Last high-dollar card speared for Topps Number Ones project

When I set out to complete the Topps Number Ones project, three big cards stood in my way: 1953 Jackie Robinson, 1954 Ted Williams and the 1957 Ted Williams. These represented the three most expensive cards that stood in my way to accomplish the feat.

I snagged both the Robinson and the earlier Williams this month, and both are beautiful cards, even if they aren’t mint. But the last card needed for the trifecta was one that always rubbed me the wrong way.

In some ways I wished it didn’t exist. Yes, it’s kind of odd that I say this because Ted Williams is one of the greatest players to ever done a uniform, and he played for my favorite team. But one look at the card above will tell you all you need to know.

The 1957 design is simple, but pretty unattractive in my eyes.  Topps chose a Williams pose that makes the man look ancient. And the coloring of the image only adds to both of the aforementioned points. But bottom line is that if I am to complete the project, the card had to be acquired. And so it was.

This specimen is anything but mint. It’s poorly miscut and has a crease, but it is representative of cards of their day. One look at my Topps Number Ones project and you can see that many of the high-dollar cards are not mint — and that is fine. To me, the condition of these things exemplifies why I am so intrigued by the first card in each set.

3 Responses to “Last high-dollar card speared for Topps Number Ones project”

  1. Congrats! I agree with you, when you are working on a project like this you can’t get hung up on the vintage cards condition.

  2. It’s so nice to hear someone else call the ’57 Topps set unattractive. I’ve never liked it, but I feel like I’m saying something wrong when I say it’s dull, because so many people treasure it.

    Congrats on the pick-ups. Especially the ’53 Robinson 😉

  3. well, the 57 set has some great rookies: Drysdale, Brooks Robinson and Colavito, but the design is so friggin bland. To each his own I guess. It is the first Topps set of the 50s (sans 52) to go with a straight image and no artistic renderings or monochromatic background. I suppose it was a breath of fresh air for its time. Plus EVERY card (sans team cards) were vertical.

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