Uncommon commons. In 2006 I purchased a complete set of The Sporting News and The Sporting Life newspaper microfilms from 1886 through the early 1970s. I figured they would be a great source of entertainment when I eventually retired. In my years at Krause Publications I had used the films to research feature articles and columns that appeared in SCD and Baseball Cards magazine. In that process I discovered that each issue of those venerable sports weeklies had many tidbits that as a collector of baseball and football cards I found interesting because they helped bring to life the faces on the cards I collected. I figured that if I found those items of interest, so would other vintage card collectors, so from time to time I compiled my notes into columns that I called "Uncommon Commons." I've decided to continue that tradition in this forum because a blog is tailor-made to host these short pieces and because it is easy to share images of some great old cards that may not be worth a lot of money, but that have an appeal to veteran collectors.
A few things I learned from reading the March 18, 1953, issue of The Sporting News . . .
Bowman had a 2-11 major league career with the Giants (1949, 1950-52) and Pirates (1953, 1955). In the off-season he operated an upholstery shop in Hollywood. His only mainstream baseball card was in the 1955 Bowman set.
A team-signed 1953 Yankees ball sold in the November, 2010, Heritage auction for $1,434.