Friday, January 2, 2015

Hoyt Wilhelm and Joe Coleman

The last two 1953 Topps I have slabbed by PSA (for now, at least) are #151 Hoyt Wilhelm and #279 Joe Coleman.  The Wilhelm has some minor paper loss on the back, but it isn't too bad.  The Coleman was another eBay find, which I jumped at for $17.99 shipped.  It looks like Coleman fell off a cliff after making the All-Star team in 1948 and winning 13 games in 1949; it says he won only won game in the next two seasons combined and spent all of 1952 in the minors.  Wilhelm for his part went 15-3 in that year, his rookie season, and would go on to pitch another 20 years, eventually making the Hall of Fame Class of 1985.  Coleman's son and grandson eventually became MLB players in their own right, and I believe the grandson is still playing. 

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