Friday, January 30, 2009

1907 Grignon Chicago Cubs Postcards

Issued in early 1907 by the Grignon Company this set of novelty postcards portend the Cub’s eventual capturing of the National League pennant and 1907 World Series.

Pictured here are my cards of Ed Reulbach. Note that one has the Morrison Hotel Boston Oyster House advertising.

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The Checklist:

Mordecai Brown
Frank Chance
John Evers
Arthur Hofman
John Kling
Carl Lundgren
Pat Moran
Orvie Overall
Jack Pfeister
Ed Reulbach
Frank Schulte
James Sheckard
James Slagle
Harry Steinfeldt
Jack Taylor
Joe Tinker

Brush Auto Detroit Tigers Postcards


Here is another very rare postcard issue. These black and white postcards were issued in 1910 by the makers of the Brush automobile and pictured several members of the Detroit Tigers baseball team.

As late as 2006 only five had been catalogued. The list is now up to 10

Pictured here is my card of Hughie Jennings seated version..

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The checklist:

Ty Cobb
Bill Coughlin
Bill Donovan
Hughie Jennings(standing)
Hughie Jennings(seated)
Matty McIntyre
George Mullin
Charlie Schmidt
Schaefer & O'Leary
Ira Thomas

E & S Publishing Company Postcards


As late as 2006 only ten cards from this very rare 1914 postcard set had been catalogued. Since then the number has risen to 18. It is expected that more are to be found.

Issued by the E & S. Publishing Company the fronts of each card have a portrait or action drawing with a number of cartoon-like drawings around.

Pictured here is the my card of Frank Chance from that set.
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Most recent checklist:

"Jimmie" Archer
Frank Baker
Joe Benz
George Burns
Frank Chance
Ty Cobb
Miller Huggins
Joe Jackson
Walter P. Johnson
James Lavender
Richard (Rube) Marquard
Christy Mathewson
Cornelius McGillicudy
John J. McGraw
"Tex" Russell
Frank Schulte
Jim Scott
Art Wilson

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Harold “Hal” Chase


One of the more interesting characters of turn of the century baseball was Hal Chase. California born Chase, known to most as “Prince Hal” because of his swaggering manner began his major league career in 1905 with the New York Highlanders (now known as the New York Yankees). In his position at first base he was considered by many of his contemporaries as well as later players as one of the best first basemen ever. So popular was he during his stint with the Highlanders from 1905 through 1913 that the American Tobacco Trust, the Company that put out the T206 set, honored him on five (5) different cards more than any other player and one (1) more than Ty Cobb considered by most to be the best player of his time. Quite a tribute and makes one wonder “why isn’t this guy in the Hall of Fame?” After all, historians Lawrence Ritter and Donald Honig named him as one the 100 greatest players of all time in their book of the same name.

Chase played with the Highlanders from 1905 through 1913; the Chicago White Sox from 1913 through 1914; the Buffalo Blues of the newly organized Federal League from 1914 through 1915; the Cincinnati Reds from 1916 through 1918; finally ending his career with the New York Giants in 1919.

The story of his fall from grace has been well documented by many writers and historians. Fact of the matter was that Prince Hal was a gambler, he wagered on games, he was accused of throwing games; he paid players to throw games and committed other acts thought to corrupted baseball. Several of his managers suspected what was going on and in 1913 when the suspicion appeared more reality Manager Frank Chance of the Highlanders shipped him off to the White Sox. Chase always had aspirations to be a manager and at times held a player/manager position with a team. While with Cincinnati in 1918 Manager Christy Mathewson learned that Chase had paid a player to throw a game. Mathewson suspended Chase and brought up charges for fixing games. Chase was subsequently acquitted by the National League President. Following his acquittal Chase was dealt to the Giants and due to some new found evidence of throwing games in 1918 was banned from the game.

Though not an active participant in the 1919 Black Sox scandal it is known that he won $40,000 betting on the Reds.

