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Rookie Card Showcase: 1960 Topps Jim Gentile

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 19 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

About two weeks ago I obtained a 1961 Topps Jim Gentile card from one of my local card shop’s “Price Friendly” vintage boxes. I purchased the card with the intention of trading it, but later learned a bit about Gentile, including the fact that he finished third int he American League MVP voting in 1961 behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, teammates who made a run at Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. In short, Gentile is the answer to a trivia question that some day could net someone a large amount of money. You can thank me later.

Over the weekend, I stopped at another shop — one of the sister stores for the shop I mentioned in the previous post —  and poured through the cheap vintage boxes there. Lo and behold there was Gentile’s rookie for $2. I’ll take that.