Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons LXVI will preview on Friday, June 10, 2016 and open for bidding on Saturday, June 11, 2016. The auction closes on Thursday, June 30, 2016.

Dear Collector,

I would like to welcome you to Masterpieces & Uncommon Commons LXVI.

We are proud to offer a fabulous high grade 1955 Topps complete set graded by PSA. The 1955 Topps set, along with the 1953 Topps issue, is by far one of the most condition sensitive sets in the hobby. Plagued with horrendous centering problems and black print roller marks, this issue is a collector's nightmare to assemble in high grade. Our consignor selected only cards that were at the top of their spectrum for the technical grades assigned by PSA. As you can see in these pages, only cards with near perfect centering, brilliant color and sharp pointed corners were considered for this collection. Many of these cards seem worthy of an upgrade.

Whether it is a super star Hall of Famer or that difficult common that you have been searching for, don't miss this great opportunity to add these quality cards to your collection.

Thanks for your interest and enjoy the auction.

Bill Goodwin

The 1955 Baseball Season and Topps’ Landmark Baseball Issue

“Brooklyn was the most wonderful city a man could play in, and the fans there were the most loyal there were.”
-Pee Wee Reese, Brooklyn Dodgers Shortstop

The year 1955 marked one of the high points of post-war prosperity and euphoria. American’s enjoyed a rising standard of living, more leisure time than ever and were optimistic about the nation, about life and about the future. But even the most optimistic citizens might never have believed what transpired during the summer of 1955. Baseball’s ultimate bridesmaids, the Brooklyn Dodgers, won their first World Series by defeating the mighty New York Yankees and captured the hearts of fans who connected emotionally with what would become one of baseball’s most beloved lineups.

Not Your Typical 1950’s Season

1955 started differently than any previous season during the decade. For the first time since 1949, the New York Yankees entered a season as something other than the defending World Series Champions. The Athletics opened the season in a city other than Philadelphia for the first time since the American League was formed. And 20 year old Al Kaline became the youngest batting champion ever, besting former Detroit Hall of Famer Ty Cobb by a single day.

The Yankees and Dodgers

In 4 of the previous 7 seasons, the Dodgers had lost to the eventual champion Yankees in the World Series, but from the outset, this Dodger team seemed different.

The Dodgers exhibited a rare balance of talent, with Roy Campanella taking NL MVP honors, after hitting .318 with 32 homers, and masterfully handling a solid Brooklyn pitching staff. Duke Snider walloped 42 home runs, while hitting .309, driving in 136 and crossing the plate 126 times. Don Newcombe was dominant, going 20-5, while Clem Labine paced the bullpen with 13 wins and 11 saves.

Brooklyn exploded out of the gate, winning their first ten in a row and twenty of their first 22. By July 4, The Boys of Summer were 12 ½ games out in front of their closest competitor.

In the Bronx, the Yankees found themselves in a three team dog fight with the White Sox and Indians, with all three teams posting 91 or more wins. The White Sox faltered at season’s end, despite the efforts of Billy Pierce, who baffled AL batters throughout the season. And despite having baseball’s most balanced pitching staff, the Indians once mighty offense fell silent when it was needed most.

In the AL MVP race, Yogi Berra won his second straight MVP and third overall, Mickey Mantle blasted 37 homers and was a year away from his finest season ever. Bob Turley and Don Larson helped save the Yankee pitching staff which was beleaguered by problems and injuries all year long. And Elston Howard became the first African-American to wear Yankee pinstripes.

The World Series

After serving as baseball’s ultimate bridesmaids, Brooklyn finally broke through in 1955, defeating the Yankees in a seven game tussle. After falling behind two games to none in the Series, the Dodgers won three in a row, only to fall to Whitey Ford in Game Six, setting up a critical Game Seven. In the final matchup of the season, Johnny Podres took the ball for the Dodgers and kept the Yankees from scoring, until allowing two runners in the bottom of the sixth. Dodger fans silently thought, “Here we go again.” As Yogi Berra’s deep fly ball toward the left field corner spelled impending doom for Brooklyn, a sprinting Sandy Amoros came from nowhere to make a miraculous catch, followed by a laser throw to double up Gil McDougald on the basepaths, killing the Yankee rally and crushing the Bronx Bombers momentum. Podres completed an eight hit shutout and the Dodgers captured their first and only championship in Brooklyn. For his dominance in the Series, Podres received the first ever World Series MVP award. And Jackie Robinson now had a World Championship ring.

Topps Raises The Bar On The Baseball Card World

The 1955 Topps set marked a radical departure for the card maker, with a new horizontal design and an inset action figure strip-out, Topps captivated Americans of all ages and capitalized on the enthusiasm of the era. With photo realistic illustrations and dramatic player portrayals, the card maker effectively threw the punch that ended the battle for the sports card market. From epic cards depicting Ted Williams, Jackie Robinson, Willie Mays, after coming off of one of his greatest seasons, Roberto Clemente’s rookie card and an amazing offering featuring a young Henry Aaron, the 1955 Topps set holds many of the most attractive, well-designed cards of all time.

The set which we are breaking in this special, 1955 Topps only auction is comprised of all PSA 8 NM-MT cards. This high end offering provide the opportunity to own many of the finest examples of the ’55 set known in the hobby. So look through the auction. Marvel and the players and their poses. And indulge yourself, with one of the most popular and most fabled sets in Topps’ history.