Thursday, March 28, 2013

1950 Bowman #215: Ed Lopat, New York Yankees, P

Ed Lopat was born on 6/12/1918 in New York City, NY.  He began playing for the Chicago White Sox in 1944.  In 1948, Lopat was traded to the Yankees.  He was a member of the team as one of their top 3 pitchers through 5 straight World Series Championships in '49, '50, '51, '52, and '53.  Lopat made the All-Star team in '51, and led the league in ERA and Win Percentage in '53.  In 1955, he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles where Lopat finished off his MLB playing career by the end of the season. Lopat coached for the Yankees in '60, the Twins in '61, and the A's in '62.  In 1963, he began managing the Kansas City A's, which continued throughout the '64 season.  Ed Lopat passed away on 6/15/1992 in Darien, CT at the age of 73.

BV: $60 (listed star)
Cost: $4.05 (paid 6% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 10 of 252 (3% complete)
Comment:  There's a little paper loss on the card front beside Lopat's ear in the sky that really not too significant, and there's some staining of the corners on the card back.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

1950 Bowman #219: Hank Bauer, New York Yankees, OF

Hank Bauer was born on 7/31/1922 in East St. Louis, IL.  Prior to beginning his major league career, Bauer served in the Marines between 1942-1945 during WWII.  He earned two bronze stars for valor and two purple hearts injuries sustained while fighting in battles such as Guadalcanal, Guam, and Okinawa.  Bauer began playing for the NY Yankees in 1948.  He was part of the Yankees team during their 5 consecutive World Series championships in '49, '50, '51, '52, and '53.  Bauer appeared in the World Series 4 more consecutive times for a total of 9 appearances in 10 years with 7 total championships (winning in '56 and '58, and losing in '55 and '57).   He made the All-Star team in three consecutive years during his career in '52, '53, and '54.  He also led the league in Triples in '57.  After the '59 season, Bauer was traded to the Kansas City A's for Roger Maris in a 7-player deal.  He played for Kansas City in '60 and '61, becoming a player-manager towards the end of his final season.  In 1962, Bauer managed the A's full-time through 1962.  In 1963, he became a coach for the Baltimore Orioles before becoming their full-time manager in 1964.  In 1966, Bauer led the Orioles to their first World Series Championship since moving to Baltimore in a 4-game sweep of the Dodgers.  Bauer was replaced by his coach Earl Weaver in 1968, and went back to managing the A's during their second year as an Oakland team in 1969.  Hank Bauer passed away on 2/9/2007 in Lenexa, KS at the age of 84. 

BV: $100 (listed star)
Cost: $7.16 (paid 7% BV)
Condition: GD (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 9 of 252 (3% complete)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

1950 Bowman #116: Virgil Stallcup, Cincinnati Reds, SS

Virgil Stallcup was born on 1/3/1922 in Ravensford, NC.  Stallcup began playing for the Cincinnati Reds in 1947.  In 1952, he was traded to the Cardinals, where he would complete the rest of his MLB playing career after 1953.  Virgil Stallcup passed away on 5/2/1989 in Greenville, SC at the age of 67.

BV: $15 (for commons)
Cost: $2.59 (paid 17% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 8 of 252 ( 3% complete)
Comment: This is my first listing of a card with mildew on it.  

Monday, March 25, 2013

1950 Bowman #187: Lou Stringer, Boston Red Sox, IF

Lou Stringer was born on 5/13/1917 in Grand Rapids, MI.  Stringer began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1941.  He left the MLB for 3 years to serve in the Army Air Force during WWII in '43, '44, and '45.  He was back with the Cubs in '46, but did not play in the Majors in '47.  In 1948, Stringer was traded to the Red Sox, where he would finish out his major league career after 1950.  Lou Stringer passed away on 10/19/2008 in Lake Forest, CA at the age of 91.

BV: $15.00 (for commons)
Cost: $2.85 (paid 19% BV)
Condition: G-VG 2.5 (worth 20% BV)
Completion: 7 of 252 (2% complete)
Comment: Despite the noticeable crease and top-to-bottom off-centering, this is one of the nicer '50 Bowmans I've listed to date.  The painted portrait in front of an old-fashioned fence is classic, as are many of the backgrounds from this set.   

