Thursday, January 27, 2011

East Bound and Downing: ttms from Cali

I've been out of the ttm game for a while but recently started up again. First up: Yankees and Dodgers legend and ttm superstar Al Downing. These cards come courtesy of the father-in-law who, being a Dodgers fan, would only part with Yankees-era Downings.

Downing was a STUD with the early-60s Yankees, and a bit of a wild man. In '64 he led the league in Ks (217) and BBs (120), both career highs. Here we have a young Al strutting his stuff on his 1962 RC.
I'm addicted to the "stadium looming over the young pitcher's right shoulder shot" that was popular in the '50's and '60's. You'd think this was Yankee stadium given Al's uni, but that doesn't look like the overhang from YS in the background. Any thoughts? 
The 1962 backs are nice, and the image of Al here is pretty menacing. Gotta even like the "Al Downs the Opposition" pun. 

Next up the 1964 and a place that is undeniably Yankee stadium.
Again a really nice set and a really solid card, a variation in the "stadium over the pitcher's right shoulder" shot.

As a kid I LOVED the backs here with the rub off mystery message but never had any to see up close. Even now they're pretty cool, a reminder of when defacing cards was part of the fun.
Sadly, no menacing cartoons.

Thanks Mr. Downing.

Have a good one everybody and good night Pumpsie Green, wherever you are!

1 comment:

  1. Nice TTM. I just started again also. I only sent 3 last year and only received 1 back so far. Keep us updated on your TTM successes.