Back in November, I wrote about five World War II veterans who made a name for themselves on the baseball diamond too. One of those guys was Warren Spahn.
The Invincible One is widely recognized as one of the greatest left-handed pitchers to ever step on the mound. His 363 career wins is 6th most in MLB history and the most thrown by a lefty. Sadly he pitched his final big league game almost seven years before I was born, so I never had the opportunity to watch him play.
But that's okay, because that's the beauty of card collecting. We can go back and relive the memories by collecting players from a different generation. I have a handful of Spahn cards in my collection including two autographs.
However the card I have wanted for quite some time is his 1956 Topps card:
1956 Topps White Back #10
As many of you know, I'm slowly picking up graded copies of all of the 1956 Topps hall of famers. Spahn is the tenth addition to the collection, although my Jackie Robinson hasn't been submitted for grading... yet.
I really love the puffy clouds and stadium lights (Milwaukee County Stadium?) that the Topps designers added in the background. All of the other cards I own feature the player on the field.
If you're into controversial stuff, then this card is definitely for you. One of the cartoons on features Spahn sitting in a teepee with scalps of his opponents hanging on the wall. Obviously there's no way Topps would put this cartoon on a card these days. But that's one of the awesome things about collecting vintage baseball cards. It's a piece of history and shows a sign of the times.
Well that's all I have for you guys today. But guess what... it's raining... which means that those two 1991 Fleer baseball boxes that Johnny sent me a few weeks ago will be busted this weekend. Stay tuned for some bright yellow cardboard in the very near future.
Happy Thursday and sayonara!