Card of the Day: Ted Lindsay 1953 Parkhurst #52

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Card of the Day: Ted Marchibroda 1953 Bowman #93

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Card of the Day: Early Wynn 1953 Topps #61

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Card of the Day: Sibby Sisti 1953 Topps #124

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Card of the Day: Luke Easter 1953 Topps #2

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Card of the Day: Mickey Vernon 1953 Redman Tobacco AL-21

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1953 Bowman Firefighters

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Did you know this was National Fire Prevention Week?  Talking about fire safety makes me feel like Will Ferrell’s character Allen Gamble from the movie The Other Guys.  Its not very exciting.  Someone at Bowman during the early 1950’s thought it was a good idea to dedicate an entire 64-card set to firefighting.  Despite having fantastic artwork, this set didn’t really take off.  But it does have its share of fans today.  Especially ones that have a strong connection to fighting fires.

Browsing through the colorful card fronts, you’ll see a wide variety of fire fighting vehicles from the past up to the current time (as current as 1953).  The backs give a description about whichever vehicle is pictured on the front, along with a fact about some type of fire fighting equipment.  Believe it or not, but there are variations to look for.  You’ll find that some of the text on the back is either large or small.  What caused this?  Nobody really knows.  Some believe it might have been a regional thing.  Neither seems to be more scarce than the other.

When it comes to value, its always going to be about condition.  Complete sets can be picked up for a few hundred dollars, but the price will jump as the condition gets better.

Cardboard Double Take – Reese & Rollins

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Collectors were astonished when their eyes fell upon the 1953 Bowman Color set.  Never before had they seen such beautiful imagery conceived on cardboard.  One of the most impressive looking cards considered by many would be #33.  It features a leaping Pee Wee Reese attempting to make what looks like an impeccable double-play.  Up until this time, collectors didn’t get to see many action shots like this featured on their cards.  Some believe this to be a reverse negative, because it looks as if the runner is going from third back to second.  The runner could have been running in the wrong direction too.  Given that this photograph was taken during a spring training game, you have to imagine that anything could have been going on.

Centering and focus are the two main issues with this specific card.  Some can be blurry.  If you are looking to add one to your collection, poor condition examples can be found for under $100.00.  Ones that are pack fresh and look fantastic can be worth thousands.  If you want a nice one, expect to pay $300.00 to $500.00.

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Since the production of the ’53 Bowman Color Reese, there has been countless action shots included within card sets.  It has become a hobby standard by now.  I’m sure there are shots similar to the Reese, but not as similar as this Jimmy Rollins 2007 Topps Turkey Red #10.  Not only is Rollins throwing in the same direction, but the runner is facing the same way too.  I’m sure the Reese inspired this piece of work.

Card of the Day: Harvey Haddix 1953 Topps #273

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Card of the Day: Vic Wertz 1953 Topps #142

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