Category: 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge

1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski Rookie Card: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

With due apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Edgar Martinez, I know who the real ancient mariner is — it’s legendary Boston Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski.

By the time I started collecting baseball cards in earnest in 1983, Yaz was in his final season with the Sawx, which was totally amazing considering that he was 71 years old at the time. So it wasn’t surprising that he was all over the place that summer, from This Week in 1960 Topps Carl YastrzemskiBaseball to Baseball Cards Magazine to an intriguing 1983 Topps Super Veteran card.

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How ‘Mini’ of These 1975 Topps Herb Washington Rookie Cards Do YOU Own?

The first time I ever heard of Herb Washington was at the exact moment I “discovered” the 1975 Topps Mini set.

It was at a dank but sprawling junk shop (the owners called it an “antique shop”) in one of the towns near where I grew up. The owner’s son had commandeered a dark corner and set up a couple of display cases full of baseball cards he was selling from his personal collection.

1975-topps-407-herb-washington-37849This was about 1983, and the guy was a good 10 years older than me. He had been hitting the hobby hard for most of his life, and his wares stretched all the way back into the 1950s.

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