#1 We're both southpaws.
#2 We both played baseball.
#3 We both have been to Candlestick Park with our baseball gloves.
#4 We both have trading cards.
#5 We both were born in the 20th Century.
I could go on and on, but let's be serious... you get the point.
So it shouldn't be a surprise that "Lefty" was one of my favorite pitchers growing up. I mentioned that I wanted to start collecting every regular issue Topps base card of Carlton a few times in the past and recently (...Joe) from The Sandlot offered me his 1967 Topps card.
Well... I jumped all over that trade and now I'm the proud owner of this beauty:
1967 Topps #146
From there... the ball just kept rolling and rolling. So far, I have either picked up or pulled the following cards:
1970 Topps #220
1971 Topps #55
1972 Topps #420
1976 Topps #355
1977 Topps #110
1978 Topps #540
1980 Topps #210
1981 Topps #630
1982 Topps #480
In addition to the cards above, I've purchased the following cards off of COMC's:
1968 Topps #408
1973 Topps #300
1974 Topps #95
1975 Topps #185
Which means, I'm down to his $200 1965 Topps rookie card, his 1969 Topps card #255 (books for $30), his 1979 Topps card #25 (books for $3), and the remaining 80's Topps cards, which runs through the 1987 set. Hopefully I'll be able to find these in some common bins at either the flea market or the next card show I attend.
I'm also considering going after his Topps Traded issues from the 1972 and 1987 sets, along with some of the more popular parallels such as his 1975 Topps Mini & of course his Topps Tiffany parallels from the 1984 thru 1987 sets.
In the meantime, I'm stoked to have these two cards in my collection.
1977 Topps Cloth Stickers #11
1983 Topps Traded Premiums #1
I have no aspirations of becoming a super collector. However, I am faced with the dilemma of deciding if I want to collect his autographs and memorabilia cards. As of now, I'm content with buying autographs if they're under $20, and memorabilia cards that are $2.50 and cheaper.
Right now, I have two or three of his signatures and possible five or six memorabilia cards. Unfortunately, they're sitting in a box at my parent's house.
Since this post contains a bunch of different Topps regular issue base card designs, I was wondering...
What's your favorite Topps design of all-time?
I have two: 1956 and 1983. The 1983 Topps set has been a favorite since I was a child, because I love the action shot, with the small portrait show in the bottom corner. This set also features the rookie card of Tony Gwynn, my all-time favorite player.
1983 Topps #482
1956 Topps #30
Over the years, I've grown to appreciate the 1956 Topps design as well, especially the Jackie Robinson card, which might be the centerpiece of my collection. Like the 1983 Topps set, it too features a portrait and action shot of the player.
On a completely separate note, I just received a phone call from my friend who informed me that Steve Jobs passed away. I've been a fan of Mr. Jobs and Apple products since around the time I started collecting cards in the early 80's, so this is sad news indeed. My thoughts go out to his friends and family.
Have a good evening and sayonara.