The final fall came after it was learned that in 1920 he had bribed Spider Baum of the Salt Lake Bees, Pacific Coast League, to lose a game against the Los Angeles Angels. In 1921 the Commissioner of Baseball, Kenesaw Mountain Landis, issued a formal lifetime ban. After the ban Chase played on outlaw teams with Black Soxers Buck Weaver, Chick Gandil and Lefty Williams.

Chase died in 1947 at age 64.



Pictured with this article are his five (5) T206 cards. The Black Cap, Blue Portrait and Holding Trophy cards are from my collection. The White Cap and Pink Portrait scans are courtesy of my friend Joe Yanello of Joes Vintage Sports Cards. Joe has the cards listed in his eBay Store and can be found at the following link: http://stores.ebay.com/Joes-Vintage-Sports-Cards

Monday, January 26, 2009

W600 William R. Marshall


Up for sale is a rarely offered W600 Sporting Life Cabinet of William R. “Doc” Marshall. This card has been graded SGC 60 by Sports Guaranty, LLC. It shows him as a member of the New York Giants.

While W600 cabinets were issued between 1902 and 1911 this card can be dated to either 1905 or 1906 as those were his only years with the Giants.

The offered example exhibits a clean blank reverse free of any marks. As evidenced by the grade the card is crease free with only minor softening at the corners.

I am offering this card at ***SOLD***

Roger Bresnahan

Roger Philip Bresnahan (1879-1944) started his major league career in 1897 with the Washington team of the National League. While he played in 1897 he didn’t really get going until 1902 when he joined John McGraw’s New York Giants team having short stints with the Chicago Orphans and Baltimore Orioles in between. Over the next seven seasons he was a mainstay for the team as its number one catcher. In the 1905 World Series he had five hits in 16 at bats for a nice .313 batting average. In 1909 he was dealt to the St. Louis (NL) team and in 1913 joined the Chicago Cubs and he played for the Cubs through the 1915 season.
Roger was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945 the year following his death. He is pictured here on his two T206 cards while with St. Louis.


Jap Barbeau


William Joseph Barbeau (1882-1969) played with three major league teams, Cleveland, Pittsburg and St. Louis (NL) during 1905, 1906, 1909 and 1910.. Here he is pictured on his T206 card with the St. Louis team. Jap also appears on the 1906 Sporting Life postcard while with the 1906 Cleveland team. That card is pictured under the Postcards label.

