Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXXIX
This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 3/16/2012
The Topps Chewing Gum Co. followed up its iconic 1952 set with an ultra-popular 1953 issue depicting magnificent player lithographic images. Somewhat consistent with the desirability of the 1952 issue is the prestige associated with assembling a complete 1953 set, with elite enthusiasts seeking the finest graded specimens for their world-class PSA registered gatherings. With that in mind, presented here is one of the most spectacular 1953 Topps subjects you will ever come across, a brilliant PSA Mint 9 offering of Brooklyn Dodger’s 3rd baseman Don Hoak. The PSA “pop” chart clearly documents the “rarity for the grade” aspect, listing a paltry 4 other examples at this hallowed plateau with only a single specimen graded higher! A formidable 3rd baseman, Hoak played 11 major League seasons, and was part of the Pittsburgh Pirates 1960 World Championship team. Unfortunately for Hoak, he holds the distinction of once striking out 6 times in a 17 inning game! Luckily for new potential owner, this miraculous offering will never strike out in any collector’s eyes, with its lofty “pop” status and sparkling aesthetics including an impeccable portrait pose, atypical near-perfect centering and pristine surfaces all justifying its world-class standing!
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