30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Friday, June 17, 2016

Another Cornerstone Card

Fifty-six years ago... Ted Williams became the fourth member of the 500 Home Run Club.

One hundred sixty days ago... I crossed another card off of my cardboard wish list when I purchased this 1956 Topps Ted Williams off of eBay for $100 (+ $6 shipping).

I'm not really in the financial position to drop triple digits on a piece of cardboard, but I'd definitely classify this card as one of my "dream" cards... and it's important to treat yourself to something special every now and then.

With that being said... it's easily one of my favorite cards in the collection... right up there with my Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

Why did I target Teddy over Willie, Hank, or Mickey?  Well... there's no way I'll be able to afford the Mantle anytime soon.  And when comparing this card to the Willie and Hank's cards... I preferred Teddy's sweet swing.  But if it makes you feel any better... I'm currently saving up my money for Hammerin' Hank and The Say Hey Kid.

Happy Friday and sayonara!


  1. Congrats on the Williams,money well spent.

  2. Absolutely CONGRATS! It scares me to think I still one day will attempt to build the sets of the pre-70s.

  3. Great card. Glad you were able to make it happen.

  4. Before you know it you'll be working on the set!

  5. I've never spent that much on a card. But if I want the complete '56 set, I might have to come to terms with that.

  6. A true American hero, the splendid splinter transcends sports to a degree that is only surpassed by the likes of Mr. Jackie Robinson.

  7. sg488, bulldog & sport card collectors - thanks

    john miller & jon - if I ever hit the lottery or sold off the bulk of my collection, i'd consider building this set and the 1965 set... but that's not very likely. for now i'm content with slowly picking up hall of famers.

    night owl - i think i've hit triple digits on four occasions now... but i'm not making a habit of it. i'm seriously jealous that you're building my dream set. best of luck.

    xavier - i totally agree. not many famous athletes can say they were enlisted during two major wars. teddy is a hero to many.