Archive for Christy Mathewson

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1909-11 t206 Christy Mathewson

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , on March 2, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

So, as you are probably aware no cards produced before 1933 are technically classified as rookie cards.  That said, I have sort of adopted the t206 set as my go-to for many of the early stars of the game, such as Christy Mathewson. 

I purchased this ratty Mathewson in 2007.  It may have actually been my very first t206 card. 
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It served as a place holder in my collection until one day I could fond a suitable upgrade. Well, I found it.

Welcome to the collection my new Mathewson, graded a 3 (with subs!) by BVG.
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As for the older Mathewson, it already has a new home waiting for it. Hopefully the new owner enjoys it as much as I did. 

Baby born at San Diego’s Petco Park the second coming of “Prince?”

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on September 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Earlier this week there was a child born at San Diego’s Petco Park, the first to have come into the world at the Padres’ home stadium.

Surely this is not the first kid to be born at a stadium, but there was once a baseball player/entertainer who claimed to have been born in the same exact spot where “The House That Ruth Built” once stood in New York.

  
The man on this 1939 Play Ball card is Al Schacht, a former pitcher/coach/entertainer who thrilled crowds during the early part of the 1900s. And as it would have it, the rear of this card furthers Schacht’s claim to have been born where the original Yankee Stadium stood.  

Schacht was born in 1892, some 30 years before the original Yankee Stadium — which was demolished in 2010 — was erected at present day West 161st Street and River Avenue.  

Schacht spent much of his life in baseball, although he actually only played in the Majors for a handful of years with the Washington Senators. He’s better remembered as the “Crown Prince of Baseball,” due to his comedic acts on the field as a third base coach — nonsense that flew during the period but would have no place on the game today.

The child born this week in San Diego reportedly is a boy named Levi, who arrived just outside the gates of Petco Park during the fourth inning of a contest between the Padres and division rival San Francisco Giants.

In this piece at “The National Pastime” Schacht is documented as not only having been born where Yankee Stadium stood, but also notes that Schacht spent his youth sneaking into the Polo Grounds to hang out with players, particularly one Christy Mathewson. Mathewson of course pitched for the New York Giants, the team that ultimately would move to San Francisco, the same franchise that played in San Diego this week when baby Levi was born. 

Perhaps baby Levi is the second coming of Schacht and he was “sneaking” into Petco to see the Madison Bumgarner, the team’s modern day ace who just happened to be starting that game. 

(Side note: The NEW YORK Giants played the WASHINGTON Redskins on this night as well in a Thursday Night Football contest.)

Or maybe it’s just a coincidence.

Regardless, it’s a fun narrative to consider. After all, this is baseball. Romanticism is part of the lore of the American Pastime.

Baseball Hall of Famers: Class of 1936

Posted in Hall of Famers with tags , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Got an idea I’m unveiling here. As I move into a new era of card collecting, I’m going to showcase my cards from another era simply by grouping them by the year the depicted player was inducted into the Hall of Fame. We start at the beginning: 1936

Ty

Cobb

1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Ty Cobb Red Background

Babe

Ruth

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth

Christy

Mathewson

1909-1911 T206 Sweet Caporal Dark Cap Christy Mathewson

Walter

Johnson

1909-1911 T206 Polar Bear Walter Johnson

Honus

Wagner

Baseball Greats post card Honus Wagner -- circa 1960s

Updated 2/26/12

Forget 2009 Topps 206, let’s see the real thing!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve been on a binge lately with 2009 Topps 206. The reason I love these cards so much is because they remind me of the real deal for 100 years ago.

Fortunately, I own two copies of the original cards, two of the biggest stars of the period, Christy Mathewson and Nap LaJoie. I received these cards back from Beckett Grading on Tuesday and they are even nicer than they were two weeks ago when I cracked them from their less-superior PSA and SGC cases. The Mathewson is a Sweet Caporal back while the LaJoie features the more common Piedmont back, a design Topps used for the common backs for its 2009 minis. I do have a question for Topps though: Is the company looking to produce this set again in 2010? The original T-206s were distributed in 1909 AND 1911.

New Additions Part VIII: Old School Meets New School

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , on July 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008AGBaseballIconsBabeRuthIt’s been a while since I purchased anything on eBay. In fact, it’s been so long that it’s been six months since I’ve posted an official New Addition post, sans the one I wrote a few weeks ago regarding the trade with Night Owl. Anyway, Here are the goodies, one nice card for a set I’m building, and a few others for my collection and for a non-card collecting friend who was in awe over one 2009 card featuring Christy Mathewson.

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2009 Topps Baseball Hobby Box Break results:

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 5, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2009toppsturkeyredchristymathewsonEarlier I posted some initial thoughts on the 2009 Topps product. Here are the results of my single hobby box. If anyone has anything off my need list to finish the set, hit me up. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Christy Mathewson

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on October 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

You thought the Nap Lajoie I own was in bad condition, check out this badboy. If this card were out of its SGC graded case, I’d have to wear gloves while holding it because the card appears to have mold spots. But all of this is fine. I mean the card is nearly 100 years old. This is a 1909-11 T206 Sweet Caporal Christy Mathewson card, one of three cards “Big Six” has in the set, and I am proud to say I own one.

Mathewson was one of the first five players to be inducted into the baseball hall of fame, along with a few guys you might have heard of: Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner and Walter Johnson. Continue reading