In a letter published in the July 9, 2010 issue of Sports Collectors Digest, I found where Topps used a seven year old photo of Tommie Aaron for his 1969 card. I also stated that this was the oldest photo that I was aware of Topps ever using on a post war regular player card - but if some one could find an older one – we would reward them with a $50 DeansCards.com Gift Certificate.
Well, it did not take long. Last night, I received an e-mail from Joe S, who discovered that Topps used at least a 13-year old photo on 1952 Topps #101 Max Lanier. Very Well Done!
There is no way of knowing this, unless you see the old photograph of Lanier in a Cardinals uniform. In the photo, Lanier is wearing a Cardinals cap that they last wore in 1939. In 1940, the Cardinals began wearing blue caps with red bills.
Joe, I hope you enjoy your DeansCards.com Gift Certificate.