Ed Watts OBC Page

I am a New York National League baseball fan (not Brooklyn and NOT the Yankees). I grew up with the Mets of the Gooden-Strawberry-Hernandez era and have stuck with the team through the chaos of the late 80s, the worst team money could buy age of the 90s, the collapses of the 2000s, and the wild ride to the 2015 World Series. Since we moved to SoCal in 2012, the local team is the Angels--so I have a soft spot for them as well. There are many great things about California, but storage space is not one of them. So I am working on finishing my 1972 Topps set, making progres on my 1963 Topps set, upgrading my 1956, 1959, 1967, 1970, and 1975 Topps sets, dabbling in some prewar sets, and building complete NY Mets and LA/California/Anaheim Angels Topps run from 1961/2 to present. And, of course, passing along everything that is upgraded to OBC members.


Updated 9-9-21

Pre-War Dabbling

Topps Sets and Upgrades (sorted by priority)

Other Projects

T218

If you don't know about Ray Ewry, look him up. An orphan who had polio as a child, he taught himself to walk again--and then won the most Olympic Gold Medals of anyone not named Phelps. Then he also designed the water supply for NYC. If you want sports hero, he's it...


This is a Have List. M=Mecca H=Hassan T=Tolstoi


Adams (H), Ahearne (M), Brown (H), Bursch (M, H), Cloughen (H), Collins (M), Crowley (M), Daly (M), Daniels (H), De Oro (M), Dunbar (M), Eller (M), Ewry(M, H), Fielding (M), Flanagan, side view (M, H), Frizelle (M), Gilles (M), Gissing (M, H), Handy (M), Hartranft (M, H), Hayes (M), Hillman (H), Holmer (M), Irons (H), Jensen (H), Keogh (M), Ketchell (M), Kramer(M), Lee (M), Harry Lewis (H), Willie Lewis (M), Lunghi (M, H), Manley (M), McFarland (H), McGrath(M), Meadows (M), Moran (M), Nelson (H), Nitchie (M, H), O'Callaghan (M), O'Keefe (H), Pilgrim(H), Porter (M), Riley (M, H), Robbins (M), Ruddy (M, H), Sedley (M, H), Sheridan (M), Steinert(M,H), Sweeney (M), Tippett (H), Trubenbach(M, H), Williams (H), Wilson (M)




1933 Goudey

Gotta love a man named Melvin who hit over 500 home runs--even if he was helped immensely by the Polo Grounds.

(Have 7)

21, 24, 29, 146, 206, 207, 225



1934-6 Diamond Stars

You can't beat a man named Urbanski pictured in front of a cityscape and coal plant.

(Have 13)

1, 7, 12, 20, 22, 29, 35, 37, 40, 51, 61, 64, 88

(Hits from Spike Glidden, Bob Donaldson, and Wes Shepard)

Topps Sets I am working to complete (by priority)

1972 Topps

Favorite card? How could it not be this one?


Need 62 :

309, 560, 657, 659, 660, 664, 665, 666, 668, 670, 673, 684, 685, 688, 692, 695, 697, 699, 700, 705, 706, 707, 708, 709, 711, 712, 714, 717, 719, 722, 723, 724, 727, 730, 731, 732,734, 738, 740, 741, 742, 743, 744, 745, 747, 748, 752, 753, 756, 759, 760, 761, 764, 771, 772, 775, 776, 778, 779, 785, 786, 787



Hits: Mike Rumley Wells x12; Bob Chapman x6; Jim Silva x 200 (!), Yaz x4, Joe Denning x 4, Steve Sankner x 2, Brian Lindholme x8, Mark Zentkovich x 8, Brad Chambers x2, Shawn Smart x2, Scott Duguid


1963 Topps


Have:

