1953 Topps-Maurice McDermott

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.

'53 Topps 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.

'53 Topps McDermott-back

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.

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