Vintage Baseball Card Set Checklists - T206

ED ABBATICCHIO, BROWN SLEEVES
ED ABBATICCHIO BLUE SLEEVES
FRED ABBOTT
BILL ABSTEIN
DOC ADKINS
WHITEY ALPERMAN
RED AMES, HANDS AT CHEST
RED AMES, HANDS OVER HEAD
RED AMES, PORTRAIT
JOHN ANDERSON
FRANK ARELLANES
HERMAN ARMBRUSTER
HARRY ARNDT
JAKE ATZ
HOME RUN BAKER
NEAL BALL, NEW YORK
NEAL BALL, CLEVELAND
JAP_BARBEAU
CY BARGER
JACK BARRY, PHILADELPHIA
SHAD BARRY, MILWAUKEE
JACK BASTIAN
EMIL BATCH
JOHNNY BATES
HARRY BAY
GINGER BEAUMONT
FRED BECK
BEALS BECKER
JAKE BECKLEY
GEORGE BELL, HANDS OVER HEAD
GEORGE BELL, FOLLOW THROUGH
CHIEF BENDER, PITCHING NO TREES
CHIEF BENDER, PITCHING WITH TREES
CHIEF BENDER, PORTRAIT
BILL BERGEN, BATTING
BILL BERGEN, CATCHING
HEINIE BERGER
BILL BERNHARD
BOB BESCHER, HANDS IN AIR
BOB BESCHER, PORTRAIT
JOE BIRMINGHAM
LENA BLACKBURNE
JACK BLISS
FRANK BOWERMAN
BILL BRADLEY, PORTRAIT
BILL BRADLEY, WITH BAT
DAVE BRAIN
KITTY BRANSFIELD
ROY BRASHEAR
TED BREITENSTEIN
ROGER_BRESNAHAN_PORTRAIT
ROGER_BRESNAHAN_WITH_BAT
AL BRIDWELL, NO CAP
AL BRIDWELL, WITH CAP
GEORGE BROWNE, CHICAGO
GEORGE BROWNE, WASHINGTON
MORDECAI BROWN, CHICAGO SHIRT
MORDECAI BROWN, CUBS SHIRT
MORDECAI BROWN, PORTRAIT
AL BURCH, BATTING
AL BURCH, FIELDING
FRED BURCHELL
JIMMY BURKE
BILL BURNS
DONIE BUSH
JOHN BUTLER
BOBBY BYRNE
HOWIE CAMNITZ, ARM AT SIDE
HOWIE CAMNITZ, ARMS FOLDED
HOWIE CAMNITZ, HANDS OVER HEAD
BILLY CAMPBELL
SCOOPS CAREY
CHARLEY CARR
BILL CARRIGAN
DOC CASEY
PETER CASSIDY
FRANK CHANCE, BATTING
FRANK CHANCE, PORTRAIT RED BACK
FRANK CHANCE, PORTRAIT YELLOW BACK
BILL CHAPPELLE
CHAPPIE CHARLES
HAL_CHASE_WITH_TROPHY
HAL_CHASE_PORTRAIT_BLUE_BACK
HAL_CHASE_PORTRAIT_PINK_BACK
HAL_CHASE_THROWING_BLACK_CAP
HAL_CHASE_THROWING_WHITE_CAP
JACK CHESBRO
ED CICOTTE
BILL CLANCEY
JOSH CLARKE, COLUMBUS
FRED CLARKE, PITTSBURG WITH BAT
FRED CLARKE, PITTSBURG PORTRAIT
NIG CLARKE, CLEVELAND
BILL CLYMER
TY COBB, PORTRAIT GREEN BACK
TY COBB, PORTRAIT RED BACK
TY COBB, BAT OFF SHOULDER
TY COBB, BAT ON SHOULDER
CAD COLES
EDDIE COLLINS, PHILADELPHIA
JIMMY COLLINS, MINNEAPOLIS
