this weekend is the biggest card show of the year in the twin cities (outside of twinsfest). it attracts vendors from all over the region and beyond (plus mr. mint at least once). it's the show where one dealer had boxes of 1975 topps minis and there were vintage bargain bins all over the place.
i had planned to go tonight and pick up a 1956 topps duke snider card to complete my '56 dodgers team set. that's because earlier in the week i picked up this beauty of a card:
as far as the show goes, i don't think i will be able to swing it. the past two years i have gone on friday night when it opens, and i know i can't be there tonight. tomorrow, the likes of frank robinson, pete rose, cal ripken jr, johnny bench, and eddie murray are signing autographs, but i won't be able to be there then, either. on sunday, there is a slim chance that i could get there shortly before the thing closes at 4, so i guess i will go with the same refrain that dodger fans used back during the early part of campy's career - wait 'til next year.
so instead of that duke snider card, i'll show some other vintage cards. these are some of the cards that i've picked up over the last couple of years but haven't figured out how to fit into a post. problem solved.
1960 topps bob aspromonte
this was one of the last few 1960 cards i needed. it's numbered in the 500's (547) and usually goes for a few bucks. i put it off for as long as i could. i think i used some 'ebay bucks' to finally acquire it.
1961 topps frank howard
1962 topps duke snider
1963 topps johnny podres
1965 topps john roseboro
1966 topps willie davis
the 3-dog here is a high number (535), so it took me a while to track down at a price i was willing to pay. the corners are a bit soft, but it fits in my collection nicely. now if only i could find a photo of davis in an angels' uniform, i could get to making that final tribute card that he never got.
1970 topps maury willsi posted all of the topps cards that should have been of the 1962 league mvp and asked if there were any similar cards folks wanted to see. three people responded so i'll probably take a stab at making each of the cards that they requested. they are:
a 1951 or 1952 card of artie wilson (padrographs)
a 1983 card of harold reynolds (mariner1)
a 1979 card of jim bouton (dayf)
but, since a 1968 topps deckle edge wills was at stake, i need to designate a winner. random.org tells me that the card goes to...
i'll get something thrown together sometime soon.