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Card of the Day: 1958 Topps Roger Maris rookie card

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 19, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

One of my favorite baseball movies of all time is Billy Crystal’s *61, the tale of Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle’s chase for Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. I know what you’re thinking: A Billy Crystal movie is one of your favorites? Yes, it’s true. I’ve got an odd taste for movies. I’m not a big horror or action flick guy. I’m all about comedies and sports movies, particularly ones involving baseball. But *61 is actually a neat little movie that came about in the wake of the Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire chase for Maris’ record in 1998. It’s no Emmy winner, but it did draw more attention to the record Maris set in 1961. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1953 Bowman Color Mickey Mantle

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 16, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

The Mick. For about as long as I have followed baseball, Mickey Mantle has been a mythical figure to which I could not relate. I never got to see him play, and by the time I truly got a chance to understand his greatness, he near the end of his life. He died in 1995. I still have the Beckett Baseball Monthly issue dedicated to his death. That issue, which I took to school for a week, brought about lots of memories from other high schoolers who spoke of their father’s card collections. And it also caught then attention of one teacher who spoke of Mantle … and then about a newly emerging technology called deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA. Continue reading