BUNK CONGALTON
WID CONROY, FIELDING
WID CONROY, WITH BAT
HARRY COVELESKI
DOC CRANDALL, NO CAP
DOC CRANDALL, WITH CAP
BILL CRANSTON
GAVVY CRAVATH
SAM CRAWFORD, THROWING
SAM CRAWFORD, WITH BAT
BIRDIE CREE
LOU CRIGER
DODE CRISS
MONTE CROSS
BILL DAHLEN, BOSTON
BILL DAHLEN, BROOKLYN
PAUL DAVIDSON
GEORGE DAVIS, CHICAGO
HARRY DAVIS, PHIL., DAVIS FRONT
HARRY DAVIS, PHIL H DAVIS FRONT
FRANK DELAHANTY, LOUISVILLE
JIM DELAHANTY, WASHINGTON
RAY DEMMITT, NEW YORK
RAY DEMMITT, ST. LOUIS
RUBE DESSAU
ART DEVLIN
JOSH DEVORE
BILL DINEEN
MIKE DONLIN, FIELDING
MIKE DONLIN, SEATED
MIKE DONLIN, WITH BAT
JIGGS DONAHUE
WILD BILL DONOVAN, PORTRAIT
WILD BILL DONOVAN, THROWING
RED DOOIN
MICKEY DOOLAN, BATTING
MICKEY DOOLAN, FIELDING
MICKEY DOOLAN, DOOLIN
GUS DORNER
PATSY DOUGHERTY, ARM IN AIR
PATSY DOUGHERTY, PORTRAIT
TOM DOWNEY, BATTING
TOM DOWNEY, FIELDING
JERRY DOWNS
JOE DOYLE, N.Y. NATL, HANDS UP
JOE DOYLE, N.Y.
LARRY DOYLE, N.Y. NATL PORTRAIT
LARRY DOYLE, N.Y. NATL THROWING
LARRY DOYLE, N.Y. NATL, WITH BAT
JEAN DUBUC
HUGH DUFFY
JACK DUNN, BALTIMORE
JOE DUNN, BROOKLYN
BULL DURHAM
JIMMY DYGERT
TED EASTERLY
DICK EGAN
KID ELBERFELD, NEW YORK
KID ELBERFELD, WASH., PORTRAIT
KID ELBERFELD, WASH., FIELDING
ROY ELLAM
CLYDE ENGLE
STEVE EVANS
JOHNNY EVERS, PORTRAIT
JOHNNY EVERS, WITH BAT/CHICAGO SHIRT
JOHNNY EVERS, WITH BAT CUBS SHIRT
BOB EWING
CECIL FERGUSON
HOBE FERRIS
LOU FIENE, PORTRAIT
LOU FIENE, THROWING
STEAMER FLANAGAN
ART FLETCHER
ELMER FLICK
RUSS FORD
ED FOSTER
JERRY FREEMAN
JOHN FRILL
CHARLIE_FRITZ
ART FROMME
CHICK GANDIL
BOB GANLEY
JOHN GANZEL
HARRY GASPER
RUBE GEYER
GEORGE GIBSON
BILLY GILBERT
WILBUR GOODE
BILL GRAHAM, ST. LOUIS
PEACHES GRAHAM, BOSTON
DOLLY GRAY
ED GREMINGER
CLARK GRIFFITH, BATTING
CLARK GRIFFITH, PORTRAIT
MOOSE GRIMSHAW
BOB GROOM
TOM GUIHEEN
ED HAHN
BOB HALL
BILL HALLMAN
JACK HANNIFAN
BILL HART, LITTLE ROCK
JIMMY HART, MONTGOMERY
TOPSY HARTSEL
JACK HAYDEN
J. ROSS HELM
CHARLIE HEMPHILL
BUCK HERZOG, BOSTON
BUCK HERZOG, NEW YORK
GORDON HICKMAN
BILL HINCHMAN, CLEVELAND
HARRY HINCHMAN, TOLEDO
DICK HOBLITZELL
