A quick post for this evening, featuring three vintage gems that I scored earlier this year on COMC to bolster my ever-growing Red Sox collection...
Well, this year I've made it a point to start to fill in some holes in my vintage collection, particularly Red Sox and especially when they can be found cheap. Such was the case for the '55 Ted Lepcio above, which cost me all of 74 cents. Sure, he's got a dinged upper left corner (which I folded back after the scan), and a small surface crease going across his chin, but this card has great visual appeal for being well past 60 years old at this point.
This is a perfect fit for my collection, and falls right in line with the rest of my '55s. I'm not looking for pristine cards by any means, just examples that present well overall and aren't totally beat to hell.
Parnell played for the Red Sox and only the Red Sox during his Major League career, and seems to be somewhat under-appreciated or forgotten by time. He was an All-Star more than once, won 18 games or more four times (including a league-best 25 wins in 1949), and is enshrined in the Red Sox Hall of Fame.
I'm still in disbelief that I picked up these three gems for roughly the same price as a morning coffee. I've now got 7 of the 21 Red Sox from this set for a tidy 1/3 of a team set. Overall I'm up to 36 cards from the '55 flagship release. With only 206 cards on the checklist it's tempting to say I should take a crack at completing this, but with cards like Clemente and Koufax rookies I'm not sure that'll ever happen. I will certainly seek out some more cheap commons though as 2019 progresses. Would be cool if I could hit the 25% mark for the set before the end of the year.
That's all for today, thanks as always for stopping by!
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