Wednesday, September 24, 2014

1925 W590 Athletes Strip Card Ike Caveney

The set: Produced between 1925 and 1931 by an unknown source, these strip cards are smaller than most at about 1.5 x 2.5 inches. This was a 70 card set featuring 39 baseball players, 18 boxers, 1 cyclist, 2 football players, and 10 wrestlers. The backs are blank. Despite being printed for 7 years, I'm just gonna assume this one was made in 1925 since that was Caveney's final year in the bigs.

The player: James "Ike" Caveney began a minor league career at age 19 with the Chattanooga Lookouts in 1914. After a lot of moving around, he would debut in the majors for the Reds in 1922. He was noted as a great defensive shortstop while batting .260 over his four years in Cincinnati. In 1926, he would rejoin the minor league ranks, eventually becoming a player/manager, notable coaching a young Joe DiMaggio.

The acquisition: eBay. Seven bucks. Sweet.

Go Reds.