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1952 Topps Eddie Mathews 407- Braves Card of the Day ⚾

Here’s the rookie card of the man who might be the Braves best third baseman of all-time, Eddie Mathews. This is also the most expensive baseball card I’ve ever purchased, even though I bought it graded as a PSA 1. I keep my Braves team card sets in pages in a binder so I couldn’t keep it in that damn enclosure. Plus, if it’s in an enclosure, I can’t pull it out and touch it with my hands. So, I busted it out. I freed the card from the shackles of rigid plastic!

I’m still sort of amazed that I own this baseball card. Of all the vintage Topps Braves baseball cards, it’s the hardest to find and seems to be the most expensive. Yes, more expensive than the 1954 Topps Hank Aaron rookie card. Scarcity and the 1952 high number effect will do that. Consider that of the 1952 high numbers, the Mantle, the pre-eminent card of all Topps cards, was double printed. The Mathews was single printed. It was also the last card in the set which meant it ended up on the bottom of piles held together with rubber bands. I own this rare card. I’m still amazed that’s the case.

I really don’t think I’m worthy of it. (No, that doesn’t mean I’m giving it to you.)