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Sunday, January 24, 2016
Columbia Antique Shop Pickups - 1953 Topps Hall of Famers
As always, I made sure to visit Conrad at Chic Antiques while I was in Columbia. I emailed him ahead of time so he would have an idea of what I was looking for. This time around, though, he wasn't able to locate any of the Hall of Fame baseballs that I had on my mind. That made it easier for me to focus on cards, however, and I was able to knock a nice chunk out of my 1969 set while I was there (will be shown in a later blog post).
Since I didn't get a ball, I got some nice vintage for a few friends of mine. Aside from the 1969s, I only took home two vintage cards for myself. The above 1953 Yogi Berra was one that I have seen there a few times, but haven't bought. Finally, I took the plunge and added it to my collection. It is a really cool card and I am glad to have it alongside the rest of my Berras. I think 1953 Topps is a very underrated set. I have a couple of the big name cards, with the Satchel Paige, Berra and a couple others. The Mantle is ridiculously priced, but otherwise, this may be a nice set to work on here and there at some point.
I intend to start up another 50s set sometime soon, and Conrad has been enlisted in helping me get started. I doubt it will be 1953, but I do look forward to the day when I can work on this one. I think they are beautiful cards.