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.