1961 Topps Charlie Lau
Well, here's this year's Heritage set. I don't think Topps got a better mug shot in the new set than they got with Charlie here. This card should be hung up in a post office. I have this card already, but it might be an upgrade even with the massive wax stain across Lau's face. . Truth be told, all of these Braves cards except one I already had.
1960 Topps Chuck Dressen
If this isn't an upgrade (It's a very nice looking card) it will fit nicely in my 1960 Topps set. Yes, I'm building the 1960 Topps set now. I haven't gotten to that post yet even though I should have done it weeks ago. It'll get done. One weird thing about this card: for some reason my eyes do funky things when they see red next to blue. I see this optical illusion where the red letters look like they are about a millimeter higher than the blue letters. So the name on this card looks to me like the letters are zigzagging up an down. If I put the edge of another card up against the letters they are perfectly straight. Is there a name for this or am I just odd/insane?
1963 Topps Toe Torre
HOLY CRAP I NEEDED THIS CARD YESSSSSSSSSSSSSNow if I could only find that damn Bob Uecker. You'd think the guy was Roy Campanella with what his cards go for.
1964 Topps Milwaukee Braves
Vintage team cards are always welcome.
1967 Topps Clete Boyer
1969 Topps Milt Pappas
I keep forgetting Milt played for the Bravos. I hear Milt Pappas, I think Orioles. That's just how my brain works. Milt's name was originally Miltiades Stergios Papastergios. He shoulda kept the original name! That name kicks ass!
1954 Bowman Eddie Mathews
Gem Tipton 11
All the other doubles I got from Ben I would be willing to trade if I could fill some holes in my Braves team sets. This one here is going nowhere. I am sorely tempted to send it back to Ben with a sharpie so he can autograph it.
1971-72 Topps Bill Bridges
I will take any vintage basketball card from any set, of any player, in any condition, at any time. The funky team name font and hideous blue and chartreuse Hawks uni is just a bonus. Vintage basketball means anything from 1987 or earlier. Send me any more Hopps cards and I'll Bip you like nobody's business.
1970 Topps Braves Rookie Stars
Darrell Evans rookie card! Howcome no one remembers how good a player Darrell Evans was anymore. Darrell deserves better. Evans played about 47 years in the bigs, Mike McQueen and Rick Kester totaled less than a hundred games combined.
1961 Topps Don McMahon
This one is definitely an upgrade over whatever is in my Braves binder. This is easily the best looking card condition wise of the bunch. Well, other than the '54 Eddie. I think I'm going to keep this one out until I pick up a few packs of 2010 Heritage so I can compare how the new set measures up to the old.
1961 Topps Felix Mantilla
This one would be almost as nice as the McMahon if not for a trashed lower right corner. The three good corners are actually sharper. '61 Topps is one of those sets I never cared for as a kid, but I'm warming up to it. There's a nice simplicity there. It's a really easy set to create custom cards with the design, that's for sure!
I think I got a pretty good haul in exchange for a felon, skipper Joe and a few Teds. But wait there's more! That will have to wait for another post....