5.31.2009

1964 Topps
Mickey Mantle

About a year ago, I listed this card as my fourth favorite card ever produced.

It was picked behind the 1971 Topps Thurman Munson, the 1957 Topps Ted Kluszewski and the 1953 Topps Satchel Paige.

I still think it belongs in my Top-5.

When you think of vintage baseball cards, Mickey Mantle holds a special spot. I think a lot of it has to do with his beautiful 1952 Topps card. His numbers are also a main factor. And lest we forget, he was a Yankee.

But I sometimes wonder if he would still hold that special place in this hobby if he played for the Kansas City A's or the Baltimore Orioles.

And what if Joe DiMaggio played for the Cleveland Indians or the Washington Senators?

And what if Babe Ruth – nevermind – he was in a league of his own.

Don't get me wrong, Mickey Mantle was a great baseball player ... but what if?

5.28.2009

1946-47 Propagandas Montiel
Frank Overmire

Before about two weeks ago, I had never even heard of Propagandas Montiel, let alone seen one of these super-thin Cuban cards.

So when this example was up for sale on eBay I had to have it.

From what I know, there are 180 cards in this set. The majority are baseball players — along with a few dozen boxers, a couple of wrestlers and a tennis player.

Even if this card isn't the most attractive in my collection, it is unique.

It also reminds me of Cuba's rich baseball history.