1951 Topps red back Bob Kennedy #29

1951 Topps Bob Kennedy I finally bought my first card apart of a project I’m working on, it’s where I’m trying to buy one card from each year from Topps Baseball Cards, starting with 1951 because that’s the first year Topps started making cards. I actually begin to collect cards in 1987 and stopped in 1998, I only have a few opened packs of cards from 1997, that would have been the last year. Last year, in 2017 I bought some of the “newer” baseball cards from my local Target store in Downtown Minneapolis!

The first card of my project is a 1951 Topps red back Bob Kennedy numbered 29 in a set of 52. I’d like to give a shot out to Dean’s Cards for supplying so many vintage cards online making it possible for myself and others to purchase them for our own collections!

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Above is the actual card I purchased!


By Shawn Vernon Lloyd

Books about the history of Baseball Cards

Here’s some of the books I’ve been reading on the history of baseball cards:

1.  Card Sharks by Pete Williams

2.  Cardboard Gods by Josh Wilker

3.  Before there was bubble gum by Dean Hanley and Allyson Hamlin

4. Mint Condition by Dave Jamieson

There’s a few more on my list to get including The Card and The Bubble gum card war!

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By Shawn Vernon Lloyd

My relation to Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle, baseball legends!

Aside from being a baseball card enthusiast I’m also interesting in Genealogy. With Colonial Roots in America I have many cousin connections and two of these are to two Baseball legends, Ty Cobb and Mickey Mantle. Ty Cobb is my 8th cousin, our mutual ancestor is Sarah Hooker. Mickey Mantle is my 9th cousin and our mutual ancestor is Zachary Lewis. I discovered these connections through the Ancestry app called “We’re Related”. I then checked my tree and sure enough I had the ancestors, I just never added the lines connecting to Cobb or Mantle but now I have!

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Ty Cobb

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By Shawn Vernon Lloyd

Minnesota Twins legend Harmon Killebrew

Harmon played for the Senators/Twins franchise between 1954 and 1974. From 1961 onward it was the Minnesota Twins. Harmon’s nicknames were The Killer and Hammerin Harmon. Killebrew was the AL MVP in 1969. His number 3 is retired by the Twins.

I recently got a box of 2017 Topps archives and in it I got a Harmon Killebrew card, pretty cool!

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Above is the card of Harmon I recently got!

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Above is the Iconic image of Harmon Killebrew

I saw that he named one of his daughters Shawn, that’s my first name, that’s awesome! Also, Harmon died May 17th 2011, my dad died in 2000 on May 16th so close to the day they died.

By Shawn Vernon Lloyd