It started with 1959 Topps. I'd been getting '59s for cheap at a local card shop, and when I'd gotten to 50, I decided I'd officially start collecting it. The fronts are colorful, the backs aren't bad, and it's the cheapest of the 1950s Topps sets. But now I'm wondering, where is it going to end? If 1959, why not 1963. If 1963, why not 1964, 1965, 1967, and a myriad of other sets? I don't know. I've been adding some cards from those other sets, so I'm at least thinking about collecting them, but for now I'm just going to enjoy the awesome cards and not over-think it.
Speaking of awesome cards, I had 28 1959 Topps cards in my Comc shipment, (the two above being examples) and there are a lot of nice cards among them. Here they are (he wrote after attempting to come up with a good transition, and failing miserably):
Here's something about Granny Hamner you probably don't know: After his major league career he was a minor league manager for the Athletics, and he also took the mound frequently. In 1961 he had a 5-4 record with a 3.43 ERA for Portsmouth-Norfolk, and in 1962 he actually was 10-4, with a 2.03 ERA. On the strength of that he was called up the Athletics, but after posting a ERA of 9.00 in 3 appearances retired for good.
I have a small connection to Solly Hemus, as my grandfather was Hemus's lawyer, so I always enjoy getting his cards. Though he was a regular for just 3 years, he was actually quite a good player. He was a 2nd baseman who hit .270, walked a lot, led the league in hit by pitches 3 times, and had some pop in his bat. He was a very under-appreciated player, because no skill of his really stood out, but he had a lot of little advantages which added up to making him a very valuable player. His career OBP was .390. I love the Infield-Manager designation, too. 1959 was his last year as a player, and though he was just 4 for 17, he hit 2 doubles and walked 8 times. This is making me think that I probably should get more of his cards, as they're very affordable.
So anyway, there you have it for the 1959 Topps cards I got. I now have 105 of them, so just 467 to go! I think I'll work a little on some other sets before getting back to 1959.
Right now I'm not working very seriously on any sets. It's more like glorified accumulating, which I'm calling set collecting. I'm not very focused or motivated as a collector, so I may never actually complete any of these sets. But that's okay. It matters more just to enjoy collecting cards.
And since I haven't shared any music in a while, I think I'll share a couple of songs today.
Revolver might be my favorite Beatles' album. The White Album gives it a run for its money, but I feel like the Beatles were at the height of their craft then.I've actually shared this one on my blog before, but because it was so long, and almost nobody read my blog back then, I think it's worthwhile to share it again. I like it a lot. I'm never quite sure if I like Pink Floyd, but this a really good early song from them.