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 a card from another iconic set, 1953 Topps.
1953 Topps, #55, Maurice McDermott.
Aside from a few water marks along the right edge, this card is in decent shape. I find it amusing that the player image is a posed portrait, yet the logo is swinging a bat. Why couldn’t Topps have used action shots of the players? Still, the background is much better than the ’52 Topps backgrounds; this one looks during Spring Training.
I prefer this vertical alignment over the horizontal alignment of most other cards Topps produced. The facsimile signature across the middle of the card does not sit well with me. On a positive note, the Dugout Quiz is fantastic and works well with this card, as McDermott was a pitcher.
McDermott’s career was mediocre at best: he was 69-69 with a 3.91 ERA. However, he did win a World Series with the Yankees in 1956. This goes down as another great vintage Red Sox card.