Well, that was certainly a large haul of cards to part with for just a single card in return. It was a good feeling mailing out a huge stack of unwanted cardboard though. Besides, I think the trade-off was well worth it.
So, what was the one card I wanted to have so badly?
It's a really old one, in fact it's now my oldest baseball card.
I have always wanted just one card from this set. Any card would have been fine, but making this one even greater is the fact that it's a Red Sox card. You've waited long enough if you've read to this point, behold!
There are a few Red Sox players on the checklist, but what sold me on this particular card is the awesome, prominent, old-school Sox uniform. A good deal of the cards from this set feature closely cropped portraits of the players' shoulders and head, sometimes wearing a cap, sometimes not. Most of the uniforms and hats of the era were very subtle if not completely devoid of logos, so even the cards where you can see more of the player can be relatively bland. The end result is that for most of the cards in the set, if you covered up the team name on the bottom it would be a challenge to say the least to identify. Not Heinie Wagner though, the blazing red "Red Sox" on his uniform can't be missed, and matches the background color of this set perfectly.
this write-up over at SABR, which is maybe a 10-15 minute read. Here are just a few reasons why this card rules. Charles, aka Heinie:
- Was born in the 1800s.
- Had a reputation for fighting early in his career and was once arrested for punching an umpire in the face.
- Was team captain for the very first game ever played in Fenway Park in 1912. Had a hit and a stolen base.
- Was a key player when the team won the World Series that very same 1912 season. In game 8! In extra innings. Against Christy Mathewson.
- Was Babe Ruth's "adult babysitter" during his early career.
- Was a member of four World Series champion Red Sox teams.
Well, I certainly need to do this again. Time to start rounding up some more cards to sell...