Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Brooklyn Mini Surfaces

A Brooklyn Mini N172 Old Judge is up for auction in the current Love of the Game Auction.

Brooklyn Mini's are very rare N172 Old Judges and don't show up for sale very often.  I am always excited when I see one and there is one up for sale in the current Love of the Game Auction that runs for another 7 days. 

I wrote about the Brooklyn Mini's and how they were made years ago in this post.  All of the mini's are of Brooklyn players and they are all photos that were taken outdoors.  Basically the photographer was closer when taking these photos than other photographers who took photos for the N172 cards.  So when they Brooklyn photos were cropped to fit into the composites for the final card layouts they were smaller than the others.  If this sounds confusing, then read the old post and it will be more clear. 

Image courtesy Love of the Game Auctions
Not all Brooklyn cards are minis however.  If they were all in the same composite then they were all the same size and ended up as regular size final cards.  Again, read the old post for more clarity.  Also, sometimes you'll find some Brooklyn cards that have team changes, so the photo is still the same, but the team is not Brooklyn.  So, not all outdoor photos have a Brooklyn team designation. 

Here is the link to the auction in Love of the Game.  The card is currently at $600 before the buyer's premium.  I'm anxious to see what the final price will be.  The same card sold for $780 in Love of the Game's January 31, 2016 auction.  I would love to see it eclipse that final price this time around.  I really think these mini's are under appreciated and I feel like this should be worth more even though it is graded SGC Authentic and not a numerical grade.  

After all, another example of the O'Brien mini, though not this example and also graded SGC Authentic, sold in Goodwin's auction in 2014 for $1,309 including the BP. 

Anyway, I really like these little gems and just wanted to share this auction with you so you can see one.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Enjoy the hobby's not a mini one.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

W519 and Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken, NJ

With my recent pick ups of a couple of W519's I wanted to post a little more about these cards.

Image courtesy of

There are two types of W519 baseball cards, and two types of the Type I variety.  This means there are types W519-1-1, W519-1-2 and W519-2.  The Type I's are the numbered variety and the Type II's are not numbered. 

The two varieties of the numbered Type I's come with the numbers either in black (Type 1-1) or blue (Type 1-2).  The blue numbered cards are much harder to find than the black numbered cards and carry a premium of about 5x that of the other types of W519's.  These Type 1-1's have 20 cards in the set with 18 portraits and 2 full body poses and they have various color backgrounds.  The Type 1-2's (blue numbers)  are believed to have 10 cards in the set.

The Type II's are unnumbered and all have blue backgrounds.  There are ten cards in this checklist.  The unnumbered Type II's are a little more common that the numbered cards.

Below is a checklist of the three sets borrowed from my supporter

Please note: Cards in both W519 Numbered sets are numbered on the card; for the W519 Unnumbered set they are not. The numbers in parenthesis for the W519-2 Unnumbered set indicate the sequence numbers (based on player's last name) that are generally used by collectors for checklist purposes. 

Card #

(Black #s)
(Blue #s)

116(8)Guy Morton
217(7)Rube Marquard
318(3)Gabby Cravath (Gavvy)
419(6)Ernie Krueger
520(10)Babe Ruth
6--George Sisler
7--Rube Benton
8--Jimmie Johnston
9--Wilbur Robinson (Wilbert)
10--Johnny Griffith
11--Frank Baker
12--Bob Veach
13--Jesse Barnes
14--Leon Cadore
15--Ray Schalk
1611(5)Kid Gleasen (Gleason)
1712(9)Joe Murphy
1813(4)Frank Frisch
1914(2)Eddie Collins
20--Wallie Schang
-15(1)Eddie Cicotte

These cards were produced by The Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken, NJ.  They also produced the closely related W521 baseball card set.  The W521 set shares the same checklist as the W519-1-1 set but all the images are reversed.  They are also numbered. 

You can see the Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken NJ printed on the side of the cards on some occasions.  See the W519-1-1 Marquard at right.  Marquard and Sisler are the two that are found with the side writing usually, but I recently picked up a Rube Benton that also shows part of the side writing.  You can see it on my last blog post of recent pick ups here.

The Decalco Litho Co. started in Hoboken in 1908 under the name American Transfer Pictures & Printing Co.  It was later incorporated in 1918 as Decalco Litho Company, Inc and shortly thereafter printed these sets. 

Decalco Litho also produced a set of boxing cards.  These are fairly tough to come by and complete the set.  Below are a couple examples from the boxing set.  The Jack Britton and Jack Dempsey are pictured here.

The boxing set has boxers and wrestlers and has 20 cards in the set as well.  My supporter,, has a writeup about these here.  They are classified as W519/W521 as well.

W519 Boxers Britton and Dempsey
The boxing set comes in both corrected and reversed images and some color variations.  You can see all the examples on Adam Warshaw's website of boxing strip cards.  Some of the cards can also be found with the Decalco Litho of Hoboken, NJ typed on the side of the card. 

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Recent Pick Ups

A couple of Rubes joined my collection recently.

I was very happy to have picked up these two W519-1-1s.  These are the black numbered versions of the W519s.  Type II's (W519-2) do not have numbers and are all blue backgrounds.  The W519-1-2s have blue numbers instead of black and are harder to find than the black number type I's. 

First up in Rube Benton who pitched for the NY Giants when this card was produced in 1920.

Next up in one of my favorite prewar players, HOFer Rube Marquard who was pitching for the Brooklyn Robins in 1920.
I hope you like these two new strip cards as much as I do.  The W519s don't show up as often as some of the other strip sets so I was happy to get these two.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Recent Pick Ups

I recently raised my Kraken number by two points with the addition of these two beauties.

