My friend expressed interest in seeing the binder of Opening Day pages that I have, and I brought it in to our local bar for him to look through during one of my trivia nights.
I wasn't aware that he copied down some of the names and years of players that I needed, but he surprised me tonight with some cards from his collection. As you'll see, they are a little rough, but they are perfect to have for my collection.
|1962 Topps #436|
I know that the 1962 cards are not going to have the players in Mets uniforms, but I am willing to forgive it for cards from their expansion year.
|1962 Topps #213|
After doing my research on the photos that Night Owl gave me, I discovered that both Felix Mantilla and Richie Ashburn only played the 1962 seasons with the Mets, so it is nice to have these two cards from that year.
|1962 Topps #478|
A bunch of creases, wax stains on the front...love it! I suppose the only thing that is unfortunate about this card is that they managed to acknowledge his trade to the Reds on the card. I would have preferred for the card to still say New York Mets. Oh well, what can you do?
These three cards completed my 1962 lineup.
|1963 Topps #197|
Roger Craig started the first two Opening Days in Mets history. I love that I now own his cards from both years.
|1963 Topps #27|
Choo Choo Coleman only started the 1963 Opening Day for the Mets. I'm happy he did so that I get to have a card of him in this collection. It would have been missing something without him in it.
|1963 Topps #174|
This card is probably in the roughest shape of the bunch that I was given. It has a small tear through the card just above his head on the front that you can see on the left of the card on the back. I don't have a problem with it.
These three cards double the cards in my 1963 lineup. Three more to go.
My friend also noticed that I needed a Billy Cowan card for 1965, and gave me one.
|1965 Topps #186|
Unfortunately for me, for my project I want to have cards of the players in Mets uniforms. (With the exception of the expansion season where I don't mind getting the 1962 card labelled as a Met even if the uniform isn't right.)
Billy Cowan played 82 games for the Mets in 1965 before being traded to the Milwaukee Braves. He doesn't have a Mets card in a mainstream set. For this project, I will have to find a copy of a card from a 1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz New York Mets set.
I'm thankful to my friend for the cards, and for his thought of helping out with this project.