Inspired by this beaut over at Dinged Corners, I dug out the '53 Topps binder to show off my beat up Big Cat.
The pride of Demorest, GA, Johnny manned a solid first base for the Cardinals, Giants and Yankees. An all around slugger, he led the league in batting average, homers and RBIs at various times thoughout his career, had a career .312 batting average and .397 on base percentage. He hit 359 homers in a career that lost three years due to WWII. He was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran's Committee in 1981 in one of many examples that the sportswriters have no clue what they're doing. Big Jawn is so good that Topps and Upper Deck are fighting like hell over the right to have his picture on their cards.
The card is double printed, beat up like Rocky at the end of the first movie, and I had to use color restoration to show off the pretty clouds because it's kinda dingy, but it's still one of the best cards in the 1953 set.