- On card autographs
- Boston Red Sox and Hartford Whalers
- Player collections
There are just so many things I love about the card. The classic pose. The set itself. The fact that it's a "bookend" card at #1 on the checklist. 1957 Topps often has centering issues. I have passed on so many cards over time because they're just wildly off-center from left to right, which is extremely noticeable given the plain white borders of the cards. This one is slightly off top to bottom, but is better left to right than many I've seen. Combine that with solid corners and this card just had great visual appeal, enough for me to make a jump at it.
I would have to say this is my single favorite pick-up of 2012. It's far from the worst I'll have to deal with if I ever hope to complete the '50s Red Sox run, but it's a great start. Maybe in 2013 I'll be lucky enough to pick up another Williams...