Saturday, August 12, 2017

One Off the Want List

It's been a little while now since I added my top 10 want lists for football and basketball to the side of this blog page. I was finally able to knock one off those lists. Today in the mail arrived the basketball card sitting at #7 most wanted. It's the 1997-98 Finest Refractors Kobe Bryant, the bronze version.

Kobe's early refractors, back when he was still wearing #8, are sky high in price. I was glad this one slipped thru mostly unnoticed. He has a couple refractors from his rookie year of 1996-97, but I need my car too much to go after them.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Old Red Sox Cards - Collins McCarthy

I've been giving the 1917 Collins McCarthy set a closer look this year since it's exactly 100 years old.  Collins McCarthy was a candy company at 25 Beale Street in San Francisco back then.  The Pacific Service Credit Union is on that site today.  Their slogan was "Just a little better."  They made a card series called Zeenut of the Pacific Coast League for 28 years.  Here are five Collins McCarthy cards I received in the mail this week.

Del died at age 60 years and 80 days.

I gave details of Cady's life in my last post.  He died at age 60 years and 36 days old.

Leonard had a ridiculous ERA of 0.96 in 1914, the lowest all-time.  He died at age 60 years and 86 days.  What a weird coincidence that these last three guys all died within days of the same age.

Scott was baseball's iron man before Lou Gehrig.  He won three World Series championships with the Red Sox.  He lived to age 67.

Chick Shorten was the outfield backup to the hall of fame trio of Speaker, Lewis, and Hooper.  He was the old man of this group living to age 73.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Old Red Sox Card - Hick from For(r)est

A couple of days ago this showed up in the mail.  It's the 1915 Cracker Jack card of Hick Cady.  It's in poor condition, but hey, that's how I can afford it, and I don't expect much better for a card this old.

Hick Cady's story is interesting.  He was born as Forrest Berglund in a town with an equally interesting history.  His parents divorced when he was very young.  When his mom remarried, he took to her new husband enough to take his name of Cady.  Later in his youth, Forrest Cady received the nickname of Hollick, which was later shortened to Hick.  Hick Cady played for three World Series championship teams with the Red Sox.  He was a good fielding catcher but had a light bat.  He caught for Babe Ruth, Smoky Joe Wood, Carl Mays, and Dutch Leonard.  His reputation was that of being one of only a couple catchers who could throw out Ty Cobb stealing.  Unfortunately for him, his main competition for catching time was with the player-manager Bill Carrigan.  Cady umpired for 20 years after his playing days were over.  At age 60 he died in a hotel fire where he worked at the front desk and also lived.  The fire started in his room when he forgot to turn off a heater before going to bed.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A First from Peoria

I received a package in the mail early last week from P-Town Tom, and it was full of Red Sox goodies.  Tom's presence on the baseball card blogs is strong, but this was actually our first attempt at a trade.  There were too many to scan everything, so here are my favorites.

This one's my very favorite!  Did Big Papi do enough to surpass Yaz for second best Red Sox hitter ever?  I think so.

I had the refractor versions of Betts and Kimbrel, but not these base Finest versions.  Two great players here!

I don't think I truly appreciated Pedro's dominance when he was on the Red Sox.  I should see if youtube has any of his games from around the turn of the century.

Here's an oldie but a goodie in Ted Williams.  I have never had any from this Fleer series until now.  The original of this Babe Ruth reprint from 1916 Sporting News would be the ultimate card to have.  I think the reprint will have to do, probably forever.

Ironically, the package showed up either the day Rafael Devers was called up, or the day after.  That's a really cool card of a great young man who will hopefully be a star.  The Yaz 60 Years of Topps reprint is a great addition to my Yaz PC!
Thanks so much, Tom!!  I'm digging through my Cubs and other things on your want list.  Expect a return package soon.