When I discussed the fruits of a recent trade with Nick at Dime Boxes, I mentioned that I had one more card to show. And I had a good reason to single it out, as it represents the honorary first card in my favorite mini-collection. This is appropriate since Nick is the king of such collections. I have no designs on usurping his throne, even if that were possible. But I just couldn't ignore the fun of this type of collecting. Let's play...
1960 Topps Fork & Knuckler: Roy Face/Hoyt Wilhelm #115
This is the card that cemented the deal. Even though you can't see the grips on the card, it's a card about grips, which certainly works for me.
I can't say things were the same for Nick, but I wouldn't be surprised if his collections just kinda found him, rather than the other way around. That's the way it's been for me. This one really started when I pulled a Steve Avery fastball grip card out of a pack of '92 Pinnacle a couple of weeks ago. Shortly thereafter, this card popped out of another pack:
1992 Pinnacle Tom Candiotti Grips LAD #610
Loving pitching as much as I do, I really dug this subset. And it had an effect on me
I started seeing grips...
1994 O-Pee-Chee Pete Harnisch HOU #73
1993 Bowman Blas Minor PIT #486
Then I started looking for grips...
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Alejandro Pena PIT #458
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Trevor Hoffman SDP #494
Then I remembered that I've got a grip...!
1954 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm NYG #36
And we come back to Hoyt Wilhelm, and his knuckleball. I should mention that this was another of my cousin Craig's gifts from his collecting days as a kid, like the Roy Campanella card that I showed on the very first post at this site. So it's come full circle. (Which reminds me, I gotta find a good circle change grip!)
There are some gray areas when it comes to Getting a Grip, but I'll discuss them in a few days, after I've revealed the rest of my new mini-collections.