Sunday, October 26, 2014

'59 Topps set build #4/572 Roy Sievers

I decided to keep on going with the 2nd of the 3 all star cards that I currently own.  This time, I'll take a look at an American League slugger, Roy Sievers.

Card # 566 Roy Sievers:

The '59 season saw Roy Sievers start in left field for the Senators, but by May 16th he was the regular first baseman.

When I first looked at the card, it appeared that it had been trimmed.  What I noticed is that the right hand border got smaller as you looked upwards on the card.  But if you look at the left hand border, you will notice that it gets larger as you go up the card.

If you look at the borders on the back, you'll see the same thing.  

Maybe someone with some better card inspection ability can tell me if the card appears trimmed to them. 

Interesting on the back about Roy being the only player to ever win the HR title with a last place club.  His 42 HRs led the AL in 1957, as well as his 114 RBIs.  Alas, his triple crown chances fell short as Ted Williams would hit .388 that year.  Roy would actually finish 3rd in the MVP race (Mantle and Williams finished ahead of him) that season, even though the Senators were dead last, 43 games behind the pennant winning Yankees.

Roy only made one plate appearance during the All Star Game "double header", it was a pinch hit walk in the 8th inning of the first game that was played in Forbes Field 7/7/59.   The 2nd half of the All Star game double header would be played a month later, and would mark the first time the game was played on the west coast. 

I never knew that there were 2 AS games in 1959, so I learned something today.  It was even more interesting that instead of playing both games during the break, they split them a month apart.   I would love to find out what the reasoning was behind that...

thanks for reading, Robert


  1. I don't think that's a trimmed card. There are a lot of oddly cut cards in my '59 set, mostly off-center but some are mis-aligned like this one.

    As for the two All Star games, they were played to boost revenue for the players' pension fund. They played two games through 1962.

  2. Yeah, Bob's right about the trimming. That just looks like your typical Topps miscut. Those happened a lot very noticeably in the Topps 1975 set as well.