It's funny how things work out sometimes.
In the past month month or so I completed two different collecting projects; both of which I started years ago and neither of which I truly thought I'd ever complete. Yup, it's been a good 2018 so far here at Shoebox Legends!
In the past I may have saved posts on each of these projects for a "rainy day" (which usually means "will never get to it"), but I'm trying to improve this year on posting about and appreciating new cards as they come in, so today I've got the first one to share with you.
Here's the recent pick-up that finished this one up for me:
I'd never be crazy enough to take a crack at it, after all the first two cards on the checklist are Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth. Not gonna happen. I did decide years ago though that I'd love to collect all four hockey subjects that are represented within the 48-card checklist.
Ace Bailey here was the last one I needed to complete the quartet! I'd been searching out a copy for years, however it wasn't easy. I wanted a graded copy for the sake of authenticity. These aren't easy cards to come across period, and to make matters worse my OCD specifically dictated that I snag a copy graded a PSA 4, since that was the grade assigned to each of the three I already had in hand. Recently things came together as I had a little extra hobby cash and the above gem triggered my saved eBay search that's been setup for years. A bit of back-and-forth haggling and alas, "Ace" was mine!
For those who don't know or aren't hockey fans, Ace (real name Irvine) was a star right wing with the Maple Leafs from the mid-'20s through 1933, when his career (and nearly life) was ended prematurely in an on-ice incident. Bailey was checked from behind by Bruins defenseman Eddie Shore and cracked his skull open on the ice. While he eventually recovered, he never played professional hockey again.
Bailey's number was actually the first to be retired in all of professional sports, which is kind of cool. He was elected to the Hockey HOF in 1975, and lived to the ripe old age of 88 before passing away in 1992.
For those of you who haven't been following my blog long or who maybe missed the original posts, here's a look at my complete four-card hockey subset from 1933 Sport Kings:
Well, that's about it. Again, feels great to knock this admittedly small project off the list after all this time searching and waiting. Thanks for stopping by, and I'll try to share the other big, recent project completion on here in the coming weeks. That one involves a lot more scanning and cropping than this four-card post did!
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