Wednesday, February 29, 2012

1959 TOPPS BASEBALL THRILLS ERNIE BANKS

THAT'S DUST, NOT A PRINTING DEFECT.

PERFECT FIT ON THAT HEADLINE.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • This is part of a 10-card subset highlighting some notable feats in baseball history. These were not on the cutting edge of card technology. Never heard or seen since Ernie Banks referred to as "Hustler.'' "Mr. Cub,'' yes.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Pretty decent write-up with old-style newspaper design.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Is that even Banks?

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Another of the cards my brother gave me from his collection.
  • Banks would win his second consecutive MVP in '59, hitting 45 homers and driving in 143.
  • He finished with 512 homers for his career, hitting a record 277 as a shortstop. That was broken by Cal Ripken Jr. with 345.
  • Banks is the all-time Cubs leader in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706).
  • His effervescence and enthusiasm for the game was unmatched then and now. I wish all major-leaguers realized how lucky they truly are. Ernie Banks did and showed it every day on  and off the field.

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