Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Random Card From My Collection

Just wanted to share a random card from my collection.

Here is a typecard from my collection.  It is a 1910-12 M116 Sporting Life of Nig Clarke. 

This set has 287 cards checklisted with 400 total in the master set with variations which makes it one of the larger sets from the era.  They were originally issued in 24 series with 12 cards per series and were sold that way.  The original checklist in the ACC was at 288 for this reason, however only 287 have been confirmed.

 There are three types of backs on these cards and they were issued in different series.  My example is a Type 2 back.  Examples of the three types of backs are shown below.  As you can see, Type 1 can come in either blue or black ink. 
Image courtesy
The card fronts are all portraits of the players and many of them share the same images as was used in the T206 set.  The backgrounds of the portraits can come in pastel or blue colors.  Not all cards come with both color backgrounds though. has a checklist of the 400 different variations in the master set here.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Happy New Year Everyone

I just wanted to kick off the new year with a new post folks.

Not that I have much to say today, but figured a post on the first day of 2020 was a good idea so I'm just going to show some cards for you to see.  Some of them I own, some of them I don't. 

First up is my favorite Honus Wagner card.  This is a c. 1910 E-Unc card from the Blue Captions set.  There are some other cards listed as being from this same set but this is my favorite for sure.  There are only two known of this card, both are graded by SGC, one a 10 and this one, a 20. 

Next up is a perfect 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle example.  I love this card.  The mustache and beard are just perfect.  Being in OBC, I'm used to low grade cards and this one is just right.

Next up is my 1933 Goudey Jimmy (Jimmie) Foxx #29.  I used to have Jimmie's 1941 Playball card, but sold it to help acquire this one.  I do miss the 41 Playball, but I like this Goudey a little more so I'm glad to have it. Such a classic Foxx image.

Something a little different than cards here.  A old generic baseball punchboard.  I have a couple of these laying around.  They are pretty cool and smaller than I thought when I got them in hand. I believe you would have paid to punch out one of the squares and could win a prize based on the legend at the top of the punchboard.

Then one of my favorite e90-1 cards.  This Rebel Oakes card is a classic image on baseball cards and appears in several different sets.  I'm very happy to have it.  Notice how the glove extends past the top border of the card.

This one is a strip card of one of the greatest athletes of all time, Jim Thorpe.  It shows Thorpe in full indian headdress.  This is a very rare card and comes in a larger size as well.  I particular like this one because it is the strip card and it still has the stars and number on the bottom.  I saw one of these strips over ten years ago in a lot that included several strip cards and tobacco cards but the seller didn't identify the card in the listing.  It went for way less than the value of the individual Thorpe card.  I wish I had bid on it at the time, but didn't.  Oh well, next time I'll know to bid.

The next couple images are of some miscuts that I really like.  One is a T206 Green Cobb and the other is a T215 Pirate back Meyers.  I just think these miscuts are super cool so I wanted to show a couple good ones to you.


This next one always give me a little smile and think it's just too funny.  This is an old 1887 N172 Old Judge card of Old Hoss Radbourn.  If you look closely (and I'll post a close up as well to help you see it) at his left hand, you might see something surprising. 

Here is one of my favorite baseball cards altogether.  This is an 1887 Four Base Hits of Mike "King" Kelly.  This is a beautiful card in my opinion. 

This last one is just for fun.  It's one of the funniest baseball cards ever produced.  The infamous Keith Comstock ball to the nuts shot.
Thanks for reading this far guys.  Happy New Years to all of you and I wish you all the best this year.  I'll be trying to post a little more often of course. 
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Recent Pick Up

I recently won a new card in the latest Sterling Sports Auction.

It's another one of these odd circa 1910 game pieces.  I did a post about the other two I have and what I've learned about them so far here.

I haven't learned anything new about them since April but I'm thrilled to have another one.  I now have Tinker, Chance and Baker.  Just need to find a Evers to have the trifecta of Tinker, Evers and Chance.

If you have any info on these please share it with me.  As far as I know these are all one of a kind as even this Tinker is the same one pictured in the composite photo from my post in April.
Anyway,  I really like these cards, whatever they are, and hope to get more in the future.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, November 3, 2019

A look at the 1910 E98 set

With my recent pick up of my E98 Bresnahan I felt like showing all of my 5 examples that I currently have and talk a bit about the set.

It is commonly called the Anonymous Set of 30 as the manufacturer is not listed on the back of the card.  This isn't uncommon for cards from this era.  With several E98s including a stamp on the back from Old Put Cigars some refer to the set as the Old Put set as well.

The cards with the Old Put overprint sell for a premium in the open market and are scarce, but they can be found. 

The backs of the cards have a numbered checklist but the cards themselves are unnumbered.  It is also full of HOFers and big names like, Mathewson, Wagner, Cobb, Walsh, Young, Lajoie and Connie Mack to name a few.

They also come in different color backgrounds; red, green, blue and orange.  I'd personally like to acquire at least one of each color and so far only have red and green. 

There was a huge significant find of E98s in 2012 in Defiance, Ohio, from a family who previously owned a meat market.  This find was called the Black Swamp Find (BSF) and cards that were graded from the find have this provenance on the flips.  These cards were all in superior condition with many grading 8s, 9s and 10s.  This inflated the population of the series considerably and the once scarce cards became almost common as a result.  I still like the pre-BSF cards in lesser condition the best.

Some have questioned the authenticity of the BSF cards and think they may have been printed more recently and are not genuine while many others this that is incorrect. 

My cards are obviously not BSF cards and were part of the smaller population of E98s that existed before the find. 

