Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In Memoriam: Andy Pafko

On Tuesday, former outfielder Andy Pafko passed away at the age of 92.  Pafko was a big leaguer from 1943-59 and a part of pennant winning teams for three different franchises- Chicago Cubs, Brooklyn Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves(winning it all in 1957).
1952 Topps
Pafko made 5 All Star teams and finished his career with 213 home runs, 976 RBIs with a batting average of .285.  He hit a career high of 36 HRs in 1950 while with the Cubs and finished the season with only 32 strikeouts.

In the hobby world, Pafko's 1952 Topps baseball card is one of the most sought after vintage card.   In this very popular set, Pafko's card is numerically #1.  Which means this card was always the first card in a stack of cards whether in a box or in a rubber band.  Because of this, it became more damaged than the other cards within the set, thus making the Pafko card very hard to find in nice shape.

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