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Old 10-07-2017, 02:54 PM
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Default What was the best 1952 Topps card ..... in 1952?

We all know the Mantle card is the crown jewel of the set. But back in 1952 the Mantle card was probably viewed as a common card.

What card(s) did collectors way back in 1952 want when they opened up their pack?

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Old 10-07-2017, 03:09 PM
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Interesting question. The top ten in MVP voting for 1951:

AL: Yogi Berra, Ned Garver, Allie Reynolds, Minnie Minoso, Bob Feller, Ferris Fain, Ellis Kinder, Vic Raschi, Gil McDougald, and Bobby Avila

NL: Roy Campanella, Stan Musial, Monte Irvin, Sal Maglie, Preacher Roe, Jackie Robinson, Richie Ashburn, Bobby Thomson, Murry Dickson, and Ralph Kiner

There weren't cards of Vic Raschi, Stan Musial, Sal Maglie, or Ralph Kiner, so they're out. I'd go with Yogi, Roy, and Jackie, but you might have to ask someone MUCH older than me. Al?
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Old 10-07-2017, 04:23 PM
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Us old guys, back in the day, liked the Gus Zernial cards because of the way he could make all those balls stick to his bat
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That's not a euphemism is it?
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Old 10-07-2017, 10:42 PM
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That is a great question! I think TedZ might have an answer as he remembers purchasing these cards back in 52 but with no Williams, Musial, etc, like Bob mentioned, maybe, because they were new(er) to the market, collectors just had to have them?

I am guessing Bob's picks/choices were likely the main reasons, but it will be interesting to hear what TedZ has to say?
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Bob Feller led the league in wins the year before, and was probably considered a reasonably likely Hall of Fame candidate at that point, so would think he would’ve been desirable in 52.

It’s amazing how cheap Feller cards are these days though.


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Old 10-08-2017, 08:18 AM
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We all know the Mantle card is the crown jewel of the set. But back in 1952 the Mantle card was probably viewed as a common card.

What card(s) did collectors way back in 1952 want when they opened up their pack?
i doubt mantle was viewed as a common in 1952..being on the yankees and he was a top prospect
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i doubt mantle was viewed as a common in 1952..being on the yankees and he was a top prospect
3,781 posts but finally one I agree with you on .
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Old 10-08-2017, 08:46 AM
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3,781 posts but finally one I agree with you on .
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This set coming on the heels of the Shot Heard Round The World probably made the Bobby Thomson a good card; but I would bet most people looked forward to the Jackie Robinson. If any of the baseball names were household at that point, it was Jackie.
And so many of the luminaries (at least the ones we consider today) are all in the high series or semi-high series. I bet a lot of the purchasers were like, "where are all the stars?" Did the kids know they'd never get a Musial or Ted Williams in a pack?
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