So yesterday I received a nice little envelope from Mark del Franco with this 1958 Topps Giants team card inside. Mark had picked it up by mistake because he’s building 1957 Topps and got deked by the “1957 Giants” label.* Since I’m a Giants collector, Mark thought of me as someone who would appreciate the card and he was absolutely right. Not only is this something the fits in the Giants binder, as someone who is putting a binder together of expansion and move-related cards, it’s a perfect fit for there too.
*The 1957 Topps card is over $10 compared to the maybe a couple that 1958 runs so I hope Mark just thought he’d gotten a super deal.
Where most of the 1958 set airbrushes out the NY logos with an all-orange Seals logo instead of the interlocking SF logo the Giants eventually chose, the team card very clearly depicts the New York team. As a result, this card has a foot in both New York and San Francisco.
It also demonstrates why one of the enduring debates in collecting world is about which season sets represent. A lot of people treat sets as depicting the previous season. Others treat them as part of the season they were issued. Both points of view are valid. This team card would argue for the 1958 set representing the 1957 season. The other San Francisco cards in the set argue the opposite.