Friday, June 5, 2020

Uncle cards - Part 2

If you missed what this 'Uncle Cards' thing is all about, go back and read the intro post here.
  The basic idea is that my uncles asked me to look at their cards for them and so I did!

OK, we did the football, now its time for some of the baseball! I went through the cards and split them up into 5 groups, to try to keep any one post from getting too long.  Here is the upcoming schedule:

1. Miscellaneous (today!)
2. 1958s
3. 1965-66s
4. 1959-60s
5. 1962-64s

Some of the cards didn't fit in to the old Topps category, so I figured a Miscellaneous post would work to show them off.

There were a lot of Art Mahaffeys in the cards.  Several of his rookies.  I wonder if my uncles thought he was going to be someone.  This one might be the most hammered of the Mahaffeys.
Here are a bunch of cards from cereal boxes and some random Fleer! You can really see how beat up some of them are.

The Ken Boyer and Robin Roberts show a lot of wear too!  The Roberts has been attacked with multiple pens.  I like that you can read the 'Hey Kids' message at the top of this card.  The Boyer is badly scuffed. obviously.  It is also glued to a piece of a cardboard box.  I am guessing that it was getting too fragile from all the wear, so they decided to shore it up with cardboard!!  This won't be the last card in this post that they did that to.

Here is a good example of the wear on these cards that you might not be able to see from a straight on picture.  This Johnny Mostil feels like a braille book when you run your hand over it.

Then there were a few 1959 Fleer Ted Williams cards.  Just these 5.  My favorite is the Powerhouse card on the bottom left, but the Williams & Thorpe card is sweet too.  Two all timers right there!
All of these have creases, some more than others.  A couple of dents too.

Next up, a few more Post cards. These were the three players that stood out to me the most in the cereal cards.  Icons of their respective franchises!
The Banks is the other card that was so beat up that someone felt the need to reinforce it with some thick cardboard.  Luckily, they make super thick top loaders now!!  And even though my uncles have never mentioned being Ernie Banks fans, take a look at the back of this card:

Pretty cool!  I can just imagine my old, grizzled uncles, back when they were just a kid and learning cursive, taking a pen to the back of their favorite player.  Some 57 years ago.  Pretty cool.


  1. great notation on the banks card! i like the ted williams cards, too. have you asked your uncles why they apparenlty weren't allowed to use sharp scissors to cut those post cards? seriously, though - a great lot of loved vintage cards.

    1. I have not! I will give them a hard time about that on my next visit.

  2. That's how cards from the '50s and early '60s were meant to look: played with.

  3. Seeing these cards so worn and loved, and knowing their histories - I would think it makes them all the more special even though their value is minimal, especially Banks.

  4. That Ernie Banksis fantastic! One of your uncles writes like me. I often combine printing with cursive too.

  5. I suspect that these next couple of posts are going to be very popular :)