This will be the first of a series of posts highlighting some of the cards I obtained in those trades.
This was my first, and remains my only, card of a legendary Hall of Famer. THIS is a guy who's name says "HOF" when you hear it.
This beat up 1973 Topps Willie Mays was amazing to me when I first held it nearly 20 years ago. I didn't see the creases or the dings. I saw greatness. Sure he was in a Mets uniform, but for a kid who had never touched a card made before 1981, it was magical. This is what collecting should still be about today.
Willie Mays was traded on 05-11-1972 by the San Francisco Giants to New York Mets for Charlie Williams. After all those years with the Giants they shipped him off to the Mets. Charlie Williams played the rest of 1972 and 6 more seasons with the Giants, appearing in 237 games and compiling and 18-16 record, primarily out of the bullpen. Willie would go on to play the rest of 1972 and 1973 for the Mets before he retired.
Sure, I'd like to have all of those cards from 1951 and up, but I don't. Right now I have to settle for this one. And that's ok. A little "Say Hey, Kid" is better than none.