June 24, 2011

Heartbreaking Damage: 1956 Topps #252 Vernon Law

**In this series we highlight the cards that may have seen better days but the rough times these cards have seen have made them infinitely more interesting.**


1956 Topps #252 Vernon Law
Vern Law's best season was in 1960 when he was 20-9 and won the Cy Young Award.  He was also selected to the All-Star team that season which was his only All-Star selection.  The question is though, Vern pitched in two All-Star games...how was that possible?

Well, in 1960 they played two All-Star games, one game on July 11th and one on July 13th.  Vern pitched in the 9th inning of the first All-Star game and was the winning pitcher for the National League in game two.

This card was 80 cents and although it's clearly damaged I love it.

1 comment:

MrMopar said...

This is a throwback to the times when kids collected cards because it was fun to do. Condition didn't matter all that much and a card like that just proved that it was loved that much more than the rest.

I do believe that since I have spent a considerable amount of money in sports cards and memorabilia, that in the end I should have a decent cache for someone to possibly sell off for some profit, I don't mind having a few cards like yours to remind me that this is just a hobby...or at least it used to be.

I don't buy new cards in packs (or at least many, I do get an occasional pack here and there), don't build new sets and mainly just buy or trade for singles and oddball items that interest me. Condition only plays a role in what I am willing to trade or spend though. I prefer nicer items, but will buy a beater if the price is right and it serves a purpose.