Friday, March 22, 2013

1951 Topps #A-52: Tommy Holmes, Boston Braves, OF

Tommy Holmes played in his 10th major league season during 1951 with the same team he started with as a rookie in 1942.  His lifetime batting average remained above .300, but Holmes' career was winding down.  He played in only 27 games in '51, scoring a single run and five RBI's.  Holmes was sent back down to the minors as a player-manager for the Hartford Chiefs of the Eastern League.

BV: $40.00 (listed player)
Cost: $6.50 (paid 16% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 16 of 104 (15% complete)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

1951 Topps #A-48: Ed Stanky, New York Giants, 2B

Ed Stanky was born on 9/3/1916 in Philadelphia, PA.  He began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1943.  Stanky was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944.  As a Dodger, he led the league in Runs and Walks in '45; Walks, On-Base Percentage, and Sacrifice Hits in '46; and made the All-Star team for the first time in '47.  Stanky also appeared in the '47 World Series for the first time against the championship Yankees team.  Stanky was traded to the Boston Braves in 1948, where he would once again make the All-Star team and then appear in the '48 World Series against the championship Indians team.  Stanky then went to the NY Giants in 1950 where he would again lead the league in Walks and OBP, and also made the All-Star team for the third time in his career.  He appeared in '51 World Series against the championship Yankees team for the third time of his career.  Stanky went to the Cardinals in 1952, where he would finish out his major league playing career in 1953.  Since arriving in St. Louis in '52, Stanky was the player-manager for the Cardinals, and won the Manager of the Year award during his first year.  After retiring as a player, Stanky continued to manage the Cardinals until 1955.  He worked as a coach for the Indians between 1957-1958.  He had another opportunity to manage with the White Sox between 1966-1968, and once again for the Texas Rangers in 1977.  Ed Stanky passed away on 6/16/1999 in Fairhope, AL at the age of 82.

BV: $15 (for semi-stars)
Cost: $2.95 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 15 of 104 (14% complete)
Comment:  After being considered for the league MVP award during five seasons (reaching as high as third), and making the All-Star team three times during his career, I figured that Stanky may have been a semi-star.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

1950 Bowman #230: Bill Serena, Chicago Cubs, 3B

Bill Serena born on 10/2/1924 in Alameda, CA.  He began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1949.  Serena remained with the Cubs throughout his major league career until 1954.  Bill Serena passed away on 4/17/1996 in Hayward, CA at the age of 71.

BV: $15
Cost: $2.85
Condition: FR 1.5
Completion: 6 of 252

1950 Bowman #239: Bill Howerton, St. Louis Cardinals, OF

Bill Howerton was born on 12/12/1921 in Lompoc, CA.  He began playing for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1949.  Howerton was traded to the Pirates in 1951, and then to the Giants in 1952, where he finished his major league career.  Bill Howerton passed away on 12/18/2001 in Blakely, PA at the age of 80.

BV: $15
Cost: $2.74
Condition: GD 2.0
Completion: 5 of 252

Saturday, March 16, 2013

1950 Bowman #202: Cliff Chambers, Pittsburgh Pirates, P

Cliff Chambers was born on 1/10/1922 in Portland, OR.  He grew up in Bellingham, WA and attended Washington State University.  Chambers began playing for the Chicago Cubs in 1948.  He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949, leading the league in fielding percentage as a pitcher the following year.  In 1951, he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where Chambers played out the rest of his major league career through 1953.  Cliff Chambers passed away on 1/21/2012 in Eagle, ID at the age of 90.

BV: $15
Cost: $2.85
Condition: GD 2.0
Completion: 4 of 252
Comments:  I like the painted portraits and backgrounds for these '50 Bowmans.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

1950 Bowman #199: Jack Kramer, New York Giants, P

Jack Kramer was born on 1/5/1918 in New Orleans, LA.  He began playing for the St. Louis Browns in 1939.  Kramer missed the '42 season due to military service during WWII, but went back to the Browns the following year.  He appeared in the '44 World Series loss against the St. Louis Cardinals, but was responsible for pitching a complete game victory.  Kramer was selected for the All-Star team during his last three seasons with the Browns in '45, '46, and '47.  In 1948, he was traded to the Red Sox and led the league in Winning Percentage that same year with an 18-5 record.  Kramer was traded to the NY Giants in 1950, and then to the Yankees in 1951 where he finished out his career.  Jack Kramer passed away on 5/18/1995 in Metairie, LA at the age of 77.

