Words Of Wisdom (Don Larsen/Casey Stengel) - 1959 Topps

Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975) enjoyed 54 years in baseball beginning as a right fielder for the Brooklyn Dodgers and retiring as one of the most accomplished managers in baseball history with the New York Mets. Though a respectable player during his 14-year playing career, batting .284 with 1,219 hits and 535 RBI, Stengel earned his Hall of Fame recognition at the helm of some of the greatest teams in history. Most notably, Stengel managed the 1950s New York Yankees (1949-1960) dynasty to 10 American League pennants and seven World Series championships including five consecutive (1949-1953). Casey Stengel amassed a record of 1,926-1,867 for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1934-1936), the Boston Bees (1938-1942) and Braves (1943), the New York Yankees (1949-1960) and the New York Mets (1962-1965). Stengel was an exacting and expert tactician, but kept a charming air about him with his sense of humor that put players, media and executives at ease. The Veterans Committee elected Charles Dillon “Casey” Stengel to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Donald James Larsen (August 7, 1929 - January 1, 2020) is best known for his amazing feat of throwing the only perfect game in the history of postseason play when he no-hit the Brooklyn Dodgers in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. Larsen came up with the St. Louis Browns in 1953, spent a year with the Baltimore Orioles, and then was traded to the New York Yankees in an 18-player deal. In Baltimore, Larsen led the American League in losses with 21 in 1954, then pitched his best season with the Yankees in 1956 when he went 11-5. Don marked his place in baseball history as he threw the remarkable perfect game in Game 5 on the 1956 World Series. He was the 1956 AL Babe Ruth Award winner and the World Series MVP after his performance. He pitched in five World Series, winning twice (1956, 1958), and compiling a 4-2 postseason record with one complete game and one shutout. In general, Larsen produced a relatively mediocre career as he only topped the 10-win mark twice in his career. Larsen pitched 14 seasons in the Majors with the Browns (1953), the Orioles (1954, 1965), the Yankees (1955-1959), the Kansas City Athletics (1960-1961), the Chicago White Sox (1961), the San Francisco Giants (1962-1964), the Houston Astros (1964-1965) and the Chicago Cubs (1967). Don Larsen compiled an 81-91 record with 44 complete games, 11 shutouts, 23 saves, 849 strikeouts and a 3.78 career ERA in 171 appearances.



Condition Census (Explain)

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 GEM MT 10
2 MINT 9 (31)

PRICES BY GRADE

1959 TOPPS 383 WORDS OF WISDOM LARSEN/STENGEL

Grade Most Recent Price Average Price SMR Price Population POP Higher
Auth $2.50 3 713
PR 1 2 711
FR 1.5 711
GOOD 2 1 710
VG 3 $3.99 $3.99 10 699
VG - EX 4 $10.50 $10.50 29 670
EX 5 $13.51 $9.77 $8.00 67 603
EX - MT 6 $14.63 $9.74 $12.00 117 474
NM 7 $21.50 $17.12 $20.00 192 265
NM - MT 8 $34.88 $41.57 $50.00 189 42
MINT 9 $229.00 $155.60 $200.00 31 1
GEM - MT 10 1

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