The 1953 Topps set is one that has had its praises sung by many others through the years. The unique portrait styles,the overall layout and tone all give it a sense of vintage card royalty (or regency).
I finally acquired my first cards of the Phillies variety from this set recently. And only one of them was on the 1950 pennant winning team. Player movement still existed in the free agency era, but usually not by choice of the player.
The most interesting part of these cards is that all other teams had a logo. Was "Fightin' Phillies" really the logo they used at the time? Why not use the hat logo? According to other sources, it was the baseball cap with the baseball circling it, which has been featured prominently on sets such as 1960 Topps. Is this the origin of the Fightin' monker? Inquiring minds want to know.
More vintage cards to come.