Friday, November 30, 2018

1963 Topps Richie Ashburn

Alright! We have a Hall of Famer! This is Richie Ashburn who is a member of the Hall of Fame as a Philadelphia Phillies. He was elected to the Hall by the Veterans committee in 1995. I guess that makes it count, right? Ideally I'd like only people voted in by the BBWAA, but this isn't an ideal world. Also, it might be nicer to have a card of him as a Phillies player, but, again... I'll take what I can get whilst keeping within whatever budgetary constraints present themselves.

Richie Ashburn became a Mets in their first woeful season, 1962, but had a decent season for them. He played 135 games and batted .306 and was an All-Star. It was also his last year in the Majors. Kind of a shit way to go out, in some respects.


So, this 1963 Topps card also represents his last card as a professional ball player. I often wonder why last cards aren't more popular or valuable, especially for Hall of Fame players. But getting a Hall of Fame players last card is something I'm particularly interested in. What about you?

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6 comments:

  1. I like it when Topps honors a retired player with one final card the year after he retires... that features complete career stats.

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    1. Me too. I think all players that retire should be honored with one final card showing their final career stats. And I think collecting a players final card should be a thing.

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  2. -I love this card.....Richie Ashburn was a great player and fun announcer to listen too......

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    1. Thanks! I really do too. For not much more money I could have had Ashburn as a Phillies, but I just really liked this one more.

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  3. He should've been a Phil to the end. I love 'sunset' cards with final stats.

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    1. I agree with you! It makes me sad when "career" guys for one team kind of float in the ether and team-bounce before hanging it up.

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