Monday, September 19, 2022

Recent Pick Up

 I recently won a lot in the last Love of the Game auction of a complete set (sort of) of 1946-49 American Nut & Chocolate pennants.

Just wanted to share this most recent acquisition with you all.  I placed a bid on this lot in the last Love of the Game auction and was pleasantly surprised it was enough to hold up over night after I went to bed.  

I already had a handful of mini pennants in my collection but I didn't have any of these ones.  This is basically a complete set of 16 pennants, one for each team in the majors at the time.  There are five variations bringing the actual total to 21 pennants and I may pursue those others in time.  But for now I'm content with the 16 I have.

The variations come in different color pennants, or a slightly different design for the team.  The teams with variations are the Dodgers, White Sox, Reds, Giants and Browns.  Trading Card Database (TCDb) has images of all the pennants except the Tigers variation, so I don't know what that one looks like.  

Here are the 16 I picked up.


They measure 1 3/4" by 4".  They came delivered from LOTG packaged in a couple really nice black frames with glass fronts and padding behind them ready for display.  Great job packing them by the way.  And very fast shipping.  

American Nut & Chocolate produced pins for each team as well that were packaged in boxes of candy with the pennants.  The treats were called Double Play and cost five cents a box.  

Years later, the company produced another 22 pennant set that included white pennants with a line drawing of a player along with a facsimile auto.  Those sets were sold for fifty cents back in 1950.  

Here are examples of the original Double Play box, both types of pennants and the pins.


I hope you enjoyed my latest pick up.  These are fun little pennants to collect and I'm hoping I eventually find some of the variations.

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.


Thursday, August 25, 2022

A Back Stamp Leads to a New Discovery for Me

 There are many many different stamps on the backs of T206s.

They range from images to dates to names or numbers.  I have an entire online project documenting these stamps.  I have known of one particular stamp for some time now, and have a few documented on my site, but I never knew anything about the person who stamped their name on the cards.

A recent post on Net54 mentioned this stamp and who the person was however.  Which led to a little more research and I was amazed at what I found out.

Here is the stamp I'm talking about. It reads:

L. KURZROK M.D.

9 E 96 ST. N.Y.C 28

As it turns out, Dr. Lawrence Kurzrok MD was a practicing physician in New York City for 41 years.  He retired to Longboat Key near Sarasota, FL in 1971 and passed away Feb 12, 1976. 

He was a specialist in obstetrics, gynecology and endocrinology and supervised the birth of over 10,000 babies.  

In the 1930's he ranked 10th nationally in tennis and won the Greater New York public courts title five times.  

He was a Navy Commander during WWII and received two battle stars.

All of this is amazing enough, but this is a vintage and prewar baseball card blog, so why am I going on about some doctor who stamped some cards?

Well, as it turns out, Dr. Kurzrok was a pioneer in card collecting and can be noted along with such names as Jefferson Burdick, Lionel Carter and Charles Bray.  He was the President of the Card Collectors Society of NY and often held meetings at his home located at the address stamped on his cards.

He would also meet in front of groups to discuss raising money for collecting clubs in high schools and colleges believing that collecting cards was a great way to learn about all sorts of things.  He one said:

 "The knowledge printed on these cards is so great you can't help but learn from them - You can learn anything from how to build a house or make a window frame to the names of the Kings of France."

The doctor had amassed a collection of over five million cards of all sorts of different subjects, but did state that his baseball cards were his favorite.  He had over 2,000 Old Judge cards at one point. 

After he passed away, Rob Lifson purchased the bulk of his collection and it has since been dispersed throughout the hobby.

Dr. Kurzrok was a pioneer I had never heard of before.  And I was fascinated to learn more about him.  He sounded like a really nice guy and someone I would've loved to have known.  


Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Starting a T205 Set

 I started thinking about what I want to collect these days and have landed on the T205 set.

This will be a long journey as there are many big names that I can't afford any time soon as well as several SPs and variations that cost a bit more than a common does.  

I've been working on the NY Giants subset for many years and have accumulated 15/22 (I'm not including the back variations that bring the true total of Giants to 24) of those so far.  In addition to those NY Giants cards, I also have eleven additional T205s bringing my grand total to 26 so far.  

There are 208 cards in a complete set.  However a master set is considered complete at 221 cards and even more when one considers the additional known errors.  I'll be focused on the 208 basic set for now.  After that maybe I'll expand to more cards.  

At 208 cards, it's not as large as the 524 card T206 set, but it poses quite a challenge of it's own.  There are 18 SPs in the set that are more difficult that regular cards.  Then there are a bunch of variations in the set as well.  

Some players, like in T206, have multiple cards in the set.  Hal Chase has three cards in the set and Eddie Collins and Roger Bresnahan have two cards each.  There are also twelve minor league cards in the set with HOFer Jimmy Collins being the key to those.  

There are three distinct styles of card in this set.  The National League cards have a portrait set against a colorful background and have a facsimile autograph at the bottom while the American League cards also have a portrait but it is set inside a diamond (either an infield or made up of bats) without a signature but rather a name plate or scroll at the bottom.  

Minor league player cards are some of the more beautiful cards in my opinion with several different variations in the design but all easily recognizable as a minor league card.  These have action shots as opposed to portraits.

American League                       National League                       Minor League

In many collector's opinion the T205 set is the nicest looking of all the early tobacco sets.  I chose the minor league subset as some of the five best looking sets of all time in a list I made back in 2020 here.

I'll keep ya'll updated on my progress on this set here on my blog.  I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I do.

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

Latest Pick Up

 Hey Guys and Gals!  I know it's been a while since I've posted anything here.  But I wanted to share my latest pick up.

