1952 Topps-Karl Olson

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.

Next up is another card from the iconic 1952 Topps set.

1952 Topps # 72, Karl Olson.

'52 Topps Olsen

This is another great card although the condition is poor.  The color of the backdrop doesn’t work very well with the color scheme of the Red Sox.  Olson has a strong signature that is bold and goes well with the Sox logo.

'52 Topps Olson-back

The back of the card gives some odd and poorly phrased information.  The phrase “A Red Scout” is awkward.  Do they mean a scout from the Reds or a Red Sox scout?  Using baseball-reference.com, I found out that Olson was part of the Red Sox organization throughout his minor league career.  My guess is that in 1952, Topps knew that most collectors were young kids, who wouldn’t care about confusing phrases.

Olson had an underwhelming career.  However, he missed the 1952 season serving in the Korean War, and for that service alone, he deserves recognition.

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