A Huge Win for Me
May 24th, 2012 by slangon

Like most people within this hobby, I have several disparate facets of my card collection. I’ve been trying to chase the 1960 Topps set for a while. I like to collect manager and team cards. I sporadically collect Keith Hernandez cards. If I were forced to define myself as a collector, though, I would definitely say that I am a Mets team collector, specifically, a Mets Topps team collector.

Anyone else out there who is a team collector knows that one of the biggest headaches of trying to nail down team sets of your favorite team is the dreaded high humber card. I’m a little luckier than most in that since the Mets didn’t exist prior to 1962, I only have to deal with 12 years worth of high number cards, but even that is daunting at times.

Some of the biggest headaches that I’ve run into personally in my quest for every Topps Met card have been the 1962 set, the 1963 set, the 1966 set, the 1967 set, the 1970 set and the 1972 set. Some of them are discouraging enough that at times I am almost resigned to the idea that I’ll just never finish some of those sets unless I end up winning the lottery.

Well thanks to a lot of cards that I recently won on eBay, the idea of finishing at least the 1962 set has been pushed a little closer to the realm of possibility. The lot in question consisted of 3 1962 high number, short print Rookie Parade cards, two of which were ones that I needed for my inaugural Mets team set.

The first one was an especially good deal for me since it had 2 Mets for the price of one. It also happens to be the rookie card of Bob Veale, which is pretty cool since I’ve long admired his fashion sensibility when it comes to eyewear.

As you can see from his minor league stats, Bob Moorhead wasn’t exactly the pride of the Mets farm system, although Craig Anderson had some pretty nice numbers. Unfortunately for him and the Mets, that never really translated to the Majors. In 1962, he went 3-17 with a 5.35 ERA.

The second card is the rookie card of “Hot Rod” Kanehl. He only hit 6 home runs in his brief, 3-year Major League career, but the second of those happened to be the first Grand Slam in Mets club history. Incidentally, he also hit one off of none other than Don Drysdale. I’ve always been kind of fascinated by relatively scrubby guys who’ve done something awesome at the expense of a Hall of Famer. It gives me hope in life.

Can can probably tell by the 1025 games played in the minors that Rod was no spring chicken when he finally made the big leagues. And judging by his .278 average and lack of power numbers, he’s pretty lucky to have made it at all. I’m guessing he was a big fan of the expansion draft.

The third card I got in this lot did not feature a Met and did not last long in my collection, which is a bit of a shame because it did feature a pretty interesting character. It’s been traded to someone who’ll show it the proper love and respect that it deserves, though, so I’ll leave it up to that person to properly show it off.

With the addition of these 2 cards, I only need either 3 cards to complete my 1962 Mets set. Technically 2. Even though Don Zimmer is listed as a member of the Reds on his 1962 card, I’m counting it as a need since he’s one of the few players who’re actually wearing a Mets uniform in this set. The other 2 cards that I legitimately need are both annoying high number cards, including one more of these Rookie Parade cards, so I’m not out of the woods yet. But now I feel like I can actually get there.

6 Responses to “A Huge Win for Me”

  1. Congratulations!

    Both cards are still on my wantlist, but I’m not actively looking at the moment – I’ll probably get back to my project during the offseason when baseball tickets & transportation costs aren’t getting my “fun money.”

  2. I know the feeling. The card I dread most that I still need to get from 1962 is #594. Don Pavletich is the Red’s catcher on that card but it’s a budget buster since it’s Uecker’s rookie. Ouch!

  3. Yikes. I know the feeling. A while back I was finally able to track down Ed Kranepool’s rookie from the 1963 set which he happened to share with Tony Oliva. At least that wasn’t a high number though.

  4. I’m just thankful Topps put two Braves on one Rookie Parade card. One less ’62 High number to track down.

  5. Exactly what dealt with chasing Oriole team sets. My white whale was the ’67 high number Mark Belanger rookie. Way back before eBay tracking down a card like that was a real pain. Finally found a show dealer with it so I bought two copies.

  6. I have a variation on your problem.

    As a vintage collector and Blue Jays fan, my team is simply absent from every set I’m interested in. I end up chasing players who graduated from the old Toronto Triple-A team. Denis Menke (on the Kanehl card) is one of them. 🙂

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