This card is one of the most well-known vintage cards due to its action, especially coming from an era where action shots weren't part of baseball cards:
However, when I look at it I see all sorts of wrong things: it definitely isn't a major league field (and looks like a municipal park rather than a Spring Training facility), the player -- rumored to be Phil Rizzuto -- is sliding the wrong way into second and the edges of the photo are underexposed for a set that lauded itself for its full-color photography.
Despite seeming like I've gone into full "Get the Hell off my yard!" geezer mode, I think it should be recognized as one of the first attempts to get some action into card photos. That was gutsy in 1953; even Topps didn't attempt to do that until 1971.
Happy New Year! - I decided that New Year's Day was the perfect time to feature the first card of the 1973 Topps set. That was back in 2011, and today is the first day since...
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