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Ron Santo 1969 Topps

Ron Santo 1969 Topps

The 1969 baseball season was supposed to be the year that the Chicago Cubs won it all.  The city, the team, the fans, and the sport believed that 1969 was the year that it was going to happen.

Well, we all know how that ended – and I don’t have the energy to get into that right now.

Instead, I will show off the latest and one of the greatest additions to my Ron Santo collection – his 1969 Topps base card.

She’s a beauty!!!

Ron Santo 1969 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo 1969 Topps All-Star

While I don’t like the 1969 Topps All-Star cards as much as the similarly inspired ones from the 1970 set, I do enjoy the newspaper-esque design that both offered.

And it’s nice to see Santo celebrated by Topps for his All-Star selection – especially when there are so many Hall of Famers amongst his peers.

So, what did Santo do to earn an All-Star berth in 1969?  Let’s take a look at the numbers: 166 hits, .289 batting average, .384 on-base percentage, 18 doubles, 29 home runs, 123 RBI, 97 runs scored, and 1 stolen base.

All-Star worthy?  Indeed.

A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

I could not resist adding these three cards to my collection.

All purchased from the same seller on Ebay, I think I really got a great deal on these three beauties from the 1969 Topps set. 

And it doesn’t hurt that these are three of the guys from that era that I truly value and admire for what they did for the game of baseball!

Three tremendous additions to my collection of vintage baseball cards:


1969 Topps Honors The NL Home Run Leaders From 1968

1969 Topps Honors The NL Home Run Leaders From 1968

Any time that I can nab a card like this that features not only two of my favorite ‘old-timers’ and two of the most respected men in the sport’s history, I will jump all over it.

And this time, I didn’t have to jump to far either.

Amazingly, for just $1.99, I was able to purchase this card from the 1969 Topps set that pays tribute to the Home Run Leaders of the NL from the 1968 season.

Here it is:

And how did they rank, you ask?  Well, let me tell you…

  1. 36 – Willie McCovey
  2. 33 – Richie Allen
  3. 32 – Ernie Banks


Phil Niekro 1969 Topps

Phil Niekro 1969 Topps

Yeah Baby!!!

Another vintage haul for ya…

This one comes from the 1969 Topps set and features future Hall-Of-Famer, Phil Niekro.

’69 was Niekro’s 6th season in the majors – and it was the one that made the league take notice of his talents as a starting pitcher.

Niekro started 35 games that season and appeared in 40.  He amassed a 23-13 record(his first of three 20-win seasons) while also capturing 4 saves.  In his 35 starts, Niekro went the distance in 21 of them – truly amazing.  His stuff was dominant – he struck out 193 batters while walking just 57(7 were intentional). 

In 1969, Phil Niekro earned his first selection as an All-Star.  He finished in 9th place for the MVP award and in 2nd for the Cy Young to Tom Seaver.

My First 2 Vintage Ernie Banks Cards!!! YES!!!!

My First 2 Vintage Ernie Banks Cards!!!   YES!!!!

1 of my goals for growing my collection in 2010 was to add more vintage cards to my collection.

And as we sit here at the very end of August, I think that I have done pretty well with that specific goal.

But now, I can say that I am 100% confident that I have achieved that goal.

Check out these two beauties:

That’s right.  A 1968 & 1969 Topps Ernie Banks baseball card!!!

I am so shocked that I was able to score both of these.  I am more shocked that they are both in really, really good condition.  And I am even more shocked that I was able to bring both of these home for less than $10, combined.

Let me say that again – I paid less than $10 to bring home 2 vintage, classic baseball cards of one of the most legendary players of all-time!!!


1969 Topps Billy Williams – FINALLY!!!

1969 Topps Billy Williams – FINALLY

It feels like I have been chasing this card around for decades…  I guess that is actually true since I started my Billy Williams collection when I was 14 years old.

Anyway, I have always loved the ’69 Topps card of Williams.  The man known for having one of the sweetest lefty strokes that the sport has ever seen is holding his pose for the photographer – and the shot came out great.  We also get to see that old ‘Cubby’ logo on the shoulder of Billy’s jersey – I love that little bear!!!

While just in my collection for less than 24 hours now, this card of Billy Williams quickly ranks as one of my favorites.  I am thrilled to add this beauty to my collection that honors him!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

1969 Topps – Card #99 – AKA – ‘The Graig Nettles Rookie Card’

Danny Morris – A 2-year veteran that appeared in just 6 games, Morris had a very brief stint as a major league baseball player.  Used in both starting and relief roles, Morris compiled an 0-2 record with a 2.81 career ERA.  In 16 total innings of work, he struck out 7, walked 8, and allowed 16 hits and 9 runs.

Graig Nettles – Nettles played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  A veteran of 6 different clubs, his greatest success came as a New York Yankee during the mid-70’s.  Nettles was a 6-time All-star, with 5 of those appearances coming while wearing pinstripes.  His career numbers are impressive – 2,225 hits, 328 doubles, 390 home runs, 1,314 RBI, and 1,193 runs scored.  Nettles played in 5 World Series contests – winning 2 titles in 1977 and 1978 with the Yankees.

Just Two More Fergie Jenkins Cards To Go….

With the acquisition of this card I am now just 2 cards away from completing my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

When I set out to collect every card issued by a major card company from Fergie’s playing days, I never knew how enjoyable this goal would be.  Starting with zero cards, it was fun to shop for my ‘needs’ and along the way my appreciation for Fergie and his stellar pitching career sky rocketed.  This collection has taken longer to complete due to the age and condition of the cards I needed, but this extra time has allowed me more opportunities to learn about and enjoy stories focusing on Fergie.

Today I can proudly say that Ferguson Jenkins is my favorite pitcher of all-time!!!

And these are the final 2 cards I need to complete my player collection that honors his legendary career:

1966 Topps - Rookie card

1969 Topps

I have every intention of completing this collection by the end of the year.  It won’t be easy, but it will be fun!!!



Card Show Purchase #1

Card Show Purchase #1

This card had been eluding me for a few weeks…  I hadn’t been able to find one in decent condition until I ran across it at ‘6-table guy’s’ display.

I am happy to add this card to my Billy Williams collection.  This is the first League Leader card I have with Williams and Ron Santo on it.  And having Willie McCovey round out the 3 players being featured certainly doesn’t hurt either…

My Billy Williams colletion is now up to 19 cards!!

1969 Topps RBI Leaders: