Armed with $40, a six-year-old, and all my want lists on my iPhone, I made my way to the first table. Within 30 seconds, I spotted a cheese box jammed with top loaders and this sign sticking out the top:
"VINTAGE PHILLIES $ CHEAP $"
The card at the front of the box was the very 1951 Bowman card of Dick Sisler featured in the banner of my blog. I took it as a sign and I also made a point to show the card to Doug. "This was one of your Pop-Pop's favorite baseball players," I told him. "It was? Cool!", was his response. He wanted to buy it, but I explained that we already had it in our collection.
The box was loaded with Phillies cards in decent shape spanning the years 1951 through 1969. I went to work and added the following 9 cards to my collection for the grand total of $30. The gem of the bunch was the 1958 Topps Richie Ashburn card featured at the top of this post. Well-centered, with four nice corners and only a slight crease in the top right corner, the card set me back only $8.
1953 Topps #136 Ken Heintzelman
1954 Bowman #143 Willie Jones
1954 Bowman #223 Steve Ridzik
1955 Topps #46 Ted Kazanski
1955 Topps #167 Tom Casagrande
1958 Topps #230 Richie Ashburn
1959 Topps #452 Chico Fernandez
1959 Topps #546 Al Schroll
1962 Topps #550 Art Mahaffey
It was one of my more successful vintage baseball card hauls, and the whole thing took less than 10 minutes!
|1954 Bowman #143, 1953 Topps #136 and 1954 Bowman #223|