Friday, February 5, 2010

Walter Johnson Game Used Cards Coming?!?!


I can only hope. I know many of you think it is a sacrilege to cut up historical memorabilia for trading cards. However, as I have said time and time again, if the Hall of Fame doesn't acquire a particular item (and they do not pay for any memorabilia), treasured pieces typically end up in a blue blood's personal collection never to be seen again. I would much rather have a chance of owning a piece of history, albeit, just a piece.

Did you know that Walter Johnson, The Big Train, is the only member of the Hall of Fame's inaugural class to not have a game used card? He is the white what for a mini collection of mine. I have been fortunate to pull and/or acquire game used cards from Babe Ruth, Christy Matthewson, Honus Wagner, and Ty Cobb. To date, no game used cards have been produced of Johnson due to the extreme rarity of game used material from the legendary hurler.

That might be about to change if a card manufacturer was the winner of SCP Auction's Lot #184. A game used, Louisville Slugger bat, circa 1925-1931. The bat recently sold for a relatively ridiculous low of $36,603. That is still a lot of money but I use the term relatively given the fact that steroid using Alex Rodriguez's 500th HR ball sold in the same auction for over $103,000.

We'll just have to wait and see what is to become of this all-important relic.

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