Mastro April 2006
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Graded NM-MT 8 by PSA, with barely a half-dozen higher-graded copies in existence. Presented is Hoyt Wilhelm's true rookie card, from the scarce 1952 Topps high-numbered series. What a season Wilhelm had in 1952! He led the League in game appearances (71), winning percentage (.833), and ERA (2.43), and posted a 15-3 record for the New York Giants. This was the highest "wins" total the relief pitcher would ever record in a single season, but he more than compensated with a career saves total of 227. He was in solid contention for Rookie of The Year in 1952, but Joe Black took Brooklyn to the World Series and the sportswriters gave a favored Dodger the award. Black's career turned out to be a short-lived one, but Wilhelm pitched for 21 seasons and earned election to the Baseball Hall of Fame. This scarce and special "High Number" Wilhelm collectible possesses a nearly pack-fresh appearance. Centering is well balanced, and the merest hints of wear can be seen on the bottom-edge corners. Tremendous color and gloss! Stellar Near Mint to Mint condition.
1952 Topps #392 Hoyt Wilhelm Rookie Card
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