9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 41, 42, 43, 44, 46, 48, 51, 52, 54, 55, 60, 61, 63, 66, 67, 69, 72, 73, 75, 76, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 92, 94, 96, 97, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 119, 127, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141, 142, 144, 145, 147, 149, 150, 152, 153, 158, 159, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168, 170, 171, 172, 175, 176, 177, 179, 185, 186, 189, 190, 191, 192, 193, 195, 196, 199, 201, 202, 204, 206, 209, 211, 212, 213, 214, 215, 216, 217, 218, 219, 220, 222, 225, 227, 230, 231, 232, 234, 236, 237, 241, 243, 244, 246, 247, 248, 249, 251, 252, 253, 254, 255, 256, 257, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 265, 266, 267, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 277, 278, 280, 282, 283, 285, 287, 295, 299, 305, 307, 311, 317, 333, 334, 387, 397, 398, 399, 404, 424, 445, 446, 489, 512, 518, 535, 538, 541, 563, 571, 573, 574, 576


OBC hits from: Greg Henthorn x4, George Vrechek, Steve Sankner, Dr. Chaos (x9), Linda Fitak (x9), Bob Bannon , Mike Rich (x18), Doug Smith (x3), Bob Chapman (x3), Chris Kodl (x8), Scott Jensen (x9), James Moleta x9, John Stamper (x8), Joe Adriance (x3)

NY Mets Topps cards

Need lists:

1962: 85, 213, 365, 436, 464, 497, 572, 593, 597, 598

1963: 68, 111, 135, 197, 228, 233, 245, 273, 292, 316, 334, 342, 371, 386, 393, 419, 436, 469, 473, 495, 511, 528, 550, 558, 562, 566

1964: 514 (Hickman), 536 (Elliot), 566 (Kranepool)

1965: 187, 205, 381, 449, 470, 495, 533, 581

1966: 464, 534, 561, 589

1967: 470, 522, 533, 537, 555, 561, 568, 574, 581, 587, 593, 606

1968: 92, 114, 465, 486, 503, 582, 594

1969: 221, 269, 480, 533, 601

1970: 69, 197, 628, 634, 679, 692, 712

1971: 751 (Al Weis)

1972: 407, 673, 697, 698, 707, 708, 722, 755, 781

1973: 1 (HR Leaders), 305 (Mays), 610

1974: 602, 608 (Apodaco), 608 (Apodaca)

1975: 615, 619

1976: 193, 199, 201, 203, 592

1977: 6 (Strikeout Leaders), 477 (Mazzili RC)


Full team sets (UV)

Topps Needs:

1998, 2012, 2019, 2021


Donruss needs:

1982 D (Need)

17, 49, 56, 128, 175, 182, 224, 254, 301, 476, 506, 589, 613, 641, 646

1985 D



OBC hits from George Verchek (x2), Greg Henthorn (x27), Joe Stout (x12), Richard Labs (x12), Sal Domino (x26), Linda Fitak (x5), Bob Bannon (x12), Cesar Capio (x8), Don Berg (x3), Tony Levinson (x7), Bob Donaldson (x4), Andy Cook (x6), Brian Betza (x9), Joe Adriance, Kent Goto

1941 Playball

This is a set that I would love to collect sometime...

(Have 3)

6, 22, 55


OBC Hit: Wes Shepard

Topps sets for upgrade (by priority)

1959 Topps

This card is so perfectly 1950s Topps. A random nickname, a photograph done as a drawing, and an action shot taken on a high school field in Florida...


Completed, July 22, 2020

Last card: Gibson rookie

Variations:

40 (Spahn "1921", Spahn "1931 non obscured), 321 (Giallombardo no option), 336 (Loes no trade), 362 (Nichols no option), 416b (Sullivan, no circle with period), 416c (Sullivan circle and period).

Upgrades to VG/EX (no creases):

5, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 21, 22, 26, 31, 32, 33, 36, 37, 38, 39, 41, 42, 45, 47, 50, 51, 53, 54, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 66, 71, 72, 74, 77, 87, 92, 93, 97, 101, 103, 104, 106, 107, 108, 111, 113, 114, 117, 118, 123, 135, 140, 144, 147, 150, 158, 175, 177, 190, 194, 196, 199, 204, 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 214, 215, 220, 221, 226, 231, 234, 235, 236, 242, 243, 248, 251, 254, 255, 257, 258, 259, 262, 264, 267, 270, 273, 274, 277, 279, 280, 282, 289, 290, 291, 293, 294, 297, 300, 301, 306, 310, 311, 315, 317, 318, 325, 328, 330, 331, 332, 333, 334, 337, 338, 342, 343, 347, 350, 352, 353, 354, 357, 359, 367, 369, 376, 380, 381, 382, 385, 387, 390, 392, 393, 395, 405, 406, 415, 419, 422, 423, 424, 439, 445, 447, 448, 455, 456, 461, 466, 467, 474, 476, 478, 480, 484, 485, 487, 490, 492, 494, 497, 499, 501, 520, 526, 528, 543, 544, 546, 551, 552, 559, 563, 566, 570, 572

OBC hits from: Greg Henthorn (x2), Joe Adriance (x2)






1967 Topps

This is probably the most Mets card ever-the team name 4x, the logo twice, and a great fake action shot in Shea...

(Completed 2014, last card: Seaver rookie)

1967 Topps Upgrades (to EX):

16, 26 (w/trade), 44, 48, 50, 62, 70, 79, 88, 103, 117, 131, 134, 147, 153, 155, 161, 165, 168, 170, 191, 198, 200, 213, 215, 216, 219, 221, 230, 234, 236, 238, 240, 244, 247, 248, 250, 258, 277, 279, 285, 288, 293, 294, 295, 296, 301, 306, 309, 315, 316, 320, 321, 324, 326, 333, 338, 345, 350, 351, 352, 364, 367, 371, 376, 378, 382, 389, 393, 394, 402, 403, 407, 408, 413, 419, 422, 423, 424, 426, 434, 435, 445, 447, 449, 451, 454, 465, 466, 467, 468, 476, 477, 479, 497, 500, 502, 506, 509, 510, 511, 515, 516, 517, 518, 531, 524, 540, 546, 547, 548, 549, 552, 553, 562, 564, 566, 567, 569, 570, 571, 572, 574, 575, 576, 581, 583, 587, 592, 593, 594, 596, 597, 600, 602, 603, 606, 609

Variations:

58 (Schaal green bat), 103 (D McAuliffe), 128 (Spiezio name cut off), 191 (Mays Neck w/ Tom Kelley), 223 (Ryan no dot), 374 (Queen, no line below stats), 427 (Gomez- no stats, one line), 427 (Gomez no stats, two lines), 447 (Belinsky, stats obscured), 454 (both ears)


OBC hits from: Greg Henthorn, Steve Sankner

Angels Topps Cards

Need:

1961: 65, 527, 547

1962: 128, 132, 176 batting, 176 portrait, 194, 209, 257, 287, 343, 369, 388, 422, 431, 452, 491, 498, 525, 539, 549, 569, 592, 595

1963: 4. 6. 33. 39. 57, 98, 114, 117, 167, 169, 182, 207, 231, 280. 294, 322, 335, 355, 372, 386, 396, 407, 421, 441, 454 (orange number) 454 (white number), 482, 496, 510, 522, 527, 541, 548, 568, 572


1964: 32, 41, 48, 61, 71, 97, 110, 127, 159, 213, 227, 255, 273, 315, 333, 383, 405, 426, 441, 493, 502, 521, 537, 554, 569, 586


1965: 7, 210, 324, 374, 422, 486, 517, 537, 552, 569


1966: 102, 131, 155, 173, 249, 280, 321, 340, 393, 417, 481, 505, 536, 553, 565


1967: 451, 469, 496, 513, 549, 584

1968: 367, 531, 570,

1969: 78 Tom Satriano, 182 Bill Rigney, 598 Ruben Amaro, 653 Aurelio Rodriguez

1970: 156 Eddie Fisher, 173 Jim Hicks, 203 Rudy May, 228 Aurelio Rodriguez, 294 Jose Azcue, 485 Jay Johnstone, 570 Jim Fregosi, 586 Rickey Clark, 606 Chico Ruiz, 642 Greg Garrett - Gordon Lund - Jarvis Tatum, 658 Ken Tatum, 684 Jack Fisher, 720 Rick Reichardt


