Picked up five 1962 Topps cards off of Listia from Napkin Doon and while they aren't in great shape they are my first '62s.
This card is in the best shape of the bunch:
And it's a Cubs player. Yay!
As you can see, George really broke through in 1961.
Seemed to be a really good year for hitters.
Next up is badly miscut but still cool card of a player deemed good enough to get a star on his card:
This is a topsy turvy card.
Topps pushes Dean off to the far left to make too much room for the star and then they miscut the card.
Even the curled up photo adds to the chaos.
If I was a baseball card, this is what I would look like in the morning. Heck, all day for that matter.
Dean did figure to be one of the most exciting rookies in '62 as he went 14-10 with a 2.96 ERA with 6 complete games and 2 shutouts.
He went on to win 20 games twice and finished with a .527 win percentage.
Frank Baumann did something most pitchers don't want to do:
He went from first in his league one year to being worst in the next:
Being the ERA leader in '60 to being the leader in earned runs allowed the next with an ERA almost three runs higher.
Don Demeter showed the Dodgers why they should not have traded him in 1961:
From early 1961 through 1965 he averaged about 20 HRs and 80 RBIs while hitting about .267.
Norm Sherry played five years in the Bigs and did not do much of anything:
Perhaps the most impressive thing about Norm is that huge patch of glue or whatever that is on your face.
Might have done better if you could have actually seen the ball, Norm.
Sorry Norm, not everyone finishes on top.
Well, to be fair, Norm did have a brother who held his own for a bit so I guess he could live vicariously through him.
All in all, I like the 1962 set more after getting my hands on a few.
The turned up bottom corner on the pictures actually looks like something that might have been implemented 10 years later and would not have looked dated so I would have to say it was a design feature before its time.
Thanks Napkin Doon!