Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Billy Werber - Another Diamond Star

Here's the third Diamond Stars card I've been fortunate enough to land in recent months, #61 Billy Werber:

Billy, or "Billie" as National Chicle referred to him as in 1935, actually began his career with the Yankees before being dealt to Boston during the 1933 season.  Apparently he was sort of your typical utility infielder/speedy base-runner.  He led the league in stolen bases his first two full seasons in Boston, and played multiple infield positions during that stretch, though he was primarily a third baseman.

The card's a little off-center, but other than that is in better shape than the majority of my cards that are this old.  Many of the cards from this set have art-deco, cityscape backgrounds but in this case it's sort of an odd rainbow-style set of stripes.

Werber lived a very long life, making it to the century mark before passing away in 2009.  A bit of bar room trivia...he was the last living teammate of the great Babe Ruth!

Since there are only six Red Sox on the checklist, this card puts me at 50% of a team set with three in the bag.  At around the cost of a blaster ($21), it was a no-brainer.  Hopefully I'll pick up one or two more before 2014 comes to a close!

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