Wednesday, January 21, 2015

1928 Yuengling's Ice Cream (F50)

The late twenties were not kind to decent card releases, so it's astonishing to see a good quality set from 1928. The front has been seen over several releases from different companies, similar to the different backs of the various tobacco issues, just a decade or two prior.

The promotion on the back, from Yuengling's Ice Cream, gave a kid a free gallon of ice cream if they collected all the cards. This was suspected to be a near impossible task, since card number 48, Earl Smith, a catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in the twilight of his career, is thought to have been severely short printed. In fact, the few examples that have surfaced of Smith is tinted green instead of black and white, like the rest of the set.

A full set, which is a rare treat, contains sixty cards. The White Sox have seven cards in the set.

4 - Red Faber
23 - Ray Schalk
24 - Johnny Mostil
37 - Earl Sheely
39 - Bibb Falk
40 - Willie Kamm
56 - Roger Peckinpaugh

A sharp set from a time that sorely lacked quality releases is a no brainer to collect. The White Sox have a few Hall of Fame players, a few not well known regulars and the injury plagued last season of a veteran in Peckinpaugh. It's a nice assortment of players from a time where many were not represented well on cardboard.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

WSC Birth Years: Michael Taylor

Card #170 - Michael Taylor

Born: December 19, 1985

Originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth round of the amateur draft in 2007, he was sent to the Toronto Blue Jays as part of the Roy Halladay trade, and seemingly within seconds of becoming a Jay, was traded to the Oakland Athletics on December 16, 2009. Michael made his MLB debut on September 2, 2011 with the Athletics against the Seattle Mariners in Oakland, achieving a walk and a strikeout in four plate appearances. Taylor spent limited time from 2011 through 2013 with the Athletics on the parent club; eleven games in 2011, six games in 2012 and nine games in 2013.

On June 14, 2014, Michael was traded to the White Sox for pitcher Jake Sanchez. Taylor made his White Sox debut on September 2, 2014 again the Twins in Minnesota. he played for ten innings, walking once and scoring a run. Michael could find himself in contention for a bench spot sometime in the 2015 season, if he has a solid season in AAA.
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