv also included a note - it's a copy, not an original handwritten note - thanking me and asking if i would like to make a donation to his foundation.
you know what? i think i will, and i'll ask him to sign my tattered 1974 topps card too.
i collect dodgers cards, any and all cards featuring steve garvey, ron cey, dave lopes or bill russell, all topps cards of the players who were featured in the 1978 topps set as dodgers, cards featuring dodger stadium, o-pee-chee variations, and cards showing the double play turn at second base. i am also currently working on my 1971 topps set, and i am starting to put together a 1974 topps set as well. i have a lot of cards to trade!