A Fistful of 6-for-5 Bin
March 12th, 2010 by slangon

Made it back to the card shop a few weeks ago and picked up some more “packs” from the 6 for $5 bin. Here’s one.

1969 Topps #606 Gene Mauch


My collection of manager cards has been growing quite a bit quicker than my collection of team cards. I wonder why that is. Here’s Gene Mauch in his role as the first manager in Expos history. The Expos won the very first game in their sordid history, to my beloved Mets. Curse you, Gene Mauch. Of course Gene Mauch also has the dubious honor of having managed the 1964 Phillies, who’ve prevented the Mets from “officially” claiming title to the worst collapse in baseball history. By the way, that’s a pretty sweet hair-do.

1974 Topps #103 Bill Greif, Washington Variation


I’ve explained in the past the whole San Diego/Washington deal with these ’74 Padres cards, so I won’t really go into that except to ask why some Topps airbrush stoolie couldn’t load up his paint can with some crazy bright yellow paint and ditch that blatant “San Diego” on Bill’s chest. Oh, and Bill, I don’t know if you heard, but I before E, my freind.

1973 Topps #320 Lou Brock


I think this is the 4th Lou Brock card I’ve gotten out of that 6-for-5 bin, which is good for me since I don’t think I had any Lou Brock cards before that. Here we have the 1973 variety of Speedy Lou. Has anyone else noticed how many old Topps cards have a very severe tilt on the horizon? It’s even on the Bill Greif card up there.

1963 Topps #185 Chuck Hiller


Many of the vintage cards that I’ve collected during my return to card collecting are admittedly not in the best shape. One thing I sort of find interesting is seeing how many different ways a card can be in bad condition. This Chuck Hiller card is probably one of the worst example I own of poor registration. When cards are made, the printer prints one color first, then the second color over that, then the third and so on. The 4 colors they usually use are cyan, magenta, yellow and black, which accounts for the 4 different printing plates you see them giving away now-a-days. In order for the card to look right, it’s important that the colors are perfectly lined up. If they don’t you get the crazy out of focus look exhibited on this Chuck Hiller card. On a separate note, a week or so ago, the gals at Dinged Corners asked what is your favorite card where the main action isn’t the reason you like it. While I can’t say that this is my absolute favorite, I have been much more fascinated with that fellow in the bottom left much more than Chuck’s admiration for the imaginary ball he just launched into the stratosphere. Is he wearing a top hat? At a ballpark? Is this 1907? Is he Baron Samedi?

1967 Topps #257 Charlie Smith


Usually when I’m scrounging the 6-for-5 bin, the cards I pick are ones that stand out to me for whatever reason. Maybe it’s a star player. Maybe they have a funny name or the photograph is wacky. Maybe it’s a player that’s not necessarily a star, but stands out in my memory for some reason. This particular card stood out to me because of it’s unbelievable blandness. First, it’s a Yankee. Yawn. Second, is there any more uninspired name than Charlie Smith? Is that even his real name. It’s so boring it sounds made up. Third, just look at him. Is he even a baseball player? I was going to make a jab about him looking like a grocery store clerk or gas station attendant, but he doesn’t really look like anything. Once again, though, there’s that crazy tilted landscape.

1967 Topps #77 Dooley Womack


Unlike his Yankee counterpart above, Dooley Womack caught my eye for something other than being so boring that he becomes not boring. Namely, he caught my eye because of his name. It may not be BLue Moon Odom or Dick Pole or even Hawk Taylor, but everytime I start looking at this card, I inevitably end up saying Dooley Womack over and over again under my breath, like some sort of crazy Irish-American mantra.

3 Responses to “A Fistful of 6-for-5 Bin”

  1. Was it just a space issue that they did not include the dot/dash between Womack and Pitcher?

    It almost looks as if his name is Mr. Dooley Pitcher, with Womack being his middle name.

    And the Gene Mauch card? It could be used for a toothpaste advertisement.

    “Gene Mauch for Ultra-Brite”

  2. You know, I didn’t at first notice the missing dot on the Dooley card, but upon further research, I noticed Whitey Ford’s card from this set is also missing the dot and there clearly seems to be room to fit it. Same deal with Al Kaline. Some others I noticed were Don Drysdale, Luis Apraricio, Ken Boyer and Frank Robinson. To make it even weirder, apparently they had trouble fitting the name and position on Tony Cloninger’s card, but in that case they just put “P” instead of “Pitcher”. I’ve noticed other weird inconsistencies in the ’67 set as well. Like apparently Blue Moon Odom is the only card where the players name is red. What!?!?

    I love trying to figure out weird stuff like that.

  3. “Has anyone else noticed how many old Topps cards have a very severe tilt on the horizon?”

    I think I’ve used the word “tilt” about 50 times in my 75 Topps blog.

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