Those of you who know me well are aware that I am an avid sports card collector, mainly hockey. I thought it would be fun to use this space to showcase some of my favorite cards and write about them. So stay tuned!

1964 Topps Venezuela Don Zimmer #134 (SGC 1)

A curious first card to feature here in my card blog… The 1964 Topps set is a favorite of mine and I am about 70% or so into building this complete set. This card, however, is from the 1964 Topps Venezuelan set. Topps had issued smaller sets for Venezuela beginning in 1959 and then again 1960 and 1962. It is extremely difficult to find these cards in acceptable condition and while I am not collecting the Venezuelan version of this set, I did want to have at least one example in my collection. The Don Zimmer card was available to me at an acceptable price and even though graded just a “1” by SGC, it presents nicely and meets my collecting goal of owning one of these cool cards.

1964 Topps Venezuelan Don Zimmer - card #134 (SGC 1)... These difficult to locate cards are tough to find in acceptable conditions...

The bold black borders are a feature of this set. You can see that the back is all marked up, but just owning the card is pretty neat.

1940 Play Ball Max Carey card #178 (PSA 5)

The 1940 Play Ball set features 240 cards, with card numbers 181-240 short printed. There are 61 Hall of Famers featured in this set including Joe DiMaggio (#1) and Ted Williams (#27). Although not in the Hall of Fame, Shoeless Joe Jackson is also featured in this set (#225). This card features Max Carey, a Hall of Fame centerfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Brooklyn Robins during the 1910s and 1920s. He also managed the Brooklyn Dodgers for two seasons, 1932-1933. He led the National League in stolen bases ten times, owns a career 47.1 WAR, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1961. 

Beautiful 1940 Play Ball example featuring Hall of Famer Max Carey. These are beautiful black and white cards with an ornate frame.

The card back features a lengthy summary of Max Carey's career as well as all the usual biographical information.

1933 Sport Kings Gum Howie Morenz #24 (SGC 2.5)

The 1933 Sport Kings Gum set includes 48 cards, the most famous of them being the Babe Ruth #2 card. There are many cool athletes in this set including Ty Cobb, Jim Thorpe, Bobby Jones, and Knute Rockne. The card featured below is of hockey star Howie Morenz, a Hall of Fame Center for the Montreal Canadiens and briefly for the New York Rangers. Morenz is considered the “Babe Ruth of hockey” and this card is simply iconic in any condition!

 

This card of Howie Morenz is simply iconic! The SGC 2.5 grade, while accurate, does not detract from the vivid colors and eye appeal revealed by this card. It's not a card you come across often!

Sure there are some issues with the card's reverse, but the text is still bold and readable. What a pleasure to own this card!