Archive for Lou Gehrig

Icon-O-Clasm: “No Off Days” 1921 American Caramel Wally Pipp and 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on March 9, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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Who doesn’t like a good story: 1921 American Caramel Wally Pipp

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , on October 26, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Everyone knows who Lou Gehrig is. Whether it be for the disease that bears his name, the fact that he was a stud baseball player or simply as the man whom Cal Ripken Jr overtook two decades ago in Ripken’s quest to become baseball’s record holder for most consecutive games played.

Only a true baseball fan knows the name Wally Pipp.  

The legend has it that Pipp, who was a star in his own right, asked for a day off on 1925 due to a headache and Gehrig started in his place and performed good enough to keep Pipp out of the lineup, and Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games from that point forward. I call this legend because the facts of Gehrig starting instead of Pipp in 1925 are a bit cloudy. The alternative to the “legend” is the fact that Pipp was struggling and the Yankees needed a spark, which Gehrig obviously provided.

Now, about this card.  This is not Pipp’s first card. It is a 1921 American Caramels release, but is one of the early cards to have a picture of Pipp instead of some wacky drawing.  I purchased the card on eBay about two weeks ago and watched it ship from Pennsylvania to California in just a few days.  And then it got stuck, only about 50 miles from my home.

This was the update as of Sunday morning.

It bounced around Richmond, Calif., and then San Francisco for a few more days. And then Monday it arrived like this.

Yes, the envelope tore open while it was in transit to me and the card was exposed to the world  This is likely the cause for the delay in delivery.

The funny thing is someone probably took a peek at the card and said, “Who the hell is Walter Pipp?” Thankfully, due to the circumstances, the name was not more recognizable.

That being said, there is a lesson to learn here.  If you’re going to use re-purposes bubble mailer — which I AM in favor of — tape ALL edges to ensure a more rigid package.

And in case you’re wondering the case was cracked in the mail. But that’s a moot point as I will likely have is crossed over to a Beckett Grading slab.

1973 Topps Lou Gehrig spotted in “The Goonies”

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , on December 1, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

This is probably old news to many of you — or maybe not — but there is a baseball card shown in the 1985 flick, “The Goonies.”

In the movie there is a story about a guy who went missing in 1934 while hunting for treasure underground. The group of kids who star in the movie find the man and a book of his. The book market? The Lou Gehrig card.

Gehrig was a stud in the 1920s and 1930s as you know. But the card on which he is shown is NOT from that era. It’s actually a 1973 Topps card.

Like I said, it may be old news to you, but it’s new to me.


OTD in 1929 Yankees become first team to use numbers on jerseys based on batting order

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Three Collecting Goals for 2012

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

There's someone missing from this stash ...

Right about this time each year I start thinking of things I want to accomplish in the new year.  And each year I start to make a list, but I rarely actually document the thoughts.

Maybe it’s fear of failure; maybe it’s sheer laziness on my part to make time to type them out and share them with you.


This time it’s different.  I’ll keep things simple.  Here are the three hobby-related things I want to accomplish in 2012.

3) Write more

When I started this blog three years ago I was passionate about writing.  Hell, I wrote for a living, so all I had to do was switch topics for a few minutes a day and write something, anything.

But much has changed.  I have two kids now, and work in a different field unrelated to writing.

In 2012, I want to write (at least) 50 posts. That works out to about one post every week or so.  I’d love to say I want to write 365 posts a year or even 180, but fact is that’s just not going to happen.  I love to write and entertain you, but fact is I am not that interesting and what I have it say is not that important.

2) Trim the fat

That’s code for get rid of crap I really don’t care about.

I’ve already started this process this year by sending more than 1,500 cards to But I still have a dozen three-row “shoe boxes” sitting in my closet and only three or four of them contain items I’d say I really care about.  If I can make the time, I can make a huge dent in the volume of stuff and maybe turn into something really nice like …

1) Obtain a Babe Ruth rookie card

In 2012, I will get my hands on one of the three 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards.  Yeah, I said it.  Ruth is the sole legend of Yankee Mount Rushmore whose rookie card has eluded me.

Mickey Mantle?

Got Heeeeeeeeeem

Lou Gehrig?

Got Heeeeeeeeeem

Joe DiMaggio?

Got Heeeeeeeeeem

But I need the Ruth!

R-U-T-H, Ruth!

Ruth had been playing baseball long before 1933, but his Goudey cards — as well as the Sport Kings cards — from that year are considered his “official” rookie cards.  And while my rookie card collection has many caveats that I have created for the sole purpose of fulfilling my cardboard destiny, the Ruth cards from 1933 are among the most iconic and I MUST own one by the end of 2012.

New items on COMC

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on October 24, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

Over the last few weeks I’ve added a slew of new items to my account.  There’s a bunch of autos and relics, as well as some other stuff in there.

Some of the items are more personal collection items, like the Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig shown here.

But there are plenty of other items available to you.  If you get a chance, go check it out and see if there is something you’d like to add to your collection.


This Decade in Baseball Card Collecting

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on December 31, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

The card that brought me back ...

It’s been a crazy decade to say the least. I’ve gone from a struggling lowly college student spending all of his money on cards from three sports, to a husband and father who enjoys buying only baseball cards. But the journey to where I am today has been a fun one. Here is a quick recap of the last decade in sports card collecting.

2000: Sold basketball card collection, which at the time contained two of the hottest cards on the market: Topps Chrome Rookie Refractors of Tim Duncan and Vince Carter, both graded Mint 9. Truth be told, the collection was pretty wack aside from those two cards. There were a ton of star cards and lower-end rookies, but nothing really to brag about. Reflecting on things, both the Duncan and Carter cards could gave garnered Gem Mint grades had I resubmitted them. Bummer, I know.

