31 March 2015

simply gorgeous

i sort of stumbled into a small cache of 1950's cards recently.  there was one card in particular that i was after, and it was included in a lot with about a dozen others. i was somewhat surprised when this beauty fell out of the package.
that would be a 1953 bowman color gil hodges card, and it is pretty as heck, even with the pinholes.  it' features the type of photo that might have been used in the 1957 topps set - full of color with the old ballpark on full display.  ebbets field shines in the background with the outfield advertising, especially the schaefer beer sign. i understand that the sign would light up its 'h' if a player reached base on a hit, and it would light up one of its 'e's if the player reached by error.  that's a great way to get several thousand people to fixate on your sign.

here's the back of the card which is really bright.
so happy to have this card.

there was one other 1953 bowman color dodger card in the lot, and it was fellow boy of summer carl furillo's
a bit more damaged and without as colorful a background, it's still nice.  the back is a bit more worn than that of the hodges card
the person who wrote the text was spot on - furillo bounced back in 1953 in a huge way. he led the league with a .344 batting average, was 3rd in doubles, and 5th in slugging percentage and ops.

as for the cards, they are the 3rd and 4th dodger cards i have from the set, two of which (the pee wee reese and the hodges) sit firmly in my top ten-ish favorite dodger cards in my collection. and to think the acquisition of the hodges card was a happy byproduct of a purchase of a different card.  i'll show that card in a couple of weeks or so...

6 comments:

Tony L. said...

Those cards are just fantastic. Even with the folds and pinholes.

Play at the Plate said...

That is what baseball card collecting is all about. Take all your gloss and shine (and I love Chrome too...) and shove it! I'll take those any day. Beautiful.

Anthony Burbatt said...

That Hodges card should be the picture used in the encyclopedia entry for "baseball card"

Nick said...

Gorgeous, indeed.

Mark Hoyle said...

The 53 Bowmen color set is a beauty

Greg Zakwin said...

love that Hodges.