#CardCorner: 1963 Topps Wally Moon
Hall of Fame staffers are also baseball fans and love to share their stories. Here is a fan's perspective from Cooperstown.
How prominent were Wally Moon's eyebrows? So prominent that from a distance, it looked like he was wearing horn-rimmed glasses.
In actuality, Moon’s eyebrows consisted of one long eyebrow. There was no stopping point in the middle. The eyebrow was not only continuous, but it was quite dark and very full. It was a distinctive look, one that was captured on many of Moon’s Topps cards, but none better than his 1963 card.
All ribbing about eyebrows aside, Moon was a good looking ballplayer. He had chiseled features, a thin face, and kept his hair short and neat. Wearing the dignified home uniform of the Los Angeles Dodgers, along with that always majestic blue cap, Moon looks like the poster child for a ballplayer of early 1960s vintage.
The 1963 set was also one of the best sets that Topps produced. Most of the player cards featured two full photographs of the player on the front of the card: the large color picture that occupied the top four/fifths of the card and a smaller black-and-white inset photo contained within a circle that was either blue, orange, red or yellow (as in the case of Moon). The player’s name, position and team are then set against a contrasting color background (green, gold, yellow, blue, or red—as with Moon’s card), completing a three-pointed, multi-colored card. All in all, this was a classic set, one that remains highly popular with collectors who love their vintage cards.