Wait til Next Year . . . is making a come back.

I am going to mix a bit of the philosophy of my life into this blog as I continue to highlight some of my baseball card collection. (hoping the card collectors of this world welcome me back)

Its been a tough 18 months for me . . . the Chicago Cubs have had it rough as well.

This site will be devoted to all those who need to define what "wait til next year" means.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

The Ernie Banks Story - in comic book form

Sunday was always a day for reading the comics, playing baseball and professional football. Today is Sunday and I thought I would give you a comic about baseball (football is on but . . . no Bears . . . ok enough said).

In 1970, a series of 24 baseball story books were released and I remember buying this complete set in 1985 for only $ 10.00. (I have no idea what todays value would be if anything).

These stories tell a factual yet sometimes humorous tale of each of twenty-four players, including Reggie Jackson, Pete Rose and Wllie Mays.

I like the fact that the Banks booklet was numbered 14 (his retired uniform number that he wore for his entire career in Chicago).

This storybook tells of his amazing power for a shortstop, hitting five grand slams in 1955 and hitting 47 roundtrippers in 1958.

Page five shows a "moving truck" pushing into first base designating Banks' switch of positions in 1961 and on page seven, Banks is holding a rifle "shooting for a bakers dozen" after being elected to 12 All Star games.

For those interested, I do have four duplicates and open to trade: Mike Cuellar #1, Walt Williams # 4, Bill Freehan # 6 and Tony Olivia # 8.

1 comment:

  1. I remember these inserts. Had a box of them, plus others premiums that came with other sets, like the deckle-edged cards, the coins, the miniposters. Sigh. Can't even blame my mother for throwing them away. They just got lost in moving to a different location.