Friday, January 21, 2011

Card Spotlight: 1-21-11

1937 O-Pee-Chee (V300) #135 - Vernon Kennedy

The 1937 issue of O-Pee-Chee featured a combination reminiscent to the 1934 Goudey set and the Batters Up set from 1934-36. The black and white action photos are featured on top of a stylized ballpark background.

Vernon Kennedy was a fantastic choice for a subject. He was coming off of a 1936 season where he won 21 games, threw 20 complete games, pitched 274 1/3 innings, and made the All-Star team. 1937 would be his last season with the White Sox.

Among his accomplishments with the White Sox, one stands out above the rest, his no-hitter on August 31, 1935 against the Cleveland Indians. Vern's no-hitter was the first thrown in Comiskey Park.

The card may not look like much, but this was a popular style for cards back in the thirties. A few modern sets have tried to replicate this style, but nothing beats the original. There's minute details in the original card that modern reproductions usually lack. Even the carefully laid shadows billowing off the silhouettes and accenting the grand stand poles in the background say a lot about the amount of detail that the original cards show off.

2 comments:

Hackenbush said...

Awesome card!

White Sox Cards said...

Wish I actually had it in my collection! One day.

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