1973 Topps, #300 -- Steve Carlton
Steve Carlton pitched from 1965 to 1988 and his best seasons were with the Cardinals at the beginning of his career and then the Phillies for the next fifteen seasons. Carlton won four Cy Young awards, one Gold Glove, and the pitching Triple Crown in 1972. He was was elected to ten All-Star games in all. Carton is fourth all-time in strikeouts and he finished with 329 wins and a 3.22 ERA.
2012 Topps Archives, #96 -- Phil Rizzuto
Phil Rizzuto had two seasons under his belt as the full-time shortstop for the Yankees before taking a hiatus and spending three years with the Navy during WWII. He won an MVP in 1950 and was elected to six All-Star teams during his thirteen year career. Rizzuto, a career 0.273 hitter, helped the Yankees to seven World Series Championships, including five in a row from 1949-1953.
1960 Topps, #305 -- Richie Ashburn
Richie Ashburn so I can plug this Cub card into my Cubs FrankenSet. Ashburn played fifteen seasons, with twelve of those being with Philadelphia, two with Chicago and one with the Mets. Ashburn didn't have much power, just 29 career homers, but he led the league in walks multiple times and never struck out more than fifty times in a season. The six time All-Star won two batting titles on his way to collecting 2,574 hits and a 0.308 batting average.
1993 Ted Williams Card Co., #103 -- Leon Day
biography was that he was informed of his election to Cooperstown at 92 years of age and he died just five days later. My favorite quote of his is, "When they told me they was gonna pay me to play baseball, I said they must be crazy. I said I'd play for nothing." He obviously loved the game.
1980 Topps, #270 -- Mike Schmidt
Mike Schmidt, for my money, is the best third baseman of all-time. Schmidt won six Silver Slugger awards, was a three time MVP, captured ten Gold Gloves, won the World Series MVP in 1980 and was elected to twelve All-Star games. He led the NL in homers eight different times and he wasn't afraid to take a walk, as evident by his 0.380 career OBP. Schmidt retired in 1989 with a 0.267 career batting average and 548 home runs.
No Card -- Vic Willis
|I do NOT own this card.|
There's a couple of quality cards on the Page 27, but in my mind there's definitely some upgrading to be done. The first priority would be to track down a Vic Willis card. Willis has a couple of T206 cards, which maybe I can find a reprint of, but not I'm spending big bucks on a Hall of Famer I didn't know anything about until this post. Secondly, who remembers Richie Ashburn as a Cub? Lastly, I should be able to find an affordable vintage Rizzuto at some point. Right?
My favorite card is of Mike Schmidt in the batting cage followed closely by Steve Carlton shaking his battery mate's hand after a win. Maybe that's not what's going on there, no? Regardless, there's some definite talent on this page.
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