The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part XVI
September 28th, 2010 by slangon

It’s always a good day when you can cross a couple of Hall of Famers off the vintage card set that you’re collecting. I was able to snag the 2 of these off of the same eBay seller for a couple of bucks for both.

#28 Brooks Robinson

One really fun thing about baseball cards, especially cards of dudes who enjoyed pretty long careers, is seeing how a guy aged throughout the years. This card of Brooks is obviously not his rookie card, but it is pretty early. I think this is his third year card. To me, he still looks like a baby faced rookie. One of the few other Brooks Robinson cards that I own happens to be his next to last Topps card. Aside from the obvious aging in Brooks’ face, it’s also pretty fascinating to me to see the differences in uniforms that 14 years makes.

I always find the backs of the 1960 cards really interesting, especially the season’s highlights section. I think it’s pretty obvious that Brooks made it into the Hall of Fame largely on the merit of his glove, but he was also not exactly a slouch at the plate. Over the course of his 23 year career he piled up over 2,800 hits. What I find interesting about his season highlights is that the 6 games that they mention cover 13 out of the 89 hits he got that season. It also covers a quarter of his RBI output.

As a side note, a couple of months ago I had the opportunity to get this card for $5 (not counting shipping) but it was in much, much worse condition than this example. I was really close to pulling the trigger on that one. In hind sight, I’m really glad I didn’t do it. I ended up paying $6 something for both Brooks and Red, without shipping.

#335 Red Schoendienst

Up next is crusty old veteran Red Schoendienst, a few years before he became crusty old skipper Red Schoendienst. I was briefly considering starting a Red Schoendienst player collection just because I figured his career spanned a number of years and would include a bunch of different types of cards that I would like to have an example of. Then I realized that he has like 800 cards, and 700+ of those are from modern issues that I really have no interest in collecting. Not to mention the fact that deciding to start a player collection of a Hall of Famer is about as wise a decision as deciding to collect the 1960 Topps set, even if he did get in through the Veterans Committee.

Looking at the back of the card, we see that Red missed almost all of the 1959 season due to a bout of TB. Talk about crusty old school. Even the diseases he suffers from are crusty old school.

2 Responses to “The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part XVI”

  1. Great cards at a great price!
    Red was tough as nails! You don’t see too many cards of people with .000 batting averages that don’t pitch… Great pickups Slangko!

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