1953 Topps Satchel Paige
I wasn't able to attend the auction, but found out Wednesday that my write in bid was enough to win. I picked it up today. Somehow my reaction was caught on tape when Cleve told me the good news:
If you have not seen this video before, stop reading this post and watch it immediately. Try not to pee your pants laughing. You can thank me later.
This Paige card immediately takes a spot in the top 5 of my collection. Probably top 3. I have always coveted this card, but it was a) hard to find and b) very expensive.
I hope most of you are familiar with Satchel Paige. Not only was he likely one of the greatest pitchers of all time, he was one of the true characters of the game. I've read and enjoyed immensely his autobiography, and if I can get my act together and start doing weekly book reviews like I said I would, I will review it next. You may already be familiar with his "Rules to Keep Young." If not, enjoy:
Satchel Paige's Rules To Keep Young
- "Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood."
- "If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts."
- "Keep the juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move."
- "Go very light on the vices, such as carrying on in society—the social ramble ain't restful."
- "Avoid running at all times."
- "And don't look back—something might be gaining on you."
My goodness, I am excited to have this card!
I actually won two cards at the auction, this one and a second that deserves it's own post. Here is my self given grade for this auction pick up:
1953 Topps Satchel Paige $60: A+ This is the most I've spent for a card at one of Cleve's auctions, but I don't begrudge a cent of it. This is family heirloom material.