I'm dealing with a different 5 & 10 -- baseball card numbers that end with a 5 or 10.
You can tell how good Topps thinks a particular player is by their baseball card numbers. If your card ends in 00, then you are a superstar. End in a 0? You're pretty good. End in a 5? Your are decent.
End in anything else? Well, you are in the major leagues and you have a baseball card.
Here's what I have in mind for today: Take a look at the card numbers that Topps assigned to Billy's cards and see how they thought of him as a ballplayer.
I've also developed a points system for the card numbers. Its kinda arbitrary and if you have a better way to assign points, leave a comment.
The Wrigley Wax Card Number Point Scale
If the card number ends in 00, you get 5 points
If the card number ends in 50, you get 3 points
If the card number ends in 0, you get 2 points
If the card number ends in 5, you get 1 point
Anything else is 0 points.
And now, his card numbers and points:
His first three years he had basic numbers and no points. Despite being the 1961 rookie of the year, Topps was going to make him earn his points.
From 1964 - 1974, he got at least one point every year except 1968. I should explain one slight diversion... in 1972 his base card was #439 and his In Action card was #440. I went with #440, since Topps was on a run of two cards per player and it wouldn't work out to give the good players base card a 5 and a 10.
His best card numbers were in 1973, 200, 1969, 450, and 1971, 350. For his Cub cards, he ended up with an average of 1.6 points. I think that is a pretty decent number.
Tomorrow, I do the same thing with Ernie Banks and see how these two Cubs sluggers compare with one another.