Off comes the second lid. What the Heckler? Is that a 93 SP set? Sleeved and nestled in the top of the set box was Jeter, so young with a long career ahead. What do you mean he's retiring?? But he wasn't even thirty years old when I boxed him up! Well thanks a lot Derek. Now I have to go through everything.
SLUs: nice Ripkens, FPs for Jeter, Chipper, Javy Lopez, Manny Ramirez, Cooperstown SLUs and an overly large Mickey Mantle doll. That's a bit overkill - and a bit ugly.
Box three - lid be gone! AH yes, the vintage cards. Vintage. What a funny word. Most often used in place of old. I've seen listings on eBay describing cards from the 80s/90s as vintage. NOT. Not of a particularly attractive design. Not some of the best issues. If they're old at all, they're old junk. Junk cards. What did I consider vintage? Let's take a peek inside. Miscellaneous old Topps, picked up cheaply, but beautiful to me:
rookie year. Arm troubles sent him to the bullpen and through several trades.
Groat (b. 1930) played for the Pirates 1952-1962, Cards, Phils and Giants. Career BA .286 with 2138 hits. 1960 MVP and batting title for .325 average.
Williams (d. 2011) played with the Dodgers, O's (three different times,) Indians, KC As, BoSox. Career BA .260; 70 HRs. He spent many more years as a manager for several teams with a career W/L record 1571-1451 winning three AL and one NL pennant.
Oh those beautiful Bowmans! Here are a few I picked up somewhere along the way.
Baker (d. 2004) played for several teams, most notably the White Sox. Batted left, threw right. Career BA of .251, RBI total of 196. Great looking card anyway!
Barney (d. 1997) played a handful of years for the Dodgers with a W/L of 35-31 and 4.31 ERA.
He suffered a leg injury which contributed to an early retirement. He walked 48 batters in 33 innings and thus ended his MLB career.
Eddie Kazak (d. 1999) third base for the Cards and Reds from 1948 - 1952. He enlisted and suffered injuries during the Invasion of Normandy. A bayonet wound in his left arm and a shrapnel shattered right elbow didn't keep Eddie out of the game. Career BA of .273 with 165 hits. A player in the minors til 1960, he left us with this gorgeous Bowman!
I have many more cards from 50s and 60s. Older, yes. Vintage?? Not sure. It's a PO - personal opinion. When looking at my own pictures from the early 60s, I certainly don't think vintage, just youthful!