Sometimes cards are just cool. The photo matches the background and the design perfectly and is part of a legendary card set. To me, the 1957 Topps Baseball set was the best Topps produced in the 1950’s. This set, the first one to be issued in what is now the standard size of 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″, features clear photos surrounded by a white border. This simple but effective type of card has been duplicated many times since then. Many of the cards represent the golden era of baseball—and baseball cards—in a way that has to be seen to be appreciated.
The toughest cards to locate in this set are in the second series and represent a great challenge for collectors.
There are a ton of Hall of Famers and other memorable players sprinkled throughout ’57 Topps. Among the key rookie cards in this set are Future Hall of Famers Jim Bunning, Don Drysdale, Whitey Herzog, Bill Mazeroski, Brooks Robinson and Frank Robinson plus other popular rookie cards which include Clete Boyer. Rocky Colavito, Tony Kubek and Bobby Richardson. Our eBay Card of the Day fatures the 1957 Topps Don Zimmer.
“Zim” has become a legendary baseball lifer who had a long career as a player, manager and then bench coach for Joe Torre during the Yankees 1990’s dynasty. While Zimmer today is pretty much a beloved figure, his managerial career included Bill Lee nicknaming him “The Gerbil” when Zimmer managed the Red Sox in the 1970’s. He was a much different size and shape in his post-playing days than he was when this photo was taken.
Zimmer is now past 80 years old and is still active in baseball as a senior advisor for the Tampa Bay Rays franchise. However, now nearly six decades ago, he was just one in a series of infielders being groomed to replace Pee Wee Reese as the Dodgers’ shortstop and Zimmer would actually become the that guy when the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles for the 1958 season. But in ’57, he was still a member of Brooklyn’s ‘Bums’ and it’s a true classic.
This PSA 7 (near mint) example from the very challenging 1957 series shows a great photo of Zimmer getting ready to field a ball and is being sold using the auction format:
Other Zimmer cards are available on eBay here.