Bob Turley (All Star) - 1959 Topps

Robert Lee “Bullet Bob” Turley (September 19, 1930 - March 30, 2013) won the third Cy Young in history, spanning both leagues, with a league leading 21 wins, .750 winning percentage and 19 complete games to earn his third All-Star selection while also finishing second in the American League MVP race. The St. Louis Browns signed Bob in 1948 and he spent four years of seasoning in the minors before making his Major League debut as a September call up in 1951. After only one game with the Browns in 1951, Turley enlisted in the United States Army for two years, but returned to St. Louis in 1953 appearing n 10 games that year. When the Browns relocated to the East Coast to become the Baltimore Orioles, Turley stayed with the team and earned the moniker “Bullet Bob” in his new town. Trying to determine the velocity of Turley’s fastball, the Orioles used a bullet timer, thus the nickname, and measured his heater at 98mph. During that 1954 season in Baltimore, power-pitching Bob Turley led the American League in strikeouts (185), but also showed his wildness leading in walks for the first of two consecutive seasons. He also earned his first of three All-Star selections with the O’s. As New York Yankees manager Casey Stengel tried to turn over his aging rotation, the Yankees and the Orioles swapped 18 players over the 1954 offseason with key components Turley and Don Larsen heading to the New York for Gene Woodling and Gus Triandos, among others. It was in the Big Apple that Bob enjoyed his greatest success pitching in five World Series. His best year came in 1958 when he led the Al in Wins (21), winning percentage (.750) and complete games (19) to earn the coveted AL Cy Young Award and finish second in AL MVP voting. Bob pitched eight years for the Yankees (1955-1962) and won two World Series in 1956 and 1958, winning the World Series MVP award in the latter. He was also given the 1958 Hickok Belt as the top professional athlete of the year. Turley finished his career with the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox in 1963. Bob Turley compiled a record of 101-85 with 1,265 strikeouts, 78 complete games, 12 shutouts and a 3.64 career ERA in 237 starts and 310 appearances. In World Series contention, he went 4-3 with 46 Ks and three complete games in 15 games.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9
1 MINT 9

PRICES BY GRADE

1959 TOPPS 570 BOB TURLEY ALL STAR

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth 446
PR 1 446
FR 1.5 446
GOOD 2 2 444
VG 3 $4.50 $4.50 9 435
VG - EX 4 10 422
EX 5 $26.90 $18.05 $6.00 38 383
EX - MT 6 $10.59 $12.47 $10.00 82 294
NM 7 $18.50 $23.36 $16.00 150 135
NM - MT 8 $93.10 $82.48 $35.00 106 15
MINT 9 $362.40 $362.40 $170.00 10
GEM - MT 10

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