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Billy Williams 1964 Topps ‘Giant’ – Front & Back

Billy Williams 1964 Topps ‘Giant’ – Front & Back

I have 7-8 Billy Williams related searches saved in ‘My Ebay’.  As I try to whittle down the list of cards that I need to complete this set, I have probably given other collections I am working on more attention.  I will work to correct that…

And this is a start. 

I grabbed this 1964 Topps ‘Giant’ card a few weeks back.  Oversized and looking great, this card is in very solid condition considering that it was issued more than 46 years ago!!!

This is the first time that I have actually seen one of these in person, and now that I have it, I am very happy that I included this card on my Billy Williams checklist.

Here is the front of the card – a close-up shot of ‘Sweet Swinging’ Billy Williams.

And here is the back.  Pretty nice, huh?  I like what Topps did with this – A great newspaper looking design featuring an article about his 1961 season in which he won Rookie of the Year honors.

I am really happy to have bought this card.  It makes an awesome addition to my Billy Williams collection.  Now I just have to find a way to store it….

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #50

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #50

1964 Topps – Card #541 – AKA – ‘The Phil Niekro Rookie Card’

Phil Roof – Roof played in the big leagues for 15 years.  Never staying in one city for more than 6 seasons, he played for 8 different teams during that time.  A catcher, Roof saw time primarily as a back-up to the team’s starter.  He amassed a .215 batting average during his 15-year playing career.  Roof’s career stats include 463 hits, 190 runs scored, 69 doubles, 43 home runs, and 210 RBI.

Phil Niekro – A member of Baseball’s Hall of Fame and ‘300 Wins Club’, Phil Niekro’s major league career spanned three decades and 24 seasons.  Used primarily as a starting pitcher, Niekro made 864 appearances in big league games, 716 of which came as the game’s starting pitcher.  He compiled a 318-274 record while throwing 245 complete games and 45 shutouts.  Niekro struck out 3,342 batters during his 24-year career while compiling a 3.35 ERA.  Phil Niekro was a 4-time All-star, 5-time Gold Glove winner, and he finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award 6 times.

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #42

1964 Topps – Card #146 – AKA – ‘The Tommy John Rookie Card’

Tommy John – John, the winningest pitcher in baseball history to not be inducted in the Hall of Fame, finished his 26-year career with 288 wins.  A 4-time All-star, and a Top 8 finisher for the Cy Young award 4 times during his career, Tommy John was a solid performer.  Yet while he enjoyed more than a quarter of a decade in the major leagues, Tommy John was often overshadowed by his contemporaries.  In his career, John started 700 games, completing 162 of them including 46 shutouts.

Bob Chance – A 6-year veteran, Chance played for three teams during his brief career.  Playing in 277 games, Chance recorded a .261 batting average.  He stats also include 195 hits, 76 runs scored, 112 RBI, and 24 round-trippers!