Some More Sportlots Finds
February 19th, 2010 by slangon

When I declared 2010 to be “The Year of Vintage”, apparently, I wasn’t kidding.

Here’s a smorgasbord of manager and coaches cards that I picked up. The more my vintage collection grows, it’s fun to notice that a lot of those guys I actually have cards from their playing days. I know I have Galen Cisco, J.C. Martin, Hank Aguirre, Ernie Banks, Lee Stange and Irv Noren.

To go with all them manager cards, I also picked up a bunch of team cards. I don’t think that I need to point out that the ’63 Phillies is the best of the bunch, but I particularly like the way the Brewers used the stacked bats to bookend the front row.

I put a nice little dent in a couple of Mets team sets again. It’s funny, in my last Sportlots post, I was talking about how a 1968 Donn Clendenon card I picked up made him look crazy surly, but I guess he just looks surly all the time.

One card, two bad-asses. I’d imagine any pitcher from this era would be a little afraid of this card.

I really love that photo of Ron Santo. I like horizontal cards in general, but there’s something really cool about the relaxed-ness of the photo. And speaking of awesome photos, I can’t recall too many cooler pictures from baseball cards than the one gracing the front of that Vida Blue. I’d imagine I’d have a similar expression if I were a major league pitcher coming off a 20-9 season.

When I first got this card until about 2 seconds ago, I thought the caption on this card said “Foster decides to run for it.” It seemed to fit. Pete Rose and Alex Grammas look like they’re trying to get him to stop running with all their might.

Here’s a random collection of other cards that I grabbed, being that they all ranged from $0.50 on down to $0.18. I think my favorites might be the 2 1970 League Leader cards. How can you argue with 7 Hall of Famers on 2 cards? Actually, I guess it’s technically 6 Hall of Famers, since the Dominican Dandy appears twice.

This ’51 Bowman is really the centerpiece of the haul. I really love all the retro sets that Topps and Upper Deck have put out over the last few years, but if The Year of Vintage has taught me anything it’s that no matter how cool 2009 Allen & Ginter or 2008 Goudey or 2007 Bowman Heritage may be, they don’t hold a candle to real, honest to goodness old cards. This was the set that 2005 Bowman Heritage was based on, but I’d much rather have this card of Connie Ryan, who was a solid but unspectacular utility infielder, over the biggest star in the 2005 set.

3 Responses to “Some More Sportlots Finds”

  1. Everytime I see that ’69 ERA Leaders card I wonder what might have been if the Cardinals hadn’t cheaped out and traded Carlton for Rick Wise. Rick Wise?!?!?!?

  2. Manager-palooza!!

    Lordy, I’m going to have to go on a vintage spree like that.

  3. Vintage rules!!!!!

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