Sunday, April 7, 2013

1950 Bowman #156: Fred Sanford, New York Yankees, P

Fred Sanford was born on 8/9/1919 in Garfield, UT.  Sanford began playing for the St. Louis Browns in 1943, where he remained throughout the majority of his major league career.  He missed the '44 and '45 seasons to serve in the military during WWII, but was back with the Browns in '46.  After leading the league in losses in '48, Sanford was traded to the Yankees in 1949.  He was awarded a World Series ring in '49 and '50 during the beginning of the Yankees stretch of 5 consecutive championships.  Sanford was traded to the Washington Senators during the '51 season, and then back to the Browns the same year where Sanford finished out his major league playing career by the end of the season.  Fred Sanford passed away on 3/15/2011 in Salt Lake City, UT at the age of 91. 



BV: $15 (for commons)
Cost: $2.99 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 12 of 252 (4% complete)
Comment:  Despite severe creasing, this is still a complete, readable, and very collectible card for me in poor condition.  There is no extraneous writing and nothing's missing that shouldn't be, which I think is most important for low grade card collecting.  As a side note, I did notice an early-50's Topps card (1953, I think) for sell online that had "obviously" been trimmed (which was unstated in the description) and was listed in poor condition with no further details except to look at the picture (only front shown).  I almost sent an e-mail to the seller stating that the alteration must be listed alongside its condition.  Although I said this card was "obviously" trimmed, an untrained eye may not have caught it before placing a bid.  The card looked much better than "poor" at first glance (which made me take a closer look at it), but if I had purchased the card and later determined that it was actually trimmed, the seller would have received no better than neutral feedback (which I have never done to a seller).  The moral of the story is: a beat-up card in poor condition is an obvious, but a good-looking trimmed card can be deceiving to buyers.  The "buyer beware" approach to selling cards is not acceptable.  Tricking people always deserves less than positive feedback. 

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