Tuesday, April 7, 2020

My First Two '52s

Glorious vintage. 

After a recent card exchange, P-Town Tom contacted me to let me know that he had a cousin (we'll call him Mark, because that seems to be his name) who had a few old cards that he wanted to find a new home for. Color me intrigued at this point. Inside of the mystery envelope that came to my mailbox later were a couple of 1952 Topps Cardinals cards! These aren't technically the first '52s to ever reach my home, as Erin has a signed Cliff Mapes card that her grandfather gave her. These are the first cards from the famed Topps first proper set that are for my own collection, which is simply awesome.

This is another terrific looking cad. Eddie Stanky became the Cardinals player-manager in 1952 and is a familiar name to me, even if I can't claim to be the perfect Cardinals historian.

Of course, Cloyd Boyer is a familiar name as well, as one of the three Boyer brothers who were MLB players.

Stanky's card is a black back version. Someone evidently wanted to write something on this, only to later decide to scribble it out. I would love to know the story behind this.

Thanks again to Mark (and P-Town Tom!) You may have made my year, in cards at least!


  1. Most excellent vintage addition right there! Thanks for the post!

  2. Nice! Gotta love have some 52s in the collection!

  3. Very iconic set... so it's kinda cool to be able to say you own not one, but two singles from it.

  4. Looks like the card belonged to "Gary" for a while, and then it didn't.

  5. i'll never forget the day that one of the neighborhood kids in our collecting group showed off a couple of 1952 topps cards to the rest of us. his dad bought them for him and we thought they were the coolest things ever. about 40 years later, I still get a thrill from looking at cards from that set.

  6. Very cool! Only in the '50s will you find a dude named Cloyd.


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