Fun and Cool Cards I Have on Display

by Vvvergeer - 35 cards (Last updated on Nov 23, 2022)

1. 1887-90 Old Judge (N172) #NNO Dell Darling

Finally pulled the trigger on a card from the 1800s, with this Chicago White Stockings (Cubs) card. Nothing exceptional about Mr. Darling's six year career. But he may or may not have been involved in a series of train robberies near the end of it. Either he helped hide on cars, throwing off things from the luggage compartments as the trains were moving, or he just received some of the stolen goods.
So happy about this one.
Delivered 5/8/19; SGC A.

2. 1909 Ramly Cigarettes T204 #106 Frank Schulte

So now I've picked up two cards from 1909 this year. I hunted a T204 Ramly for a couple of years. Didn't really think I'd ever get one. Then this came up pretty reasonably priced, given everything. I love these. The front looks like one of the Turnpike Troubadours' album covers. And the pattern is embossed. Kind of wish I could touch this one, but it had to be graded, for authenticity's sake.
Delivered 6/14/21; SGC 1.5.

3. 1909 Philadelphia Caramel E95 #NNO Fred Merkle

Anyone here who knows me, knows my growing obsession with Mr. Merkle, a fine player with one big boner. I already have one display dedicated to him, but I have another planned. This beautiful card is the first step.

Received 4/23/21; SGC 1.5.

4. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Jack Warhop

Stalked this card for a long time. Then kinda lost interest. Then regained interest because I couldn't think of anything else to buy and I like the quirky trivia aspect -- he gave up Babe Ruth's first two homers (see other list), and I got it ungraded relatively cheaply from a source I trust.
Delivered 7/15/20; ungraded (fair condition).

5. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Lena Blackburne

Realized I needed an American League T205, because they’re even more beautiful than the National League cards. The discoverer of baseball rubbing mud that is still used today.
1/23/18. PSA2.

6. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Danny Murphy

Saw this American League T205 while I was hunting for one of a player with some fun trivia. After I bought the Blackburne, a couple of these came up for sale at reasonable prices. The diamond on mine is a tad more orange than yellow, which makes it look even better. From the elephant to the colors to the rosy cheeks, my backup daughter and I decided I just had to have this card. He wasn't a star. There's no exciting trivia associated with him. I went with the better of the two on sale.
2/7/18. SGC 40/3.

7. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Germany Schaefer

Was slightly aimless in my collecting or wanted a change and had a little money in the budget, and I stumbled into what I thought were some very fairly priced T206 cards. As noted above, the American League cards from this set are just gorgeous. So I got this one, even though it's similar to the Murphy. It's very crisp and gold looking. And he once stole first base!
3/8/21. SGC 40/3.

8. 1911 T205 Gold Border #NNO Hans Lobert

Read "The Glory of Their Times" and decided I needed a Hans Lobert card. Saw this, thought it was beautiful, and stalked it on eBay for months. Then I bought a better version than I expected to. He once raced a horse around the base paths....
11/23/22. SGC 30/3.

9. 1911 Turkey Red Cabinets T3 #32 Orval Overall

A few years ago, I learned about these and drooled over them for a bit, and then ruled them out as a possibility because of the expense. Well, in 2020, in the midst of a pandemic, after receiving birthday money, I just went for it. I found this one, with a pinhole and other edge flaws, but beautiful.
I love the old stars that people have forgotten/never heard of. This guy won two games in the 1907 World Series and the clinching game in 1908. Depending on the site you go to, he has the 15th lowest earned run average IN HISTORY!
And he's on a beautiful, huge, card. His spot on display is on a special little shelf above all the other cards. He's Over-All of them. (See what I did there?)
Delivered 4/24/20. Ungraded.

10. 1911 Mecca Double Folders T201 #NNO Mordecai Brown / Solly Hofman

Tracked this card for probably a year or more. Just really wanted a double folder and thought Mordecai was the way to go. Feel bad for Hofman, though, who's on the back and not whole. Since the card is graded, only Brown will ever be properly displayed. Also, the T201s are considerably cheaper than T205s or T206s, which made this HOF purchase possible.
So now I have the three fingered pitcher and the six fingered pitcher (Antonio Alfonseca) from the Cubs.
Delivered 4/18/18. BVG 2.



Jan 20, 2015 - 7:53PM
Nice list Vvvergeer. The tobacco cards are pretty cool. Those cards put into perspective just how long the game of baseball has been around, as well as how much the card industry has evolved. For better or worse. I also have to get some Mays, Banks, and Aaron cards. I like the '73 Aaron for starters.
Jan 20, 2015 - 8:41PM
I love the language on the back of the tobacco cards. Read the descriptions. I'm spoiled, it's true, but I'm a bit annoyed that my oldest Aaron is 1972. He was a star of the 50s and 60s. Must remedy....So many cards, so little budget.
Jan 22, 2015 - 5:05PM
Very nice collection. Brought back a lot of memories. Love the Berra. I own only one tobacco card, bought it just to have one. You think about the years they went through and still survive. Amazing
Jan 22, 2015 - 8:50PM
That was my original thinking on the tobacco cards. I just wanted one, any one. Then I thought it should be a Cub. Then I thought I needed Tinker and Evers and Chance. That took me awhile. Now I want a Fred Merkle. And I'd say that would be the end, but maybe it won't be.
Jan 24, 2015 - 3:05AM
Great list. Your love of cards is similar to mine - the 70s and older are so much more interesting because they were about the player. I only have 5 of these cards in your list but I could make one of similar vintage cards that I treasure the most in my collection. By the way, my display case is mostly Nolan Ryan cards and things.
Apr 26, 2016 - 10:57AM
Very nice collection you have there, love the vintage and your write ups on the cards.
Apr 26, 2016 - 8:27PM
Thanks. Looks like you've got some nice vintage Bowman baseball. I really need a card or two from the 40s.
Mar 11, 2017 - 12:59PM


Edited on: May 9, 2020 - 6:01PM

May 18, 2017 - 3:39PM

Frank Sullivan, huh? Good thing you don't have a best friend named Mickey Mantle! 

Oct 15, 2017 - 1:20AM

Keep us up to date on your T207 progress. Ten Cubs, two are HOFers.  I hope you get King Cole next, just because I enjoyed his write-up on the back in the site scan.

Dec 2, 2017 - 1:37PM

Really like the T cards and the Gum cards from the 30s and 40s. I'm going to try and acquire a few of those myself. Great list and excellent display choices.

Mar 21, 2018 - 12:20PM

Some very special ones in there. Many are from an era when baseball was still just a "sport" meant merely to be played, watched, and enjoyed. How times have changed over the past several decades and not just in sports. Great writeups also.

p.s. My sincerest apologies for generating the Forum topic of Baseball Humour. ..nah..not really , just trying to keep it light.

Jul 17, 2020 - 4:44PM

Nice new addition with Warhop.  Although he doesn't look all that happy about it.

Feb 13, 2021 - 4:52PM
Billy Kingsley

Congrats on the Cracker Jack! If I recall correctly you mentioned previously that it was a goal to get one of them? 

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