Lot # 37: 1954 Topps Ted Williams #250 PSA 8 NM-MT

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The final card in the 1954 Topps set is one of Ted Williams most attractive and colorful cards. The front of the card has a portrait of Williams and also shows his classic batting follow through. The reverse tells us in comic book form how Ted had the opportunity to sit out the last game of the 1941 season to insure a .400 average and yet chose to play and raise his average to .406. 1954 was a tough year for the Splendid Splinter. He broke his collarbone diving for a ball during Spring Training. When he returned, well, he was Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter hit .345 in only 386 at-bats, but was also walked 136 times. Today, that would have won Williams the batting title. But in 1954, winning the title required a specified number of at-bats, not plate appearances as the rule reads today.

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