One of my lifelong collecting goals is to someday complete a 1950 Bowman baseball set. It's not exactly at the top of my priority list, but something I plan to slowly plod away at over the course of my lifetime. Today I'm reviewing my ninth pick-up towards that pursuit...
This particular card is a favorite in my early set build here for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, Hearn had one of his better seasons in 1950. The Cardinals had placed him on waivers early in the season, but when the Giants claimed him in mid-July he was an absolute stud for the latter half of the season. In 16 starts for New York, Jim went 11-3 with a 1.94 ERA In 11 of those 16 starts he pitched a complete game, and 5 of those were shutouts to boot! Jim's resurrection with the Giants was so impressive that he was even named on at least one MVP ballot that year.
The second reason I love this card though is obvious...the lurker in the shirt and tie. It's just so bizarre and so out of place. The interesting backgrounds are one of the things I enjoy most about this release, and this one certainly doesn't disappoint. Is that Jim's agent, or accountant? Maybe a Secret Service agent? We'll never know, and in all likelihood it was just an average fan given that folks used to actually dress up to attend ballgames back then.
Just a short hello - I was out of town for a few days, and then when I returned, I immediately had a doctor's appointment and a couple of necessary errands. I'm getting a qu...
Whoever the man in the tie is, I'll bet this is his rookie card!
Man, you can't beat that for $3. I don't even have a single 1950 Bowman card, but I'd gladly pay $3 for this card.
Put a random guy on the other side of Hearn's shoulder and you'd have that classic angel-devil thing going like in the movies.
That is a great card for that mystery man alone, but the 'Giants' stamp on the back gives it some provenance. Nice pickup for $3!
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