Saturday, June 2, 2012

Just a Few Cool Cards to Share

I just wanted to do a quick post sharing a few cards I think are pretty cool.

I wanted to include at least one card from my collection so let's start with this 1949 Remar Billy Martin.  It shows a very young Billy Martin playing for the Oakland Oaks of the Pacific Coast League before he became a legend of the major leagues.

These next two are truly amazing cards.  They are the 1934 and 1935 Zeenut cards of Joe DiMaggio.  The 1934 is the first card that pictured Joe and he is playing for the San Francisco Seals of the Pacific Coast League.  Both of these examples have their coupon still intact at the bottom of the card which is quite rare for this issue.  They both sold at auction for over $14K each.

The batting pose is the 1934 issue and the throwing pose is the 1935 issue.

The last card I wanted to share is just hilarious.  It's the 1887 N172 Old Judge card of Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn.  Specifically the pose where he is flipping us the bird.  Check it out, he calmly throws the finger out before the picture is snapped and we have ourselves one awesome card. 

For those of you who aren't familiar with Old Hoss he was regarded as one of the best pitchers of his time.  He pitched underhand, as was customary back then, and he would pitch using different arm angles for his deliveries.  He was one of the first to do this on a regular basis to try to fool batters.  He also hit the first walk-off home run in major league history in an eighteen inning 1-0 game in 1882.  He was elected into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.

Well, that's it for now.  I just wanted to share these with you in case you had never seen them before.  Hopefully you liked them.

Enjoy the hobby's an awesome one.

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