Like the name says, there are 30 cards in the set.  The Tenney card has his name misspelled Tenny and the Cy Young card is actually that of Irv Young.  Since I refuse to pay Cy Young prices for an Irv Young card, I will never actually complete this set. 

Here is the checklist for the set:


1"Christy" MathewsonN. Y. Nat'l
2(John) McGrawN. Y. Nat'l
3"Johnny" KlingChi. Nat'l
4(Frank) ChanceChicago Nat'l
5"Hans" WagnerPitts Nat'l
6Fred ClarkePittsburgh Nat'l
7Roger BresnahanSt. Louis Nat'l
8Hal ChaseNY Amer.
9Russ FordNY Amer.
10Ty CobbDetroit Amer.
11Hughey JenningsDetroit Amer.
12Chief BenderPhila. Amer.
13Ed WalshChicago Amer.
14Cy YoungCleveland
15Al BridwellN. Y. Nat'l
16Miner BrownChicago, Nat'l
17George MullinDetroit, Amer.
18Chief MeyersNY Nat'l
19Hippo VaughnNY Amer.
20Red DooinPhila. Amer.
21Fred Tenny (Tenney)NY Nat'l
22Larry McLeanCin. Nat'l
23Nap LajoieCleveland, Amer.
24Joe TinkerChicago, Nat'l
25Johnny EversChicago, Nat'l
26Harry DavisPhila. Amer.
27Eddie CollinsPhila. Amer.
28Bill DahlenPhila. Amer.
29Connie MackPhila. Amer.
30Jack CoombsPhila. Amer.

This has become one of my favorite sets and I'm slow chipping away at it.  Here are the images of the cards I currently have. 

Russ Ford N.Y. Amer
Hal Chase N.Y. Amer (Lionel Carter Collection)
Fred Clarke Pttsburgh Nat'l

"Miner" Brown Chicago Nat'l

Roger Bresnahan St. Louis Nat'l

I really like how they look in the SGC slabs and try to find them graded that way, but I couldn't turn down the raw Ford for the price. 

I hope you like this set as much as I do and enjoyed seeing mine.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Recent Pick Ups

Having picked up a lot lately, but here are a couple pieces I recently got.

First up is another E98 Hall of Famer of Roger Bresnahan with a red background.  I love the E98 set and am always excited when I pick up a new card from this set.

The E98 set comes with either red, green, blue or orange backgrounds. 

The next item I recently picked up is this really cool early 1900's cabinet photo of a baseball team with "Mayflower" on their jerseys.  It's a little rough, but I think it's just so cool and am thrilled to have it.

They have their kid mascot in the front row and the picture has bats, gloves, a catchers mask and the guy in the middle is holding up a baseball.  I like the ump behind the fence in the background too.

Well, those are my recent pick ups folks.  I hope you liked them.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Baseball Postage Stamps

Not everyone thinks of postage stamps when they think about collecting vintage baseball cards.

But they are actually sort of cool.  The first baseball themed baseball stamp isn't even US postage stamp.  It was a 1934 Philippines issue. 

1934 Philippines

In fact, the second, third and fourth baseball stamps weren't US postage either.  It wasn't until 1939 that the US issued it's first baseball stamp.  It celebrated the 100 year anniversary of the invention of baseball. 

The second baseball stamp is the 1935 Colombia issue.  This stamp is usually sold as part of a set that sells for around $1,000 so I don't have one of these yet.  But it is my second favorite design.  I like the scene and design.

1935 Colombia

Here are the third and fourth baseball stamps.  The 1937 Nicaragua set of four different colors and the 1938 Panama stamp.

1937 Nicaragua
1938 Panama
As stated the fifth baseball stamp is the first US issue.  Here is the 1939 Centennial of Baseball stamp.
1939 US Centennial of Baseball
The next stamps to be issued were my favorite, the 1944 Venezuelan set.  I love the colors in this set and the design of the stamp.

1944 Venezuelan
The next two are from 1948, one from Japan and another Nicaraguan stamp.
1948 Japan

1948 Nicaragua

There are several modern stamps after 1948 from many countries, but I just wanted to focus on these issues for now.  Maybe another post will showcase the later issues. 

I hope you like these stamps as much as I do.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one. 

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Hans in Blue shows up on eBay

Years ago I posted about the c. 1910 E-Unc Honus Wagner (Blue Caption) card.

Back then it was the first I had seen the card and I was fascinated by it.  It still remains my favorite Wagner card.  It appears the set is also known as the Blue Caption set and there are a few known examples.  The checklist is not complete as so few are known and the background of the set is a mystery.

Well, I was just scrolling through eBay and there it was, a Blue Caption Wagner for sale!  Then I looked at the price...$25,000.00 plus $200.00 shipping.  Don't get me started on asking $200 for shipping when you're asking $25K for a card (I feel like shipping and insurance should be included in a $25K purchase). 

When this card sold in Heritage 10 years ago it sold for $4,481.25.  Well, not this exact card, but the other known example which was an SGC 10 example.  Is this SGC 20 (from the Richard Egan collection) worth $20K more?  I don't think so, but I could be wrong. 

I figured I would show the SGC 10 as well as a comparison.  Note: these are the only two examples known at this time.

I really wish I knew more about the set so I could give you some background.  But all I have to offer are a couple more scans of cards from the set.  Here are the Bridwell and McCormick cards.
Notice the extra large borders on this Bridwell example.  It almost looks hand cut to me.  

The McCormick has a couple large borders as well and some stray red printing.  Both have terrible quality images, but the same blue font for the name and team.

If you have any scans of any other players I'd love to get them if you would share them with me.  Please let me know if you do. 

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.