Rookie Card Showcase: 1961 Topps Matty Alou

Before there was the Catching Molina Brothers, there was the Alou family, Felipe, Matty and Jesus — and later nephew Moises. The middle brother of the trio, Matty was signed by the New York Giants in 1957 and debuted with the team three years later when it was in San Francisco. He was never really a superstar, but his career was far from ordinary. He is a two-time all-star who made two World Series appearances (won a title with Oakland in 1972) and has a National League Batting Crown (.342, 1966) to his credit. He also paced the senior league in base hits in 1968 with 231, and amassed 1,700 hits during his 15-year career.

No one will ever mistake this particular card for being mint, but for the $1 bounty I paid, it works fine in the Rookie Card Collection.

This is the part 13 of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

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