BV: $15
Cost: $2.03
Condition: VG 3.0 
Completion: 3 of 250
Comment: Very nice looking card except for some minor creasing.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

1950 Bowman #110: Tommy Holmes, Boston Braves, OF

Tommy Holmes was born on 3/29/1917 in Brooklyn, NY.  He began playing for the Boston Braves in 1942.  Holmes was elected to the '45 All-Star team.  He was also the league's runner-up for MVP voting in 1945 after leading the league in Hits, Doubles, HR's, Slugging, and Total Bases.  Holmes led the league in Hits for a second time in 1947.  He was selected to the All-Star team for a second time in 1948.  Holmes appeared in the '48 World Series loss to the Indians, having contributed 3 Runs and an RBI throughout the 6-game effort.  He became the team's player/manager in 1951, and then just the manager for part of the Braves' final season in Boston in 1952.  He was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers later the same year, where Holmes would appear in his 2nd World Series in an overall loss to the Yankees' in their fourth straight championship.  Tommy Holmes passed away on 4/14/2008 in Boca Raton, FL at the age of 91.

 BV: $15-$40
Cost: $2.50
Condition: FR 1.5
Completion: 2 of 252
Comments: I don't remember ever hearing about Holmes as a player, but after reading more into his history, I'd have to say Holmes was more than just a common player.  Beckett's monthly magazine only gives listings for commons, semistars, unlisted stars, and stars for this year, so I figure that he fits in somewhere between the first two.  Sometimes Beckett provides a line for minor stars, which I would have selected if available.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

1951 Topps #B-2: Hank Majeski, Chicago White Sox, 3B

Hank Majeski was born on 12/13/1916 in Staten Island, NY.  He began playing for the Boston Braves in 1939.  Majeski was traded to the Yankees in 1942, but played only in the minors that year.  In 1943, he joined the Coast Guard for three years, but was back with the Yankees for the start of the '46 season.  In June, Majeski was traded to the Philadelphia A's.  He went to the Chicago White Sox in 1950, but was back with the A's in 1951.  In 1952, Majeski was traded to the Indians where he was able to appear in a World Series against the champion NY Giants, hitting a homerun.  In 1955, he was traded to the Orioles where he would finish out his playing career after the end of the season.  Hank Majeski passed away on 8/9/1991 in Staten Island, NY at the age of 74.

BV: $30 (for commons)
Cost: $6.07 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: VG/EX 4.0 (worth 40% BV)
Completion: 14 of 104 (13% complete)
Comment:  This is the best condition card I have for '51 Topps.  There are two hairline creases visible only on the back corners (top-left; bottom-right).  There is a little discoloration near the player's name on the front and some edge wear on the top and bottom.

Friday, March 8, 2013

1950 Bowman #203: Danny Murtaugh, Pittsburgh Pirates, 2B

Danny Murtaugh was born on 10/8/1917 in Chester, PA.  He began playing for the Phillies in 1941, leading the league in Stolen Bases that same year.  Murtaugh left baseball to serve in the military for two years during WWII in '44 and '45, but went back to the Pirates for the '46 season.  He was traded to the Boston Braves for only one season in '47, but went back to the Pirates in '48 where he would remain throughout the rest of his life.  He continued playing for the Pirates as a 2nd Baseman until 1951, and then managed in their minor league system until becoming a coach for the Pirates in '56.  Murtaugh became the  manager for the Pirates in '57, where he would remain for 15 of the next 20 seasons until '76.  During that time, he led the Pirates to five playoff appearances ('60, '70, '71, '74, and '75), and two World Series championships ('60 and '71).  Danny Murtaugh passed away on 12/2/1976 in Chester, PA at the age of 59.  The Pirates retired his number #40 in 1977.

BV: $25
Cost: $2.50 (paid 10% BV)
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 1 of 252
Comment:  As a manager, Murtaugh brought two World Series championships to a club that had not been there since 1927 when the Yankees (led by Murder's Row) swept them in four straight. 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

1951 Topps #B-11: Johnny Groth, Detroit Tigers, OF

Johnny Groth was born on 7/23/1926 in Chicago, IL.  In 1946, he began playing for the Detroit Tigers and batted .306 in 669 at bats with the club in 1950.  Groth was traded to the Browns in '53, the White Sox in '54, the Senators in '55, and the Kansas City A's in '56.  He was then traded back to the Tigers in 1957, where he would remain throughout the rest of his career until 1960.  Johnny Groth is currently 87 years old.