1971: 174 Dave LaRoche, 360 Jim Fregosi, 590 Alex Johnson, 614 Billy Cowan, 631 Eddie Fisher, 645 Jim Maloney SP, 657 Jose Azcue, 666 Gene Brabender SP, 676 Tommie Reynolds, 697 Rickey Clark SP, 707 Fred Lasher, 736 Mel Queen SP, 745 Sandy Alomar SP


1972: 404 Jeff Torborg, 419 Jim Spencer, 462 Rickey Clark, 521 Alan Foster, 561 Leo Cardenas, 595 Nolan Ryan, 672 Archie Reynolds, 689 Eddie Fisher, 765 Ken McMullen


UV Topps Sets:

2003, 2013


OBC Hits from Greg Henthorn (x27), Richard Labs (x 15), Linda Fitak (x7), Bob Bannon (x11), Mike Rich (x9), Chuck Paris (x2), Tony Levinson (x7), Yaz (x1), Andy Cook (x16), Brian Betza x8, Joe Adriance (x3), Mark Zentkovich; Don Rice x11

1956 Topps

The Mantle is the worst in this set, but the rest of it is not too pretty either. Looking to upgrade what I can...but I'm always keeping this Mantle!

(Completed 2011, last card Yogi Berra)

Upgrades to VG/EX (no creases)

1 2 3 5 6 8 10 13 14 15 20 21 22 23 25 26 30 31 33 36 41 42 46 47 49 50 51 52 56 58 60 63 66 67 70 71 72 74 76 78 79 84 85 87 89 90 95 96 97 100 105 106 107 111 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 124 125 127 128 129 130 131 132 135 136 139 140 141 143 145 146 150 152 155 156 159 160 161 164 166 170 172 173 175 181 184 185 187 190 196 198 199 204 208 213 214 216 224 225 226 227 228 231 232 234 236 237 239 240 243 244 247 249 250 251 253 254 257 258 260 261 263 266 267 271 273 276 278 279 280 283 285 287 289 292 293 294 296 297 299 301 302 305 307 308 309 310 311 313 314 315 316 318 319 325 326 328 338


Upgrade by Bob Donaldson

Hall of Fame Autographed Cards

This is just a random interest. I have the following:

Roberto Alomar

Wade Boggs

Andre Dawson

Dennis Eckersley

Ferguson Jenkins

Al Kaline

Tony LaRussa

Bill Mazeroski

Jim Palmer

Robin Roberts

Ryne Sandberg

John Smoltz

Warren Spahn

Alan Trammell

Billy Williams



1970 Topps

Jack Billingham must have really made the photographer angry on a windy day...

(Completed 2010, last card: Willie Mays)

Upgrades to Ex:

8, 10, 32, 40, 52, 60, 61, 68, 75, 80, 83, 95, 96, 99, 109, 110, 131, 140, 146, 150, 156, 168, 170, 177, 189, 195, 196, 204, 222, 229, 232, 233, 238, 242, 246, 250, 258, 277, 286, 295, 299, 300, 303, 317, 321, 338, 350, 353, 362, 368, 369, 370, 380, 385, 389, 395, 399, 407, 448, 450, 453, 454, 473, 479, 486, 491, 492, 498, 504, 507, 508, 510, 515, 520, 525, 528, 529, 543, 550, 551, 553, 560, 562, 569, 578, 588, 590, 592, 601, 606, 608, 630, 635, 644, 650, 654, 656, 659, 660, 663, 674, 685, 695, 701, 710, 713, 718, 720


Hits from: Steve Sankner

Bad Trip Psychos

This is a little project to collect as much as I can of the 1972 T set with this sort of print blurring. The worse the blurring, the more I want it.


Have:

143, 189, 190, 192, 209, 222, 257, 261, 334, 565

1975 Topps

Boog Powell, praying for rain...

(Completed 2009, Last card: Gary Carter

1975 Upgrades to Ex/NM

6, 16, 22, 49, 87, 107, 146, 150, 169, 171, 172, 194, 200, 205, 209, 220, 262, 296, 342, 357, 367, 376, 425, 439, 455, 482, 518, 573, 586, 590, 616, 618, 627