Month: February 2016

This Ted Williams Baseball Card Comes with a Side of Rickey and a Helping of Kobayashi

Throughout the 1940s and 1950s, collectors faced a series of unusual challenges in trying to add a Ted Williams baseball card to their collections. “The Splinter” made his first card appearances in the 1939 Goudey and Play Ball issues, with a Play Ball repeat the following season, before World War II seriously curtailed the use of cardboard and paper. Of course, WWII also curtailed one of the most promising baseball careers of the era, but even multiple stints as a  United States Marine pilot could not derail the hitting prowess of Theodore Samuel Williams. By the dawn of the 1950s, Williams...

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1990 Donruss Baseball Cards – The Ultimate Guide

Veteran collectors at the time might have been forgiven for ignoring the prognostication presented to us in each wax pack of 1990 Donruss baseball cards that spring. After all, the powerful Oakland A’s had ascended to their rightful place as World Series champions in the fall of 1989 after being rudely dispatched by the Los Angeles Dodgers and Kirk Gibson the year before. But as the 1990s dawned, the Bash Brothers — Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco — were poised to lead a cast that included perennial Cy Young candidate Dave Stewart, budding relief legend Dennis Eckersley, and a lineup of fellow...

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The First Hank Aaron Baseball Card Was a Real Clown Show

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Many fans consider home run king Barry Bonds to be a real hot dog — or much worse — but the first Hank Aaron baseball card is proof positive that the former title holder was a real Clown. An Indianapolis Clown, that is. The Indianapolis Clowns were a barnstorming team in the Negro American League that could trace its origins back to the old Miami Giants. For most of their history, the Clowns were a stunt-driven team, much along the lines of basketball’s Harlem Globetrotters. By the time the Clowns signed Aaron for $200...

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The Forgotten Ty Cobb Baseball Card — When He Was a Baker?

(Check out our other player card posts here.) From the moment the first Ty Cobb baseball card — maybe the 1906 Sporting Life issue? — was issued, fans could count on their cardboard treasures to give them an accurate picture of the man. Bonus:  This post is part of a series on some of the most unusual baseball cards of the game’s great — or colorful — players. Click here to be notified when a new post in this series goes live. Just look at that steely gaze on Cobb’s 1914 Cracker Jack card or the challenging, choked-up stance on his...

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This Oddball Willie Mays Baseball Card Will Get Your Engine Reving

If you were looking for the quintessential Willie Mays baseball cards, the choices would be pretty clear-cut. First, you have his iconic 1952 Topps issue, not technically a rookie card but still the pasteboard most collectors mean when they refer to the “Willie Mays rookie card.” Alongside the Mickey Mantle card from the same set, Mays” #261 helped build the Old Gum Company into a juggernaut that would unseat Bowman less than four years later. Of course, there is also Mays’ real rookie card, #305 in the 1951 Bowman set. You know the one — Mays cocked in his...

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