The Merkle's Boner Gallery

by Vvvergeer - 12 cards (Last updated on Sep. 15, 2017)


1. 1911 T205 Gold Border #134 Fred Merkle


The man himself. Nineteen years old at the time. Despite the cruel taunting for years, he went on to a successful 14 year career, including time with the Cubs.

This was the fourth tobacco card I ever bought. It's ungraded and probably about a 2.5. I love it.

2. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Al Bridwell


Got what would have been the game winning hit for the Giants that day.

September 12, 2016, this card arrived. PSA 2. Perfect to me. I just love the big sweater. Halfway to having all 12 players who were on the field for Merkle's Boner. Then I have the design to create an awesome display case....

3. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Moose McCormick


Scored what would have been the winning run that day for Giants.

Tough to find in the right condition at the right price, but picked it up with my April 2016 birthday money.

Just two more to go..

4. 1911 T205 Gold Border #62 Johnny Evers


The Instigator. After a similar play occurred a few weeks before, he was looking for the play and immediately demanded the (a) ball.

This is most expensive tobacco card I own. SGC 35. Not sure why he seems to cost so much more than Tinker or Chance.

5. 1909 Philadelphia Caramel E95 #22 Solly Hofman


Got it! 9/14/17. And this collection is done!

Centerfield. Solly "Circus" Hoffman. The guy who pointed out that Merkle didn't touch second. Famous for his acrobatic catches in center. Also considered the first great utility player.

Discovering that he fielded the ball and pointed out that Merkle didn't touch second is what inspired me to go after the other relevant cards of that day.

Became determined that this should be a caramel card. Missed out on a couple because I couldn't quite pull the trigger. Offered $100 to a place trying to get $140. No deal. Watched that card for about three months. Watched other equivalent and better cards go for $85, $101. So I offered the $100 again, and they accepted! So I have a Philadelphia Caramel card from 1909, PSA 2, and I have every player on the field during Merkle's Boner! So cool!

6. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Jake Pfiester


The pitcher for the Cubs. Merkle saved him the loss. Guy had a 2.02 career ERA. Nicknamed "the Giant Killer' because he crushed the New York Giants.

Picked up in July 2016. Decided that, over the internet at least, I need to buy only graded because there're just too many fakes out there. So this is an SGC 30/2. It's my first T206 card. Sure, I love it, because of the art and the age, but I still prefer the T205s because of the stats on the back. Though the T206s have better poses.

7. 1911 T205 Gold Border #103 Johnny Kling


The catcher. One of the best defensively at the time, apparently.

November 13, 2016. After being annoyed for missing out on this card for a decent price, a few weeks later I got it for 50 cents more. Pretty happy about it. Love the T205s.

8. 1911 T205 Gold Border #31 Frank Chance


First baseman and manager. The last manager of the Cubs to win a World Series. Here's hoping Joe Maddon takes that title from him soon.

This was the first tobacco card I ever bought. Again, ungraded and probably about a 2.5. That's all I need. The tobacco cards are SUPPOSED to look a little beat up.

9. 1911 T205 Gold Border #191 Joe Tinker


The shortstop that day. A homer and two errors. And of course two double plays turned.

I've got a reasonable ungraded version of this. About a 2, I'd guess.

10. 1909-11 The American Tobacco Company T206 White Border #NNO Harry Steinfeldt


Third base. 1906 leader in hits and RBI, and took second in the batting race. Just sort of "accidentally" won this card on eBay on December 5, 2016. Was leaning toward getting a T205, but bid on this and won when it was about $10 cheaper than I expected. My bad, I didn't notice the (MK) on the graded card. Not upset, though. Someone wrote numbers on the back of the card, but I don't care at all about the backs of T205s. Perhaps someday I'll replace it. But now I've got 8 of 12 cards in this list.

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Comments

Jul. 24, 2016 - 2:58AM
switzr1

I like it! Also, the more you talk about them, the more I like the T205s. Poor, poor Merkle.

Sep. 14, 2017 - 9:28PM
CollectingAfterDeath

One of the most interesting galleries I've seen on this site. Thank you for sharing your experiences on acquiring each card.   

Sep. 15, 2017 - 7:01PM
BucCollector

Fantastic.  Thank you!

Sep. 16, 2017 - 11:24PM
switzr1

Congrats on completing this. Aren't you glad Big Six wasn't the other baserunner?!?!

Sep. 17, 2017 - 12:06AM
Vvvergeer

Not sure. If he had been, I might be compelled to buy one of his cards, despite the absurd cost. And then....I'd have one! 

Sep. 30, 2017 - 12:58PM
jefro2878

WOW! Very nice!



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