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Richie Ashburn
(b. March 19, 1927 - d. September 9, 1997)
Inducted in 1995
1954 Red Heart Dog Food Richie Ashburn PSA 7.5 NM+
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Comments: A 1961 Topps PSA 8 was my first Richie Ashburn but later sold in October, 1999. In September, 2000 I purchased a 1954 Topps PSA 8 and stuck with it until September, 2007. At that time, I wanted to diversify the collection a little with new type cards and already had 1954 Topps represented by an Ernie Banks rookie. So, I though the 1954 Red Hearts was a great option and purchased a PSA 7 example on eBay. In June, 2010 I upgraded the card to a SGC 88 - for a mere $75 more than I what I paid for the NM card from a friend in the hobby, Jeff Britton. The card has that "fresh from the pack" appeal with glossy surfaces, vibrant colors and razor corners. It's just a little off center left to right. Here's the card:

UPDATE: I wasn't really happy with the centering of the SGC 88 card and I normally wouldn't buy a card slabbed with a lower grade. However, a PSA 7.5 showed up on eBay in September, 2017 with perfect centering and a snow free bright backgournd. I couldn't help myself and had to buy the card as it looked like an upgrade. Upon receipt it did not disappoint - beautiful!!! If you compare the two cards above, I think you'll agree. There's a clear winner.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1954
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Red Heart
Country: United States
Description: This set of 33 cards was issued in three color-coded series by the Red Heart Dog Food Co. Card fronts feature hand-colored photos on either a blue, green or red background. The 11 red-background cards are scarcer than the 11-card blue or green series. Backs of the 2-5/8" X 3-3/4" cards contain biographical and statistical information along with a Red Heart ad. Each 11-card series was available via a mail-in offer. As late as the early 1970s, the company was still sending cards to collectors who requested them.