About a year ago, I went to my local card shop, Collector’s Den, looking for new Red Sox cards. Much to my surprise, the owner had recently acquired some incomplete Topps sets from the 50’s-60’s. Due to his generosity, I was able to obtain a stack of vintage Red Sox players.
Over the next few weeks, I will post about each of these cards, starting with the oldest.
1952 Topps #22 Dom DiMaggio:
The front of this card looks amazing. I don’t care about grading when it comes to vintage cards. The centering is off and there is a slight crease, but overall, this is a great card. The old Boston logo is fantastic, and it looks good next to a facsimile signature of Dom DiMaggio.
The back of the card is where the age shows the most. However, for being over 60 years old, it isn’t too shabby. I will admit, that had the shop owner not told me the year this card was issued, I wouldn’t have been able to say with any degree of certainty that this is from ’52, as there is no copyright date.
What can I say about this card other than, wow! There is virtually nothing that I don’t like about this card. Not only was I able to get a card from one of, if not the most iconic Topps sets of all time, I was able to get one of a player that I have long admired. Dom DiMaggio is one of the most undervalued center fielders of all-time and should be in the Hall of Fame.