Tonight's dollar box special is a 1963 Topps Gary Geiger:
First of all, I would pick up any card from the 1963 Topps set in this condition for a buck, especially a Red Sox player. It is slightly off top to bottom but is well centered side to side, has sharp corners, a clean crease-free front and back and tremendous eye appeal. On top of that the awkward posed photo is great; sunny day with the crowd in the stands and what appears to be a third baseman taking grounders in the background.
I didn't even realize until I got this home that it was a high numbered card, in fact from what I have found online this appears to be part of the 6th series (cards 447 - 522) which are apparently more difficult to find in good condition.
I knew nothing about Gary when I grabbed the card, but it turns out he's a pretty interesting guy. Known for his speed, he is one of three Red Sox players to hit an inside-the-park grand slam at Fenway Park. He was also drafted as a pitcher (as evidenced by the cartoon on the back of this card), however he pitched only 2 innings (one appearance) in his Major League career.
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