Without further ado, here is the first batch of cards from Mark.
During our correspondence, Mark had asked if I had any interest in collecting vintage catchers who aren’t part of my player collection. After mulling it over for .37 seconds, I said, “yes.” I thought that perhaps Mark would send one along with the other cards he had prepared for me; I could not have been more wrong.
13. He sent 13 ’72 Topps catchers! I was dumbfounded. Never would I have expected such generosity from a stranger. Twelve of the cards he included will be shown here.
#332, Buck Martinez
In recognition of the great season the Royals had, I thought I would lead off with a Royals card. One of the things that I like about the ’72 Topps set, as far as I have seen, is that fact that Topps tried to identify the catchers, even if they are posed pictures. True, catcher’s gear would have been great, but the squat and the glove suffice.
#404 Jeff Torborg
This picture looks like it was taken on a high school football field.
#17, Dave Duncan
#189, Gene Tenace
Two high school catchers somehow got included in this set. I know they were both in their mid 20’s, but they look so young here. Perhaps it is the little league field behind them.
#258, Randy Hundley
#271, Ken Rudolph
The Hundley card is one of the two cards that Mark included that doesn’t show a catcher squatting down. The stands in the background, however, make up for the lack of any catcher indicators. I really enjoy the prominence of the old Cubs logo in each of these pictures.
#26, Andy Etchebarren
#508, Ellie Hendricks
The Etchebarren card matches his name; it is barren, as far as cards go. The background is dull, as is the posed batting stance. The Hendricks card on the other hand, is much more appealing. And it is a unique image: clearly it is posed, yet he is shown staring up at a phantom pop-up.
#127, Duffy Dyer
What a great baseball name. Dyer was part of the “Miracle Mets” and spent 14 seasons in the majors, and I think it was all due to his name. Anytime something went wrong, the manager could say the following:
“What the hell Duffy?”
“We aren’t just going to lay down and Dyer!”
“What the Duff is going on here.”
“Go out there and get those Mother Duffers!”
#247, Milt May
May looks a bit uncomfortable here or at least preoccupied. Regardless, I like the vintage logo as well as the yellow hat.
#176, Tom Haller
#296, Dick Dietz
This is where it’s at. These are two of my favorite vintage cards in my meager collection. The Haller card is most interesting. Judging from the location of Haller and the runner, it appears as though someone has just slid into home. So what’s with the bat? If someone just bunted, that was the quickest squeeze play in the history of baseball.
Believe me when I tell you that these cards are just the tip of the iceberg. There will be more to come.
Thanks so much Mark.