Wednesday, June 22, 2011

1955 Tigers, 79-75, 17 games back, 3 Hall of Famers.

Led by HOF Manager Bucky Harris this team's Pythagorean record was nine wins better. The offense featured perennial All-Star Harvey Kuenn, Ray Boone & the phenomenal right fielder Al Kaline. Al led the American League in hits (200), batting average (.340) & total bases (321). 1955 starts a string of 13 consecutive All-Star games for Kaline. The other future HOF Jim Bunning made 15 appearances for the team as a late July call up. On August 7, Detroit was 5.5 behind the Yankees for first place. They lose the second game of the double header in the Bronx which starts a five-game losing streak leaving them 9.5 games back and their season effectually over.

About The Card
Al Kaline's 2nd year card graded NM-MT 8 by PSA went for $316 at auction at American Memorabilia on September 20, 2007

1955 Topps improved on the prior year by making the action shot color as well. This set marks the first time a horizontal design was used.

This simple design is quite wonderful. A monochromic color in back surrounded by a small white border. The bottom line gave you all the relevant information.
Player name was in all capital letters, position followed by Team Name.

Topps again used the official primary team logo. 

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