When I collected cards starting in 1987, the card shop we went to in Newark, DE was called Stale Gum. At Stale Gum, one thing I frequently purchased was a Grab Bag -- I think it was about $1, and you would get a few random cards, not all bad. I think that's how I came upon this card, my 1953 Topps Bill Bruton. If I didn't have this card, I would never have heard of Bruton. This is one of my favorite cards, for three reasons: it was the first card I got from the 1950s (right now, my collection of about 30,000 cards contains only 12 cards from the 1950s), Bruton was one of MLB's early black players, and he was (like me) a Delawarean. From what I've read about Bruton, he was a leadoff hitter and a base stealer, something like the 1950s version of Vince Coleman. A good article about Bruton is available from SABR.
|1953 Topps #214 Bill Bruton|