Monday, March 4, 2013

1954 Topps #33: Johnny Schmitz, Washington Senators, P

Johnny Schmitz was born on 11/27/1920 in Wausau, WI.  He began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1941, but left for three years beginning in 1943 to serve in the military during WWII.  In 1946, Schmitz went back to the Cubs, and made the all-star team for the first time while leading the league in strikeouts.  He made the all-star team again in 1948.  Beginning with a trade to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951, Schmitz would play for six different teams in just as many years.  In 1952, he went to the NY Yankees and then to the Cincinnati Reds.  In 1953, he went back to the Yankees and then to the Washington Senators (Nationals).  He remained with the Senators for a few years until being traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1956.  Schmitz finished off his major league career that same year after being traded to the Baltimore Orioles.  Johnny Schmitz passed away on 10/1/2011 in Wausau, WI at the age of 90. 

BV: $15.00 (for commons)
Cost: $1.80 (paid 12% BV)
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 2 of 250 (0% complete)
Comment:  Here's an example of someone getting too excited about starting a 1954 set and purchasing a card that's uncollectable even to a low-grade collector.  Portions of the card back are obscure or illegible, and the player seems to have war paint on his face.  The card back was not shown in the advertisement, which I should have questioned when noticing the marks on the front.  As the second contribution to my '54 set, this card will most likely have to be a prime candidate for replacement--a lesson learned.

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