DANNY HOFFMAN, ST. LOUIS
IZZY HOFFMAN, PROVIDENCE
SOLLY HOFMAN
BOCK HOOKER
DEL HOWARD, CHICAGO
ERNIE HOWARD, SAVANNAH
HARRY HOWELL, HANDS AT WAIST
HARRY HOWELL, PORTRAIT
MILLER HUGGINS, HANDS AT MOUTH
MILLER HUGGINS, PORTAIT
RUDY HULSWITT
JOHN HUMMEL
GEORGE HUNTER
FRANK ISBELL
FRED JACKLITSCH
JIMMY JACKSON
HUGHIE JENNINGS, ONE HAND
HUGHIE JENNINGS, BOTH HANDS
HUGHIE JENNINGS, PORTRAIT
WALTER JOHNSON, HANDS AT CHEST
WALTER JOHNSON, PORTRAIT
FIELDER JONES, CHI., HANDS AT HIP
FIELDER JONES, CHI., PORTRAIT
DAVY JONES, DETROIT
TOM JONES, ST. LOUIS
DUTCH JORDAN, ATLANTA
TIM JORDAN, BROOKLYN, BATTING
TIM JORDAN, BROOKLYN PORTRAIT
ADDIE JOSS, HANDS AT CHEST
ADDIE JOSS, PORTRAIT
ED KARGER
WILLIE KEELER, PORTRAIT
WILLIE KEELER, WITH BAT
JOE KELLEY
J.F. KIERNAN
ED KILLIAN, HANDS AT CHEST
ED KILLIAN, PORTRAIT
FRANK KING
RUBE KISSINGER
RED KLEINOW, BOSTON
RED KLEINOW, N.Y., CATCHING
RED KLEINOW, N.Y. WITH BAT
JOHNNY KLING
OTTO KNABE
JACK KNIGHT, PORTAIT
JACK KNIGHT, WITH BAT
ED KONETCHY, GLOVE HIGH
ED KONETCHY, GLOVE LOW
HARRY KRAUSE, PITCHING
HARRY KRAUSE, PORTAIT
RUBE KROH
OTTO KRUGER
JAMES LAFITTE
NAP LAJOIE, PORTRAIT
NAP LAJOIE, THROWING
NAP LAJOIE, WITH BAT
JOE LAKE, NEW YORK
JOE LAKE, ST. LOUIS, WITH BALL
JOE LAKE, ST. LOUIS, NO BALL
FRANK LaPORTE
ARLIE LATHAM
BILL LATTIMORE
JIMMY LAVENDER
TOMMY LEACH, BENDING OVER
TOMMY LEACH, PORTRAIT
LEFTY LEIFIELD, BATTING
LEFTY LEIFIELD, PITCHING
ED LENNOX
HARRY LENTZ (SENTZ)
GLENN LIEBHARDT
VIVE LINDAMAN
PERRY LIPE
PADDY LIVINGSTON
HANS LOBERT
HARRY LORD
HARRY LUMLEY
CARL LUNDGREN, CHICAGO
CARL LUNDGREN, KANSAS CITY
NICK MADDOX
SHERRY MAGEE, PORTRAIT
SHERRY MAGEE, WITH BAT
SHERRY MAGEE (MAGIE)
BILL MALARKEY
BILLY MALONEY
GEORGE MANION
RUBE MANNING, BATTING
RUBE MANNING, PITCHING
RUBE MARQUARD, HANDS AT THIGHS
RUBE MARQUARD, FOLLOW THROUGH
RUBE MARQUARD, PORTRAIT
DOC MARSHALL
CHRISTY MATHEWSON, DARK CAP
CHRISTY MATHEWSON, PORTRAIT
CHRISTY MATHEWSON, WHITE CAP
AL MATTERN
JOHN McALEESE
GEORGE McBRIDE
PAT McCAULEY
MOOSE McCORMICK
PRYOR McELVEEN
DAN McGANN
JIM McGINLEY