BV: $30 (for commons)
Cost: $5.13 (paid 17% BV)
Condition: GD (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 13 of 104 (12% complete)
Comment: Except for a moderate crease running horizontally through the center, this looks like a really nice card.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

1951 Topps #A-17: Gus Bell, Pittsburgh Pirates, OF

Gus Bell was born on 11/15/1928 in Louisville, KY.  In 1950, he began playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Bell finished 2nd in the league for Triples his first year, and 1st in the league for Triples his second year.  In 1953, Bell was traded to the Reds where he would remain throughout most of his playing career.  It was with the Reds that Bell became a 4 time All-Star: '53, '54, '56, and '57.  He compiled over 175 Hits and 30 Doubles during each of his first four years with the Reds.  During his last season with the Reds, Bell helped his team get to the '61 World Series where they would eventually be defeated by the Yankees.  In 1962, Bell was traded to the NY Mets to become one of the team's original members and play in their first game.  Later that same year, Bell was traded to the Milwaukee Braves where he would finish out the rest of his playing career a couple years later.  In 1964, he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  Gus Bell passed away on 5/7/1995 in Montgomery, OH at the age of 66.

BV: $15 (for semi-stars)
Cost: $3.00 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: PR (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 12 of 104 (11% complete)
Comment: His son, Buddy Bell, played in the majors between 1972-1989 and managed between 1996-2007.  His grandson, David Bell, played in the majors between 1995-2006.  His other grandson, Mike Bell, played in the majors in 2000.

1954 Topps #13: Billy Martin, New York Yankees, 2B

Billy Martin was born on 5/16/1928 in Berkeley, CA.  He began playing for the Yankees in 1950, where he would appear in five different World Series, and win four championships as a player: '51, '52, '53, and '56.  Martin was the MVP of the '53 World Series and was an All-star in '56.  He was traded to the Kansas City A's in '57, the Tigers in '58, the Indians in '59, the Reds in '60, and to both the Braves and Twins in '61 where he played out his final season.  Martin began managing for the Twins in '69, leading them to the first ever ALCS, but eventually lost to the Orioles for a chance to go to the World Series.  He then managed the Tigers and Rangers before taking a position with the Yankees in '75.  He led the Yankees to the '76 World Series, but lost to the Reds.  The next year, Martin led the Yankees all the way to a World Series Championship against the Dodgers for his fifth title in '77.  He later managed for the A's before going back to the Yankees in 1983.  Martin won the Manager of the Year award in '85, and the following year, the Yankees retired his number, #1.  His managerial career ended in 1988.  Billy Martin passed away in Johnson City, NY on 12/25/1989 at the age of 61.

BV: $100 (listed star)
Cost: $9.00 (paid 9% BV)
Condition: PR 1.0 (worth 5% BV)
Completion: 5 of 250 (2% complete)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

1954 Topps #1: Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, OF

Ted Williams...

BV: $800 (listed star)
Cost: $37.99 (paid 4.7% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 4 of 250 (1% complete)
Comment: I purchased this card to fill a hole in the 1954 reprint set that doesn't include either of the Williams cards.  It cost me just about the same amount as it would cost to get the reprint version, so I think I got a great deal on it.

Monday, March 4, 2013

1954 Topps #118: Carl Scheib, Philadelphia Athletics, P

Carl Scheib was born on on 1/1/1927 in Gratz, PA.  He began as a 16-year old pitcher for the Philadelphia A's in 1943.  He missed part of two years to military service in '45 and '46, but went back to the A's the following year.  In 1951, Scheib was 2nd in the league for Saves.  Scheib remained with the A's for the majority of his career until being traded to the Cardinals for his final season in 1954.  He is currently 86 years old.

BV: $15.00 (for commons)
Cost: $2.00 (paid 13% BV)
Condition: GD 2.0 (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 3 of 250 (1% complete)
Comment: This card appears to be in great shape for a lower-grade card.  The most notable scars include two moderate corner creases seen at the top left from the front.

