I have been working hard over the past two weeks to find a few more cards from the 1964 Topps Giants set that I am taking on as my first project of 2021. I posted five cards the other week when I introduced the project, which included Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Warren Spahn, and Joe Torre. This week, I have five more cards to cross off the checklist.
Here are my newest additions. I will start out with the two Hall of Famers I found.
This is a mid-career card for Kaline. I did not realize that he never played a Minor League game until I looked up the batting title listed on the back of this card. I thought maybe as a 20 year old he had led the league during his rookie season, but it turned out to be his third year. Kaline played 22 years in the Majors, but retired before he was 40.
The second Hall of Famer I found the past two weeks is Giants first baseman Orlando Cepeda.
The back of the card has a typo in his stat line from his rookie year. The card states that Cepeda had 38 triples his rookie year, but that should have read doubles. "Cha Cha" does not seem like the type of player who hit a lot of triples. Looking on Baseball-Reference, he had a total of 27 in 17 years.
Last three cards. A little quicker. All three of these players would be greats of the era. They were all All-Star caliber players at some point in their careers, but just not enough to be Hall of Famers.
He hit four home runs in a game before Mark Whiten.