9.19.2013

1955 Bowman
Hugh Taylor
(Football)

While on eBay last week, this card got mixed up in my usual search for baseball cards. And while Hugh Taylor is not wearing a glove or swinging a bat, I still think it's an AWESOME card.

I've tried collecting poor old football cards, but it's just not my thing. Even so, this card is more than worthy to be included here.

First off, it's trashed. Deep, deep creases scuffs and severely rounded corners make this card a beauty. Rich color and a classic uniform only add to it's greatness. By the way is that a leather helmet he's wearing. Sweet!

As for Taylor: he once held a record for gaining 212 yards receiving in his first game as a pro and first game of the season. He was also a two-time Pro Bowler and even served as the Houston Oilers head coach in 1965.

I know it's technically not a poor old baseball card but come on, you know you love it. I do.

9.10.2013

1965 Topps
Joe Morgan

I didn't do it. It wasn't me. Someone put a piece of tape over Joe Morgan's face and I'm leaving it there.

I'm getting to the point where I'm starting to repeat cards on this blog. An earlier version of this card can be seen here.

But this example has so much more personality. The more I look at this card the more I'm fascinated by that sticky piece of paper.

Who would put that tape over his photo? Why? All indications show it's been there a while.

Should I? No, I can't. It staying right there.

9.07.2013

1948 Leaf
Johnny Vander Meer

When it comes to condition I'm just as picky as the next guy. But instead of grading up, I'm always looking to grade down.

After all, this is Poor Old Baseball Cards.

In 2009, I posted this card here. And while it's not in the best shape, this example is far worse. And I love it.

You really need to click on the card pictured above to get a sense of its awesomeness.

If you don't own a 1948 leaf card, you should. The simple design and vivid, bright colors are amazing.

I recently read that while these cards have both 1948 and 1949 copyright dates, they were actually distributed in 1949. Any oldtimers out there remember collecting these cards as children?

I know it's a long shot but it would be great to hear from someone who was an original owner.