The other day I showed off some of the Astros I grabbed in Nashville. While I made some nice progress on the team collection, I also made additions to some other collections as well – and decided to start up a few new ones in the process.
Believe it or not, all of these cards that you are about to see come from the land of dime box glory. Now I know what Nick feels like as he flips through boxes on boxes of cards.
Pops here is raring to go, so let’s get down to it. I just love that he’s wearing the great gold-ringed cap in this shot, too. Grabbing this 1982 Stargell for just a dime was a no-brainer if I ever saw one. Aside from my Mazeroski project, I tend to keep an eye out for Clemente, Stargell, and most of the other 60’s and 70’s Pirates. Mazeroski’s the only one I’m really trying to hunt down a complete collection of cards issued when he was active, though, as I don’t want to overlap too terribly with my father’s collection.
That piece is a wonderful blur of creative fiction, but when you read actual accounts of Washington’s baseball experience, it is just begging to be fact. As a result, I’d been looking out for Herb’s famous “pinch runner” card for a while.
As far as I can tell, this seems to be the only card Herb was ever issued – certainly the only Topps card. Given his status as one of the cult legends of baseball, I figured he’d have been in someone’s set of oddities. If you know any other Washington cards, please tell me.
I’ve decided to go for the trifecta here, though I expect to pay more than a dime for the O-Pee-Chee and the mini. Of course the holy grail of a Herb Washington collection would include his autograph as well.
One of my favorite baseball personalities as a kid was Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams. I mean, come on – his nickname was Wild Thing, what more does a kid need? It didn’t hurt that he had a short stint with my beloved Astros, either.
Sure, he gave up the homer to Joe Carter that gave Canada back-to-back World Series titles. Sure, he said some dumb stuff at his kid’s little league game and told a kid to plunk another one (ok, not cool). There was just something about watching him fling his entire self wildly off the rubber that was entrancing.
We started the post off with a Hall of Famer, how’s about we end with a pair of HoF managers? It should be a crime to be able to pick up a Sparky for just ten cents – but I’m not complaining. The expression on Tony’s face is just cracking me up, too. I really like the layout of the 1983 Topps cards, even the managers.
All in all, one hell of a pickup from Cards-R-Fun. I’ve got one more Nashville post on the way, but that one will focus on a game and not cards – a little something different that I think you’ll all enjoy seeing.