Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Blogging has really changed the way I collect. In fact, I'll go as far as saying the two go hand in hand. A case in point is the card below. My knowledge of the history of hockey is pretty weak. When it comes to names it's mostly the guys on the trophies I'm familiar with, and then don't expect me to pass a test. Maybe I know a few from a set like Masterpieces. That partly explains why I've never gone out of my way to collect vintage (for me pre-1968) hockey cards. The collecting bug in it's many forms can be contagious. My immunity must have been low last month when I saw this post from forestrydave. It led me to a search on ebay where I found a very low priced (what I can afford) listing for a card from the same Parkhurst set. It's pretty beat up but it looks less so in person than in the enlarged scan. 1951-52 Parkies are closer to the size of a tobacco card than a typical modern card, less then 2" x 3".
As luck would have it this bargain bin "mini" was a Blackhawk, so bonus! McFadden was no Maurice Richard but he is notable. Born in Belfast in 1920, James Alexander McFadden is one of just a handful of native Irishmen to play in the NHL and he was the most successful. Until Sergei Makarov won the Calder in 1990, Jim at 27, was the oldest Rookie of the Year in NHL history. (Neither would qualify under today's rules.) Jim won a Stanley Cup as part of the 1949-50 Detroit Red Wings and finished his 7 year, 412 game NHL career with 100 goals and 142 assists. He was inducted into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
The 81st Masters Tournament begins today. I don't have many golf cards in my collection so I was happy to pick up this small set on Ebay for $2.25 shipped.
The golfers pictured on the first ten cards account for 28 Masters Championships.
The rest of the set:
Saturday, April 1, 2017
Friday, March 17, 2017
I thought this was a new purchase but I must have just been leafing through a box of cards recently and came up with one that seems appropriate for today. I'm guessing it's about as St. Patrick's Day green as any card I have. "The Glove" had a 17 season Hall of Fame career.
My wife brought this home the other day. It's actually pretty tasty. Or should I say "magically delicious!"
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
There seem to be less guys these days who are known by their nicknames. I saw a few in this year's Heritage (Scooter, Mookie, Coco). Here are eight of them I pulled from the original 1968 set.
Horace Guy "Dooley" Womack
From Wikipedia: "Womack, who acquired his nickname "Dooley" as a child from a friend of his family and claimed, 'I prefer it to my real name, which is Horace,' was described as having a "high voice, a serious drawl and a giddy laugh", by Maury Allen in his book Where Have You Gone?".
Minervino Alejandro "Minnie" Rojas Landin
No name story here. Obviously Minnie is short for Minervino. Tragic story though. Minnie lost two young daughters and sustained serious spinal damage in a car accident in 1970.
Richard Joseph "Turk" Farrell
Turk gets his nickname from his father who was known as "Big Turk". Turk died at just 43 in a car accident while working in England. SABR has a great bio of Turk.
Wycliffe Nathaniel "Bubba" Morton
According to one source, Morton's parents nicknamed him Bubba after his grandfather. The same source correctly points out that Bubba is the only player in MLB history with the name Wycliffe. Morton was the first African-American to be signed by the Detroit Tigers although not the first to make the big league roster.
Charles Andrew "Cap" Peterson
According to Wikipedia Cap is from his initials C. A. P.. In case you're wondering, the immortal Cap Anson got his nickname for being "Captain" of the Chicago White Stockings. Cap Peterson died young, just 37, of kidney disease.
Frank Edwin "Tug" McGraw, Jr.
OK, I never knew this. Raise your hand if you did. Tug was given his nickname by his mother, Mabel in reference to his "over-aggressive style of breast-feeding as a baby". Yet another early death, Tug died of a brain tumor at age 59.
John Wesley "Boog" Powell
From Baltimore Sports Then and Now "Though his given name was John Wesley Powell, he earned the nickname “Boog” as a kid due to his mischievous nature. He seemed to always be getting into something and became known as Booger, as in, “What’s that little Booger doing now?” The nickname was eventually shortened to Boog, probably around the time he got big enough to beat the snot out of anyone who would dare call him Booger."
Octavio Víctor "Cookie" Rojas Rivas
Cookie is an anglicized version of a popular Cuban nickname, Cuqui meaning cute, adorable, etc. Cookie was a 4 time All-Star with the KC Royals and played for 16 seasons overall with 4 teams. He is in the Phillies and Royals HOFs.