Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The best deal in baseball cards

If you don't already own this card, I highly urge you to go out and buy it. (It won't cost much.)

This is one of the few examples of a card being worth more because of someone who wasn't the main feature on the card. My Beckett has it listed as "1971 Topps #355 Bud Harrelson (Nolan Ryan in photo)". Most '71 commons are worth $1.50 or $2, but because Ryan is featured on this one, it carries a value of $4.

When I bought this card, it was because I liked Bud Harrelson. I didn't realize that the player wearing #30 near the bottom of the photo was in fact Nolan Ryan until later.

I'm fairly certain that another one of my favorite players from the '70s is on this card. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think that's former Astros outfielder Jimmy Wynn sliding into second.

By the way, Harrelson is the one applying the tag. It's easy to get lost in this card.

This is my second-favorite card from the '71 Topps set (no card in the set will ever top the famous Thurman Munson card). There's just so much going on in this shot.

On that note, where in the ballpark did the photographer have to sit to get this photo? From that angle, it almost seems like he was in the crowd somewhere, mixed in with the rest of the fans.

I bet you could probably get this card for a buck or two online somewhere.

That's money well spent.


Dhoff said...

Very cool card. A perfect example of why '71 Topps action shots were some of the best ever.

Rosenort said...

The Chris Short '71 is also listed as (Pete Rose leading off second) in some places as well. Somewhere Chris Short and Bud Harrelson are disappointed.

Nick said...

I'd never seen that Short card before, but I just looked it up. Great card!

Just another way Pete Rose and Bud Harrelson are linked, I guess.