“Wait, wait- stop. Whatcha got there?” The black borders were what caught my eye.
The young boy had been flipping through the clear plastic pages of his baseball card album, which now lay open. Sure enough- those were 1971 Topps cards. The boy had them sorted by team, much like I did back in the day. The photos of the Cleveland Indians players were familiar, as I had collected and began studying most of those cards during the winter following the 1970 season. There was Ray Fosse, the 1970 rookie catcher who hit cleanup most of the year. He was an immediate star, and would earn Indians co-Man of the Year honors with 20-game winner Sam McDowell. Duke Sims had been the previous catcher for the Tribe, and was now playing a lot of left field with the emergence of Fosse. He often hit fifth. Graig Nettles was the young third baseman. Very good glove; his bat was not fully developed although he was reliable enough to be the regular two hitter.