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Lot # 1063: Warren Spahn Original Photograph Used for 1953 Topps Card (PSA Type I)

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Item was in Auction "2024 Winter Classic",
which ran from 2/25/2024 10:00 AM to
3/16/2024 10:00 PM

Presented is the Warren Spahn original photograph used to produce the Hall of Fame left-hander's 1953 Topps baseball card. Spahn, despite missing three seasons for military service during World War II, won 363 games, losing 245, with a career 3.09 ERA. He won the National League Cy Young Award with the 1957 Milwaukee Braves, who were that season's World Champions. Spahn pitched for the National League Boston Braves in 1942 and was in the United States Army during World War II, from 1943-45. He was in the Battle of the Bulge, and he was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and a battlefield commission. He resumed his Major League career in 1946. The Braves moved to Milwaukee for the 1953 season, but Spahn's presented photo, probably shot in 1952, shows him still in a Boston Braves cap. Spahn pitched with Milwaukee through 1964 and finished his career with the New York Mets and the San Francisco Giants in '65. He won at least 20 games in 13 seasons and led the NL in wins in eight seasons. Amazingly, at age 42 in '63, he had a 23-7 record and a 2.50 ERA for the Braves. The black and white photo measures 8x10", and it exhibits excellent clarity. The photo was used by artists to create original artwork for the 1953 Topps set. Most cards were portrait images, with great detail and lifelike expressions. Outstanding artists such as Gerry Dvorak were paid $25 per card for the brilliant artwork. Spahn's card was card number 220 in a 274-card set. The offered Spahn photo has been encapsulated and PSA certified Type I AUTHENTIC.

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