1971 Topps are the first baseball cards that I remember owning. I didn't have a lot of them, but enough to create a few teams and then lay them out on my bed and 'play' ball games, having the batters run around the bases, having the infield and outfield shift or come in.
Steve Carlton (card # 55)
The second card I won was this 1934 Batter-Up. I've seen cards from this set in catalogs, but never in person. Here's what the 2009 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards says about the set:
National Chicle’s 192-card “Batter-Up” set was issued over a three-year period. The blank-backed cards are die-cut, enabling collectors of the era to fold the top of the card over so that it could stand upright on its own support. The cards can be found in black-and-white or a variety of color tints. Card numbers 1-80 measure 2-3/8" x 3-1/4" in size, while the high-numbered cards (#81-192) measure 2-3/8" x 3" (1/4" smaller in height). The high-numbered cards are significantly more difficult to find than the lower numbers. The set’s ACC designation is R318.
Eric McNair (card # 61)
Matthew (or Spike - whatever name you're going with this week), thanks for the cards. Fortunately you sent me a pitcher and a batter. Let my game begin.