BV: $12.00 (for SP common)
Cost: $2.35 (paid 19.6% BV)
Condition: GD-VG 2.5 (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 722 of 752 (96% complete)
Comment: Similarly to my previous post, this card has noticeable surface, edge, and corner wear, but there is not a single crease.
Mike Shannon played for the St. Louis Cardinals between 1962-1970, winning two World Series championship with the team in '64 an '67. He's been an integral part of the city of St. Louis since childhood, and an important part of the Cardinals organization even after retirement as a broadcaster and analyst. I had the opportunity to eat at his restaurant once during Opening Week recently just a couple of blocks from Busch Stadium. There is much that can be stated about the contributions of Mike Shannon to baseball. Here is his last regular issue Topps card as a player.
BV: $15 (for SP minor stars)
Cost: $1.70 (paid 11% BV)
Condition: GD 2.0 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 721 of 752 (95% complete)
Comment: Unique to the '71 set in comparison to the 72's are the existence of short printed high-numbers (as if high-numbers aren't already short printed enough). For commons, regular high-numbers book for $8 while SP high numbers book for $12. For minor stars, regular high-numbers book for $12, while SP high-numbers book for $15. This card is a short-printed high-number minor star. This can be a little confusing for buyers and sellers who aren't intimately familiar with this set, but they are all still easier to obtain for a decent percentage of book value than high-number 72's.
Bill Burbach didn't seem to get much of a chance in the majors, ending his career with a combined 6-11 record and a 4.48 ERA in 37 total appearances between 1969-1971. He did throw a shutout game in 1969.
BV: $12.00 (for short print common)
Cost: $2.00 (paid 16.7% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 7.5% BV)
Completion: 720 of 752 (95% complete)
Comment: The top edge (left edge on back) appears as if some kind of tape was removed, resulting in paper loss. The card would be in decent shape without the paper loss, which by itself, isn't severely distracting. I figure that it warrants being graded above PR 1.0, but not quite GD 2.0.
On the front Gene Michael is backed up by 2nd Baseman Horace Clarke while tagging out Jim Kaat of the Minnesota Twins in this action shot. The game appears to be tied 1-1 in the Top of the 6th, 7th, or 8th. On the back is one of eight pieces of puzzle C featuring Tony Oliva of the Twins.
Cost: $2.25 (paid 15% BV)
Condition: G-VG 2.5 (worth 12.5% BV)
Completion: 762 of 787 (96% complete)
Comment: Only 25 cards left to go in this set.
Rico Carty would play his final season with the Atlanta Braves in 1972, having played for the team since 1963 while they were still in Milwaukee. Although Carty spent the entire '71 season on the disabled list, he was coming off a mostly impressive performance over the past few years. Most significantly, Carty led not only his league, but the entire majors in Batting Avg. in 1970. He was also a contributor to the Braves' effort in the 1st-ever League Championship Series in 1969--batting .300 with 3 walks, 3 hits, 2 doubles, and 4 runs in 13 total plate appearances over 3 games against the soon to be World Series champion Mets. Carty's major league career continued through the '79 season.
BV: $15.00 (for minor stars)
Cost: $3.25 (paid 21.6% BV)
Condition: VG-EX+ 4.5 (worth 35% BV)
Completion: 760 of 787 (96% complete)
Comment: I had this card at EXMT 6.0 until I noticed what I call a hairline "thumb crease" on the back. It looks like a U-shaped crease with the vertex over the N.L. in the 1965 stat. I was able to pick up some of it on the photograph. It is not visible from the front of the card.
At the end of the 1971 baseball season, the Washington Senators moved their team out West to become the Texas Rangers for the start of 1972. The original Texas Rangers, managed by Hall of Famer Ted Williams, finished 1972 with the worst team record in the MLB during their first year.
Cost: $3.20 (paid 10.7% BV)
Condition: VG+ 3.5 (worth 25% BV)
Completion: 759 of 787 (96% complete)
Comment: This card completes all of my team cards for the '72 set. Even though this is technically the Rangers' 1st team card, everything else about it screams Washington Senators. Interestingly, the Senators/Rangers only traced their history back to '61 in the yearly standings, when the city was awarded an expansion franchise. There was a Washington Senators/Nationals team in 1960 and before, but that team moved to Minnesota to become the Twins. After '71, Washington D.C. would not be awarded another expansion franchise, but instead, would be without a team for over 30 years until the Montreal Expos moved to D.C. in 2005 to become the Nationals. Take a look at the names of some of the Senators managers of the '60s: Ted Williams, Gil Hodges, and Mickey Vernon.
BV: $125.00 (listed star)
Cost: $14.49 (paid 11% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 20 of 104 (19% complete)
Comment: Here's the key card of the '51 Topps A-series (or Redbacks) in a strong Fair condition. I recently acquired several new '51s to add to the collection and thought that I'd start at the top.