1952 Topps
#407 Ed Mathews

In high-grade, this is one of the scarcest and most highly sought after key post-war issues. This rookie card of Braves Hall-of-Fame legend Eddie Mathews is the final issue in the landmark 1952 Topps set. Extraordinarily difficult to find well-centered, this card has long been on the wantlists of many of the most advanced collectors.

Eddie Mathews enjoyed an outstanding 17-year career (1952-1968). The power hitting third baseman was named to 12 All Star teams, led the National League in home runs in 1953 and 1959, and was a two-time World Series champion (1957 and 1968). Mathews was runner-up in the MVP balloting in 1953 and 1959. And he amassed a total of 512 career home runs (tied with Ernie Banks), including nine straight seasons when he hit 30 or more.

The offered example is simply spectacular! We cannot remember ever handling a finer copy. The centering is absolutely phenomenal for the issue, the corner quality is very close to perfect, the printing clarity is razor-sharp, the image and background artwork are brilliantly colored, and a shimmering glossy finish covers the entire obverse surface. In our opinion, the opportunity to acquire a world-class 1952 Topps Eddie Mathews may not present itself again for several years.

Sold in 2014