Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Three loose ends

I had a few small projects to put a handful of cards on a theme together in my binder, and it seems like for all of these I had one card missing.  These just arrived in my COMC box.

Burt Shotton.
I posted about the book Electric October, covering the 1947 World Series.  The book says that it's told through the lens of six not-famous major leaguers, although it does it admit that one of them is a bit more famous given that he's a Hall-of-Famer (Bucky Harris).  I tried to get cards of all of them but couldn't find a good card of one, Bill Bevens.  But I showed the Harris, Snuffy Stirnweiss, Al Gionfriddo, and Cookie Lavagetto cards that I picked up.  The only one missing, then, was this, a Target Dodgers Burt Shotton.  You learn in the book that Shotton was the last manager to manage in a suit rather than the uniform -- he very slightly outlasted Connie Mack in that respect (by a few hours).
Sherm Lollar.
Another project I had was to make a page of cards of teams that no longer are.  I've shown some Seattle Pilots, Philadelphia Athletics, Kansas City Athletics, and Colt .45s, (and of course some others like Milwaukee Braves, New York Giants, and Brooklyn Dodgers), and at least one Boston Brave (although the Sam Jethroe is PSA-graded and so not for the binder).  But I noticed I didn't seem to have any St. Louis Browns.  I picked out this Sherm Lollar since he was a notable player of the day and I even had another card of him already (with the White Sox by then).  Of course an ideal St. Louis Browns card would be the 1953 Topps Satchel Paige, but even if not for the expense, the misspelling of his name ("Satchell") bugs me enough that I won't try to get one.

Edward G. Robinson.
Robinson card back.

I don't go for non-sports, or even non-baseball, much (please excuse the main exception in my collection, the circa-1990 Marvel and DC superhero cards from my youth).  But I posted about the movie Big Leaguer before, and got a handful of cards to remember that: Carl Hubbell, Mel Ott, and Freddie Fitzsimmons, and the main character, Hans Lobert.  Lobert was played in the movie by movie star Edward G. Robinson, so I thought I would get a Robinson to go next to Lobert.  I picked up this 1939 Milky Way card.  The card says that Mars Confections are manufactured in Slough, which surely makes this card from England.  It's probably unique in my collection in that respect.  It's also tied for my oldest card, along with the 1939 Play Ball Gus Suhr I posted recently.  I guess Robinson makes the second movie star in my binder, after Kevin Costner.

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  1. I'm a big fan Edward G. Robinson's. I don't collect his cards, but have seen a lot of them, and I can honestly say that that's the best looking one of his that I've seen!

    1. Like I said, I don't really go for much other than baseball, but that whole old Milky Way set is really nice.