Card of the Moment #20
April 19th, 2010 by slangon

It’s sort of funny to be writing something that you know isn’t going to be published for another 6 days. Like I could talk about how during last nights Mets series finale against the Cardinals, John Maine really stepped up returned to his 2006-2007 form and 3 hit the Cards through 7 innings, striking out 8 and walking just 1. That was really fun to watch. It was great that they took 2 out of three from St. Louis after sweeping the Rockies. Yeah, that was fun times.

Anyway, enough about the Cards. Here’s a card.

2007 SP Legendary Cuts #46 Monte Irvin

I still haven’t gotten the hang of scanning certain cards in a way that maximizes their brilliance, and that’s a real shame. This Monte Irvin card looks really cool with all the gold foil. Sadly, in this scan it just looks like a muddy blah that you can barely differentiate from the marble background. It looks like the mens room at a classy Eye-talian restaurant with all that gold and black marble.

Monte might be one of my favorite of all the old time ball players. Probably in the top five. Although he played a relatively short time in the Major Leagues, only 8 seasons, he spent 9 years playing for the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League. Having lived all my life in New Jersey, I’m very interested in the history of the state, as well as being a huge fan of the history of the Negro Leagues, so thats 2 reasons for me to love Monty right there. He has several other Jersey connections as well. Although he was born in Alabama, he grew up in Orange, NJ, making him one of 5 members of the Hall of Fame who grew up in the Garden State, the others being Goose Goslin, Billy Hamilton, Joe “Ducky” Medwick and Larry Doby. Also, once he was drafted by the Giants, he spent time playing with their minor league team in Jersey City, where my family is from and I lived for many years. I also have a soft spot in my heart for Monte since he was one of the first TTM successes that I had.

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