Tuesday, November 20, 2018

1952 Topps Bob Elliott

I have to be honest with you--because, like, it's what you expect from me mostly, right? When I decided I wanted to collect some vintage cards and to try to have one card from each set, this 1952 Topps set was the main reason behind it. Ideally I'd have a Hall of Fame player represented, but as you know there are caveats to collecting and collecting strategies. In this instance, this particular card fills several of my requirements. First, it's a 1952 Topps card which speaks for itself. Second, it's of a team that no longer exists... There is NOT a team currently called the Boston Braves and don't try to tell me otherwise. Bob Elliott isn't a Hall of Fame player, but when I was trying to get a card from this set his name stuck out at me for very different reason... But first let us admire this beauteous card.



Ok. I knew of Bob Elliott not from his own merits. No, it has to do with my other life, one which I rarely mention on this blog or on my Twitter. But here is why I chose Bob Elliott It turns out the poet Sylvia Plath babysat for Bob Elliott in Wellesley, Mass., where she spent her adolescence. And she mentioned babysitting for him in a letter. She wrote, in a 11 August 1950 letter, "Then I grew up, and just like it says in Seventeen, You Too Can Be A Party Girl. So there were boys all of a sudden, and I’ve forgotten what it was like not to have some guy in the kitchen eating mother’s cookies and discussing the World Series with my brother. (I’ve gone babysitting of Bob Elliot, but I wouldn’t know a batting average if I saw one.)" For those who do not know, I co-edited her letters published in 2017 and 2018.

Elliott was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Braves in September 1946 and thus played for the other Boston team from 1947 through the 1951 season. In his first year with the Braves he was an All-Star and was awarded the MVP! Go Bob! This card was the last for him to be featured in Boston uniform. On 8 April 1952, was traded to the New York Giants. Another team that doesn't exist anymore. He played only two more seasons but managed to play for three teams in that time (the Giants, the no longer extant St. Louis Browns, and the Chicago White Sox). He didn't play again after 1953.

Do you have a 1952 Topps card in your collection? If so, who?

Thanks for stopping by!

18 comments:

  1. Two 1952 Topps. Clint Hartung and Tookie Gilbert. I'd like more though…

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    1. I see a collection of players whose first/nicknames end with "ookie". I'd like more too. Seeing this card is really a special feeling.

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    2. Cookie and Mookie and Tookie and who else?

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  2. This might be a fun collection -- baseball players mentioned in literature/tied to authors in some way.

    It sure would be better than another Topps Chrome card! Great story.

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    1. Thanks! She does later mention Dimaggio! And she dated a guy from Yale who was in the Tigers minor league farm system. Though he never got a card and I can't afford a Dimaggio. Unless it's a Topps Chrome.

      That's a good idea for a collection focus, too. Hmmmm.

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    2. How many of us are doing Ball Four collections as it is?

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    3. I don't know, but I need a Seattle Pilot for my facet of "Teams that Don't Exist Anymore".

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  3. You have a pretty neat connection to Bob Elliot. Thanks for the story.
    Nope, I don't have any 1952 Topps. Maybe someday.

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    1. Thanks Tom! I hope that some day comes soon. This card isn't in the best condition but I guarantee it looks better than anyone born that year or before.

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  4. i enjoy seeing the vintage you're picking up! i enjoy vintage more all the time because it will always be older than me!

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  5. I'd like to hear more about this "other" life!

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    1. Well, not on this blog! Try my other one: sylviaplathinfo.blogspot.com.

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  6. Great story behind your 52T pick. As for myself... I'm currently holding a pair: Guz Zernial & Jerry Coleman.

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    1. Thanks man! Those are sweet, especially the Zernial. Is there a story behind them?

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    2. Zernial = iconic card & it's an A's card

      Coleman = cheap hof & he was the Padres radio announcer

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