#284 Hank Arft
Progress: none, 2nd of this card
How acquired: $4.99 on eBay
At first glance, this card appears to be in much better condition than my first copy of Hank Arft. However, my collecting taste, or probably more accurately, my collecting tics, fall a little bit outside of the mainstream. While I can deal with the paper loss on the back, that little clipping in the upper left just irritates me to no end. To the point that I opted to keep my fist copy in the '52 binder I have going and relegate this one to my duplicates pile. I'm also of the opinion that this card was likely trimmed along it's edges at some point.
Stats: 5 seasons, 229 hits, 13 home runs
Here's a side by side of the two copies:
Maybe I'm nuts, but I prefer the one on the left. It's faded colors, creases, scuff marks, and the sorry state of the edges are all more akin to medals to be worn with pride than defects to be derided when it comes to my collecting taste.