About this set: When the 1959 Topps baseball card packs, came out in the Spring of 1960, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them! I seemed to be more interested in the huge slab of bubble gum, which came with each pack, but my interested grew in obtaining as many cherry red New York Yankee's cards as possible, because the Yankees was my favorite team. I was only 10 years old, at the time, and I was in 5th grade and was adding San Miguel Elementary School, in Lemon Grove, California. That was over 55 years ago! I am considered a true collector because I strictly do it for the enjoyment.
I always liked the 59's because of the combination of different colors, the great close-up pictures of the ball players, and their autographs. The team logos, and the background pictures of the ball parks, are also cool. The stats and detailed information, on the reverse side of the cards, are very interesting. A lot of interesting facts, about the ball player, is found here.
I consider the 59 set the most beautiful of them all. Afterall, it includes a huge group of great hall of fame players, who I remember the most growing up as a kid. I always looked forward to listening to Pee Wee Reese and Dizzy Dean doing the game of the week. Oddly enough, it always seemed to include the New York Yankees.
The bubble gum wasn't bad either. I looked forward to chewing on those huge pieces of gum, with the anticipation of discovering my most cherished ball players, with each and every pack I opened. With all that gum chewing and bubble blowing, I made numerous trips to the dentist to take care of all the cavaties!
I only regret the fact that I destroyed many of my 59 cards by attaching them to the spokes on my bike with wooden clothes pins. It sure made an awesome noise as I pedaled down my street, but it also destroyed many valuable cards in the process. Well, such is life growing up as a kid.
At 5 cents a pack, the cards and memories were all worth it. I purchased the packs, from the good humor ice cream truck, as I walked home from school, in 1960, in Lemon Grove, California.
One other side note: I was the youngest kid on my Little League team at ten years old. We not only traded baseball cards, but won the league championship with a 18-3 record. The team from next door (El Cajon, California) won the Little League World Series the previous year.
My biggest thrill came when I caught a foul ball at a major league baseball game, not to mention, completing my entire 572 card set, which includes hundreds of choice baseball cards.
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