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Ty Cobb Badge…


“Stolen Base” by Helmar.

It’s my birthday so I think a Ty Cobb, my favorite player, is appropriate today. Charles

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And another back; this time with Larry Lajoie


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T206-Helmar Ty Cobb sells for $610


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When You Visit the Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum…


Jim Dougherty writes that he recently visited the impressive Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum and Library in Greenville, South Carolina. It sounds like a wonderful place for baseball fans! Jim was kind enough to take a photo of a couple Helmar Joe Jackson cards that he noticed in a display. He also described an annual old style ball game between the Jackson and Cobb museums that sounds like it would be fun to participate in. Here’s a link to the Jackson Museum and one for the Cobb Museum. Thanks, Jim!

* Late Addition: Speaking of Shoeless Joe, the National Pastime Museum has a great article focusing on what some of the Black Sox did after they left the big leagues. They include a great image of a Joe Jackson painting that they commissioned from Helmar. The painting was also used to produce our Boston Garter card of Joe. Check out the article, you will enjoy it!

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H813-4 Boston Garter-Helmar First Card: Ty Cobb


Our first Boston Garter prototype cards are finished and I’m quite pleased. The cards are huge at 8.5″ x 4.25″, which was the size of the original 1912 series. I’m planning of having 42 cards in the set but haven’t finished selecting the players. Paintings are already completed for a Wagner, a Mathewson, a Walter Johnson plus a few more.

The Cobb prototype was really fun to make; the huge size is a nice change of pace. The only problem is that I can’t decide which color sweater that I like best. What do you think? This week I will auction a red sweater version.  Click to visit our auctions in another window  here.

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Full Checklist, Helmar Cabinets: Prominent News Makers


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Helmar Cabinet-1 Alexander, Dale Portrait DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-2 Baker, Frank Throwing PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS
Helmar Cabinet-3 Bissonette, Del Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-4 Bluege, Ossie Portrait WASHINGTON SENATORS
Helmar Cabinet-5 Bush, Donie Portrait DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-6 Carrigan, Bill Swinging BOSTON RED SOX
Helmar Cabinet-7 Cobb, Ty Stealing DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-8 Evers, Johnny Portrait BOSTON BRAVES
Helmar Cabinet-9 Ewing, Buck Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-10 Freud, Sigmund Portrait NONE
Helmar Cabinet-11 Fullenwilder, Phifer Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-12 Jennings, Hughie Action DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-13 Johnson, Walter Portrait WASHINGTON SENATORS
Helmar Cabinet-14 Mathewson, Christy Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-15 McBride, George Portrait WASHINGTON SENATORS
Helmar Cabinet-16 McGraw, John Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-17 McIntyre, Matty Throwing CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Helmar Cabinet-18 Meyers, Chief Portrait BROOKLYN ROBINS
Helmar Cabinet-19 Navin, Frank Portrait DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-20 Ruth, Babe Portrait BOSTON RED SOX
Helmar Cabinet-21 Schaefer, Germany Portrait WASHINGTON SENATORS
Helmar Cabinet-22 Tinker, Joe Portrait CHICAGO CUBS
Helmar Cabinet-23 Wagner, Honus Portrait PITTSBURGH PIRATES
Helmar Cabinet-24 Wood, Joe Standing BOSTON RED SOX
Helmar Cabinet-25 Youngs, Ross Portrait NEW YORK GIANTS
Helmar Cabinet-26 Cobb, Ty Swinging DETROIT TIGERS
Helmar Cabinet-27 Wambsganss, Bill Portrait CLEVELAND INDIANS
Helmar Cabinet-28 Williams, Cy Portrait PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
Helmar Cabinet-29 Zimmerman, Heinie Arm outstretched CHICAGO CUBS
Helmar Cabinet-30 Miller, Otto Portrait BROOKLYN ROBINS
Helmar Cabinet-31 Jackson, Joe Hands on hips CHICAGO WHITE SOX
Helmar Cabinet-32 Buffalo Bill Show Indian Chief Bow & arrow BUFFALO BILL SHOW
Helmar Cabinet-33 A Congress of American Indians Poster style BUFFALO BILL SHOW
Helmar Cabinet-34 A Company of Wild West Cowboys Poster style BUFFALO BILL SHOW
Helmar Cabinet-35 A Congress of Cuban Insurgents Poster style BUFFALO BILL SHOW
Helmar Cabinet-36 Savage, Barbarous & Civilized Races Poster style BUFFALO BILL SHOW

