10.18.2008

1966 Topps '65 N.L. Batting Leaders










I think it's about time these leader cards get some respect. For too long, collectors like me have treated these cards like they were not worth collecting. I used to think that unless the card was a regular-issue card, it wasn't worth my while. Not anymore.

How can anyone not take seriously a card with three of the greatest players of all time: Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. And, upon further inspection, there are a few things about this card that are most interesting.

First, Clemente was still known as Bob in 1966. Second, Aaron is wearing a Milwaukee Braves cap, but the card says Atlanta. The Braves moved south after the 1965 season. And last, why is Mays looking down. Come on Willie, look up at the camera.

I know for some, original cards of these Hall-of-Famers is beyond their budget.

Here's a great budget card of all three.

2 comments:

chris OK said...

It looks like Willie is signing something for someone, but that's my take on it.

Anonymous said...

yeah, this is one heck of a card! you can't go wrong with Roberto, Hank, and Willie!

i don't think Clemente ever really preferred being called "Bob," it was Topps that could not deal with his Spanish first name until towards the end of his career. IIRC it was his 1970 card that finally had "Roberto" instead of "Bob."