Since returning to the hobby I’ve been able to buy several items that I have only seen in books and old Becketts. This card would fall into that category. It is a 1955 Topps Doubleheader of Steve Bilko and Bob Millken. This set is made up of 66 cards featuring 2 players each. The checklist is full of Hall Of Famers but unfortunately this card is not one of them. I paid $8 for it off thE bay and going by what I could find else where, I got a pretty good deal. I bid on this card for the simple reason of it having a Cub on the front. Bilko only played 47 games for the Cubs and from what I can tell he didn’t do so well. The giant crease in the middle is a perforation where you can fold over the card, the top of the back fits on the bottom of the front. Brilliant!! It reminds me of the back of a MAD Magazine. This card is in pretty damn good condition considering it was meant to be bent in half. I almost attempted to fold it just to get the whole effect, but it felt like it was going to break, so I stopped. It was shipped in a tall card saver sleeve. I’d like to find an Ultra Pro case for it but I’m not sure if they make one in this size. I know my local shop won’t have any if they even make such a thing. I’m almost considering getting it graded just to have a nice case for it. I’m completely against sending cards to get graded, but if I can’t find a case for it soon I may just break down and put it in the mail.
This card was bought with some of my birthday cash. I was also able to score 126 more cards for my ’62 set. I won a lot a week ago of 166 cards and needed 126 of them. This nearly doubled my collection. I landed all of this for just over $50. I still have $42 left to blow on some nice vintage cards and I am expecting a few more to trickle in this week. Stay tuned.