Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#15 Johnny Pesky

#15 Johnny Pesky
Progress: 1st of this card
197 of 407  48.4% complete
How acquired: $10.25 on ebay
Condition: Excellent
This Pesky is a card that has eluded my budget for years.  I'm not a Red Sox fan, and have no deep seeded affection for Pesky or his pole, but many Sox fans do.  As a result this card routinely demands a premium I'm simply not willing to pay for non-Hall of Famer on a team I don't care for.  So while $10 is still one of the higher numbers I've laid down for a card in this set so far, it still feels like a pretty good deal, especially given the nice shape it's in.  To read more about "Mr. Red Sox" and the myth behind "Pesky's Pole," click here to view his Wikipedia page, it's an interesting read.  Pesky finished with 1,455 hits, but lost three years to military service, sandwiched between 200+ hit seasons.  There's little reason to doubt he would have cracked 2000 career hits had he not lost those years.

Stats: 10 seasons, 2x All-Star, 3x AL Hits Leader '42, '46, '47, .307 avg.

Best Hall of Fame Showing: 1960 0.4%

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