My first playing-days card of the great Roy Campanella! PSA 8! Check out those corners! You could floss your teeth on them babies!
This is his last card as an active player. He was tragically paralyzed in a car accident in January 1958, and didn't get a card in '58 Topps (though they did salute him with a special Symbol of Courage card in '59).
Searching eBay completed (sold) listings for PSA 8 versions of this card gives you this list:
$50.00 +$4.00 shipping
$228.73 +$3.00 shipping
$239.50 +$6.00 shipping
$240.50 +$6.00 shipping
$338.00 +$4.00 shipping
The fact that I'm bragging about this buy should clue you in to which one was my purchase. Sure, the other cards might be better centered, but still, I'm happy to save a couple hundred bucks comparatively.
Also picked up Roy's teammate Pee Wee Reese! This one is "raw" (ungraded) and has some creases and rough corners, but was a very fair deal, so I'm ok with it.
Thanks to a previous owner, possibly a kid in the late 50s (though that ink seems pretty bold for being 60 years old) reminding us all Reese was an All-Star. Ten time all-star, in fact! This is his penultimate card, getting a final card in '58 Topps.
Speaking of Brooklyn Dodgers greats bowing out.. I love '57 Topps, but the biggest bummer for me is they didn't include a final card for Jackie Robinson, who retired after the 1956 World Series rather than be traded to the hated rival NY Giants. That would have been a great card, with complete career stats on the back 'n all. Sigh. Oh well. One less expensive card for me to chase, I suppose. (If/when I complete 1957 Topps, I should whip up a custom Jackie [similar to Bob Lemke's effort] to supplement the set.)
HOF '57 Dodgers still on my wantlist include Koufax and the Drysdale RC. If anyone happens to have one available for trade (or other '57s I need), please let me know.
Thanks for reading. Last call for my big "Manniversary" contest! I'll keep it going for a little while longer to give time Monday to folks who don't have the chance to read card blogs on the weekends, but the entry period will come to a close soon.