Saturday, June 29, 2013

1971 Topps #735: Mike Shannon, St. Louis Cardinals, 3B

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.

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