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1909 T206 Hughie Jennings: 106 years old, 3 rounded corners and 2 sort of sharp ones

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , on September 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


An Auto A Day … #6

Posted in An Auto A Day with tags , , , , , , , on August 24, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve got a thing for former players who turn manager/coach. This is not a new trend, but it’s interesting for me to see this these days as I clearly remember some of the players-turned managers/coaches when they first came into Major League Baseball.


Such is the case with Torey Lovullo. He was somewhat of a prospect with the Tigers. The thing I remember most about him was having rookie cards in 1989 products … I pulled a ton of them while hunting for Griffey rookies of course. He spent part of eight seasons in the Majors with seven different teams before ending his MLB career in 1999.

Lovullo’s baseball career, however, didn’t stop as a player. Two years after retirement he got into managing and coaching and worked his way through the Cleveland Indians minor league system. He then followed current Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell to the Toronto Blue Jays and then from Toronto to Boston, where he is a bench coach. Lovullo was a top candidate for the Chicago Cubs managerial gig in 2010 and it’s probably only a matter of time before he gets a manager gig in the majors.

As noted, Lovullo has rookies in 1989, including in the high series of Upper Deck. He has a single certified autograph: 1996 Leaf Signature Extended.

Thrift Treasures 62: Oh Baby Hughie Jennings

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

ThriftTreasuresLogoA short, quick Thrift Treasures for you all today.  On Presidents Day my wife and I decided to take a “Date Day” and head to a beach-front city about 40 miles from our home.  The kids got to stay with grandma, who was lucky enough to have all the grand kids on this day.  We decided to grab some coffee and just walk the streets and see what was for sale.  The first store we stepped into was an antique store, which was just like all the others I’d been to over the years.  Lots of display cases packed with small items from pens to pennants.  But in one case the guy had five baseball cards all marked at $25 each.  He had one 1909-1911 T206 card — oddly enough it was one that I already owned; one T-207; and then two other cigarette era cards that I could immediately identify.  The fifth? This …

HughJenningsTwo things immediately popped into my head:  I know that set, it’s not as old as the cigarette cards, but from the early 1900s, and I know that name to be that of a Hall of Famer.  After a few minutes I decided to buy it.

The Jennings is a 1919-1921 w514 card.  It’s not super valuable,  but it’s in pretty good shape considering it’s nearly a century old.  The bottom corner as you can tell is damaged.  It’s actually been torn before but repaired on the back with a small piece of tape.  There also is some tape in the top left corner from where it previously had been adhered to a sheet in an album.  The price point was about right, if not slightly under priced.  I figured it is a nice memento to remember the trip by.  It’s also fun to think that I rescued this from the store in a city where many would rather spend the day at the beach than watching baseball, let along collecting items related to the game.

Jennings is shown here as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.  Jennings played int he late 1800’s and early 1900s before becoming the manager of the Tigers, and later the New York Giants.  He left the game in 1925 after managing his second year with New York and then died less than three years later.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.

Cardboard Porn: 2007 Bowman Prospects Brennan Boesch

Posted in Cardboard Porn with tags , , , , , on July 13, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Cardboard Porn: Because sometimes words just get in the way.

This is the forth in an on-going series of card images titled “Cardboard Porn.”

Ernie Harwell has inoperable cancer

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on September 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I was sad to see this story today reporting that Ernie Harwell, longtime Tigers broadcaster, has inoperable cancer. The 91-year-old is a baseball legend, and I feel fortunate to have obtained his signature on this Topps All-Time Favorites card through the TTM process last year. It’s hard to imagine that Mr. Harwell will spend too much time signing for his adoring fans. According to the story, he’ll spend time with his family, and finishing a book.