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If we were to ask Joe Baseball Fan who the top home run hitter of the 1950s was, we bet he would answer either "Mickey Mantle" or "Willie Mays." Undoubtedly to the surprise of many folks, the correct answer is neither the Mick nor the Say Hey Kid; it is Dodgers slugger Duke Snider, who hit 326 long balls during the decade. "Snider, Mantle and Mays. You could get a fat lip in any saloon by starting an argument as to which was best," New York Herald Tribune sportswriter Red Smith once quipped. Although not as acclaimed today as Mickey or Willie, Duke is a Big Apple legend and Hall of Famer in his own right, and was the most powerful bat in a star-studded Brooklyn lineup that included Jackie Robinson, Pee Wee Reese, Gil Hodges, and Roy Campanella, to name a few.

Offered here is a PSA 8 NM-MT example of the Duke of Flatbush's 1950 Bowman #77 card. Exhibiting flawless image registration and pack-fresh colors, what struck us most about this specimen was its four dagger corners. If not for centering mildly favoring the left and bottom borders, this would be considered one of the finest examples in the hobby. Nevertheless, it is a high-grade vintage card of the 1950s home run king worthy of any top collection. One warning, however: We are not responsible if you enter a sports bar in the Bronx and loudly proclaim that Duke was better than Mantle.
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium: $880
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, December 16, 2018.
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