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    My Line-Up Card Collection - New addition 10/16/2017

    I've posted in some random threads about these, but thought I would share these in a single thread.

    Rule 4.03 in in the official MLB rule book discusses the exchange of line-up cards. Each team's manager provides the umpire with his line-up in duplicate. A copy from each team is kept by the umpire and a copy is given to the manager of the other team. This process establishes the batting order for each team and teams are not allowed to bat out of order.

    What this means is that for each game there are 3 line-up cards for each team. Generally there is one hand-written copy and 2 carbon copies that are used. Line-up cards have been used since the 1930's and possibly earlier since the rule that line-ups need to be in place before the game existed before 1900.

    A couple of years back I came across a couple of line-up cards on eBay and thought it would make a really cool collection. I decided to focus primarily on managers who have made the HOF (whether due to their career as a manager, player or any other reason). There are always some line-up cards floating around eBay, but they are surprisingly hard to find, even for fairly modern managers.

    I've been able to find quite a few of the modern managers including Bobby Cox, Sparky Anderson, Dick Williams, Tony LaRussa (from the 98 team on which McGwire broke the HR record). I've also been able to pick up a couple from a little earlier including Whitey Herzog (from the WS Champion season in 1982 and an Al (Red) Schoendienst from 1971. From that era I was also able to pick up a really nice Ted Williams signed line-up card from his time managing the Texas Rangers.

    Going back a little further I've been lucky enough to find a few from players that I imagine only a few still exist (I assume back in the day given the flimsy paper these were written on and the fact that no one assumed any of this would be worth something, that very few were preserved.)

    One is a Lefty O'Doul line-up card from when he managed the San Francisco Seals back in 1950. The Seals played in the Independent League on the Pacific Coast League from 1903 until 1957 when the Giants moved to San Francisco.

    The other two were the first 2 that got me started on this collection and come from the 1930's. One is signed by HOF manager Bucky Harris, and the other by one of the greatest pitchers of all-time: Walter Johnson.

    I have a couple more on their way in and look forward to sharing. I find this a super interesting item to collect and they are really challenging to hunt down.

    I also have quite a few copies of more modern line-up cards (including many carbon copies) that I'd be happy to trade if anyone has any one's that I need (or potentially sell in the right situation).
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Anderson, Sparky Line-Up Card.jpg   Cox, Bobby Line-Up Card.jpg   Lasorda, Tom Line-Up Card.jpg   Williams, Dick Line-Up Card.jpg   Herzog, Whitey Line-Up Card.jpg  

    Schoendienst, Al Red Line-Up Card.jpg   Williams, Ted Line-Up Card 1972.jpg   ODoul, Lefty Line-Up Card 1950.jpg   Harris, Bucky Line-Up Card.jpg   Johnson, Walter Line-Up Card.jpg  

    Boudreau, Lou 1957 Kansas CIty A's.jpg   Lopez, Al 1957 White Sox - Aparicio, Fox, Doby, Minoso.jpg   Stengel, Casey 1948 pen.jpg  
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    Very unique collection. Congrats.
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    I'd recognize that "Williams" signature anywhere. Super cool collection.

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    Wow, very amazing collection. Certainly expands on your HOF theme. Very much looking forward to seeing more of your pickups
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    Who the one *or two, you would really like to add some time?

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    Those are a great idea for a collection and you have some great ones there already!
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    I also collect line-up cards and this is a fantastic collection!
    Always Looking For Adam Dunn Autograph Cards!

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    Quote Originally Posted by r2d2 View Post
    Very unique collection. Congrats.
    Thank you! I'm obviously a big fan of them!


    Quote Originally Posted by goobmcnasty View Post
    I'd recognize that "Williams" signature anywhere. Super cool collection.
    I find it fascinating to how some of the greatest players performed as managers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zan View Post
    Wow, very amazing collection. Certainly expands on your HOF theme. Very much looking forward to seeing more of your pickups
    I am as well. Have a couple incoming that I look forward to sharing.


    Quote Originally Posted by RStadlerASU22 View Post
    Who the one *or two, you would really like to add some time?

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    Connie Mack is one I would love to add as he was a legendary manager and had a huge impact on the game (crazy that his MLB career ran from the 1890's to 1950!)

    Walt Alston is another. A part of my collection focuses on the integration and Alston was very involved in the early integration days. He managed the 1946 Nashua Dodgers who had Campanella and Newcombe on the team (46 was the first year that African Americans were in baseball since back in the 1800's... Jackie Robinson spent that season playing for the Montreal Royals).

    A huge number of the biggest names from the early days of baseball were managers like Ty Cobb, Cy Young and others, but I'm not quite sure when they started using line-up cards, and it's hard to imagine too many would have survived from back then, so for many players I really don't know if they even exist.

