I love the horizontal cards from the 1952 Topps set. I'm not a high roller, but I've been slowly accumulating these over the last year and a half. When I see one for a good deal, I snap it up. Here are the fruits of my labor:
Jerry Priddy is a prototype for bat rack cards, he's just hauling a big pile of lumber. I love the soft focus backgrounds on these four.
Earl Torgeson has some iconic glasses, not quite on the level of Lowell Palmer or Kent Tekulve, but still memorable to me. I'm a big fan of nicknames, so "Tookie" Gilbert was a must.
Vernon Law fills the frame so nicely on his '52 card - Yankees are often hard to come by cheaply due to the high demand for them everywhere, but these had subtle flaws that worked in my favor.
Speaking of, I was able to score this Hall of Famer by virtue of some rough edges...
... and an autograph from "Billy" on the back. Noting the eye color on the back of the card is an odd feature from the '52 set.
This guy was the real prize find. There's staining, rounded corners, creases, and not a single sharp edge.
However! It is very nicely centered and the back is exceptionally clean. This, to me, is just about the perfect condition for a 1950's Topps card to be in - it has good eye appeal, but enough flaws to drop it into my price range. I'm reasonably certain that I will never finish this set, but getting to add one every once in a while is a great thrill.