Friday, March 15, 2019

#47 Roger Maris

This is Roger Maris' rookie card and it's one of the more costly cards in the set. When I first decided to chase the Topps '58 set I tracked down a copy of this card at a too-good-to-be-true price on eBay. And, as you might have guessed, it was too good to be true. The card I bought was fake. But I learned a valuable the whole description. The seller had, in very fine print at the bottom of the description, implied that the card might not be authentic. This copy is legit.

Maris was highly touted and had a minor league career that lived up to the hype. He made the Indians in 1957 and was off to a great start when injuries derailed his season. In 1958 a new regime, led by Frank Lane and Bobby Bragan, took over the Indians and after another injury, Maris' days in Cleveland were numbered.

He was traded to the Athletics in June and played well for KC until the inevitable trade to the Yankees for the 1960 season. Most of the rest is well known...the trials of his '61 homer season, trade to the Cardinals, etc. Here is Baseball Reference's list of Maris' notable achievements:
  • 4-time AL All-Star (1959-1962)
  • 2-time AL MVP (1960 & 1961)
  • AL Gold Glove Winner (1960/RF)
  • AL Slugging Percentage Leader (1960)
  • AL Runs Scored Leader (1961)
  • AL Total Bases Leader (1961)
  • AL Home Runs Leader (1961)
  • 2-time AL RBI Leader (1960 & 1961)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 6 (1958 & 1960-1964)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 3 (1960-1962)
  • 40-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1961)
  • 50-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1961)
  • 60-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1961)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1960-1962)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1961)
  • Won three World Series with the New York Yankees (1961 & 1962) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1967)
Looking at the reverse side of the cards shows that Maris is one of the very few players whose name is given a non-italic treatment to go along with the comic-style first letters. 


  1. Wow! This is one of those dream cards for me, I've tried to bid on a few before, but my price range seems to be well below what the card usually sells for.

    1. I don't think it was an outrageous price for this one. Honestly I can't remember. I do know it's highly sought after considering he's not a Hall of Famer. Off the top of my head only Rose's rookie card is tougher among that group in post-war sets.