I love going to the card shop with the anticipation of picking up a super cool card that is waiting for me. Valley Sports Cards has a weekly bid board with mostly baseball cards for sale. Other collectors post up a variety of cards from vintage to classy hits and this is where I like to spend some of my collecting dollars. If I win any cards with my bids, the shop owner will email me my total. I rarely ask what cards that I have won. I enjoy the mystery.
This last week was different. I asked what cards were waiting for me. Their was one card that I bid on that I really wanted. I put a low ball bid on it, even though it was the card that I wanted most hanging from the wall. I am stumped as to why I put a low bid on it.
I must have been distracted by Dodgerbobble and was in a hurry to eat some chili dogs.
My idiotic bid just slightly over the asking price worked?!?! How could I have ended up with a 1959 Topps Clem Labine autograph, certified by JSA and slabbed, while bidding on a baseball card featuring a Dodger, in Los Angeles, in a card shop frequented by fans of Los Doyers while being oddly thrifty?
The baseball gods did me a solid and I will honor them with prayer before I go to bed tonight.
The reason that I really wanted this signature was because of my love for the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers. That team beat the Yankees in a seven game series to be crowned world champs.
Labine was a star relief pitcher for the Dodgers. He made some spot starts but he mostly threw out of the bullpen. Labine appeared in a league leading 60 games in 1955 and notched 11 saves. Of those 60 games, 8 of them were starts.
Labine closed out a Dodger victory in Game 5 of the '55 World Series. He pitched 3 innings to earn that save and help the Dodgers win 5-3. Real men pitch multiple innings for saves.
In Game 5, Duke Snider would be the real star of the game. Snider mashed 2 homers and a double off Yankee starter Bob Grim. A 36 year old Jackie Robinson batted seventh this game. A hall of fame infielder batting seventh!
Those were your 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.