30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Monday, January 18, 2016

Crossing Off Clemente

One of these days, I'm going to finally get around to posting my favorite Topps baseball card designs.  And when I do, the 1956 set will be perched on top of the Topps Totem Pole.  To be honest this particular set is in a league of its own and with each passing year the gap grows larger and larger.

A few months ago, I stumbled across the Roberto Clemente in the set and instantly wanted one.  I targeted a few auctions and as luck would have it one fell into my lap for a reasonable price:


In addition to Clemente, there was one more hall of famer included in the eBay auction.  Arriba's wingman was none other than The Silver Fox:


It's nice knowing that my Jackie Robinson has some friends to keep him company.  In fact... I'm hoping to add five more hall of famers from this set to my collection by the end of 2016.

I probably won't be targeting The Commerce Comet this year... but I'd be super excited to cross The Splendid Splinter off my list.  If not... The Say Hey Kid, Hammerin' Hank, or The Left Arm of God would suffice.

Happy Monday and sayonara!

17 comments:

  1. Wow, that's a heck of a 'get'. Truly iconic card, congrats!

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  2. Man, fantastic duo there Fuji! Congrats, and good luck picking up a few more HOFers this year.

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  3. 2 cards....2 words......VERY NICE!

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  4. Fantastic additions! Incredible stuff.

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  5. The more I see it, the more I love the 1956 Topps cards!

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  6. Wow, that is a great beginning to your 2016.

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  7. Congrats! The '56 Clemente is one of my dream cards.

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  8. Nice pick ups! Congratulations.

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  9. '56 is a great looking set. Don't have any yet except a shiny reprint of Sandy Koufax. Some day I'll go after the Giants but that's probably it, too rich for my blood. Congrats on the Clemente!

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  10. I am working on putting 1956 together and I agree it is an attractive set. However, I am coming around to thinking that I like 1955 better. My design aesthetic has always been clean and uncomplicated. 1955 is the Mission Style of baseball cards. Enough to be visually interesting, but not much adornment.

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