IRON MAN McGINNITY
STONEY McGLYNN
JOHN McGRAW, FINGER IN AIR
JOHN McGRAW, GLOVE AT HIP
JOHN McGRAW, PORTRAIT NO CAP
JOHN McGRAW, PORTRAIT WITH CAP
HARRY McINTYRE, BROOKLYN
HARRY McINTYRE, BROOKLYN & CHICAGO
MATTY McINTYRE, DETROIT
LARRY McLEAN
GEORGE McQUILLAN, BALL IN HAND
GEORGE McQUILLAN, WITH BAT
FRED MERKLE, PORTRAIT
FRED MERKLE, THROWING
GEORGE MERRITT
CHIEF MEYERS
CLYDE MILAN
DOTS MILLER, PITTSBURG
MOLLY MILLER, DALLAS
BILL MILLIGAN
FRED MITCHELL, TORONTO
MIKE MITCHELL, CINCINNATI
DAN MOELLER
CARLETON_MOELSWORTH
HERBIE MORAN, PROVIDENCE
PAT MORAN, CHICAGO
GEORGE MORIARTY
MIKE MOWREY
DOM MULLANEY
GEORGE MULLIN, MULLEN
GEORGE MULLIN, THROWING
GEORGE MULLIN, WITH BAT
DANNY MURPHY, BATTING
DANNY MURPHY, THROWING
RED MURRAY, BATTING
RED MURRAY, PORTRAIT
CHIEF MYERS, MEYERS BATTING
CHIEF MYERS, MEYERS FIELDING
BILLY NATTRESS
TOM NEEDHAM
SIMON NICHOLLS, HANDS ON KNEES
SIMON NICHOLLS, BATTING
HARRY NILES
REBEL OAKES
FRANK OBERLIN
PETER OBRIEN
BILL OHARA, NEW YORK
BILL OHARA, ST. LOUIS
RUBE OLDRING, BATTING
RUBE OLDRING, FIELDING
CHARLEY OLEARY, HANDS ON KNEES
CHARLEY OLEARY, PORTRAIT
WILLIAM J. ONEIL
AL ORTH
WILLIAM OTEY
ORVAL OVERALL, HANDS AT FACE
ORVAL OVERALL, HANDS AT WAIST
ORVAL OVERALL, PORTRAIT
FRANK OWEN
GEORGE PAIGE
FRED PARENT
DODE PASKERT
JIM PASTORIUS
HARRY PATTEE
FRED PAYNE
BARNEY PELTY, HORIZONTAL
BARNEY PELTY, VERTICAL
HUB PERDUE
GEORGE PERRING
ARCH PERSONS
FRANCIS PFEFFER
JAKE PFIESTER, SEATED
JAKE PFIESTER, THROWING
JIMMY PHELAN
EDDIE PHELPS
DEACON PHILLIPPE
OLLIE PICKERING
EDDIE PLANK
PHIL POLAND
JACK POWELL
MIKE POWERS
BILLY PURTELL
AMBROSE PUTTMANN
LEE QUILLEN
JACK QUINN
NEWT RANDALL
BUGS RAYMOND
ED_REAGAN
ED RUELBACH, GLOVE
ED RUELBACH, NO GLOVE
DUTCH_REVELLE
BOB RHOADES, HANDS AT CHEST
BOB RHOADES, RIGHT ARM OUT
CHARLIE RHODES
CLAUDE RITCHEY
LOU RITTER
IKE ROCKENFELD
CLAUDE ROSSMAN
NAP RUCKER, PORTRAIT
NAP RUCKER, THROWING
DICK RUDOLPH
RAY RYAN
GERMANY SCHAEFER, DETROIT
GERMANY SCHAEFER, WASHINGTON
GEORGE SCHIRM
LARRLY SCHLAFLY
ADMIRAL SCHLEI, BATTING
ADMIRAL SCHLEI, CATCHING
