Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXVII
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 12/16/2011
Gerald Staley’s most impressive period as a right-handed twirler was from 1951 – 1953 when the Cardinals hurler won 54 games in that three year period. The knuckleball/sinker specialist eventually lost his edge as a starter, and was converted to a relief specialist when he moved on to the White Sox in 1956. There, he ably assisted Chicago in their 1959 pennant-winning season, and led the league in relief wins with his 13 victories in 1960. His outstanding representation on this 1952 Topps PSA 8 “Red Back” #79 offering currently shares the spotlight as the highest graded specimen on the PSA “pop” chart! The “King” of the post WWII sets is the renowned 1952 Topps set that along with the 1909 T206 “Monster” issue resides as one of the two most prestigious sets in the hobby. To collect all 407 subjects within the basic set is a painstaking task, let alone trying to assemble all of the subjects in high grades substantiating why this amazing Staley offering provides one additional piece for an esteemed enthusiast’s 1952 Topps puzzle. Staley’s classic portrait pose depicts the finest blue and red hues on his Cardinal’s cap, with glistening surfaces and pinpoint corners a few of the premier aesthetically pleasing attributes. One can only wonder if it had not been the somewhat slight “tilt” towards the upper left corner as well as the centering somewhat favoring the left edge if this card would have achieved a PSA Mint 9 assessment. Regardless, in its current state this “king of the hill” offering has not been surpassed by a single PSA graded example, and would make a perfect fit in any world-class PSA Registered 1952 Topps compilation!
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