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Saturday, June 18, 2011

June Vintage Show Top Ten #9

A quick one for a Friday night, there's not much to say on this one...

1961 Topps #463 Milwaukee Braves Team

Yaaaay, a Team card. A very red team card. It looks like the photographer put them up against a green screen so he could put some nice trees or a bunch of puppies in the background, but he screwed it up because he was colorblind. Now instead of America's Team they're the Devil's team. Actually, the Braves weren't really America's Team until Ted Turner showed up. Just scratch that, forget I said anything. It's late.

Braves had a pretty nice team in 1960. They came in second to the World Champion Pirates that year mainly because the Pirates owned them. Spahnnie went 1-5 against the Bucs. Ouch. Batting leaders: Joe Adcock, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. Very nice. Odd thing about this card - it's #463. Problem is that Orioles pitcher Jack Fisher is card #463 in the 1961 set according to the 6th series checklist. The 5th series checklist shows the Milwaukee Braves team card as #426. So was Jack's number on the back of his card #426? Nope. Topps gave you two #463s and no #426 in 1961. The Braves team card is now forever #463a. Better than a super short printed #661 I suppose.

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