The Quest for the 1960 Topps Set, Part XXIII
April 12th, 2011 by slangon

I don’t think I’ve actually bought any cards from the 1960 set in a spell excepting for a Don Gross card that I thought I needed but didn’t. I do however still have a stack of cards, including a bunch from the 1960 set, that have been sitting on my desk collecting dust and waiting for me to do something with them. Considering the Mets have not been much of a source of inspiration for me so far this season, I might as well show some cards from before they existed.

I don’t really remember when or where these cards came from. My guess is a Sportlots purchase from a few months ago. Regardless, these put me 5 cards closer to my goal of collecting the 1960 Topps set. In no particular order.

#32 Sophomore Stalwarts – Jim O’Toole / Vada Pinson

I have to admit, I derive a certain pleasure from the extremely punny titles Topps has given to these multi-player cards over the years. Someone in their copywriting department had a serious thing for alliteration. “Bengal Belters”. “Redbird Rippers”. “Cubs’ Clubbers”. I find this particular one especially amusing because neither word has much to do with the Reds or baseball for that matter.

#253 Eddie Bressoud

That’s a kind of odd crop job they did on the main photo here. It seems to me that Ed was striking a classic batting pose but Topps completely cut the bat out of his hands. There’s also that phantom hand in the bottom right corner that’s a little strange. At least I think that’s a hand. Eddie’s one of only 2 New York Giants to ever play for the Mets. The other dude was slightly more well know.

#371 Bud Byerly

One of my guilty pleasures when it comes to baseball cards is reading the biographies of guys who are not necessarily the biggest stars in the game. The bio on the back of Bud’s card might take the cake as far as the Topps copywriters scraping the bottom of the barrel. It starts:

Bud has been around the majors since he broke in with the Cards in 1943.

Translation: He’s old.

It continues:

After three relatively inactive years with St. Louis, he returned to the minors and was called up by the Reds in 1951.

Translation: He’s not very good.

There’s more:

In 1956 Bud found himself at Washington only to move on to Boston in ’58.

Translation: Nobody really wants him on their team.

And finally:

He came to the Giants for the last two months of the 1959 campaign and did fine relief work.

Translation: Damn, we really can’t think of anything nice to say about this guy. Screw it. Let’s just say he was fine and leave it at that.

I think the cartoon on the back sums it up perfectly.

#188 Dick Williams

I wonder how many other people appeared in both the 1952 Topps set and the 1988 Topps set.

#245 Eddie Yost

Eddie Yost spent 18 seasons in the Majors compiling a lifetime .254 batting average. Nothing to write home about until you consider his .394 lifetime on-base percentage. Talk about having a good eye at the plate. He had almost as many walks as he did hits, getting 1614 free passes to his 1863 safeties. He actually has the most base on balls of anyone not enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

There you have it. Five baby steps closer to completion.

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