I Think I’ve Found A New Card Obsession
September 22nd, 2009 by slangon

Ever since I’ve gotten back into collecting, I’ve always wanted to own a few cards from the big, old sets. I’ve gotten a handful of cards from some of the big sets of the ’30’s and ’40’s, but I’ve been stymied so far in my quest to own a T205 and a T206.

I like both of those sets a lot, but for whatever reasons, I think I’m more drawn to the simplicity of the T206. In reality, I would jump at any one of these cards that ended up being in my price range (cheap), but I decided to do a little research to maybe pin down a few cards that I would prefer to own, if I had a choice.

I’ve lived my entire life in New Jersey, and I really love my home state. For most of my life I lived in the Jersey City area, and I’ve always been very interested in local history. I think it has to do with the fact that my family has lived in Jersey City for close to 150 years. I guess that makes you have a connection to a city.

Anyway, as I was looking into the T206 set, I saw that there are 4 cards from a Jersey City team, as well as 3 from a Newark team. Those seemed like perfect candidates for cards I would like to get my hands on.

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One drawback to the T206 set, is that they really don’t provide much information about the players depicted, other than their last name, and the city they played in. I know that neither Newark or Jersey City ever had a major league team, so I at least knew that these represented minor leaguers.

I started poking around and found out that teams in question were the Newark Indians and the Jersey City Skeeters, both of the Single A Eastern League. The Newark team is cool, plus they had Ironman Joe McGinnity, but I don’t really have that much of a personal connection to Newark, though.

When I read about the Jersey City team, however, my little baseball card radar started bugging out. The Jersey City Skeeters!?!? How awesome is that name? Plus, since there’s only 4 Jersey City players in the T206 set, that would totally be do-able to try and get them all.

At the For Love of the Cards blog, Andy H. shows off a most excellent cabinet card of the Skeeters training in the caribbean. I must say, I don’t remember being this jealous over a card before.

Also, apparently, there is a revival of the Skeeters as part of the Vintage Base Ball Association. They have a most interesting history of the club on their site.

Here we go folks, another baseball card quest.

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