ADMIRAL SCHLEI, PORTRAIT
BOSS SCHMIDT, PORTRAIT
BOSS SCHMIDT, THROWING
OSSEE SCHRECKENGOST
WILDFIRE SCHULTE, FRONT
WILDFIRE SCHULTE, BACK
JIM SCOTT
CHARLES SEITZ
CY SEYMOUR, BATTING
CY SEYMOUR, PORTRAIT
CY SEYMOUR, THROWING
SPIKE SHANNON
BUD SHARPE
SHAG SHAUGHNESSY
AL SHAW, ST. LOUIS
HUNKY SHAW, PROVIDENCE
JIMMY SHECKARD, GLOVE SHOWS
JIMMY SHECKARD, NO GLOVE
BILL SHIPKE
JIMMY SLAGLE
CARLOS SMITH, SHREVEPORT
FRANK SMITH, CHI, F. SMITH
FRANK SMITH, CHI, WHITE CAP
FRANK SMITH, CHICAGO & BOSTON
HAPPY SMITH, BROOKLYN
HEINIE SMITH, BUFFALO
SID SMITH, ATLANTA
FRED SNODGRASS, BATTING
FRED SNODGRASS, CATCHING
BOB SPADE
TRIS SPEAKER
TUBBY SPENCER
JAKE STAHL, GLOVE SHOWS
JAKE STAHL, NO GLOVE
OSCAR STANAGE
DOLLY STARK
CHARLIE STARR
HARRY STEINFELDT, PORTRAIT
HARRY STEINFELDT, WITH BAT
JIM STEPHENS
GEORGE STONE
GEORGE STOVALL, BATTING
GEORGE STOVALL, PORTRAIT
SAM STRANG
GABBY STREET, CATCHING
GABBY STREET, PORTRAIT
BILLY SULLIVAN
ED SUMMERS
BILL SWEENEY, BOSTON
JEFF SWEENEY, NEW YORK
JESSE TANNEHILL, WASHINGTON
LEE TANNEHILL, CHI., L. TANNEHILL
LEE TANNEHILL, CHI., TANNEHILL
DUMMY TAYLOR
FRED TENNEY
TONY THEBO
JAKE THIELMAN
IRA THOMAS
WOODIE THORNTON
JOE TINKER, BATT OFF SHOULDER
JOE TINKER, BATT ON SHOULDER
JOE TINKER, HANDS ON KNEE
JOE TINKER, PORTRAIT
JOHN TITUS
TERRY TURNER
BOB UNGLAUB
JUAN VIOLAT
RUBE WADDELL, PORTRAIT
RUBE WADDELL, THROWING
HEINIE WAGNER, BAT ON LEFT SHOULDER
HEINIE WAGNER, BAT ON RIGHT SHOULDER
HONUS WAGNER
BOBBY WALLACE
ED WALSH
JACK WARHOP
JAKE WEIMER
JAMES WESTLAKE
ZACK WHEAT
DOC WHITE, CHICAGO, PITCHING
DOC WHITE, CHICAGO PORTRAIT
FOLEY WHITE, HOUSTON
JACK WHITE, BUFFALO
KAISER WILHELM, HANDS AT CHEST
KAISER WILHELM, WITH BAT
ED WILLETT
ED WILLETT, WILLETTS
JIMMY WILLIAMS
VIC WILLIS, PITTSBURG
VIC WILLIS, ST. LOUIS, THROWING
VIC WILLIS, ST. LOUIS, WITH BAT
OWEN WILSON
HOOKS WILTSE, PITCHING
HOOKS WILTSE, PORTRAIT, NO CAP
HOOKS WILTSE, PORTRAIT, WITH CAP
LUCKY WRIGHT
CY YOUNG, CLE. GLOVE SHOWS
CY YOUNG, CLE. BARE HAND SHOWS
CY YOUNG, CLE. PORTRAIT
IRV YOUNG, MINNEAPOLIS
HEINIE ZIMMERMAN

