Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I'm on the Brink Man

I know some people aren't fans of over-sized cards.  Personally, I haven't figured out the best way to store them, but I like them.  Especially when they are of the vintage persuasion.

Some of you youngsters may need further explanation.

I could give you that explanation, but why re-invent the wheel when Ryan over at The Cardboard Connection already explains it.  Check it out here.

My friend, and annual Commish of Gint-A-Cuffs, Mark from Mark's Ephemera sent me one of the 1964 Topps Giants (not the team) cards.  Lucky for me it was Ed Brinkman of the Washington Senators.

Just look at that beauty.  It measures 3 1/8" by 5 1/4" inches.  Night Owl will be ashamed because I didn't scan the back and it's awesome. It looks like a newspaper headline and says "Brinkman Leads In Double Plays".

Mark didn't stop with Mr. Brinkman.

He also sent over two cards from a set that I've never seen before.  The 1970 Topps Supers set was a 42 card set featuring some of the players from the 1970 set.  The oversized cards measured 3 1/8" by 5 1/4" inches, just like the 1964 Topps Giants set.  The major difference is these Supers are as thick as 5 or 6 regular cards.

Mark sent me Tommy Harper of the Seattle Pilots.  It looks like he's playing in the desert.

Mark also sent over this nice Jim Fregosi card.  I thought it was interesting timing considering Fregosi's recent passing.  I like to remember him this way as opposed to his managerial days.  He looks pretty happy, as any ballplayer should.

Mark, thanks for the great cards.  It's not often I get two types of cards I didn't have in my collection.


  1. I love the 64 giant set. Yes the backs are really cool. Topps put out the other supers in 70 and 71. The backs on those are the same design as the regular issue. Pretty cheap to pick up some HOF type players

  2. Brian, you're welcome. I'm just sorry that it took so long since you first expressed interest in the Brinkman.

    You'll note that you have the rare "eye black" variation of the Fregosi card. This would, at times, suddenly appear a year or so after a youngster got the card, was bored and then found the giveaway pen from the local savings and loan.

    Mark, I think that Topps also issued a Super set in 1969.

    1. The super set in 69 is different than the 70 and 71 sets. Thee 69's are regular size cards. They are somewhat more glossy and are full bleed. Somewhat difficult to find. Pretty pricey. Still looking for the Yaz card

    2. I assumed that the 1969 Super set was like the 1970 and 1971. I just looked them up in the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. 2-1/4" x 3-1/4". The Super name is because of the high gloss. Not Super as in size. The things one learns from hanging out on card blogs.

    3. There a pretty cool looking card. I have two. Culprit and Harrelson. Some prices run pretty high.

  3. That's Diablos Stadium in Tempe behind Tommy Harper. The Angels play there now but it looks waaaay different.

  4. Topps did a remake of the '64 Giants set for box loaders in 2011 Lineage. I've got a nice Miguel Cabrera. Pretty cool card, though like you I have no idea how to store it.