Thursday, February 3, 2011

And now, the Swamp Fox

It's funny. I'm assuming that Al Dark was known as the Swamp Fox because he was from the Louisiana bayou or some such, but he currently lives in South Carolina, home of the "original" Swamp Fox. Coincidentally, he resides in Easley in the SC upstate, where a good number of my people are from and many still reside.
This arrived the same day as the 1950 Bowman from Mr. Shantz. It's the only mgr.-card ttm I've done and it came out pretty well. The red, white, and blue background with a portrait is nice, clean, and classic. The signature has to be the shortest name in existence: 6 full letters. Very cool. 

This 1961 is a strange card for Mr. Dark. If cards usually commemorate the previous season's accomplishments, this one is about the coming season. 1960 was Mr. Dark's last year an active player (with the Braves and the Phillies) and 1961 was his first as a manager (with the Giants). So technically he's not really the manager of the Giants yet but is instead a member of the Braves, hence the light, barely noticeable airbrushing of his hat. In short, Dark's switching over to managing saved the Topps folks a lot of work.

Thanks Mr. Dark!

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

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