Friday, January 23, 2009

Chicago Detroit 1907 World Series Postcards

These postcards were issued by the A.C Dietsche Company in conjunction with the World Series between the Chicago Cubs and the Detroit Tigers in 1907.

The first series of 16 Detroit cards was issued in 1907 followed up with a series of 22 cards in 1908 and finally an additional 4 cards in 1909. The only series of Chicago cards numbering 15 was issued in 1907 and since the cards were only distributed in the Detroit area are scarcer than the Tigers issue. Many collectors consider the Detroit collection complete with the 1907 series making it, with some exception, a fairly easy set to put together. The only rarity is the Cobb fielding card.

These black and white postcards are favorites with collectors. The Tigers because of Ty Cobb, Hughie Jennings and Sam Crawford, the three Hall of Fame players in the set and the Cubs because of Mordecai “Three Fingers” Brown, Frank Chance, Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker, the four Hall of Fame players in the set. Orval Overall is pictured above.

Many checklists for the Tigers 1907 series incorrectly list a two player card picturing Schaefer and O’Leary. Conventional wisdom is that such a card does not exist.

The cards pictured below provide an example of each of the three Detroit series. Mullin as a series 1 card though he also appears in series 2; Stanage a series 2 only card; and Works a series 3 only card.

Monday, January 19, 2009

IMPERIAL TOBACCO COMPANY OF CANADA (C46)

This minor league set of 1912 is the only tobacco baseball set issued in Canada. Designated C46 in the American Card Catalog the set consists of 90 numbered sepia-toned cards with short biographies on the reverse. The eight teams represented are Rochester, Buffalo, Toronto, Newark, Providence, Baltimore, Montreal and Jersey City. The set contains many players with major league experience as well as two Hall of Fame players, Joe Kelley and Joe McGinnity. The more difficult cards are Chick Gandil of Black Sox infamy and Luther “Dummy” Taylor a popular deaf player. The card of Joseph Kelley is shown to the right though the card incorrectly spells his last name Kelly.


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I have the following SGC graded C46 cards for sale @ $95 each:



Saturday, January 17, 2009

JU-JU DRUM JAMES “DEACON” MCGUIRE



Ju-Ju Drums, designated as E286 in the American Card Catalog, is an extremely rare set of circular baseball cards similar in design to Colgan Chips Stars of the Diamond, Colgan Chips Red Borders, E270, and Colgan Chips Tin Tops, E254. While the number of E254 exceeds 225 the number of Ju-Ju Drums is less than 50.

The offered example is graded SGC 50 by Sportscard Guaranty, LLC (SGC) and of the total number of 17 graded by SGC this is the only SGC 50 and there is only one card graded higher and that is an SGC 60.

Card offered for ***SOLD***

The Way We Collect

Card collecting takes on many manners of style and interest. Some are collectors whose goal is to obtain every card in a particular set. Others may be type card collectors who concentrate on obtaining one card for many different issues. Some collect specific players or teams and others may collect cards of players who come from the collector’s State or hometown. Some collect vintage, pre-war, cards. Others may collect more modern issues. Some like to have their cards graded, i.e. authenticated by a third party grading company such as SGC, PSA, BVG and secured in a plastic holder while other collectors prefer their cards “raw”. However one collects it is that diversity that makes the hobby interesting for many.

The T206 White Border set lends itself to those interested in sub-set collecting. In the over 500 cards there are sixteen major league teams represented, a number of Southern League players and a number of Minor League teams. A collector might be interested in collecting all of the Chicago Cubs cards while another may be interested in the Brooklyn cards. Even within such team collections there can be a further breakdown such as the New York Giants Portrait sub-set shown below:


Friday, January 16, 2009

ZEENUTS



In 1911 the Collins-McCarthy Candy Company of San Francisco introduced the first of a series of baseball cards of players in the Pacific Coast League. The Company continued distribution each year thereafter through 1938.

In 1911 and 1912 six teams were covered, Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Sacramento, San Francisco and Vernon. In 1913 and 1914 Venice replaced the Vernon team. Salt Lake was added in 1915 and continued through 1925. Vernon returned in 1916 and in 1920 the Seattle was introduced. In addition to those teams already mentioned other teams have appeared on Zeenut cards, Missions for one, Hollywood for another.

In 1913 the Company attached a one-half inch coupon to the bottom of the cards. The coupons were redeemable for prizes from the Company. Because the coupons could be redeemed for prizes most Zeenut cards from 1913 are found with the coupon removed. Cards with the coupon still attached command a premium price for collectors. 1911 and 1912 Zeenuts did not have coupons. Beginning in 1931 the year of issue did not appear on the cards. The only way to determine the year of issue was with a coupon attached and reference to the coupon expiration date. For example 1931 cards have an expiration date of April 1, 1932. A coupon with that expiration date identifies the card as a 1931.

Many Hall of Fame players appear on Zeenut cards. Some appear on cards prior to their years in the Major League and some as players or managers after their Major League careers. Hall of Fame players of note in the Pacific Coast League were Joe DiMaggio, Dave Bancroft, Earl Averill, Lefty Gomez, Frank Chance, Harry Heilmann, and others.

Pictured below are examples of cards for the years 1911 through 1934: