1965 Topps Bob Uecker
In honor of the end of the regular season, I present to you : possibly the best card in my entire collection. It’s even Postseason related! 1. He was a Cardinal, who I’m rooting for vs the Phillies because they knocked the Dodgers out of the Postseason two years in a row and the Cards have Rafael Furcal who was one of my favorite Dodgers. 2. He’s now the radio announcer for the Brewers, who I’m rooting for vs the Diamondbacks because I don’t want another NL West team in the World Series.
And now for why this might be the best card in my collection. 1. 1965 Topps is one of the best sets of the 60’s, if not all time. I’m still considering making it my only long term set collecting goal. 2. The PERFECT baseball card pose. Smiling, posed batting stance with great depth of field, and a team hat logo front and center. 3. Bob Uecker! When I was growing up I didn’t even know Bob used to be a Major League Player. Like everyone else my age, I knew him from Mr. Belvedere and the movies “Major League” and “Major League 2.”
Bonus Story: Uecker holds a special place in my heart because my mom’s boyfriend looked VERY similar to him. At the height of Uecker’s fame people were always coming up to him and asking him to sign things or take a picture with him. He would always correct them if they said “Are you Bob Uecker?” or called him “Bob” or “Mr. Uecker.” If they just came up and asked for those things without using a name he’d oblige and sign their paper with his name, or take a picture with them, it always cracked me up.