|1952 Topps #59|
The cards featured in this post had been the top three cards in my Ten Most Wanted - Vintage list on the left sidebar. My Mom added the 1950 Bowman Willie Jones and 1952 Topps Robin Roberts to my collection as payment for preparing her tax return. And somehow, my 96-year-old grandmother not only found my want list, but tracked down the 1951 Bowman Eddie Waitkus card that I needed.*
In honor of my Mom's birthday today, and continuing the tradition I started last year, I'm using this post to show off these cards and to wish her a very happy birthday.
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I love Waitkus' facsimile autograph on his card and the back of Jones' card makes the obligatory mention of his "Puddin' Head" nickname.
And I now own a 1952 Topps Robin Roberts card. This card is gorgeous, and it becomes my favorite card of the Hall of Famer now in my collection. Over five years ago, I wrote about the reprints of this card in my collection and I finished off that post with the line, "And who knows? Maybe one day I'll actually own one of the originals." Hard to believe that I now do, and I'm extremely grateful to my Mom for making that (and everything else) possible. Happy birthday Mom!
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*My Mom will neither confirm nor deny that she may have acquired this Waitkus card on behalf of my Nana.