And so for my birthday this year, my wife decided to return the favor and went a little over budget on me. These are the results...
It's hard to believe saying that someone other than Hank Aaron held a Braves home run record, but at the time of this card, Mathews was the career leader-as per the back of this card.
Speaking of Home Run Leaders...
1961 Topps #43 N.L. Home Run Leaders Banks/Aaron/Mathews/Boyer
While Banks led the senior circuit in homers for the '60 season, the aforementioned Mathews led the league during the '59 season.
1963 Topps #275 Ed Mathews
A renowned drinker, I wonder if Ed was a little hung over in this photo. Kinda looks like it. Or just gruff.
1964 Topps #35 Ed Mathews
Was very pleased with the condition of this card. Another fact off the back: Ed began the 1964 season in 7th place on the all-time home run list. And remember, he was the guy who was supposed to pass Babe Ruth.
1964 Topps #300 Hank Aaron
The Hammer! Soft, rounded corners-crease through the middle. Hey, if we were made of money I'd have a nr-mt one.
1965 Topps #170 Hank Aaron
Classic card of the Home Run King! I love this set.
Thanks again to my beautiful bride for making this year a special one!