Saturday, April 4, 2020

My First Tattoo

No, I do not actually have a tattoo.  

I really do not have anything that I want etched onto my body.  

I have plenty of friends with tattoos, no problem with them in general, but they are not my cup of tea.

I did recently pick up a Tattoo though.    

I actually splurged a bit recently for a vintage card of a former Durham Bulls player who has a card in the 1933 Tattoo Orbit Baseball Card set.  It was an early bubble gum set put out by the Orbit Gum Company.  There are a couple of Cardinals in the set, which I would not mind finding, but the former Bulls player, Charlie Grimm, is one of the cheapest cards in the set.  

Last year, I added two other cards of Charlie Grimm.  One was a Goudey....

I also found a 1922 American Caramel card.....

which is 99.9% likely a trimmed card.  Got a pretty steep discount for a 1920s cards with some square corners.  Still happy it's here.  

As a player Grimm spent 20 years in the Majors, recorded more than 2,000 hits, and 1,000 RBIS.  He played most of his career playing for the Pirates and Cubs.  As a manager, he guided the Cubs to three different National League championships, and later managed the Milwaukee Braves in the early and mid 1950s.  He did not get the Braves into the Postseason, but made the decision early in his tenure as the team's manager to ditch veteran players like Andy Pafko in favor of young players like Hank Aaron and Eddie Matthews.  The Braves fired him in 1956.  

Here is my newest card.  

Love that discoloration around the edges, and the round corners.  There is a little bit of paper loss around the top edge and top right corner.  Overall, not bad for a card that is almost 100 years old.  The Tattoo Orbit cards are always really easy to recognize with the bright backgrounds behind an almost black and white photo.  

The coloration on Grimm's face sort of surprised me.  I also thought the pictures were completely black and white.  I did not realize that there is color on the face.  I had to go back and look through photos of other cards on Ebay and Google Images to make sure I was not getting the Turner Classics colorized version of a baseball card.  


  1. I'd probably get a tattoo if I didn't hate needles and pain so much ;)

    1. I know quite a few people who feel that same way.

  2. I'm not a tattoo person either, I hate needles, and I change my mind too much, so even if I could deal with the needle and get one, I'd probably regret getting that particular image/design by the next day anyway. I'm also one of the few modern people who doesn't think tattoo's are all that attractive, especially on women, but it's a big part of the current culture, so one just sort of has to deal with it.

    1. Feel the same way about regretting the tattoo in the long run. As far as attractive or not, I think it all depends on what they have tattooed. There are some really horrible tattoos out there, some are fine.