Of course, it's another E98.  And I picked it up quite some time ago, but never posted it.  It's an Eddie Collins green background.



This brings my total for the set up to 26/30 and leaves me with needing a Cobb, Lajoie, Wagner and Young to complete the set.  I'm not likely to get a Cobb, Wagner or Young anytime soon, but have a line on a Lajoie that I may be able to afford.  

Young will be the last card I buy for this set as I can't stand the idea of paying Cy Young prices for an Irv Young card.  I always told myself I would never buy that card or any other Irv Young card that is selling as a Cy Young card.  

But, when I get down to just the Young, I might change my mind to complete the set.  We'll see.

Here is the composite image of my current set as it stands now.


I really like the randomness of the background colors in this image.  I only know of one collector who has completed the master set of 120 cards from this set.  That's each card in all four colors. Of course I'm not going for that craziness.

Which are your favorite background colors?  Blue is my favorite, then orange, then green, and lastly red.  I think that red is my least favorite because so many of the cards found in the Black Swamp Find were red backgrounds and that just killed them for me.  

Blues are the least available ones in my personal experience working on the set so I tried to pick up blue backgrounds as much as possible.  When I couldn't find a blue I would search our orange backgrounds. 

Well thanks for reading and I hope you are all doing well.

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Saturday, February 26, 2022

c. 1910 Frank "Home Run" Baker Cigar box and Matching Card

There are some pieces that I find extremely intriguing, and this pair fits that description.

It is well known that several ball players endorsed cigars and cigarettes even into the 1980's.  Some players loaned their name and likeness to these products, especially when it came to cigars at the beginning of the 20th century.  

Stars like Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb and Cy Young all had tobacco brands with their name and likeness attached to them.  

In this post I am focusing on a Frank "Home Run" Baker cigar product.  There appears to be more than one type of Frank Baker cigar box (as shown below) using the same image on the inside of the top, but with slightly different box labelling and design otherwise.


As you can see, the box on the left has FRANK BAKER on the front of the box and the one of the right says LONDRES GRANDE.  The box on the left also says Smoke FRANK BAKER Cigars inside the back of box.  Both, however, use the same image on the inside flip top when opened.  

What I really love about the Frank Baker cigars is this card that doesn't appear to be from any particular set, yet uses the same image as that used on the boxes.


The card has Baker's name and team in the caption at the bottom and measures approximately 1 1/2" x 2 1/2".  This particular card is currently for sale on eBay here at a $2,000 Buy It Now.  The seller claims it was once part of a pair of these cards, but that one of the two was lost or destroyed leaving just this one known now.  

Of course, there is no advertising or sponsor named on the card, so it is speculation that it is related to the cigars, but using the same image seems to indicate it is.  

As a side note, here is a cigar box I once owned from the sixties that was sponsored by Pedro Ramos.




So players were still lending their names and likenesses to cigar brands into at least the sixties.  I've never seen another Pedro Ramos box by the way.  Still bummed I sold it years ago.  

What are your thoughts about the Baker card being associated with the cigars?  

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.



Thursday, February 24, 2022

1930's Western Strip Cards

 I know, I know, it's not baseball cards but I like them anyway.

There is a little known western strip card set from the thirties (I believe) that includes one very cool card.  The cards have a smooth surface, almost glossy, and are of a thicker stock than most other strip cards from the twenties. 

The specific card from the set that I really covet is the Jim Thorpe card pictured below.  It shows Thorpe in his traditional Indian head dress and is not a sports related card at all. But, this is a western movies set so why would it be?


This same image is also used on some Exhibit cards in different colors.  I wrote about Thorpe cards here where you can see the Exhibits as well as several other cards of his. The cards are about the same size as other strip cards.  They have a thin color strip at the bottom of the card that matches the background color and the actor's name on the front as well.

I recently picked up three cards from the set and am actively looking for more.  Someday I'll land the Thorpe.  Here are the three that I found so far.


If you have any of these, please let me know, especially if you're willing to let them go.  

I can't find much info about this set anywhere, so I don't know how many cards are in the set or a checklist of cards.  If you have any further info, please share it with me.  

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.




Tuesday, February 22, 2022

A Couple Recent Pick Ups

Recently picke up a couple new cards to share.

Not too long ago I wrote about the N165 Goodwin Games and Sports set from 1889 after I had picked up one of the four baseball subjects in the hset.  

Well, I was able to pick up another card from the set, the Hurdle Race card.  This one is a bit better condition that my baseball example.   Here is the new card.


I really like the design of these cards with the lady in front and the action scene behind her.  I listed the 50 cards in the set in my previous post here.  So I won't go into that detail again here.  

The other new pick up is a really nice E102 of Germany Scheafer.  This is a great horizontal pose card which I am really drawn to.  I've decided to collect horizontals again after many years of not focusing on them.  I had a modest collection of them a while ago and slowly sold most of them off over the years.  This one gets me back on track with that pursuit.  It's also my only E102 at this point.  So it's a nice typecard as well.


If you look closely enough you can see a printer's mark above Germany's head in the border as well.  This doesn't really add any value, but I think it's pretty cool.  Germany was known to be a bit of a jokester amongst his teammates during his playing days as well.  One well known shenanigan Scheafer took part in was when he stole second base attempting to get a throw from the catcher and allowing a double steal of home.  The catcher didn't throw the ball, so on the net pitch, Germany stole first base back again and tried it again on the next pitch.  History is a little unclear on whether it worked however.

I hope you liked my new pick ups and I hope to have some more for you soon.

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.