Andy Pafko - 1952 Topps

This is the most important #1 card in the postwar era. Andy Pafko may not be a household name in the world of sports, but he is a very big name amongst baseball card collectors. Pafko, who managed to hit .285 and club 213 home runs in his career, is the leadoff man for the 1952 Topps set. There are a very limited number of non-star cards on this Top 250 list, but this is clearly the most significant of the bunch. The card measures approximately 2-5/8" by 3-3/4". Finding this card well centered and in high grade is extremely tough but, several years ago, a collector had the find of a lifetime. After buying an unopened 1952 Topps pack, this collector had a decision to make. Does he preserve the pack in unopened form or take the huge risk of opening it? With only five cards inserted in each pack and a ton of condition problems associated with the issue, the chance of pulling anything of significant value was slim to none. He decided to do it anyway and after removing the top two cards in the pack, the Pafko card revealed itself. Tucked in the middle of the five-card pack, it was immaculate, eventually grading PSA Gem Mint 10 and selling for $83,970. Of course, that card is worth much more today. To this day, this is the only example to grade higher than PSA NM-MT 8. What a find!

Andrew Pafko (1921-2013) played on pennant winning teams in three different cities, displaying his fielding talents, speed and batting prowess for 17 seasons. Handy Andy came up with the Chicago Cubs in 1943 and remained in the Windy City for 8-1/2 seasons (1943-1951) helping them to the 1945 National League pennant. He was traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1951 where he played for 1-1/2 years and helped them with the 1951 National League pennant. In 1953, Pafko joined the Milwaukee Braves, where he finished his career (1953-1959), and he finally got over the hump as he helped the power-hitting Braves win the 1957 World Series. In all, Pafko played in five World Series and batted .222 with 16 hits in 24 games and 72 at-bats. Bobby Thomson’s “shot heard round the world”, the 3-run homer that helped the Giants beat the Dodgers in a one-game playoff and reach the 1951 World Series, soared over Pafko’s head as he patrolled left field at the Polo Grounds. He was named to four MLB All-Star Games and Andy Pafko finished his career with a .285 career batting average, had 1,796 hits including 264 doubles and 213 home runs, scored 844 runs and drove in 976 RBI. 



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
1 NM-MT 8
2 NM+ 7.5
3 NM 7 (31)

AUCTION PRICES REALIZED

Date Price Grade Lot # Auction House Auction/Seller Type Cert
11/08/2008 $3,781 8 (OC) 272 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XIX Auction 05015699
01/01/2018 $95,175 8 2 Memory Lane, Inc. High Grade Card Auction and a Few Surprises Auction 03008347
03/23/2018 $14,720 7.5 6 Mile High Card Company March 2018 Auction Auction 26212520
06/10/2010 $15,457 7 420 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXVII Auction 04623907
12/18/2011 $10,355 7 20 Memory Lane, Inc. Winter 2011 Auction 02030784
08/15/2015 $10,227 7 199 Memory Lane, Inc. Summer Break 2015 Auction Auction 06016986
07/26/2016 $12,140 7 324 Mile High Card Company August 2016 Auction 07052773
11/05/2016 $9,007 7 336 Mile High Card Company November 2016 Auction 06016986
05/13/2017 $9,600 7 80373 Heritage Auctions 2017 May 11 - 13 Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction Auction 04623907
06/16/2017 $8,398 7 35 Mile High Card Company June 2017 Auction 06016986
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05/18/2008 $1,947 6 403 Memory Lane, Inc. Spring Fever Rarities Auction 01014414
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07/09/2009 $1,834 6 635 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXII Auction 09097441
12/02/2010 $1,980 6 913 Goodwin and Co. Auctions Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons XXX Auction 09097441
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