I’m just about out of old baseball cards to show you from the group I picked up at last Sunday’s Rahway baseball card show, but here are three additions to my 1971 Topps Mets team set. This is my least favorite set of the decade because the black borders really highlight every possible imperfection.
The New York Mets continued their winning ways against Atlanta Monday night, beating them 6-1.
I didn’t get to watch the whole game, but I did see Ike Davis make Fredi Gonzalez look foolish for intentionally walking David Wright to get to him, and I saw Jason Bay make a nice catch to rob Jack Wilson of a home run. Dillon Gee appeared to do a good job mixing up his pitches, and the bullpen and defense didn’t hand the game back like they did on Sunday in Philadephia.
I don’t think anyone’s revising their post-season picks based on the first ten games of the season, but it sure is nice to see the Mets get off to a 7-3 start instead of the 3-7 one most of us were secretly (or not-so-secretly) dreading based on their off-season moves and poor spring record.
Today’s Mets card of the moment is from the 1968 Topps set, showing reliever Tug McGraw. Topps seems to have used a photo taken during McGraw’s rookie season in 1965, since the World’s Fair patch is clearly visible on his left sleeve. Another interesting note – McGraw did not pitch in a game for the Mets in 1968, though he did have a 9-9 record in 24 appearances for the Triple-A Jacksonville Suns.
First up, a Willie Collazo card from 2008 Topps Co-Signers. Collazo didn’t strike me as anything special in his time with the Mets in 2007 or 2008, but the price wasn’t that bad ($5) and I couldn’t remember if it was Collazo or Carlos Muniz that I still needed on a card picturing him in a Mets uniform. (Unfortunately, it turned out to be Carlos Muniz.) The card is fairly attractive, featuring a nice photo of Collazo… the dreaded sticker autograph detracts from the appeal to an extent, but it does fit in stylisticly with the rest of the card.
Next up, a Mike Cameron card from 2005 Fleer National Passtime, number 65/90. I always liked Cameron, and the price was right ($4). The card featuers a sticker autograph, but that’s really the only drawback.
Saving the best (and most expensive) for last, I got a Tug McGraw card from the 2001 Topps Archives set for $25. Tug is one of the legendary figures in Mets lore, so I’m happy to have his autograph in my collection.