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 # 78, Ellis Kinder.
Of the small group of ’52 Topps that I have acquired, this is, by far, the worst conditioned card. There is a significant crease that runs diagonally through the top right corner, and there is a section of missing paper above his left shoulder.
Beyond the condition of the card, I find this one to be my favorite among the small group of ’52 Topps that I have. The background is what puts this one over the top. Rather than having a background reminiscent of junior high picture day, Topps used a stadium background. Overall, this is a solid card, with a quality picture.
There is a fair amount of interesting information on the back of the card. Here again, we have another veteran, of World War II, that gave up his prime years to serve his country and was still able to have a substantial career. In fact, according to ESPN, Kinder is ranked #42 of the Red Sox 100 Greatest Players. Not bad for a rookie who was known as”Old Folks”.