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    1952 Topps Andy Pafko (Red Back) #1 SGC 88 NM/MT 8. 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.

    Remarkably, his more legendary teammates did not make their appearances until late in 1952 as part of Topps' limited final push. The responsibility of being the top dog in Topps' auspicious debut fell on Pafko for the spring and summer of 1952, a fact that assigned a significance to him disproportionate to his playing credentials in hobby lore. Adding to the fun is the fact there are two versions - this is the "Red Back" variant.

    Graded SGC 88 NM/MT 8. Currently one of only three cards with a Red reverse with none graded higher. This is one impressive example. The central portrait resonates with rich deep colors and pack-fresh gloss. Centering rests with complete precision, surrounded by four bright white borders. Only the closest inspection reveals the very minor amount of corner tip wear. Once a card like this finds a new home it tends to stay there for a long time.


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