Bo recently got himself into the pre-1978 card collecting game, finally, with a pretty big vintage purchase, so I was finally able to trade him some old stuff, and he did the same for me.
Got some ’67-’69 cards, so we’ll go in order. I cannot get over Don Sutton ever being this young. He looks like he’s 12 here.
Damn, I love this McCovey.
Onto ’68s, where I’m across the 400 mark on the set now (of course, the last 191 cards have something like 30 Hall of Famers, including Mantle and the Ryan and Bench rookies, so I probably won’t finish that soon). Never have a problem with getting a Hank Aaron card I need, though. (The other guys don’t suck, neither.) Keep ’em coming!
Billy Williams, with some artistic embellishment.
I’ve been buying cards for 38 years, and have owned hundreds of thousands of cards over those years. This is, amazingly, my first ever and only playing-era flagship Eddie Mathews card.
Pops cards seem to come to me late in set-building, too, so this is welcome.
Elston Howard looks thrilled both to be a member of the Red Sox and taking this picture.
Bill White looks cool, like he usually does.
This card of Pete is almost in condition as bad as my Munson rookie. Fine with it. Upgrading intentionally would be money I don’t wanna spend on this guy anymore.
Ken Boyer and Superman both go to the same barber.
I also crossed the 400 mark on ’69! (I never would’ve guessed that I’d ever be anywhere near that.)
I have at least 2 Joe Niekro on the Cubs cards now, and it’s still not something I’m used to yet. Looks like some alternate universe shit.
World Series cards, lookin’ awesome.
GREAT card of Odom. He’s got that “Don’t even try it” look in his eyes.
…and Sutton, still looking way too young, to close it out. I went through his cards after I scanned these, and figured out that the back of the ’71 card is when Don looks like he went through puberty.
(Borrowed from The Trading Card Database because I didn’t wanna get it out of my album.)
Suddenly, he looks like a grown-up. It’s like he saw some shit during the ’69 off-season, and he’s a man now.
Thanks, Bo, for trade #5939203582010382!