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Duke Snider
(b. September 19, 1926 - )
Known as the "Duke of Flatbush" to his Brooklyn fans, Duke Snider was one of a trio of Hall of Fame center fielders in New York during the 1950s. The others were named Willie Mays and Mickey Mantle. Snider hit 40 homers from 1953 to 1957. He had 407 career homers, 1,333 RBI, and 1,259 runs scored.
Inducted in 1980
1953 Bowman Duke Snider #117 PSA 8 NN-MT
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Comments: In January, 1999 I purchased a 1962 Topps Snider PSA 8 from Bill Mastro. It was replaced with a 1960 Leaf PSA 8 eBay purchase in May, 2006 from E&L Vintage Collectibles. I knew I wanted a 1960 Leaf Aparicio and didn't have a 1953 Bowman Color type card represented in my collection. So, I purchased this PSA 6 example in April, 2007. Duke Snider's 1953 Bowman Color high number card is one of the key items in its release and an especially desirable piece when found in high grade. It freezes him in time with his boyish grin, during a simpler time in baseball. The highly visual collectible, with its flattering chest-up photograph, commemorates a special year for its subject. Not only did Snider help lead the Dodgers to another pennant, but, in doing so, he amassed a career-best 42 home runs to go along with a .336 batting average and 126 RBI (statistics that proved sufficiently strong to merit a third-place finish in the MVP race).

UPDATE: On May 10th, 2018 an eBay auction was ending for a centered PSA 8 card I had been eye balling all week on eBay. It was an old slab - color was a little faded. If the price was right I'd go for it. We were at Coors Field watching the Rockies take a beating on School Night with our kids. Just before 10pm as we were heading out of the ballpark after the loss I placed a bid and won the card. It wasn't the best "8" but the price was fantastic (well below SMR). I normally don't buy the slab but in this case I couldn't pass it up. The 50/50 centering is the best feature of the card with clean reverse. A couple of the corners were a little soft and there's a slight stain on the left border (brown dot). Regardless, it's a lot nicer than my PSA 6 so I'm happy.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1953
ACC Set Designation:
Set Name: Bowman Color
Country: United States
Description: The first set of contemporary major league players featuring actual color photographs, the 160-card 1953 Bowman color set remains one of the most popular issues of the postwar era. The set is greatly appreciated for its uncluttered look; card fronts that contain no names, teams or facsimile autographs. Bowman increased the size of the cards to 2-1/2" X 3-3/4" to better compete with the Topps' larger format. Bowman copied an idea from the 1952 Topps set and developed card backs that gave player career and previous-year statistics. The high-numbered cards (#113-160) are the scarcest of the set, with #113-128 being extremely scarce.
Example 1953 Bowman Color 5-Cent Display Box