Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVIII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 7/30/2010
The “King” of the post WWII sets, by far, is the renowned 1952 Topps set. Within the complete 407 card master set, card numbers 311 – 407 are the “high numbered” series cards with many of those vending boxes assumingly discarded years ago, thus creating a much higher demand than supply. While not extremely scarce, these high numbered series cards are tougher to locate than the previous 310 cards, significantly escalating the value of all such subjects. One of those high numbers is the renowned shortstop/2nd baseman/manager Leo Durocher, presented here in a scintillating PSA Mint 9 holder. Ultra sparse to find in this grade, PSA has encapsulated over 300 examples with a meager 4 others at this elevated tier, and NONE graded higher!
Leo “The Lip” Durocher participated in Major League baseball for nearly five decades as a sure handed middle infielder and boisterous manager, and achieved eternal fame with his ultra popular book “Nice Guys Finish Last”. His first full season was with the 1928 World Champion New York Yankees and he later was the captain of the infamous “Gas House Gang” St. Louis Cardinals. In 1939, he began his managerial stint as a player manager with the Brooklyn Dodgers, and although he managed over 3,700 games through 1973 season, his only managerial World Championship came in 1954 when he led the New York Giants to a four game sweep over the Cleveland Indians. Synonymous with his 1954 World Series victory, this miraculous PSA 9 high number 1952 Topps card is, likewise, championship caliber via its unparalleled pristine qualities. Flawless surfaces, brilliant color schemes, pin point corners, sharp edges, bold/vivid typography and a well centered image all combine to justify the stratospheric technical assessment. One interesting aspect is the atypical good natured smile portrayed by the fiery manager since most of his managerial career, Durocher was rarely captured smiling during any candid moment. We can only assume that the slightest microscopic touching situated at the utmost corner tips prevented this card from becoming the inaugural PSA “Gem Mint 10” specimen. Regardless, this offering still suffices as one of the five best existing 1952 Topps Durocher examples and worthy of an esteemed place within any elite 1952 Topps PSA Set Registry compilation.
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