Fruits of the Greatest Month Countdown #2
August 3rd, 2011 by slangon

So I made it back from vacation in one piece. I even made it to a Mets game in D.C. against the Nats. They even won. Of course, they haven’t won since then, so that’s not too cool. What was cool, though, was seeing them in the Nationals park. That was actually the first Mets game that I’ve ever seen where they’re not the home team. Weird. What was even weirder was that it almost seemed as if there was just as many folks decked out in Mets gear as Nats gear. Even weirder than that was that I saw people completely decked out in other random teams gear.

I saw a dude with an Expos hat and jersey. I guess I’ll let that slide since the Nats once were the Expos. I also saw a bunch of people rocking Yankees gear, which I guess I’ll also let slide just because it’s the Yankees and they’ve apparently infected the entire nation. What was weird though was that I saw Boston fans, Giants fans, Reds fans, Brewers fans and Indians fans, as well as a bunch of other teams that I can’t quite remember right now.. I’m not saying that you have to be a fan of whatever city’s team you happen to be in, or be a fan of either team playing, but I’ve never seen that many fans of so many different teams at one stadium where there wasn’t an All-Star game going on.

Anyway, back to business. I know it’s August and I’m still talking about what a great month June was, but that’s how it goes. Here’s the 2nd best card I got in that haul.

1960 Topps #326 Roberto Clemente

It’s a slightly imperfect copy of Roberto Clemente’s card from the 1960 Topps set, which I just happen to be trying to complete. It might look too bad in the scan, but believe me, there is one or two slight dings on there if you look hard enough. Having been working on this set for a while now, I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s tiers of pain-in-the-assness when it comes to tracking down cards from this era of certain stars. Mantle, Mays and Aaron seem to be the big three, followed very closely by Koufax, Musial and this guy.

I don’t think there’s anything that I need to say about Clemente or why I’m so psyched to finally have this card in my possession so I’ll just let you gaze upon it lovingly, just as I’ve done damn near since I got it. In case you get tired of gazing lovingly at the front, here’s the back.

Readers with good memories might recall a while back I was showing a Walt Bond card that I got from this set. In talking about it, I mentioned that I thought I had used that card as the basis for an award winning custom I made for Thorzul’s Nightmares on Cardboard contest a few years back. Looking at the back of this Clemente card, it’s apparent that that was not the cartoon it was based on.

So there you have it. The Second Best Card that I scored during the Greatest Month of Collecting. I bet you’re asking yourselves if a 1960 Roberto Clemente is only the second best, what could possibly be the number one card? Patience, my dear friends. Patience.

One Response to “Fruits of the Greatest Month Countdown #2”

  1. I can’t see that cartoon without a fly’s head on it…

    If I can ever figure out how to make blood pump out of a card you are in trouble… 😉

Leave a Reply