Tuesday, November 27, 2012

I Ain't Afriad of No Ghosts (Part 2)

As if adding a double Orval Overall was not enough to slake my need for wet sheet transfers, I also picked up the below card:


Note that in the above card there are a tremendous range of colors in the card, including a sunset, a grandstand, grass and they even left some space for a player.  And if you look real close in the upper left hand corner of the card, you can see a transfer of a T206 back on the card, with the Piedmont reverse in the yellow section to the left of old Rube's head.  As to Rube himself, he was a pitcher for the Cubs, like Orval, though far less successful throughout his career.  In fact, aside from 1909 where Rube went 9-4 with a 1.65 ERA, he almost never pitched in the major leagues, though his one, hot season did lead to his inclusion in the T206 and T205 set, which is far smaller and contains only a small subset of Mid-Atlantic minor leaguers.


Here is the real reason I purchased the card.  Look at the variety of strong colors clinging to the reverse of the card.  After speaking to some people far more knowledgeable than I am, we all concurred that Rube inhabits both the front and back of this card.  It is unlikely there is another Rube Kroh so brightly emblazoned on both sides with color. 

This concludes our adventure into T206 ghosts, since they are rarely seen nowadays as a number of collectors have pillaged and reviewed stack after stack of T206s trying to find something different about the reverse of the card for their collections.  Fortunately for me, they missed 25 cards in an antique store in Cape May, allowing me to enjoy a small corner of that universe. 

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