Nothing crazy but I'm very excited to have finally picked up an E90-1 Rebel Oakes.  I've always considered this card one of the best looking cards in the hobby and a must have.  A true classic in my opinion.

I've always liked how Oakes' glove breaks the border at the top of the card.  Another tough card from the set, the Jerry Upp card, also has this characteristic.  Only on Jerry's card it's his butt that breaks the left border of the card.  Another classic card in my view as well.
The next one I picked up was this trimmed (at least I'm pretty sure it is as it's very short top to bottom and has a wavy bottom edge) Blankenship.  I like the solid blue background on this one. 
So what exactly is a Kraken number?  I can hear a bunch of you asking this question and feel I should explain.  The T206 set is affectionately known as "The Monster".  So in the caramel card world, the E90-1 set has been dubbed "The Kraken" by some collectors. 
A Kraken number is your score on a scale of points related to the level of difficulty of obtaining the different cards.  This is all explained, talked about, and collectors are reporting their scores in this thread on here.  Below is the list of the points for each card that total 250 for a complete set. 
20 Joe Jackson

10 Tris Speaker
10 Honus Wagner (throwing)

7 Hugh Duffy
7 Mike Mitchell
7 Honus Wagner (batting)
7 Cy Young (Cleveland)

5 Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh)
5 Ty Cobb
5 Willie Keeler (red background)
5 Jake Stahl
5 Bill Sweeney (Boston)
5 Ed Walsh

4 Peaches Graham
4 Christy Mathewson
4 Eddie Plank
4 Cy Young (Boston)

3 Bob Bescher
3 Patsy Dougherty
3 George Gibson (back)
3 Harry Howell (wind up)
3 Ed Karger
3 Willie Keeler (throwing)
3 Addie Joss (throwing)
3 Nap Lajoie
3 Tommy Leach (throwing)
3 Hans Lobert
3 Larry McLean
3 Dots Miller (sunset)
3 Orval Overall
3 Dave Shean
3 George Stone (left hand showing)
3 Jerry Upp

1 each for the rest of the 88 cards

A complete set of 121 would thus be 250 points
My Kraken number is only 12 (will be 14 when I get the two cards I won in the recent Brockelman Auction) but I'm having fun collecting the set and seeing my number (slowly) go up.
Feel free to post your Kraken number in the comments and on Net54 if you have any.  We need more people reporting in their numbers!
I hope you liked my recent pick ups as much as I do.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

1971 Topps Long Shots

I was looking through my 1971 Topps Black Beauties recently and noticed a bunch of the images in this set are wide angle shots.

I really like these particular cards.  I'm drawn to the images showing multiple players in one picture, or just a shot of a player from a distance.  I found a couple cool pitchers for example where they were photographed from a distance and the cards are just plain awesome.

Now, I realize I picked two stars here, but what I really like about the cards are the images.  The Gibson shows the third baseman and third base ump in the background with the full stands behind them.  And the Ryan with that huge RC Cola ad behind him in the outfield. 
Here are three shots of the action at second base.  Each image has a baserunner sliding into the bag with the fielder making his play at first.  The Maxvill image is my favorite of the three as he is looking down at the runner who was trying to take him out of the play. 
These two are great.  They show some great in action photos involving the runner sliding into second, the defensive players in the middle of making the play and the ump right there to make the call.  These are so cool! 
And my absolute favorite card in the entire set is not the Thurman Munson as is a lot of folks favorite, but rather it's this World Series Game 5 card of Brooks Robinson making a signature play at short.
Is this the best image on a card in this set or what?  I mean how far away is the photographer for crying out loud?  And there is nothing else in the frame but dirt!  I mean Brooksie is in the middle of nowhere on this card. 
What other cards do you guys like from the 1971 Topps set?  Let me know in the comments.  And yes, these are all cards from my set and I could care less about the condition as you can tell.  I just collect cards, I don't care if they are beat up.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Recent Pick Ups

It's that time again to share my recent pick ups.

I recently picked up a couple more T205s for my set.  Nothing groundbreaking here, but still a couple steps closer to the finish line.

The first one is this Louis Evans with a Polar Bear back.  Even though the backs aren't as ornate as the T206 backs, I still like the Polar Bear backs in the T205 set.  And I like the bios and stats more than just a large ad for smokes. 
 One part of his bio that I really like is where it says, "He is a good waiter, and was granted 78 passes in 1910".  I've never heard of a batter being called a waiter in reference to getting walked.
The second T205 is that of J. Clyde Milan of the Washington Senators.  I like the designs of the American Leaguers in this set much more that the National Leaguers.  I think that because I first started collecting just the NY Giants from T205 I got bored of the National League design and now when I pick up an American Leaguer I am much more pleased. 
The back of Milan's card also states something I've never heard before in that "he also pilfered 44 bases" in regards to his stolen base tally.  I like that, pilfered. 
Anyway, those are my most recent acquisitions and I hope you enjoy them.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

NY Giants From Long Ago...

A little look at John McGraw, Christy Mathewson and the NY Giants.

Ever wonder what the game was actually like during the prewar era?  Here's a little video clip of some of the NY Giants including John "Mugsy" McGraw and Christy Mathewson. 


I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty cool to see these guys in motion like this.  Too bad there wasn't sound so we could here the crack of the bat or the crowd in the background or the players talking. 

I hope you liked the video as much as I did!

Enjoy the hobby's a moving one.