2001: Had the pull of a lifetime, 2001 UD Hall of Famers Walter Johnson Cut Autograph /5. I’ve told the story before, but the card came from packs purchased at 7-Eleven in San Jose, California. A few months later I sold the card for what I believe is still the most the card has ever sold for, $3,605. The sale was documented in Beckett.  Unfortunately, I failed to retain a scan of the card; the hardrive the image is on is no longer in my possession. Trust me, it was a beauty.

Other big pulls from that year: 2001 UD HOFers jersey of Joe DiMaggio AND 2001 SP Legendary Cuts bat card of Mickey Mantle.

2002: Still riding the momentum of the Walter Johnson pull, I managed to snag a 2002 Topps Heritage auto-relic of Willie Mays, serial numbered 01/25.  Again, another retail pull. I purchased the remaining 18 packs in a box at a different 7-Eleven (Cupertino, California) in an effort to work on the Heritage set. Toward the end of the pack ripping session, the Mays “brick” fell out of the middle. I was floored and the card remained in my possession until 2004, when I sold it for a better looking Mays autograph.

Also during this year, I pulled a Mark McGwire jersey card while living in Salem, Oregon,  a card that I immediately sold and paid for my first trip to Las Vegas with some college buddies. Good times.

2003: Despite my attempt to have massive pack pulls three years in a row, 2003 proved to leave with nothing of note. Actually, this was the year that I bought the least amount of cards because I had graduated from college and really had no income source. I purchased a few packs here and there, but pulled nothing of note.

2004: At some point in 2004, I realized that even though I had ditched basketball cards, my collection was continuing to grow at a rapid pace, one that I was not able to comprehend. And to make matters worse, much of what I had acquired was stuff that I really didn’t enjoy.  That’s when I decided to drop football, which to me felt like a big money pit. I had amassed a pretty decent collection of rookies, including those of Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Joe Montana. But along with them were dozens of rookie card of supposedly up-and-comers like Robert Edwards, David Boston, Akili Smith, etc. Quite frankly, I enjoyed watching football, but collecting the cards just wasn’t cutting it for me, so I sold everything, save for maybe two dozen cards I felt I couldn’t part with, including my Montana rookie.

2005: The biggest purchase I made in 2005 was singles I bought from a friend who had an on-again, off-again relationship with baseball cards. He always had all the luck, and wouldn’t you know it, he managed to pull autographed rookie cards (which to me at the time were still amazing) of some of the hottest up and comers, Justin Verlander (2005 SP Authentic) and Ryan Zimmerman (2005 Bowman Chrome Blue Refractor). I had steered clear away from packs during this year, due in large part to the fact that my wife and I were getting married.

2006: I kind of returned to the hobby late in 2006 after taking about 10-12 months off from buying anything. It was an odd return. My first purchase: A blaster of 2006 Bowman Draft Picks from Wal-Mart. I remember buying the box and thinking, “What the hell am I going to do with these?” Then about half way through the box, I managed to pull a blue shiny refractor of some kid named Travis Snider. I immediately went to eBay to judge how good the kid was … yeah, he was thought to be pretty good. That pull led me to buy several more Blasters, and my luck continued less than a week later when I unearthed a Clayton Kershaw auto refractor. Both cards remain in my collection.

2007: This was a bad, bad year in baseball cards in my opinion — and it was my 20th year of collecting. I bought WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too much of that god awful Topps base set (ugliest in recent memory), too many boxes of Allen & Ginter, and too much of Bowman Draft Picks. What did I end up with? Two sets of A&G, a ton of Topps commons, a crap load of inserts, and a few hundred prospect cards. I did manage to pull this Jay Bruce Magenta press plate out of BDP though. I thought I had struck gold at the time. Yeah, not so much. Regardless the Magenta plate remains in my collection and I have since purchased the Cyan plate. I saw the Black version on eBay but the seller wanted way too much for it. Too bad.

Also of note, I attended my first card show in like 10 years  and it had an interesting affect on me — I decided that my collection was missing some real corner stones. I subsequently went on a selling and buying spree on eBay and wound up some cards I had always wanted: rookies of Nolan Ryan, Willie Mays, Reggie Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Roger Maris and Hank Aaron. Also got my first vintage Mickey Mantle, 1953 Bowman Color, and a copy of one of the most iconic baseball cards to date: 1952 Topps Andy Pafko, Card No. 1

2008: This year continued where I left off in 2007. While there were some dumb purchases, both in singles and boxes of cards, this was the year I added some REAL vintage to my collection, most notably 1909-1911 T206s of Christy Mathewson and Nap LaJoie, and a 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig rookie. Other notable rookies purchased: 1963 Topps Pete Rose, 1954 Topps Ernie Banks and 1973 Topps Mike Schmidt.

Also during this year I started this blog, mainly as a way to appreciate my cards and to document why certain cards are in my collection.

2009: In some ways, this has been a rather calm year in collecting. I’ve still made some foolish purchases, but there have been some awesome additions, most notably my Roberto Clemente rookie.

The Future: As we enter a new decade, I look to enter a new phase in my collecting, I like to think of it as less junk. My garage is cluttered, my daughter is growing and I simply do not have the space for much of my cards. The solution: Buy less, sell more.

I can’t promise to never buy another pack again — although I do have a running clock on the front page of this blog documenting the time since my last pack — but I can try to keep it at a minimum. The result likely will mean less set collecting, which is fine because all those turn out to be are money pits that I do not enjoy.