Tuesday, February 14, 2012

1965 TOPPS JOE MORGAN

THIS WAS THE LAST OF THE COLT .45s LOGO.
A SHORTSTOP "GOOD WITH THE GLOVE''? YOU DON'T SAY?

THE FRONT PAGE

  • It's Joe Morgan's rookie card, but what I like best is how much I paid for it: $8 from a dealer's bargain bin at a recent card show. The cut's a little strange on the top left and there's some print smudging, but overall not bad.
  • Love the '65 design, but it's too bad Topps couldn't fit in the team logo in the Rookie Stars subset. Of course, those Colt .45s hats fill the void nicely.

THE BACK PAGE

  • Certainly Little Joe's minor-league numbers hinted at what was to come. 
  • Sonny Jackson had a 12-year career, enjoying his best season in '66 and finishing second in the Rookie of the Year voting with 49 steals and a .292 batting average. His lifetime batting average was .251. 
  • Morgan finished second in Rookie of the Year voting in '65.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Typical multi-player card. 
  • You can barely see Jackson's old-school Hillerich & Bradsby label on his bat. 

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Multi-player rookie cards bring out my "investor inner-child,'' but as I get older, they tend to excite me less. 
  • The young DP combo was in seventh heaven on 6/6/66, landing on the Sports Illustrated cover.
  • The newly named Astros were in second place in June but finished eighth in the NL, 23 games back of the Dodgers. 
  • Morgan was an All-Star in '66, hitting .285 with five HRs, 42 RBI and 11 steals. Unlike Jackson, his best was still to come.

WOULD'VE MADE 
A GREAT ROOKIE CARD.


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