Friday, March 6, 2009

Card Spotlight: 3-6-09

1959 Topps #385 - Sherm Lollar

What exactly is Sherm looking at? Did someone hang his underpants from the flagpole? Is he contemplating the meaning of life? Or why we are here? Or did he just think a side pose would make a cool photograph?

Perhaps we will never know the answers to these questions. Perhaps he was looking at some demonry in the sky.

Although he played for the Indians, the Yankees and the Browns, Sherm came into his own with the White Sox. New York wouldn't have worked for him anyway. Yogi Berra was blocking him. He played for six of his seven All Star appearances as a representative of the White Sox. He also won the first three Gold Glove awards, after the award was introduced in 1957.

It's no secret that the 1959 Topps series is one of my favorite vintage sets. The symmetry and the photos like this are a few reasons why this remains a sentimental favorite for me, to this day. I am close to completing the 1959 White Sox set. So close that I can feel it! I think that I can get everything together this year. If I do, expect a showcase of the complete master team set.

Until that moment, this will always be a standout card on my way to completion.


MMayes said...

Sherm retired back home to Springfield, Missouri and opened a bowling alley. It was still going in the early 80's and I got to bowl in a few leagues there. What I thought was really cool was that they displayed one of his Gold Gloves in a case at the cash register. I loved looking at that Gold Glove. Too bad by that time Sherm had passed away.

Steve Gierman said...

Awesome story! Thanks for sharing that. If I find myself in Springfield, Missouri, I'll have to check to see if there's anything left of the place.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...