Fifth Anniversary Auction - Closes August 12, 2017
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Presented is a card with one of the most interesting stories of all the cards in the "Texas Find" from last year: a signed, 1952 Topps card of Pirates manager Billy Meyer.

A signed card of Meyer was long considered "impossible" in the set.  Meyer, a member of two of the worst teams in baseball history (the 36-117 Philadelphia Athletics of 1916, and the the 42-154 Pirates of 1952), was finished with baseball by the end of the 1952 season.  After that season, Meyer resigned, citing the hopelessness of the ballclub and his desire to win.  Meyer continued as a Pirates scout for several seasons, working out of his home, but suffered a stroke in 1955 that resulted in partial paralysis.  Meyer died of a heart attack in 1957.  Signed 1952 Topps cards of Meyer, due to his early passing, the relative scarcity of the high number cards, and Meyer's resignation as manager at the end of the 1952 season were, until just recently, nonexistent, with the exception of one known example that resides in a private collection of signed 1952 Topps.

When reviewing more than 600 signed cards from the 1952 Topps issue, this Meyer card made it into our very first submission to PSA from this collection, back in October of 2016.  When we reviewed the cards that were returned, we mistook this Meyer for an authentication error!  Meyer's signature in black ink on the white background initially looked, to us, just like the facsimile signature found on most 1952 Topps cards.  As such, we took this for an error, and put the card aside to send it to PSA at a later date so that they could remove it from their population reports.

Months later, when pulling together the various lots from this auction, we encountered another 1952 Topps Meyer, and noticed that the facsimile signature on the card read "Bill Meyer."  It was only then, when we compared it to this example, that we realized that PSA's assessment of this card was not erroneous.  As was the case with a few other signed 1952 Topps in this collection, the facsimile signature on this card had been carefully scraped away, leaving only the white background.  Meyer then signed the card "Billy Meyer," in black ink, where the facsimile signature once was.

The result is the second known example of an autographed 1952 Topps Billy Meyer, authenticated and encapsulated by PSA/DNA.  Simply an outstanding example, graded VG-EX 4 by PSA, with a dark, bold signature, a card previously considered "impossible."

Signed 1952 Topps #387 Bill Meyer - PSA VG-EX 4 AUTO AUTH - The Impossible Card!Signed 1952 Topps #387 Bill Meyer - PSA VG-EX 4 AUTO AUTH - The Impossible Card!
Signed 1952 Topps #387 Bill Meyer - PSA VG-EX 4 AUTO AUTH - "The Impossible Card!"
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Minimum Bid: $250
Final prices include buyers premium.: $5,400
Number Bids: 18
Auction closed on Sunday, August 13, 2017.
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