Growing up my dad helped me build a nice collection of vintage Phillies cards - piecing together his own lost collection of Curt Simmons, Richie Ashburn and Gran Hamner gems. Stan Lopata was always held in high regard, and as a result I have several of his cards from the 1950s, too. These cards were a great way to relate to the stories I heard from Dad about guys from this era. Even though I never saw any of them play, there was a definite interest in their careers.
In light of his passing, I thought I would share a few of the cards that made me a collector of both Lopata and the Whiz Kids...
1956 Topps, #183
Comments: The 1956 Topps set is beautiful, and Lopata's card is no exception. If I had to describe the posed picture, I would say: "that's what a ballplayer looks like".
1957 Topps, #119
Comments: This card is notable because it features Lopata wearing his glasses. He was recognized as the first catcher to wear spectacles in a game.
|Stan Lopata, 1957 Topps #119|