Fruits of the Greatest Month Countdown #1
August 8th, 2011 by slangon

Welp, we finally made it. We’re down to the best card that I got during the best month of collecting in my card collecting career. It’s been a long arduous journey, but we’re finally at the end. SO now, without further ado, here is Tarjeta Numero Uno.

1969 Topps #533 Nolan Ryan

Yes folks. That’s right. The final card that I needed to polish off the 1969 Mets team set. I guess if you’re a Mets a collector the ’69 set is a pretty damn good one to finish off. It’s also now officially the oldest Mets set that I’ve completed. I guess it should be no surprise that Nolan is the last card that I needed. It always seems to be some super star or high number or short print that ends up being the final piece of the puzzle.

What is a little bit of a surprise is that while this card was a bitch to track down, I was able to land Tom Seaver from this set with relatively little trouble. As a matter of fact, it seems like in general, Seavers cards have been about a million times easier to snag than Ryans. Now, I’m not saying that Seaver was a better pitcher (although at the time of the late 60’s and early 70’s I think you could argue that) or that his cards should be harder to get or more expensive than Nolan Ryans or anything. I just find it strange that I got a ’71 Seaver about 25-30 years ago when my sole source of income was a paper route and I didn’t get a ’71 Ryan until a couple of months ago and that was only because I made a trade with an extremely generous guy. If I had to rely on buying that card, I might still be needing it today. I guess my point is that I find it kind of fascinating how certain players are ranked over others as far as desirableness of their cards.

All that being said, I’m incredibly psyched to have finally tracked this mother down. Aside from it being Nolan Ryan and aside from it being the last card that I needed to complete the Mets first Championship team set, I just think it’s a cool looking piece of cardboard. The ’69 set, in my opinion wasn’t necessarily the most exciting set so finding cool looking cards from that year is a little bit of a chore. Mostly what makes this a cool card in my book is having the stands behind him. I know that might not sound like anything too spectacular, but when you’re talking about a set so devoid of exciting elements, you’ll take what you can get.

I also love the fact that he’s in his fake “I just threw a pitch directly at you” pose, but the ball is still in his glove. Classic. He should’ve tried that in a game. The ultimate change up.

3 Responses to “Fruits of the Greatest Month Countdown #1”

  1. Nice! I’m really not looking forward to finishing off any Mets set from ’67-’71. Those early Ryans and that Seaver RC, not gonna be fun.

  2. Man, that “fake pitch, ball in the glove” thing pops up a bunch in 1969. Tommy John did his own take on #465 and I know I’ve seen others…

    John’s change up

  3. That Ryan is a beautiful card. Love the wear on it! I don’t have any ’70 or earlier of him, because like you point out, Ryan cards are a tad overpriced. I always figured it was because I live down here in the Ryan Belt (i.e. Gulf Coast – Texas) but I guess it’s everywhere. Congratulations on your Mets set.

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