i recently looked at edwin/eddie/ed mathews' 1956 topps card for the first time. i mean, really looked at it.
i decided to add this mathews card to my collection (first copy goes in the 'dodger lurker' mini collection), and was looking for one at a recent card show where i met up with brian from highly subjective, completely arbitrary. he made some good progress on his 1956 topps set at that show, but i came away without a mathews. a few days later, i pulled the trigger on a very low priced version which, as you can see, has some damage. that's no problem for me or my budget. having this card in my collection now, i see that it pairs well with my 1956 topps roy mcmillan card, which features jim gilliam in an uncredited supporting role.
mathews grew up and lived (and is buried) in santa barbara, which was not far from where i grew up. i played against his alma mater in high school ball a couple of times. howver, he was well before my time, and so the santa barbara guy my friends and i were more familiar with was jesse orosco, who doesn't have any cards that feature pee wee reese.