Saturday, March 4, 2017

1974 Capital Publishing

I've tried to rack my brain and remember just how I managed to acquire these two cards from the 1974 Capital Publishing collection. Try as I might, I just can't recall. Generally, that means one of two things: 1) I bought them on eBay (probably as part of a bigger Indians card lot) or 2) They were sent to me by one of my awesome cardboard habit enablers (that would be one of you).

Either way, these are cool "cards." I say that in quotes because these are about 4.5" x 5.5" and feel like postcards. On the left, we have Ray Chapman and the right is Al Orth (Phillies).

The photos are black and white, as you can see, and are evidently taken from VERY old photos that are probably in the public domain (or were at the time these were made).

The backs feature biographical info and stats from the years they played ball. Note: The backs are just the fronts flipped, so they don't match the pictures above.

Apparently, Capital Publishing released several "versions" of these (some folks refer to later versions as reprints, though that could be debatable). One way to know these are the '74 variety (at least in my research) is the numbering at the bottom. Later versions do not include the card numbers. There are 110 cards in the set.

I have no idea why I have the Phillies player in there. Haha! If you are interested, the list of Cleveland players in the set are listed below and there is a link to the full set below that.

10 Russ Christopher
 11 Snuffy Stirnweiss
 18 Sam Zoldak
 24 Don Black
 32 Cy Young
 39 Tris Speaker
 43 Nap Lajoie
 49 Walt Judnich
 66 Ray Chapman
 72 Elmer Flick
 77 Bill Bradley
 96 Jim Bagby Sr.

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