Not even Topps could find this!
Hey Moe! Hey Larry! I got a 1961 Topps Phil Rizzuto MVP card at the vintage show! Wait... That card seems awfully familiar to me. Where have I heard of this card before?
Oh yeah. Here:
And here. And here. Also here. Not here, but related.
This card was apparently too tough for Topps' fulfillment company to find for the Million Card Giveaway promotion, and it resulted in a bunch of customers having a pretty crummy experience with the Transmogrifier. I just found it in a bargain box for three bucks. From a pretty well known vintage dealer. Someone out there wasn't trying hard enough, or perhaps lucked into a very cheap lot of 1954 Topps commons and figured a way to make the company a little extra profit. I love '54 Topps as much as the next guy (I nabbed a sweet one at the show!) but sending someone a '54 common in place of a Hall of Famer... a Yankee Hall of Famer... a beloved Yankee Hall of Famer... beloved even by fans who HATE the fuckin' Yankees... That... That ain't right, dude. Not cool.
I mean, Bob Turley and Eddie Robinson were pretty good players, but they were never in a Meatloaf song for crying out loud.