Last weekend I was at a card show. I picked up enough Dodgers from the 2014 Topps Heritage set that I almost have a complete team set.
Unfortunately, I fell a few cards short and there are still a couple that I need.
But those are just modern card problems. This weekend's achievement blows last weekend's achievement away.
2014 Heritage, after all, is merely mimicking 1965 Topps.
And just the other day, Dave K. sent me Johnny Podres here.
It was the last card I needed to finish off the team set from '65 Topps.
I suppose some would say the ERA Leaders card doesn't belong with the team set, but I and a number of others think it does. And since that's the case, I still need the strikeout leaders card from that set, in which Drysdale is in the bottom right corner of the card.
But basically I'm finished with the team set from '65.
This is terrific for so many reasons:
1. '65 is one of the best sets of the '60s
2. Heritage is paying tribute to the '65 set this year
3. '65 is the year Sandy Koufax ruled the earth
4. '65 is the year the Dodgers won the World Series
5. '65 is the year I was born
The card world is in harmony today.
I remember the first two Dodger cards from this set that I ever had. They were Frank Howard and Ron Perranoski. I still have those originals, obtained during the first time that I knew I could obtain vintage cards (I don't remember how I obtained them, but I know it was during my early high school years).
From the 1960s, this completes the 1965, 1967, 1968 and 1969 Dodgers Topps team sets for me. I have a lot more hard work to go.
But today I am celebrating.
(P.S.: If you know the title reference, you know why it applies, you're as old as I am, and your taste in music may be as questionable as mine).