8.20.2008

1921 E121-80
Jack "Stuffy" McInnis


In 19 major league seasons, Stuffy McInnis hit .307 with 2,405 hits and 1,063 RBI.

But McInnis is probably best known as being a member of Connie Mack's $100,000 infield with the Philadelphia Athletics. McInnis played first base while Eddie Collins played second, Frank"Home Run" Baker third, and Jack Barry shortstop. $100,000 was a ton of money in 1909.

McInnis was also a member of the World Champion Boston Red Sox in 1918.

This card was distributed with American Caramels in 1921. While the back of the card says that 80 players appear in this set, there were actually a bunch more.

I wonder how the A's payroll of the early 1910s translates into today's money. Somehow I don't think they would get close to the money paid to the left side of the Yankees infield.

Heck, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter alone make nearly $50 million dollars between the two of them.

3 comments:

capewood said...

I love these old cards you're posting. Do you actually own them?

I've been inspired to try and pick up some old cards on eBay. I recently got a 1940 Play Ball card for about $5. Not mint but in pertty good shape.

POBC said...

Yes. All the cards posted are part of my collection. When I was a kid all I could afford were lesser-condition cards. Since then I realized – why pay hundreds of dollars for a mint-condition card when you can get one for a fraction of the price? It just so happens that 20 years later, even these poor old cards are worth something.

Thanks for visiting my blog and I'm glad you get a kick out of seeing the cards.

MDA said...

Poking around the web I found a few Inflation calculators. They all seemed to indicate that $100,000 in 1909 would be about $2,200,000 in 2008. There are many variables, of course.

I guess it was still a bargain.

I really like the blog. Thanks for sharing.