Saturday, July 23, 2011

Another Trade With Ryan G.!

If there's a kind of post I can be behind on (eBay, flea market, trade, you name it), I'm behind on it. However, this beauty came in the mail today (along with a few Bowman's Best and some random Dodgers I needed) from reader and regular Player Of The Month sender-over Ryan G. who's one of a few people being very patient with my flakiness over the past week or two. The card is a 1950 Remar Bread Oakland Oaks card of future Brewers manager George Bamberger. As I've been just starting to scratch the surface of old stories about the pre-west coast MLB version of the Pacific Coast League, and also starting to spot these cards on eBay, I was definitely intrigued when Ryan posted one as trade bait. The card's about the same size as a Topps Ringside card, but is made of very thin, flimsy cardboard (that's obviously been through hell over the years too, but the card stock wasn't exactly what we'd call 2011 Heritage-level thick, either). Its fragility is really impressive stuff. I do love that about old cards sometimes, when they've really been through it and they're soft, fragile, frayed...

 What a great card back."Let's Be Friends". Sunbeam bread's still being made. George played in Roosevelt Stadium before hooking up with Oakland. The Dodgers played in Roosevelt Stadium a few times before moving west, too. My man Jersey Joe fought Ezzard Charles there, too, to tie this card into Ringside once again. (Should have a new Ringside card up for y'all soon.)

Ahhh, the days when you could have a 1.51 WHIP, only strike out 98 batters in 32 games and still pitch 13 Complete Games. Those are Rodrigo Lopez numbers, actually.

Thanks again for the card, the other, non-pictured cards and the trade, Ryan!


  1. Glad you enjoyed your Bread card that could be described as being sliced like bread and thanks for the trade!

  2. Does it take away from the perceived antiqueness of the card when I tell you that one of Bamberger's minor league managers is still managing in the major leagues? That's right, he pitched for a young Jack McKeon towards the end of his playing career.

  3. Bo, I'm pretty sure Al Spalding pitched for Jack McKeon as a rookie, so no.


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