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    1952 Topps Andy Pafko (Black back) #1 PSA NM-MT 8 - Only One Higher. In 1952, Andy Pafko was already a four-time All-Star and the starting right fielder for the beloved Brooklyn Bums, one small part of a trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Brooklyn Dodgers during the 1951 season. While Pafko may not enjoy the Hall of Fame credentials of teammates Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Pee Wee Reese and Duke Snider, it was Handy Andy who, fresh from a trade from Chicago, was honored with the #1 card for an inaugural baseball card promotion produced by Topps Gum (which also happened to be based in Brooklyn). Their choice seemed to make sense as Pafko's 158 base hits led all Dodgers in 1952, helping the Dodgers to yet another National League Championship season at Ebbets Field. His more legendary teammates did not make their appearances until late in 1952 as part of Topps' limited final push.

    Graded PSA NM-MT 8. This is currently one of only five cards with this reverse format option with just one graded higher. This is an impressive example. The central portrait benefits nicely from pack-fresh gloss. Centering rests slightly to the left. The NM-MT or better population of Black Backs represents only 1.1% of their total population. Once a card like this finds a new home it tends to stay there for a long time.


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