Take a look at this fresh-faced 19 year old outfielder for the Maysville team in the Blue Grass League of 1910. Does he look familiar? He’s a 9X World Series champion. He’s in the Hall of Fame. Still don’t recognize this baseball icon?
He’s been quoted as saying, “Good pitching will always stop good hitting and vice-versa.” And, “Son, we’d like to keep you around this season but we’re going to try and win a pennant." And this one, “Can’t anybody here play this game?"
Yes, it’s the Old Professor himself, Casey Stengel. Did you ever think Casey Stengel was ever 19 years old?
This card is from the not so famous 1910 T210 Old Mill Tobacco card set. There are over 600 cards in the set and feature Minor League players from the Southeast United States. They feature players from the South Atlantic League, the Texas League, and the aforementioned Blue Grass League among the 8 leagues represented. The set also included Joe Jackson, Hank Gowdy and Fred Toney among 100’s of unknowns. The Jackson and Stengel cards are 2 of the most prized and sought after tobacco cards ever produced.
There are less than 15 known examples of the Stengel card, less than the infamous T206 Honus Wagner card. This particular card sold at auction in 2006 for $20,880.00. $20,000+ for a card PSA rated VG 3. Wow. That might even put Casey at a loss for words.