Collecting of yearbooks is one of the most popular baseball collecting hobbies behind baseball cards. For people following one team, it's probably the most popular. There's one or two variations per year and it's a time capsule or your favorite team. This page covers the Mets yearbook cover from their dismal 1962 season until a World Championship in 1986 - the first twenty-five years (under construction). Click on the thumbnails to view a full screen picture. If you're looking for the old page, click here.
1962 - There are five editions of this yearbook which are differentiated by the roster dates. The classic cover, by Willard Mullin, kicks off run of beauties that he'll knock out over the years. Best seats in the house cost $3.50 and bleacher seats at the Polo Grounds cost $0.75. There's no advertising in the body of the yearbook. Some pages about Casey and the history of the Polo Grounds.
1963 - The last yearbook from the Polo Grounds. There are four editions of this book out there all with the same cover (revised and final revised markings). The only changes are the dated rosters. Mr. Met, mascot of the Mets debuts in this edition. Nice story about the Stadiarama Scoreboard - Electronic "showman" which will be erected at Shea standing 86 feet high and 175 feet long.
1964 - The yearbook cover I like to call "Casey and a young lad pulling out the welcome mat on the NL". Another Mullin classic. It's Shea's first and there are six editions, first, four revised with the word revised green, maroon, red, and blue respectively and the final. The yearbook is still a simple production with minimal advertising and nice features on the building of Shea, where the Mets play on the road, and "There's only one Casey".
1965 - Another Mullin drawing of young ball player to be pointing at the Shea faithful "you're the most". There are four editions, again with just roster changes, and the words revised in red, blue and orange. There's a couple of pages about Spahn and Berra, player/coaches new to the team. The price of the yearbook remains at a mere fifty cents.
1966 - GO-GO-GO Mets is the theme, and "that mean me" says the little guy. Wes Westrum is the new Mets manager. There are four editions to collect, the first, revised, second revised and final with roster changes. Best seats at Shea remain $3.50, a Mets cap costs $1.50, and a lightweight jacket up to size 46 only $6.50.
1967 - "Where do you think you're going!" The Mets yearbook starts to grow up a bit. It's the first year that the book is produced on heavy glossy magazine stock and the brilliant two page team photo that so many remember from their childhoods appears. There are three additions out there for collectors to hunt down. The first, revised, and second revised.
1968 - The final Mullin cover has Gil Hodges on an easel painted by yet another Mets munchkin. The yearbook starts to look like the books I was so accustomed to growing up. Most of the photos of the favorite players are in sharp color. There were only two edtions released, the first and revised edition.
1969 - A very popular yearbook is the 1969 yearbook. There was only one edition produced. All Star floating head above Shea in Koosman, Grote, and Seaver. A great collectible for what would be an historic year.
1970 - A personal favorite of mine. The black and white photos in the backround of the crowds and players celebrating the first division title contrasted with the mock color film reel with the players is a classic for sure. There was only one of these editions produced and it's my guess that it is (was) the most popular to date. Oh, being a World Champion means you can raise the price to seventy-five cents.
1971 - Grote lays down a tag. There were two editions published, the first and a revised edition.