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.