Heartland March 2020 Auction
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“I’m greatly honored to have a ballpark named after me, especially since I’ve been thrown out of so many.” -Casey Stengel

Assembling a complete set of the 640 cards in the 1910 T210 Old Mill issue may be one of the most difficult feats in all of sports card collecting. Broken down into 8 Series, spanning eight different Southern and Atlantic Coast minor league associations, the set’s regional distribution and scarcity of Series 6 – 8 add to the difficulty of compiling every known card. The two key cards to the set appear in Series 6 and Series 8. The final series features the cardboard debut of “Shoeless Joe” Jackson, from his days with the New Orleans Pelicans. The other rarity is featured in this lot, from Series 6, the debut card of “The Old Professor,” Casey Stengel, depicted as a youthful outfielder for the Maysville Rivermen of the Blue Grass League. During his tenure in the minors, Stengel rarely unpacked his suitcase, playing for nine different teams over three minor league seasons. Finally, Stengel got the call to the majors in 1912, launching his career with Brooklyn.

A Genuinely Scarce Card That Rarely Finds Its Way To Market

Fewer than 20 known examples of Stengel’s rookie cards have been graded by PSA and SGC. Stengel rookies rarely see the light of day, with under a handful reaching the auction podium in recent years. High grade Stengel rookies are virtually non-existent, thanks to the easily chipped and scuffed red borders that frame every T210 card. Only 2 examples of Stengel’s rookie are known at the grade of VG 3, with a scant three versions grading higher. Examples of Stengel’s rookie in GOOD condition and commonly sell in the $10,000 range when available. This handsome and highly desirable card marks the beginning of the career of one of the game’s most legendary and most beloved characters. The card presents well at VG 3, exhibiting minor chips along the lower edge, foxing at the lower left corner and slight rounding at the other three corners. He card’s surface and back are clean and devoid of significant scrapes, gouges or damage. As we like to say, the card shows signs of love and handling, but not of abuse. One Of Baseball’s Most Beloved Characters Even during the heated Dodger – Yankee World Series matchups between 1949 and 1956, Dodger fans still found it hard to hate Stengel, despite the fact he wore pinstripes. In one of the more emotional moments of the rivalry, an emotional Stengel introduced his surviving teammates from the 1916 Brooklyn World Champions to the Ebbets Field faithful before Game One of the 1949 Fall Classic. If you’re in the market for a rare rookie card, forget the flavor of the day and the often over-hyped modern rookies’ Go back in time 110 years and bring home one of the legends of sport. All sport. Because this Casey rookie card is a mighty prize indeed.

T210 Old Mill Casey Stengel Rookie Series 6 PSA 3 VG
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