Sunday, April 14, 2013

1951 Topps #A-28: Elmer Valo, Philadelphia Athletics, OF

Elmer Valo was born on 3/5/1921 in Rybnik, Czechoslovakia.  Valo began playing for the Philadelphia Athletics in 1940.  He missed two years to served in the military during WWII in '44 and '45, but was back with the A's in '46.  Valo remained with the A's during their move from Philadelphia in 1954 to Kansas City in 1955.  In 1957, Valo was traded to the Dodgers during their final year in Brooklyn and moved to Los Angeles with the team the following year.  He was traded to the Indians in 1959, and then to the Yankees in 1960.  That same year, Valo was also traded to the Washington Senators before moving with the team to Minnesota in 1961, where the team would change their name to the Twins.  Later that same year, Valo would finish out his major league playing career after being traded to the Phillies.  Elmer Valo passed away on 7/19/1998 in Palmerton, PA at the age of 77.

BV: $10 (for commons)
Cost: $0.99 (paid 10% BV)
Condition: G-VG 2.5 (worth 20% BV)
Completion: 18 of 104 (17% complete)
Comment:  Valo was a big name for the A's in both Philadelphia and Kansas City, but I'm not sure how that actually translates to his star status since the team didn't perform very well during the 50's.

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