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 #355 card of Brooklyn Dodgers 3rd baseman Bobby Morgan, offered here in a spectacular PSA 8 holder. Currently, PA has encapsulated almost 270 examples and, excluding 4 cards with “9Q” qualifier grades, a mere 3 have been graded higher!
A 1949 International league MVP, shortstop Bobby Morgan was considered the heir apparent to Pee Wee Reese, with the Dodger’s front office anticipating that Morgan would eventually “push out” Reese. Fortunately for Brooklyn, that was never the case as Reese excelled on his way to a Hall of Fame career. Morgan was moved to 3rd base, under achieving until 1954 when the Dodgers finally traded him to the Phillies. His Dodger legacy, while short lived, will forever be solidified via this incredible high number 1952 Topps marvel. A classic 3rd base fielding position brilliantly depicts Brown with his right foot affixed to the bag as he effortlessly reached for a thrown baseball. The perfect “side to side” and 60/40 “top to bottom” centering is accented by four clean white borders, with pin point corners, sharp edging and a clean surface the final compliments to a pristine like obverse side. The reverse side print is super clean and bold, vividly projecting Bobby Brown’s brief “bio”, statistics, and the Topps Chewing Gum advertisement. Certainly, Brown will never achieve Hall of Fame consideration, but this miraculous 58 year old Topps high number offering easily merits the highest cardboard collectible accolades!
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