Monday, November 29, 2021

The Original Crown Prince of Baseball

 Another great Mail Day today. 

I believe I first saw this card posted on Dime Boxes, and as I typically do with one of Nick's posts I wound up adding a few cards to my want list. I thought about purchasing a reprint of this 1939 Play Ball beauty, but I ultimately decided to go all in and spoil myself a bit. 

Boy, do I ever love fuzzy corners and that pure vintage feel! 

Al Schacht was the original "Clown Prince of Baseball" and he was known for his imitations of coaches and players. He started out as a pitcher, moved to the world of coaching and then eventually found himself entertaining thousands as an on-field baseball comedian. 
I wasn't previously familiar with Schacht as the subject of my previous post, Max Patkin. No matter. This card will find its home in my Folder of Fun and rightfully so. 

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Entertainer from My Youth

Another Mail Day post today and this one is an Ebay purchase. 

 I remember seeing Max Patkin perform between innings during at old Meinen Field in Peoria at a Chiefs game. 

I don't remember any of his specific antics, but I do remember his baseball uniform being full of baseball dust/dirt by the end of the game. 

I also recall pondering if the umpires enjoyed working games more if The Clown Prince of Baseball was in the stadium. 
I may have an old Chiefs program or scorecard with Patkin's autograph stashed away, but that will be a hunt for a rainy day. In the meantime, I'll store this beauty in the box with all of my favorite autographs. 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Happy Belated Thanksgiving

 Posting has taking a back seat as of late, but about a week ago I purchased a bunch of cards from Sportlots and a few from Ebay. You know, kind of like an early Black Friday card buying binge. 

The first one arrived in today's mail. 

This Allen & Ginter card commemorates Ben Zobrist's big 10th inning hit in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series. 
I have a World Series binder and I still enjoy filling the pages five years after the fact. 

I'm going to try to post more cards as they come in. There's a select few I'm fairly excited to show off. 

In the meantime, enjoy the holiday weekend!