Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Vintage equipment: 1965 Topps

I don't have as many 1965s as I do some other sets, and photo selection was already starting to go downhill at that point for Topps, so I only found one card with an interesting equipment note. Stan Williams was traded from the Yankees to Cleveland at the end of spring training, 1965. Williams was noted for his love of the nightlife and this well may have been the morning after a late night. Even before the Steinbrenner era, seeing that much five o'clock shadow on a Yankee was extremely rare. He also perhaps misplaced his glove, and borrowed that of newly acquired minor league prospect Gil Downs for the photo.


  1. I wonder how many players or photographers actually noticed when someone was using someone else's equipment.

  2. I don't think I have any 65's in my collection although I've always liked the design.

  3. It's kind of nice to see someone who isn't freshly shaved on a card from this era.