Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Mark H. Sends Me Some Vintage! (PWE #2)

Last night, I highlighted the first PWE that Mark H. recently sent my way which was chock full of vintage Reds goodness.  Today, I am happy to report that I get to show off a second such PWE full of vintage Reds!

Once again, Mark stuffed the envelope full with 18 various Reds cards - and this time it was really hard to narrow it down to a reasonable number of scans to show off here on the blog!  However, duty calls so here we go with my favorites.

A good place to start is with one of the all-time best managers the Reds ever had - Sparky Anderson.

This card was actually Sparky's manager "rookie" card (hence the lack of Reds' hat on his noggin).

Of course, even the best managers need good players - and Sparky certainly had his share of great players.  Some of those greats included Don Gullett.

You might not be able to tell from the scan, but this is actually one of the 1975 minis that Night Owl loves so much.  Me, I'm happy to have any and all Reds from the set - but the looseness of the minis in a binder page will annoy me too much to actually ever think about completing the full set (again, I think Night Owl is on a crusade of sorts to get proper pages made by Ultra Pro but until I see them...).

The next card of note is actually a pair of Sporting News All-Star cards (one of Pete Rose and one of Tommy Helms).  I guess these form some sort of puzzle if you have the whole collection?

The problem with puzzle backs like that is that the cards are awfully boring to look at when you only own one or two.  I do like the fronts a lot though - and Topps did a nice job with those in the Heritage line when the set was up for its "modern reimagining."

Next, another Reds' pitcher.  For all of the Reds' successes, they really aren't well known for the pitchers (besides the back-to-back no-hitters of Johnny Vander Meer).  However, that doesn't mean there were never decent pitchers to don the red and white.

Gary Nolan, for instance, won over 100 games for the Reds from 1967 through 1977.  His .308 ERA was also decent, though certainly not spectacular.  However, for a Reds' pitcher he was pretty darn good.

Finally, we end with my favorite card of the envelope:

Getting a Pete Rose card is always a fun experience!  I think part of the appeal is the fact that you can't get Rose cards in modern products (licensed stuff anyhow) which helps to keep him a bit more interesting (as opposed to the plethora of modern Ruth, Mantle, Mays, etc. cards that Topps beats collectors over the heads with every year).

Thanks so much for the vintage goodies Mark!  And, as always, should anyone else be interested in trading - check out my want list and make an offer!


Mark Hoyle said...

The backs of the allstar cards created two puzzles. One was of Pete Rose the other was Carl Yastrzemski. Yaz was also one of the puzzles in the 68 set. As a sox collector I've had to collect all the cards that make up both puzzles.

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