Sunday, February 26, 2017

1928 Tharp's F50 (1972 TCMA reprint) #45/59: Paul/Lloyd Waner, Pittsburgh Pirates

Hall of Fame brothers Paul and Lloyd Waner, were featured early in their careers on the 1928 F50 sets.  Older brother, Paul, played 20 years from 1926-1945, mostly for the Pirates.  He was often a league leader in Runs, Hits, Doubles, Triples, RBI, and Batting Avg, helping the Pirates to the World Series in 1927 against the Yankees.  Younger brother, Lloyd, was still is his rookie season against the Yankees in 1927 with an 18-year career lasting through 1945, often leading the league in multiple category as well.





Friday, February 24, 2017

1928 Tharp's F50 (1972 TCMA reprint) #4: Red Faber, Chicago White Sox, P

  The F50 ice cream sets were probably the most definitive sets of the late 1920's.  Consisting of a total of 60 different 1-3/8" x 2-9/16" cards, the F50 set was produced by 3 different ice cream companies--Tharp's, Yuengling's, and Harrington's.  The sets made by the 3 ice cream companies were nearly identical except for the message on the card back.  Also, 2 different versions of the #6 Babe Ruth card exist.  The complete set was reprinted in its original size by TCMA in 1972.


     Red Faber was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1964 by the Veteran's Committee after appearing on the HOF ballot 17 times between 1937-1962.  His HOF career spanned 20 seasons with the Chicago White Sox between 1914-1933, with a World Series Championship against the New York Giants in 1917.  Faber pitched 4 of the 6 games, winning games 2, 5, and 6 to clinch the championship.  He did not participate on the 1919 World Series team, although he was still a member of the team.  Faber completed his career with 254 Wins and a 3.15 ERA in over 4086 Innings Pitched.  


1988 Topps Gallery of Champions Aluminum: McGwire, Gwynn, Boggs, Dawson, Santiago

     Here are some more metal cards from the 1988 Topps Gallery of Champions Aluminum set.  This is a really cool set that is still very affordable--especially the '88 set.  For those still not in the know, these Gallery of Champions sets began production with 12 bronze cards in 1984.  The original set was actually called Gallery of Immortals, but the name changed shortly afterward.  A 12-card metal set was released each year through 1991, and then again in 1995 under a different name.  In 1984 and 1985, the GC sets were only released in bronze and silver.  In 1986, Topps started making GC sets in Aluminum, Bronze, and Silver.  In addition to the 12-card metal sets, Bronze Premiums (1983-1991) and Pewter Bonuses (1984-1991) were released at a rate of 1 per year.  I've just been fascinated by these metal cards. and collect all but the silver cards right now.  Top on my wantlist are the Pewter bonus cards from '84, '90, '91, and the 1985 GC Bronze set.