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July 2020 POBC Magazine

Here's our July issue of POBC Magazine.
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This month features my recollections of the 1978 All-Star Game, 
plus game outcomes over the past 42 years. 
Also, check out some of my favorite cards of eyeglass-wearing ballplayers.
And plenty of other poor old baseball cards. 
And as always, don't hesitate to suggest ideas or maybe 
even think about contributing to our next issue.
I hope you enjoy it!


June 2020, POBC Magazine

Here's our June issue of POBC Magazine.
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This month features my Top-100, my Royal Court of baseball players.
Also check out our kids pages: color the cover
and make a baseball puppet.
I really tried to broaden the appeal.
And of course, check out the poor old baseball cards and different
collectables throughout the magazine. I hope you enjoy it!


1933 Goudey
Eddie Farrell

A quick search on the Internet shows that a very small percentage of baseball players are graduates of four-year colleges and universities. Eddie Farrell graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1925. He earned a medical degree and went on to practice dentistry well after his baseball career ended.

Farrell played at a time when athletes had careers. And I don't mean only as ballplayers. Players of his generation often worked in the offseason to earn a living.

He was not paid millions as players are today.

He had to work for a living, like the rest of us.


Check out our first issue of POBC Magazine

It's here, our first issue of Poor Old Baseball Cards Magazine.
I hope you like the content and presentation 
and I'd love to hear your feedback. 
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What do you like? What don't you like? 
What would you like to see? What could I do to make it better? 

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1923 W515-1
Ty Cobb

Beginning in 1921, Ty Cobb had become player/manager for the Detroit Tigers. So was he more player or manager?

In 1922, he hit .401 for the Tigers, finishing second in the batting race to George Sisler (.420). Can you imagine hitting over .400. and NOT winning the batting title?

In 1925, he finished fifth (.378) to Rogers Hornsby (.403) in the race.

Cobb was still a productive hitter, to say the least, batting .401, .340, .338, .378, .339, .357 and .323 in his final seven seasons, the last two with the Philadelphia Athletics.

As a manager, Cobb served Detroit from 1921-26 having compiled a 479-444 record. His best managerial season was 1923, when his team finished second in the American League to the New York Yankees.

The 1923 Yankees featured a 28-year-old Babe Ruth and a 20-year-old rookie named Lou Gehrig.


1966 Topps
Roger Maris

Roger Maris is not in the Hall of Fame. Should he be?

Let's take a look at some of his numbers: 1,325 hits in 12 seasons; 275 homers, 850 RBI and a lifetime batting average of .260. But those aren't his only accomplishments.

Maris is a 7x All-Star, 3x World Series champion, twice named AL MVP, the former home run single-season king, 2x RBI leader and a Gold Glove winner.

Those are Hall-of-Fame numbers, his lifetime averages, not so much.

Maris would play his final season with the Yankees in 1966, traded to the Cardinals later that year. His cards, while not commanding the prices of his teammate Mickey Mantle, are very desirable.

His 1962 Topps cards is one of my favorites. It would easily be one of the first inductees in my baseball card Hall of Fame.


1921-30 Major League Ball Die-cuts
Wally Pipp

Not sure if this is technically a baseball card but hey, it's Wally Pipp.

Okay, we all know the story. Pipp is reported to have not been feeling well on June 2, 1925. It seems he had a headache and made it known to the Yankees trainer. Manager Miller Huggins noticed and told Pipp to make way for a younger replacement. That replacement was Lou Gehrig and history was made. Gehrig went on to play 2,130 consecutive games earning him the nickname of "Iron Horse."

Another story says Pipp was replaced since he was struggling against left-handers. And yet another story said it was a result of being injured during batting practice a few days earlier.

Nonetheless, Pipp was out and Gehrig was in. By 1926, Pipp was a member of the Cincinnati Reds.

Which brings me to this "card."

Pipp is represented as a member of the Reds which means it probably dates from 1926-28. It's actually a game piece for a popular game called, "Major League Ball-The Indoor BB Game Supreme."

From what I understand the actual team dicecuts were standard but board game players would replace the names each year to update a team's lineup. If you look close enough you can see the label glued to the card.

I don't care if it's technically a baseball card or not. What I do know is that it's a treasured part of this guys poor old baseball card collection.


NEW FEATURE: Fantasy 50

Today, I'd like to introduce a new feature to this blog: It's called Fantasy 50.

It's where I have an imaginary $50 to spend on poor old baseball cards. 

My shopping list is taken from completed eBay auctions that have sold over the past week. 

It's just a fun way to wonder ... what if?

Heres my picks for the week of Feb. 23-29, 2020

1. 1933 Tattoo Orbit Melvin Harder
Sold on Feb. 24
$6.50 + $4.00 shipping, total of $10.50

More rare than the 1933 Goudey, these cards don't seem to be very popular among vintage collectors.

2. 1971 Topps Bob Gibson
Sold on Feb. 28
$0.01 + $1.49 shipping, total of $1.50

Why not. It's like getting a card from the value menu.

3. 1911 Hassan Triple Folder Delahanty/Jones
Sold on Feb. 27
$12.00 + $4.20 shipping, total of $16.20

These old cards are well over 100 years old  now and becoming harder to find. Gone are the days of $10 tobacco cards.

4. 1962 Post Willie Mays
Sold on Feb. 26
$1.80 + $3.95 shipping, total of $5.75

Come on, it's Willie Mays and it's from the side of a cereal box.

5. 1957 Topps Jerry Coleman
Sold on Feb. 26
$0.99 + $0.75 shipping, total of $1.74

The HOF broadcaster was roomies with Mickey Mantle and a Marine pilot during WWII and Korea.

6. 1970 Topps Vida Blue and Gene Tenace Rookie
Sold on Feb. 25
$3.20 + $0.75 shipping, total of $3.95

Two pretty good players on one rookie card.

7. 1971 Topps Pete Rose
Sold on Feb. 24
$1.95 + $3.50 shipping, total of $5.45

I love the 1970 black borders, not to mention a youngish Pete Rose.

8. 1958 Topps Brooks Robinson
Sold on Feb. 23
$1.25 + $3.50 shipping, total of $4.75

Second-year card of arguably the game's best third baseman.

TOTAL: $49.84