Monday, August 18, 2014

1963 Post Cereal

1963 Post Cereal Pittsburgh Pirates

Another 200 player 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" set that with variations totals more than 205 cards. Numerous color variations also exist due to the different cereal boxes on which the cards were printed. More than any of the other 1960s Post baseball issues, the set is rife with short-prints and other scarcities which make it more difficult to complete than earlier years’ sets. The 1963 Post cards are almost identical to the ‘63 Jell-O set which is a slight 1/4" narrower. Cards are blank-backed, with a color player photo, biographies and statistics on the numbered card fronts. No Post logo appears on the ‘63 cards. 

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1963 Post - PIRATES
137 Dick Stuart
138 Bill Mazeroski
139 Dick Groat
140 Don Hoak
141 Bob Skinner
142 Bill Virdon
143 Roberto Clemente
144 Smoky Burgess
145 Bob Friend
146 Al McBean
147 Roy Face

Sunday, August 17, 2014

1962 Post Cereal

1962 Post Cereal Pittsburgh Pirates

Like the 1961 Post set, there are 200 players pictured on the set of 3-1/2" x 2-1/2" cards. Differences include a Post logo on the card fronts and the players name in script lettering. Cards are again blank back and were issued in panels of 3 to 7 cards on cereal boxes. American League players were numbered 1 to 100 and National League players 101 to 200. With variations there are 210 cards known. Some of the ‘62 cards, usually those printed on the backs of less popular brands or sizes, were issued in smaller quantities and sell for more than players of star caliber. 

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1962 Post - PIRATES
169 Dick Stuart
170 Bill Mazeroski
171 Don Hoak
172 Dick Groat
173 Roberto Clemente
174 Bob Skinner
175 Bill Virdon
176 Smoky Burgess
177 Roy Face
178 Bob Friend
179 Vernon Law
180 Harvey Haddix
181 Hal Smith

This Week in Pittsburgh Pirates History - August 17-23

This week in Pittsburgh Pirates history -

August 17

1984      A stamp featuring Roberto Clemente, the fourth in a series honoring American sports heroes, is unveiled in Carolina, Puerto Rico, the late Pirates outfielder's home. The twenty cent six-color commemorative, designed by Juan Lopez-Bonilla, shows the pensive Hall of Famer wearing his Pittsburgh cap with the Puerto Rican flag in the background.

2003      Good grief, Peanuts character Charlie Brown joins late broadcaster Bob Prince, Negro League star Josh Gibson, former catcher Manny Sanguillen, and current shortstop Jack Wilson to be honored by the Pirates with a bobblehead doll give-away day. Almost ten percent of the nearly 18,000 Peanuts strips created by Charles Schulz focused on baseball.

August 18

1930      Carl Barger, baseball president of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1987 to the beginning of 1991, was born.

1934      Roberto Clemente was born on this day in 1934.

1959      Long time baseball executive Branch Rickey is named president of the newly formed Continental League. The 77-year old former Dodger general manager is currently serving as an advisor with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

August 20

1939      After dropping the opener to Chicago, 9-5, the Pirates snap a twelve game losing streak with a 5-0 victory in the nightcap. Max Butcher goes the distance in the shortened six-inning game, limiting the visitors to just two hits in the Forbes Field contest.

1945      Dodger shortstop Tommy Brown becomes the youngest player (17 years, 8 months and 14 days) in major league history to hit a home run. The round-tripper by 'Buckshot', who started his career as a 16 year-old high school student, will be the only run Brooklyn scores off 30-year old Pirates' southpaw Preacher Roe, who goes the distance in the 11-1 rout of the home team at Ebbets Field.

2012      The official first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Major League Baseball All-Stars Forever stamps take place at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, NY. The very popular philatelic series based on historic photographs honors Yankee Joe DiMaggio; Larry Doby of the Indians; Pirate Willie Stargell of the Pirates and Red Sox legend Ted Williams.

1922 Carson Bigbee

August 22

1917      In a 22-inning contest against the Dodgers, Pirates' outfielder Carson Bigbee sets a major-league record with 11 at-bats. The game was also the fourth straight extra-inning game played by Pittsburgh (total of 59 innings) which sets a National League record.

T206 Howie Camnitz
August 23

1907      In the nightcap of a twin bill at the Polo Grounds, Pirates right-hander Howie Camnitz tosses a no-hitter. Pittsburgh beats the Giants in a shortened five-innning game, 1-0.

1998      With his 50th and 51st dingers, Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa joins Mark McGwire (53) of the Cardinals in hitting 50 home runs making it only the second time two National League hitters have reach the plateau in the same season. Pirates outfielder Ralph Kiner and Giants first baseman Johnny Mize each hit a league-leading 51 round trippers in 1947.

2001      Arizona left-hander Randy Johnson becomes the first pitcher to strike out 300 batters in four consecutive seasons, The 'Big Unit's' 16-strikeout performance isn't enough as the Pirates beat the Diamondbacks, 5-1, ending the southpaw's eight-game winning streak.

Friday, August 15, 2014

1951 Topps Red and Blue Backs

1951 Topps Red and Blue Backs Pittsburgh Pirates

Sold two cards in a package with a piece of candy for 1¢, the Topps Blue Backs are considerably scarcer than their Red Back counterparts. The 2” by 2-5/8” cards carry a black-and-white photograph on a red, white, yellow and green background along with the player’s name and other information including their 1950 record on the front. The back is printed in blue on a white background. The 52-card set has varied baseball situations on them, making the playing of a rather elementary game of baseball possible. Although scarce, Blue Backs were printed on thick cardboard and have survived quite well over the years. Like the Blue Backs, the Topps Red Backs, which were sold at the same time, came two to a package for 1¢. Their black-and-white photographs appear on a red, white, blue and yellow background. The back printing is red on white. Their 2” by 2-5/8” size is the same as the Blue Backs. Also identical is the set size (52 cards) and the game situations to be found on the fronts of the cards, for use in playing a card game of baseball. Red Backs are more common than the Blue Backs by virtue of a 1980s discovery of a large hoard of unopened boxes. Red Backs are also known to have been sold in a plastic-bagged set along with a foldout paper game board for 29 cents.

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1951 Topps Blue Backs - PIRATES
16 Murry Dickson 

1951 Topps Red Backs - PIRATES
15 Ralph Kiner 
17 Dave Bell 
25 Cliff Chambers 
27 Wally Westlake 
33 William Werle 

1952 Bowman

1952 Bowman Pittsburgh Pirates

The 1952 Bowman set consists of 252 cards, each measuring 2-1/8" by 3-1/8”. Each card front shares similarities with the 1951 Bowman entry, with a color art reproduction of a player photograph and facsimile autograph on the front. Though the set is without any known variations or scarcities, the low numbers (#s 1-217) are somewhat easier to secure than the high numbers (#s 218-252).

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11 Ralph Kiner
27 Joe Garagiola
47 Pete Castiglione
59 Murray Dickson
71 Vernon Law
83 Howie Pollet
99 Clyde McCullough
108 George Metkovich
119 Bill Howerton
138 Ted Wilks
155 Billy Meyer
171 Mel Queen
180 Eddie Fitzgerald
191 Bob Friend
207 George Strickland
227 Clyde Sukeforth
243 George Munger