1.27.2014

1934 Goudey
Jimmie Foxx

I know it's rough, but it's Jimmie Foxx. A real Jimmie Foxx.

Foxx was mega-good. Better than your typical Hall of Famer, the Sporting News has him 15th on its list of 100 Greatest Baseball Players. He was a monster with his bat and unfortunately was overshadowed by the greatness of Babe Ruth.

But I wonder if the casual baseball fan has ever heard of him?

A few accomplishments as seen on Wikipedia:
  • .325 lifetime batting average
  • 2,646 hits
  • 534 home runs (the second player to reach 500 after Babe Ruth)
  • 1,922 RBI
  • 9-time All-Star
  • 2-time World Series Champion
  • 3-time MVP
  • 1933 Triple Crown
Those are crazy numbers.

Some think Foxx was also the inspiration for Tom Hanks' character in A League of Their Own. Foxx actually managed the Fort Wayne Daisies of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in 1952.

While reading up on Foxx, I found another 1934 Goudey Jimmie Foxx selling at auction in March of 2000 for $31,050. It was graded PSA 8. I paid $75 for mine. I know, kinda steep, but did I mention it was a real Jimmie Foxx?

I'd still rather have my poor old Jimmie Foxx and $30,975 than that PSA 8 any day.

1.21.2014

1919-21 W514
Casey Stengel

Though this set was produced from 1919-21, Stengel only played in Pittsburgh from 1918-19.

Stengel was a decent-enough ballplayer but a superstar manager. Most would recognize him as the Yankees manager of the 1950s.

As such he was a 7-time world champion. He won another championship in 1922 as a player for the New York Giants.

This strip card is held together by tape (unfortunately stuck to the front of the card) and has evidence of having been attached to a scrapbook. Without the tape, it would probable be in a half-dozen pieces.

It's missing a chunk from bellow Stengel's neck and the info at the bottom of the card is partly missing. But really, I don't care. I think it's pretty cool for a 95-years-old piece of cardboard.