A while back, I put together the White Sox teams sets for early Bowman and all Topps flagship sets. Before I started this blog, I was nowhere close to completing any. Hell - I didn't even know what I had in many of the years. So I took a couple days to put together the wants lists for those two brands. I will add the Upper Deck main set Sox needs in the near future. The best part of knowing exactly what you need is being able to focus on the hunt. That was my issue before I found the blogging community. I was a mess, all over the place. If you're a millionaire, you can have that willy nilly approach to sports cards. Even then, you cannot really appreciate what you have. But making lists, and staying focused moves you forward.
Let's start in the 80's. 34 total cards were from the 80's. When I built my team lists, I forgot how few of 1983 I had until 16 cards came out of Mark's envelope. Great night shot of Britt Burns (Owl?). Even better is that In Action of Pudge. One of those many cards I didn't have and never realized how nice the hockey set looks.
Into the 70's Mark sent over 7 needs. I got me some Wood (twice!). Good view of old Yankee Stadium in the background of that Pryor card. Lastly, does Hrabosky ever smile? Did they have cameras in the mid 70's that could zoom in that close, cuz that sure looks like a picture just before he delivered a ball to the plate.
Mark kept going back farther. From the 60's he dropped 8 glorious pieces of cardboard. Here is 5 of them. I'm not sure the ballpark behind Esposito. It may be Tiger Stadium. Horlen is in the Bromx. Carreon didn't have the huge career that was expected, but I have wanted to add his rookie to my Sox binder.
Here's the last of the 60's (literally, 1960) and a couple sweet '59s. Of the total 51 cards, that Torgeson is the "worst" of the lot with that crease in the upper left. And that is what Mark considered "lower quality". Mark - these are amazing cards, and I cannot thank you enough for thinking of sending me such amazing vintage in return for a half dozen 2015 Topps. Your envelope got a little fatter.