the severed heads of 1962

Just in time for Halloween, I present to you the severed heads of the iconic 1962 Topps baseball cards. The 1962 Topps cards are iconic, but not necessarily beloved. Some collectors get dewy-eyed thinking about everything this year represents, while others regard it with unemotional disdain. There were numerous variations and mix-ups in the series, so certain collectors find it to be a fun labyrinthine challenge to make as complete a set as possible. I like stopping to look around in the card shop downstairs in the Market whenever I’m passing through (usually on my way to Golden Age Collectibles) but I don’t collect cards anymore. I only still have my Detroit Tigers cards and some odds and ends.

When I was a boy, I found a handful of these from the falling-down abandoned old farmhouse my mom lived in when she was a girl. The house caught fire and sat empty for years and years on a hilltop above my grandparents’ farm. I used to get in trouble all the time when I was a kid for snooping around inside. It was pretty dangerous, with holes in the floors and lathe and plaster hanging by a thread from the ceiling. I frequently braved the layers of crunchy plaster on the stairs to gingerly climb to the second floor. I always loved going into the room that was my mom’s and imagining how wonderful it would be to live in a house with an upstairs, her room looked into the canopy of some big old trees in the front yard. Looking back I think I must have craved the privacy I found there, my brothers and sisters and I grew up practically breathing down each others’ necks in our little house. At any rate, in a room in the back upstairs I presume belonged to one of my uncles I periodically unearthed interesting junk from the dusty rubble and mold, like baseball cards.

Considering this card made it through a house fire and more than a decade exposed to the elements, I’d say it’s in remarkable condition, haha! And by the way, that’s not a bad border on my part. It’s the way Topps trimmed the card out….

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