Wednesday, October 8, 2008

A 1957 Art Project

Interesting things keep popping up in my e-mail lately. The latest one was a chance to review a website for facial tics caused by Tourette's Syndrome. I could either take my payment through a PayPal payment or a free sample of the product. I kindly replied that this was a website for sports cards and this was not the proper venue to do that. I never in a million years, would think that someone would mistake this site as a site to review medical scams, but whatever.

A slightly older e-mail popped up with a link to an eBay auction with this card. The auction is now over and I have no clue as whether anyone actually bid on this unique card. I'm too lazy to look it up. The auction listed the card as "likely a kid's art project" and urged people to purchase it based on that fact.

It was refreshing to see someone actually try to sell something "as is" and not try to pass this off as an error or an employee prank.

Someone took a 1957 Topps card of Ralph Terry and attached a cut out head of Mickey Mantle to it. To add insult to injury, they scratched out Ralph Terry's name and position and wrote (in pen) Mickey Mantle and his outfield position. Truly this is the work of some visionary. The only thing missing is the replacement of the number on the back.

I'm sure the world is littered with examples such as this. You know what? That's great to see. It gives us a peak into the mind of a mystery person circa 1957. Plus, it gives us something fun and interesting to look at today. Long live Mickey Mantle, the big headed pitcher!

1 comment:

Spike Glidden said...

Awesome, I love those redone cards. So many young collectors from the 50s just scratched out a name without going the extra mile and revising the art as well. Nice find!