Harry Simpson was a ball player who had some incredible minor league seasons, putting up Triple Crown-caliber numbers in 1950 with the Pacific Coast League (156 RBIs!). He had difficulty transitioning this success in the majors, only finding his stride in the 1956 season with a .293 average and 21 HRs/105 RBIs.

The most interesting part of his 1952 Topps baseball card comes from the biographical text on the back. Topps mentions his service with the Philadelphia Stars, a Negro National League team for which he played three seasons. Topps only refers to the Stars as a “semi-pro” enterprise, a practice the card manufacturer extended to most black players appearing in the set.

Above: Simpson’s 1952 Topps card #193. Note that someone did a little amateur scorekeeping in the stats table. The Topps artist who worked on the photo decided to add clouds – a unique touch in the set.