Tuesday, November 1, 2011

2011 In Review Part I: 1951-back

Wow. While it's pretty hurtin' (and affordable!), this is my oldest Brooklyn guy, a card of Lefty O'Doul, a guy who really should be in the Hall of Fame but isn't, and wait, there's more!

Looks like a Goudey, but it's not! It's a Big League Gum! Check out the bilingual text, with French first! Not even O-Pee-Chee had that big a set on 'em!

Speaking of guys who should be in the Hall, but aren't...double wow. If I'm not mistaken, this is Gil Hodges' first Topps card. It's been through it, but it was also dirt cheap. Like most of Gil's cards, I get chills when I look at this one. From everything I know about the guy, he was the kind of "baseball hero" the establishment has always talked about and painted a lot of not-as-heroic guys as. I love getting Hodges cards. Thankfully, it's actually happened a few times this year, finally.

So I started collecting '51 Topps Ringside this year, and this is the crown jewel of the collection so far. (I've got a Don Eagle on the way, though, and that should be pretty badass to have as well.) Here are some more Ringsides I've picked up over the past few months:

Here's Charley Fusari (spelled as "Charlie" on his card). Look at that hair. Chase Utley wishes he could cultivate that look with whatever he uses in his hair.

Randy Turpin, "The Leamington Larruper". Man, what a nickname. Sad story, but what a nickname.

Johnny Saxton had a controversial career, from the looks of things. Lots of that with these old fighters, dealings with gangsters and such. It's just like now, only back then, people watched boxing! This card's got a pretty harsh glue stain/paper loss thing going on over on the back, but it was also $3.

Some other stuff from this time period that you've already seen, most likely:

How'd y'all do in this time period this year? Show us some cool stuff!

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