When I was deciding on these goals, I thought a lot about also wanting to put together a 1967 set. Until now, I only had two 1967 Topps cards in my collection, Bill Mazeroski and Eddie Mathews. From what I've gleaned, the 1967 set is popular and especially difficult to assemble. I've decided not to go for the whole set, and to let 1972 and 1959 satisfy my need to collect vintage sets. But I wanted a few cards, still, so I now have three more 1967 Topps cards.
But apart from all that, there are two other pieces of his work that made me want to get his baseball card. First, his book, Catcher in the Wry, is one of my favorite things I've read about baseball. He wasn't a star player with his .200 career batting average -- I think he calls the players like him the scrubs. It was a different time, and hearing it from his point of view was great and hilarious. The second thing I like is his Hall of Fame speech, when he won the Ford C. Frick award for broadcasting. If you have time, it's fun to watch.
Ok, on to some star players.
|1966 NL Victory Leaders.|
I love this card for so many reasons. First, it's my first good card of Sandy Koufax. Until now, all I had of him were things like Baseball Immortals. Second, you could say that the three great pitchers of the 60s were Koufax, Marichal, and Gibson, and here they are all together. Third, add in Gaylord Perry, and you have four Hall-of-Famers in one card.
As much as I like them, I don't have big plans to get more 1967 cards, but we'll see what I come across. Like I said, 1972 and 1959 will be my focus for some time. Thanks for reading!