My Baseball Card Collection:
As many of you know, I am a big baseball fan, I have well over 100,000 baseball cards and am presently in the process of preparing an inventory of them. Many of the cards were acquired by me when I was a kid (1959-1965) and I received a number of cards after my cousin, Denis, died in the 1960's while in his 20'S. He collected cards from 1949-1958. Since 1979 I started collecting cards again.
This card is a 1986 Donruss. After Topps lost their monopoly on cards, two companies entered the market quickly - Donruss and Fleer. This is an ironic photo of Bill Bucker in a fielding position. It was his fielding error in the bottom of the 10th inning in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series that led to the Mets amazing comeback after being down by two runs. Not only were they down by two runs, they had nobody on base and two outs before they scored three runs.
I was at that game. It is one of the most talked about baseball game in World Series history. I remember also that Roger Clemens had a four inning no-hitter and he left the game with a blister and a man flew into Shea Stadium in a parachute with a Go Mets pennant attached to the chute (he would eventually spend time in jail for refusing to testify as to who the pilot was who flew him up that night and eventually had to be pardoned by President Reagan so he could get out of jail to see his dying brother). A movie was made about the game and it was referenced in Seinfeld. It was a fluke I was there.
Personally, it was a baseball high. I knew when I left the game that I would always remember where I was that day. I still remember the eruption of the crowd when the ball went through Bill Buckner's legs. Being in New York ended a relationship I was having with a girlfriend (which was ending anyway) and strained a relationship I had with a niece I adore when I left her at the hotel so I could go to the game. Don't regret for a minute being there.
This card is from Topps first set in 1952 and features Gene Bearden. Notice his name is spelled wrong on the card. His best years were with the Indians and helped them win the World Series in 1948. This card depicts him with the St. Louis Browns. They would move to Baltimore to become the Orioles in 1954. Interestingly, the first team that was offered the concept of the farm system was the St. Louis Browns but they turned it down. The St. Louis Cardinals then embraced the concept and become perhaps the most successful National League team. Imagine how baseball might have been different had the Browns been the first team to set up a farm system.
This is my oldest card. It is from the 1906 T card series when cards came with cigarettes. Bubble gum had yet to be invented. The real size of this card is 1 1/2" by 2 5/8", smaller than today's cards which are 2 5/8" by 3 3/4"
This is Kid Elberfeld. Kid was an infielder from 1898 through 1914 and played for the Phillies, Reds, Tigers, Yankees (known then as the Highlanders), Senators and Dodgers. He was known as Tabasco Kid due to his short temper and was punished numerous times for assaulting umpires.