In 1953, Don Hoak had already played a season of AAA baseball for the Montreal Royals in the Brooklyn Dodgers' organization, and he had his eye on making the big club. Offered is his signed rookie card from that year. But Brooklyn was well set at third base with Jackie Robinson, and Billy Cox - one of the best fielding third basemen of all-time. So, even though Hoak didn't make the Dodgers in1953, he was depicted on the beautiful 1953 Topps set - a set that had everything: colorized photos, and the team logo on front, and a large card number, both past year and career stats, a cartoon quiz, and a player's vitals on the back. Like most of the 1953 set, the card is very visually appealing. Hoak battled Billy Cox for playing time at third in 1954, and in 1955 he battled Jackie Robinson for time at the hot corner. In the 1955 World Series Game 7 against the New York Yankees, Robinson was injured, and Hoak took his spot at third as the Dodgers won their first, and only, World Series as a Brooklyn team. Hoak was traded to the Chicago Cubs the next season, and he played for five National League teams in an 11-year career. He was on his second World Series Championship team as a third baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1960. This offered 1953 Topps #176 Don Hoak signed autograph card has been graded and encapsulated by PSA GD 2 - Auto Authentic. Pop 1 of 2 highest graded.