Top 10 Billy Martin Baseball Cards

by admin on March 9, 2011

Best known as the manager of the New York Yankees with a harsh management style, brutal temper, and drinking problem, Martin was also a second baseman in the American League with a passion for the game, making Billy Martin baseball cards an important addition.  After trying out for and making the team, Martin started in junior leagues with an aggression that would get him noticed by the New York Yankees who brought him into the major league in 1950.  Because of his unique style but also accomplishments on the field, such as making the game saving catch in game 7 of the 1952 World Series, being named MVP for his career highs in the 1953 World Series, and being named All-Star in 1956, cards such as the 1953 Bowman Color #118 Billy Martin, graded PSA 6 and the 1953 Topps #86 Billy Martin PSA 7 card sell for more than $200.  Due to excessive drinking and fighting, he was traded to the Kansas City Athletics in 1957, followed by a career decline and short stings with the Detroit Tigers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee Braves, and Minnesota Twins.  Retiring in 1961, Martin managed the Yankees on five different occasions, leading the team to AL pennants in 1976 and 1977 and although they lost the 1976 World Series, the team would see victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1977 World Series.  Sadly, Billy Martin was killed on Christmas Day in 1989 in a one-vehicle accident that involved alcohol.

Some of the best Billy Martin baseball cards of all-time have been produced by Topps.  The 1952 Topps Billy Martin rookie card is his most expensive card in high grade condition.  This is also one of the most popular cards in the 1952 Topps set.  Martin has many other cards that are worth collecting including many of autographed baseball cards.  Signed Billy Martin cards sell for $150 or more depending on which card you are buying.  His unfortunate death added a lot of value to his already scarce items.  Here is a list of some of the best Billy Martin baseball cards that have ever been produced.

Best Billy Martin Baseball Cards

1952 Topps #175 Billy Martin rookie card
1953 Bowman Color #93 Phil Rizzuto/Billy Martin baseball card
1953 Bowman Color #118 Billy Martin baseball card
1953 Topps #86 Billy Martin baseball card
1954 Bowman #145 Billy Martin baseball card
1954 Red Heart #19 Billy Martin baseball card
1954 Topps #13 Billy Martin baseball card
1956 Topps #181 Billy Martin baseball card
1957 Topps #62 Billy Martin baseball card
1958 Topps #271 Billy Martin baseball card
1959 Topps #295 Billy Martin baseball card
1960 Topps #173 Billy Martin baseball card
1961 Topps #89 Billy Martin baseball card
1961 Topps Stamps #20 Billy Martin baseball card

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