    Quote Originally Posted by dano7 View Post
    Those are a great idea for a collection and you have some great ones there already!
    Thanks! I was really lucky to find the Johnson and Bucky Harris which got me off to a great start. Since then I've had a bit of help from a couple of people on another message boards which focuses more on these kinds of items.

    Quote Originally Posted by Juan Gris View Post
    I also collect line-up cards and this is a fantastic collection!
    Thank you! You had that Adam Dunn pitching one, did you not? Really cool piece!

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    These came in the mail today. I had posted this in the pick-up thread but will post them here again.


    Before Casey Stengel was a Yankee legend he managed in the Pacific Coast League, which was an independent league on the West Coast before the MLB moved out there.

    As Wikipedia explains: "The 1948 Oaks were nicknamed the "Nine Old Men" in that many of the star players were older veterans of the major leagues, including Ernie Lombardi, Cookie Lavagetto, Nick Etten and Catfish Metkovich. There were younger players on the team as well, including rookie second baseman Alfred "Billy" Martin. Rooming with Martin and playing shortstop was Artie Wilson, the first black player on the Oaks since Jimmy Claxton was fired. Wilson won the PCL batting title with a .348 average and also led in stolen bases with 47. In 1950, he led the PCL in runs with 168 and hits with 264, helping the Oaks to the 1950 PCL championship."

    Following the season Stengel was hired by the Yankees.

    This is one of two that I picked 1948 Oakland Oaks lineup cards I was able to pick up.

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    Huge new pick-up for me.

    While the line-ups I have focused on have had legends as managers, until tonight, none of the games were particularly memorable or important.

    Tonight I was able to pick up line-up cards from 2 contemporary managers who are now in the HOF's who were managing against each other.

    But the biggest deal here is the game itself. These are the line-up cards from Game 2 of the 1999 World Series between the Yankees and Braves, signed by Torre and Cox respectively.

    Often when one has a signed copy of a card from one manager, the other copy will be a carbon copy (because the managers keep one copy for themselves and give one to the umpire and one goes to the other manager) so even having the signed copies from both managers for a game is unusual.

    The cards were framed but I made up with the seller to unframe them to save on shipping (I don't have a place to display them anyways, and they will join the other cards I have. Pretty excited about this pickup!

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    Really excited to pick up a few new line-up cards. These were found in an old barn in Virginia.

    1957 Orioles signed by Paul Richards. Includes Tito Francona as a player and HOF George Kell who hit a homerun in the game
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    Really excited to add 2 more HOF'ers to the collection. That brings my total up to 15 managers who are in the HOF either as players or as managers.

    Al Lopez - I had actually not realized that Lopez was a HOF initially as I was not familiar with him. Lopez began his playing career in 1928 with the Brooklyn Robins (he later played for the Boston B's!) and was a defensive minded catcher who set the record for most games played at the position. His playing career ended in 1947 and in 51 he became a manager which he did for 18 years.
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    Lou Boudreau was a player/manager, mostly for the Indians (back when they figured that a player could at the same time manage.) 8 time All-Star. Won the MVP in 1948 and managed the Indians that same year to a WS win (that team had Satchel Paige on it). Number 5 retired by the Indians and elected to the HOF in 1970.
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    Also picked up this card. On a couple of these it appears that some kid tried writing the first names of the players. Part of what I like about these is that it I don't have to care/worry much about their condition. It's not about whether a corner is sharp or not. At most it's the overall aesthetics that matter. And in this case a child who obviously did not think this was anything that would be of value, had no problem writing on the lineup card(s). Well, he didn't have the internet to check up all the names and he mistook the "Williams" writing Dick instead of "Ted"
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    Nice additions as always.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RStadlerASU22 View Post
    Nice additions as always.

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    Thanks! I'm really enjoying building this for 2 reason:
    1) It provides an interesting angle on some of the great players (who were often not particularly successful managers)
    2) It's not something that can be built by simply throwing money at it since these are so hard to find. It involves creative searching and the like.

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    Awesome additions! Love the 57's since I'm partial to that year. Question, How do you store or preserve the lineup cards to keep them in good condition and keep them from fading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by u2me57 View Post
    Awesome additions! Love the 57's since I'm partial to that year. Question, How do you store or preserve the lineup cards to keep them in good condition and keep them from fading.
    I love the ones that still used the older style line-up cards, and the 57's fit in with that nicely.

    When it comes to condition, it is much less of a concern than cards. Most of them are fairly beaten up as they had utility and weren't intended as collectibles. Fading is slightly more of a concern but I keep them in soft sleeves and toploaders and generally keep them out of the sunlight. (This is really key for signed baseballs; I'm less concerned about 60 year old pen on paper fading, but it can't hurt.) I only display a couple of items at a time. This means they take up less space, and each item when displayed is appreciated and not lost among tons of other items.

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