Monday, July 3, 2017

A Venerable Old Card Part 58

I usually do these posts about cards from the 1980s or 1990s, but the next few of these posts are actually going to be true vintage cards.  As a Cardinals fan there is frankly little better than landing a cool Stan Musial baseball card.  Unfortunately, while Stan the Man was playing baseball he was not really all that interested in being on baseball cards.  There are kind of limited amount of cards that were produced during the prime years of his career.

The 1950s were especially sparse.  There are a few cards here and there, but not many.  I am happy to say that I have recently added one to my collection.

This is a 1952 Red Man Tobacco card of the Cardinals Hall of Famer.  If you are going to go for a 1950s Musial card these are both affordable and a nice looking card.  My copy is actually missing the tabs on the bottom of the card, but is otherwise in very good condition.  The tabbed cards look like this....

Really the tab has the player name and card number on them, but it also has the words "cut along this line".  Obviously most card collectors from the 1950s cut their cards from this set.  I am happy to have a Musial card from the 1950s regardless of whether it has the little tab thing or not.  

This Musial card is actually my second Red Man Tobacco Cardinals card.  Here is a look at my other Cardinals card, also without the bottom tab....

Love the coloration on this Eddie Stanky card.  The pink lines on the Cardinals card are something that looks more in line with a Turner Movie Classics artificially colored movie.  Red Man people with their pink Cardinals unis still look better than anything Ted Turner......


  1. I love Red Man cards, but I only have a couple and it's been a while since I've added one to my collection. I'll have to keep an eye out when I go to my next show in a couple of weeks.

    If I remember correctly, once you had a certain number of tabs you could redeem them for a baseball cap... that's why many of them are tab-free. I'm with you, I don't think it takes away from the card to not have a tab on it.

    1. I didn't realize there was an exchange program, but that would explain a lot.

  2. Beautiful cards! Started seeing these for favorite 50's oddballs in a few of the 30 Day Challenges... and knew I wanted one for my collection. I targeted a few different players and Musial was one of them. Waited around for a good deal to pop up (yeah... I kinda let eBay dictate who I'd buy) and ended up grabbing a 1955 Mays. Maybe one of these days I'll add a Musial too.