Thursday, December 7, 2017

#18 Ted Lepcio

#18 Ted Lepcio
2 of 274
0.7% complete

"His Walk About" - Ted's MLB walk about last 10 season's.  He picked up 512 hits, 69 home runs, and batted .245 over that period of time.  He never saw the post-season.

"That's Not a Knife" - Born Utica, New York, Ted attended Seton Hall.  He was signed by the Red Sox while playing amateur baseball in Oneida, NY, in 1951.  A year later he was in the majors.  He was roommates with Jimmy Piersall on the road, and is credited with often saving Piersall from being beaten up by other teammates in the book "Fear Strikes Out," which chronicles Peirsall's struggle with bi-polar disorder.

"More of a love bite really..." - This card has some pretty rough edges, which I'm quickly discovering to be a common theme among 53's, and decent crease running up about half the length of the card.

"Down Under" - Lepcio is card #335 in 1952 Topps.  That's a hi-number that I don't own.  Going off nothing more than the picture that I've seen of it, I think I prefer the original.

"At the Oscars"
1954 AL Leader in Range Factor/9 inn as 2B
1954 AL Leader in Range Factor/Game as 2B

Sunday, July 23, 2017

#9 Joe Collins

#9 Joe Collins
1 of 274
0.3% complete

"His Walk About" - Joe's MLB walk about lasted 10 seasons, all with the Yankees.  Along the way he picked up 596 hits, 86 home runs, and won 5 World Series Rings.  He had 18 hits and 4 home runs in World Series plays.

"That's Not a Knife" - Born in Scranton, PA in 1922, Collins died at the age of 66 in 1989.  In Union Township, NJ there is a park named for Collins and plaque erected in his honor.

"More of a love bite really..." - This card boasts a couple of significant scars, with a small tear along the right edge and some red marks on Joe's face.  They're really not all that distracting, and this copy is perfectly acceptable by my standards.

"Down Under" - Collins is card #202 down in the 1952 set.  I prefer the original to the sequel.

"At the Oscars"
33rd in 1952 AL MVP voting
9th in AL Triples '52
10th in AL Home Runs '53
3rd in Assists for 1B in '54