Tuesday, January 14, 2014

1966 Topps Warren Spahn - 30 Tribute Card Project - Part 10

This part 10 of a continuing 30 tribute card project inspired by this article from Sports Collectors Daily. In previous posts I have shown 4 cards that Topps had produced and 15 cards that I have found on various blogs pages. Now I have my turn: 

I had to cheat a little on this one. I had actually found this image, colorized it and used it on a 1965 card I had made for Spahn back in 2011. I did find a couple of shots of Spahn in a Giants uniform but the were of such low resolution that they would make for a terrible looking card. The fact that Topps often re-used photographs (even if the player was traded to another team) allowed me to rationalize the repeat usage of this image.

In 1964 Warren Spahn posted his first losing record with the Braves sin 1952. The Mets purchased his contract and used him as both a pitcher and a coach for the young team. In fact his 1965 Topps card has his position listed as "P-Coach". After going 4 and 12 in 19 starts, the Mets released him. The Giants picked him up 2 days later. He fared somewhat better with the Giants going 3 and 4 the remainder of the season. At 44 years old and after 21 MLB seasons interrupted by 3 years of military service, Spahn retired from active duty.

 Here is the list so far. The Black X represents cards produced by Topps, The red X represents those made by other baseball card geeks, and now the blue X represents the cards made by yours truly:

1.       1952 Joe DiMaggio X
2.       1956 Ralph Kiner X
3.       1957 Bob Feller X
4.       1957 Phil Rizzuto X
5.       1957 Jackie Robinson X
6.       1961 Ted Williams X
7.       1962 Jackie Jensen X
8.       1964 Stan Musial X
9.       1964 Early Wynn X
10.   1965 Duke Snider X
11.   1966 Yogi Berra X
12.   1966 Warren Spahn X 
13.   1967 Sandy Koufax X
14.   1967 Robin Roberts X
15.   1968 Whitey Ford
16.   1969 Rocky Colavito X
17.   1969 Roger Maris 
18.   1969 Eddie Mathews
19.   1970 Don Drysdale X
20.   1972 Ernie Banks X
21.   1973 Maury Wills X
22.   1974 Willie Mays 
23.   1977 Hank Aaron X
24.   1977 Frank Robinson X
25.   1978 Brooks Robinson X 
26.   1978 Jim Wynn
27.   1980 Lou Brock
28.   1980 Thuman Munson X
29.   1984 Johnny Bench X
30. 1984 Carl Yastrzemski X

To be Continued......


  1. Would love to have opened a pack in '66 and find this card.I remember thinking it was so cool that Spahn,Dick Groat and Duke Snider were Giants.Even for a short time.

  2. I figured he and the Duke would have to be on S.F.

    Excellent cards :)