|T206 Doc Powers|
Thinking I should remedy this, I thought of what to look for for vintage. Something cool, but not too expensive, but not the cheapest card I could find either. Then I thought what could be cooler than a 100 year old card from the Holy Grail of baseball sets, the T206. So far I have found 5 cards with catchers in their gear, with the best looking and most interesting being the Mike "Doc" Powers card. Powers played in 647 MLB games from 1898-1909. In 1901 he lead the AL in games caught (111) assists as a catcher (137), stolen bases allowed (147) and runners thrown out (112). He played his last game in the 1909 season opener for the Philadelphia Athletics, when in the seventh inning Powers slumped in the dugout with pain, he finished the game and was rushed to hospital after collapsing in the clubhouse after the game. He died two weeks later of gangrene poisoning. His untimely death has been blamed on crashing into a wall after a foul ball, diving for a foul ball and even on a bad pregame sandwich. The story gets even more bizarre in the fact that "Doc" Powers earned his nickname because he was in fact a licensed physician.
So the quest begins, basically scouring around looking for a T206 catcher, I am viewing this as a serious long term goal, so maybe I will find something eventually. Not really looking for a trade as I have nothing in equal value to give up. For now this is more of a reminder to myself to keep my eyes open, and a cool piece of trading card history to think about until the 2012's start hitting the shelves. Below are the four other geared up catchers from the set.