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1954 Topps #1 Ted Williams
Summer 2014 Auction
Lot Number: 384
1954 Topps # 1
Graded by PSA as NM-MT+ 8.5
Starting Bid: $2,500
This #1 card from the popular 1954 Topps set features Red Sox Hall-of-Fame great Ted Williams. As a testament to his stature in baseball at the time, this was the first of three separate 1950's Topps sets to feature Williams on the prestigious #1 issue. Interestingly, Williams was also featured on the final card in the 1954 Topps set, thus becoming the only player to have bookend issues dedicated to him, until Henry Aaron in the 1975 set.
Although injured in spring training, Williams still enjoyed an excellent campaign in 1954. He was named to his eleventh All Star team, and finished second in the league in home runs. And although he didn't have enough plate appearances (only 386) to officially qualify, he did lead the league in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, and finished second in batting average.
An extremely difficult issue to find in high-grade, the offered card is an outstanding quality example. It has clean cream-white borders, squared-up corners, boldly colored artwork, two beautiful images of Williams, and a brilliant glossy finish. Great overall eye-appeal.