Friday, January 11, 2019

An Amazing eBay buy

Back in November HeavyJ tweeted out a link to an auction he was doing of four African-American baseball players from the 1950s and offered to throw in some bonus cards if retweeting it led to a sale. Well, there was one card in there that I already had, but one card in there I really wanted. And then the other two cards would be "nice to have also" cards.

The Irvin card I already had. The Larry Doby was the card I wanted. And the James "Jim" Gilliam and Joseph "Joe" Black cards were the bonus nice to haves as they are my first Brooklyn Dodgers.

This is Doby's first care with the Chicago White Sox, to whom he was traded by the Cleveland Indians in October 1955 for Jim Busby.Based on their 1956 seasons, the White Sox won that trade. Doby, as you all know, was the first African-American to play in the American League was is in the Hall of Fame (Veterans vote, 1998).

The Irvin was in a stack for Nick V. The front of the card is rather nice, all of it's present, and no real sign of being miscut. However, the back of the card shows a serious miscut as Irvin's 1954 stats are missing at the bottom. At the top, though, are a set of stats for Jim Hegan of the Cleveland Indians. I've never seen anything like this before: where the front is fine but the back is off. Maybe I haven't been paying attention?

The bonus cards were some 1970s Pirates. And that Rrrrrrrrrr might fine.

Thanks HeavyJ!

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  1. Ha, I love the Pirates almost as much as the early vintage.
    Someday I'll add vintage Doby and Jackie Robinson to my collection. I have Irvin already. :)
    Also, International Talk Like a Pirate Day is 9.19.19. Looking forward to it!

  2. Nice. I need to get back on the '56 train. Maybe the first of 2019 will be a Doby.

  3. sweet stuff, this vintage! Irvin is one of my smaller PCs. I may need to add this one.

  4. I can see why you were so stoked for this auction! The Doby is on my to get list as well.