Card fact: Topps features the '63 design on this card, which trots out the familiar two-photo technique that was also used in 1954, 1955 and 1960. I prefer the 1983 design, which is a take-off of the 1963 set, but looks a bit cleaner and complete to me.
What I thought about this card then: Never saw it. It was one of the last MVP subset cards that I needed to finish the set.
What I think about this card now: I really, really need to get this card for the Dodger binder. Oh, and I really, really, REALLY need to get the 1963 Koufax card for the ol' binder. Better start saving my money.
Other stuff: It took me a long time to figure out who Elston Howard was. Even to this day I'm a little hazy on early 1960's Yankees. Tom Tresh, Johnny Blanchard, Clete Boyer. I don't know a lot about them. Now, Koufax, I know. One of the first full-length books I ever read was a biography of Koufax. I remember absorbing every word during free reading period in fourth grade. Since then, I've read several books either about Koufax or about the Dodgers during his time with them.
Back facts: What a killer season for Koufax. A 1.88 ERA and 306 Ks AND 11 shutouts? A no-hitter against the Giants? A dominant World Series against the Yankees? Oh if only I was alive in 1963.
Other blog stuff: Happy birthday to former Dodger pitcher Rick Rhoden, who is 57 today. I'm guessing he'll celebrate on the golf course.