When I was putting together my want list of Phillies cards from the 1960s, the one card that I thought would be on my want list the longest was the 1963 Topps Rookie Stars card featuring outfielder John Herrnstein. I also mentioned how tough it would be to track down this card in my 1963 Topps Phillies post. There were a few reasons for this:
1. Herrnstein's card falls within the last series of the set, making it automatically scarcer than the rest of the cards in the set. There are 576 cards in the 1963 Topps set, with cards 447 through 576 making up the elusive high series.
2. There's the little matter of the card also being the rookie card of future Hall of Famer Willie Stargell. Because of this, it's not as pricey as the Pete Rose rookie card from the same set, but it's pricey enough.
This card had been #2 on my Ten Most Wanted listed (see sidebar for the updated list), until my Mom added the card to my collection via the annual "Santa Brings Way Too Many Awesome Baseball Cards to Jim" extravaganza. Amazing.
The card is in fantastic condition, and it now has a happy home amongst my other 1963 Topps Phillies cards.
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For the record, this is the third Stargell card in my Phillies collection. He's featured with Rose on a Super Star Special card from the 1983 Fleer set and with Pat Burrell and Mark McGwire on a 2000 Topps Stars insert card.