Monday, April 28, 2014

1951 Topps #B-43: Willie Jones, Philadelphia Phillies, 3B

Today's mailbox left me only one package containing my 6th addition to the highly sought after B series (Blue backs) from the 1951 Topps baseball card set.  This one is of an original Phillies "Whiz Kid" nicknamed, Puddin' Head, who was also an All-Star in both 1950 and 1951.  Willie Jones played a total of 15 years in the majors between 1947-1961, most of which was for the Phillies.  He played all four World Series games at 3rd base in 1950, and scored 1 of the 5 runs that the Phillies earned against the Yankees.  

This card appears to be in really nice shape according my acceptably low grade collecting standards.  The centering is 50/50 L-R & 40/60 T-B on the front, and 35/65 L-R & 25/75 T-B on the back, which is good enough for NM-MT 8.0.  The corners are more chipped than they are rounded, notched, or layered, but let's say moderately notched for a VG 3.0.  The edges are readily chipped for a VG-EX 4.0.  The surface has noticeably crease, but no color/focus imperfections, discoloration, wax, ink marks, tape stains, scuffing, or tearing, so let's say GD-VG 2.5.  Beckett allows up to 2 half grade increases for the lowest rating if the other categories rate high enough.  With the ratings from lowest to highest being 2.5, 3.0, 4.0, and 8.0, an increase of a half grade should be justifiable.  Overall, this is a [VG 3.0] card in my book, worth 30% BV. 

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