I had no plans to participate in the Big Fun Game over at Willinghammer Rising. I remember when Napkin Doon was running the BFG and it seemed like a lot of strategizing and paying attention. Nope, I didn't have time for that.
But Breakdown Cards volunteered me for the BFG and I was officially in, so, heck, I guess I had to pay attention now! And then, JBF randomized the names and I came up as selecting last. That's the perfect spot for someone who's no good at strategy (see: my fantasy baseball teams). I could sit and wait and watch while everyone else selected, and without worrying whether someone was going to steal the card I wanted.
When my turn came, the best card of all the really nice cards offered up by JBF in the BFG was up for grabs. And I grabbed.
The glorious Carl Yastrzemski rookie card from 1960 Topps -- one of the most notable cards of the '60s -- is now mine.
The card is so notable that it has been a topic of numerous Topps reprints over the years. I happen to own one from the 2010 Cards Your Mom Threw Out series.
Moms get a bad rap in this hobby, always being accused of throwing out their kids' cards. On Mother's Day, I'm here to tell you that I believe this was a scurrilous lie concocted by hobby dealers and card companies to proclaim the rarity of old cards.
"Nope! There aren't many around! Moms threw them all out! That'll be $300."
Well, I'm happy that at least one 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski card was not thrown out by mom. It now resides in my collection.
There were lots of fine cards offered up in the Big Fun Game -- an '89 Upper Deck Griffey, a rookie Ichiro, a real interesting mystery box. But my heart is set on vintage and cards like the Yaz will always be in demand (thanks a lot, Mom!).
JBF also threw in some other cards to keep the Yaz rookie company:
Let's scratch this one off the want list and never speak of it again.
Weeeeeeeeeeeee!! A whole bunch of 1975 buybacks!
I have some of these already but the vast majority I do not. In fact, I took the Hodges and Pinson out of my online cart thanks to Wes. And also thanks to him, I now have 162 buyback cards from the set! Come on, 200!
As I've mentioned many times before, my mom has never been a baseball fan, but she was the one to get me started on this hobby when she bought some Topps cello packs for my brother and I at the grocery store in 1974.
That single act led me to everything that you now see on this blog, including the Carl Yastrzemski rookie card.
And for the record my mom never, ever, ever threw out my cards.
(P.S.: I'm pretty sure Yaz never played second base).