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.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

1951 Topps #A-44: Sid Hudson, Washington Senators, P

Sid Hudson was born on 1/3/1915 in Coalfield, TN.  He began pitching for the Washington (Nationals) Senators in 1940, and became an all-star by '41 and '42.  Hudson took the next three years off to serve in the Army Air Corp (Air Force) during WWII, but went back to the Senators in 1946.  An interesting note is that Hudson was the opposing (and winning) pitcher against the Yankees on the day that Babe Ruth made his last public appearance at Yankee Stadium in 1947.  He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1952 where he would finish out his playing career by the end of 1954.  Hudson remained with the Red Sox as a scout through 1960, and then went back to the Senators/Rangers as their pitching coach for many years afterward.  Sid Hudson passed away in Waco, TX on 10/10/2008 at the age of 93.

BV: $10.00 (for commons)
Cost: $2.62 (paid 26% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 11 of 104 (10% complete)
Comment:  Well, I've finally completed over a tenth of this set (almost 20% of you're counting only Redbacks).  Since I've never heard of S.Hudson, I'd have to consider him a common player, although I'm starting to notice his name in other sets that I'm collecting, such as '52, '53, and '54.  I'd have to consider this a FAIR condition card.

1951 Topps #A-38: Duke Snider, Brooklyn Dodgers, OF

Duke Snider was born in Los Angeles, CA on 9/19/1926.  Snider began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.  He made the all-star team seven times with the Dodgers in '50, '51, '52, '53, '54, '55, and '56.  Snider appeared in six different World Series in '49, '52, '53, '55, '56, and '59.  He won a total of two World Series rings in '55 with Brooklyn and in '59 with Los Angeles.  Snider led the league in Hits in '50.  He led the league in Runs three times: '53, '54, and '55.  He also led the league in RBI's in '55.  In '56, he led the league in HR's and BB's.   He just missed winning a third World Series with the '63 team.  Snider was actually traded to the NY Mets in 1963 where he made the all-star team again--for the eighth, and final time.  He finished his major league career with the San Francisco Giants in 1964.  In 1980, Snider was inducted into the HOF and the Dodgers retired his number #4.  Duke Snider passed away in Escondido, CA on 2/27/2011 at the age of 84.

BV: $60.00 (listed star)
Cost: $8.99 (paid 15% BV)
Condition: VG 3.0 (worth 25% BV)
Completion: 10 of 104 (9% complete)
Comments:  For the tenth addition to my collection, I get to include my first listed star.  Most noticeably, there's an ink spot on the back with two minor creases on the front.  There's some wear around the edges and corners with a small stain in the center.  So far, it's the best deal that I have received on a '51T card so far.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

1951 Topps #A-33: Bill Werle, Pittsburgh Pirates, P

Bill Werle was born in Oakland, CA on 12/21/1920.  Werle began playing in the major leagues with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1949.  He was traded to the Cardinals in 1952, and then to the Red Sox in 1953.  He ended his major league playing career with the Red Sox in 1954.  Bill Werle passed away in San Mateo, CA on 11/27/2010 at the age of 89.

BV: $10.00 (for commons)
Cost: $2.62 (paid 17.5% BV)
Condition: GD 2.0 (worth 15% BV)
Completion: 9 of 104 (8% complete)
Comments:  This is a nice looking lower-grade card.  There are some stains and a covered ink mark. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

1951 Topps #B-34: Earl Torgeson, Boston Braves, 1B

Earl Torgeson was born on 1/1/1924 in Snohomish, WA.  He began playing 1B for the Boston Braves in 1947.  Torgeson appeared in his first World Series against the Indians in 1948, and led the league in Runs in 1950.  He was traded to the Phillies in 1953, the Tigers in 1955, and the White Sox in 1957.  He went to his second World Series against the Dodgers in 1959.  Torgeson was traded to the Yankees in 1961 where he would win his first World Series ring against the Reds.  It would also be his final major league season as a player.  Earl Torgeson passed away in Everett, WA on 11/8/1990 at the age of 66.

BV: $30.00 (common)
Cost: $4.27 (paid 14.2% BV)
Condition: FR 1.5 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 8 of 104 (7% complete)
Comments: Centering is nice, corners have minor wear, and edges have minor chipping.  The surface has good color, good focus, a little gloss, and no print spots or stains.  It has moderate creasing throughout.  This is my first Blueback card from the '51 series.  Besides the noticeable difference between the color of the backs, the only other difference between RB's and BB's are that the Bluebacks say "...IN B SERIES OF 52" instead of "...IN A SERIES OF 52".  I consider both sets of 52 cards to be one set of 104 cards total that I will integrate together into team sets like I do to all of my other card sets.  I will treat the two Redback variation cards as Traded series updates (for a total of 106 cards).