Monday, January 2, 2017

1951 Topps #B-50: Johnny Mize, New York Yankees, 1B

     While I was out plowing the snow off my dirt road, I dropped off a few letters and noticed some packages in my mailbox.  I didn't expect the mail to be delivered on a federal holiday, but perhaps it had been sitting there since Saturday.  Either way, the many vintage cards I discovered was an original Topps card of then Yankee veteran, Johnny Mize.  The acquisition of this great Hall-of-Famer at the end of his career completed my 1951 Yankees team set and brought my collection to within 15 missing cards.

Here's the page from my set binder containing the Yankees team during the peak of their 5-year run at consecutive World Series victories.  It would have been nice if J.Dimaggio had a last card in this set, but he didn't have many cards during the post-WWII years.

2017 Top Collecting Priorities: 1968 Topps Set

     With only two missing cards left to complete the 1968 Topps set, obtaining these last two cards has become my top collecting priority for 2017.  Below, are scans of the two team sets representing those missing cards.

     The 1st missing card is actually a Superstars card depicting M.Mantle, W.Mays, and H.Killebrew #490.  I decided organize the missing card with Mantle as the greatest superstar of the three players in my opinion.  As you can see, I've also integrated the Game insert set into my collection as well.  The rest of the players are organized by date of birth with multi-player cards fitting in according to the youngest player.

The 2nd missing card missing from my collection is Nolan Ryan's RC.  In it's place right now is a 2003 Topps Shoebox Collection reprint card.  Also included in my 1968 Topps collection is a custom Nolan Ryan rookie from the 2006 Topps Rookies of the Week set.  I tend to integrate custom cards, and I really liked the '06T Rookies set.