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Old 02-18-2010, 10:56 AM
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Default "Mount Rushmore" of Postwar Cards

I liked the idea over on the prewar board about what four cards you would pick for your "Mount Rushmore" and I thought it would be fun to see what postwar cards everyone would pick. Here's mine: 1952 Topps Mantle, 1953 Topps Mays, 1954 Topps Aaron, 1955 Topps Clemente. How about everyone else?
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:09 PM
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Default mt rushmore post war

1961 topps dice game (anyone) or mickey mantle
1955 topps stamps
1967 topps stand ups
1963 topps mickey mantle mask
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:10 PM
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I know these might not be the ideal cards for this, but I like to see multiple eras represented:

52 Topps Mantle
54 Topps Aaron
64 Topps Pete Rose (63 is too ugly)
89 Upper Deck Griffey Jr.

Honorable mention to the 55 Clemente and Koufax
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:08 PM
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Default I think this is unanswerable. However...

fun to try!
great question

1948 Leaf Paige
1952 Mantle
1954 Aaron
1955 Clemente

Also want to squeeze in
1951 Bowman Mays
1952 Topps Eddie Mathews
1953 Topps Paige
1954 Topps Jackie Robinson
1955 Bowman Banks
1968 Topps Nolan Ryan
1984 Donruss Don Mattingly
1989 UD Jr. Griffey

too tough!
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:27 PM
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For impact on the hobby -

48 Leaf Paige - Ushered in the "Modern" era
52 Topps Mantle - Topps would begin to dominate for 30 years
63 Topps Rose - Started the "Rookie" card craze circa 1980
89 UD Griffey - Began the high dollar modern card craze

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Old 02-20-2010, 08:19 AM
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1952 Topps Mantle of course
1954 Wilson Franks Ted Williams
1954 Topps Hank Aaron
1953 Topps Mays
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Old 02-20-2010, 08:24 AM
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1952 Topps Jackie Robinson
1954 Bowman Ted Williams
1954 Topps Hank Aaron
1956 Topps Mickey Mantle

I know there are more valuable and/or rarer cards but I really like these.
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Old 09-29-2014, 10:57 AM
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Great question, Doug. But it's almost impossible for me to pick four, because another that I love will pop into my head 5 minutes after I post my selections.

These would be my 4 favorites right now.

I will have all these, not quite in this condition, obviously. But once I own them, they will look this nice to me. I may work on getting one depending on what's available in the B&L and REA auctions.
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Old 09-29-2014, 11:41 AM
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Fun topic...

I agree picking only 4 is next to impossible. There are cards like the 50B Robinson or 59 Koufax that I love, but obviously can't compare to a 52 Mick.

It will be very interesting to note which cards appear most often on our lists.

For Mt. Rushmore, I'd have to put aside some personal sleeper pics and most heavily weight a card's importance to the collecting hobby and sport, so with that in mind I'd vote these for Mt. Rushmore...

Yes, Mick appears twice, but as much as I love the Clemente, Mays, Ryan, Koufax, Rose, Aaron, and many others, Mickey Mantle is the standard bearer of the baseball card collecting world. Add to that how hard it is to find a nice copy of his undisputed rookie card, and I have to give his 51B the nod.

The Paige I select because, as Orlando says in his book, it's the toughest post war card-- in terms of total graded pop and then specimens within that group that have even a modicum of eye appeal, this card is legendarily brutal, and an elusive piece for many a baseball card collection. When the desire and budget are there, and one still has a hard time acquiring one, that says something.

Ted Williams is in the discussion of greatest hitter ever alongside the likes of Ruth and Gehrig and then his Wilson Franks is another card with hobby mystique, a great action shot, and also has a cool condition quirk-- with the top cut being unattractively sloped on so many.

But have to shout out to:

- 51 Mays
- 52 & 53 Bowman Musials
- 54 Aaron
- 55 Clemente
- 55 Koufax
- 56 Mantle
- 63 Rose
- 68 Ryan
- 84T or D Mattingly (images that crystallize that booming 80s card era for so many of us)

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Old 09-29-2014, 11:50 AM
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Default Larry's Rushmore

Here is a poor man's version of it

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