One man's trash is another's treasure. That day, this 1952 Topps card was my treasure.
It really didn't matter who was on the card. The fact that it was from Topps' premiere and historic set was all I needed to fork over the $3 on a buy-it-now bid.
To my surprise, Vern Stephens turned out to be a pretty good player.
A quick google search provided me with his career stats and a few highlights. Among them:
* Stephens was an 8-time All-Star
* Led the Al in home runs in 1945
* Led the Al in RBI three times
* Was in the Top-10 in batting average three times
Not bad for a nobody on a poor old baseball card.