The Top 15 Sought After Hand-Made Baseball Cards


Here they are, listed by the highest auction prices realized over the past twelve months. It is nice to see that these top cards are spread over the several different series that we’ve been working on.

Rank      Amount      Series                                 Card #      Player Name

1           $315.00       R319                                  49               Ruth, Babe

2           $305.00       R319                                  93              Cobb, Ty

3           $302.00       Helmar Die-Cut                14              Clarke, JJ; Young, Cy; Bradley, Bill; Joss, Addie;

Easterly, Ted; Flick, Elmer;

4            $294.00       Helmar Imperial Cabinet 11             Jackson, Joe

5            $286.69       R319                                  49            Ruth, Babe

6            $281.56      E145                                    2             Ruth, Babe

7            $277.00      R319                                   94            Lloyd, Pop

8           $274.00       R319                                  117           Mantle, Mickey

9           $265.00       R321-Helmar                      2             Jackson; Williams; Risberg; McMullen;

10        $257.52        Imperial                              18            Wagner, Honus

11        $246.02       E145-Helmar                       2             Ruth, Babe

12       $244.27       E145-Helmar                       1             Wood, Joe

13       $237.50       Helmar Imperial Cabinet     17          Ruth, Babe

14      $236.46        T206-Helmar                        10         Cobb, Ty; Wagner, Honus;

15      $235.50        R319                                    129        Mantle, Mickey

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Harry Heilmann & Bobby Veach: Two New Detroit Uniform Styles for the R319-Helmar Series


Let’s take a quick look at these two new paintings by Sanjay Verma, both of underrated, early Detroit Tiger stars. The cards made from these paintings will be high numbers in our R319-Helmar art set. The first painting is of Harry “Slug” Heilmann, who roamed Tiger outfields from 1914-29. Heilmann, who enjoyed a lifetime .342 batting average, had four single seasons with averages between .393 and .403. Not bad. He is depicted in his 1927 road duds, the only season this particular design was used. It was also the first campaign in 22 years that did not have Ty Cobb on the team. Along with being a Detroit legend as a player, Cobb had also managed the team for the previous 6 seasons. He had been forced to leave under somewhat shady circumstances, so perhaps once more a uniform change indicated a change in team direction.

I am mystified why the style lasted only one year; the Tiger head logo brought some color to the field. Perhaps it was felt that the tiger didn’t appear ferocious enough; the animal does look a bit ill.

The second painting is of Heilmann’s teammate and fellow outfielder Bobby Veach. Veach played all but two of his 14 years in Detroit, finishing there in 1923. For the life of me I can’t understand why Veach isn’t more valued among collectors. He had a .310 lifetime average, for cripes sakes, and led the league several times in important categories. Over the 1913-23 years, which were the years in which he was a starting player, he led the majors in runs batted in. I suppose it is partially because his career inconveniently fell between the collecting booms of the 1909-15 and early 1930’s eras. Anyway, he is pictured in this high numbered card with his 1920 home uniform. The stylized “D” chest logo was used from 1918-20, though the combination with the white cap would place it definitively at 1920.

Heilmann and Veach, each pleasant men, got along well until the 1921 season. In that year, new manager Ty Cobb instructed Heilman, then 26, to regularly yell at and insult the older Veach (33). The general idea seems to have been that the goading would inspire Veach, known as very easy going, to new heights of play. Cobb promised to reveal the plan, and Heilmann’s reluctant part in it, at the end of the season. It was a successful plan, at least partially. Veach batted .338 with 128 runs batted in. However, Cobb refused to own up to the ploy at the appointed time. Veach refused to believe Heilmann’s story and held a deep grudge against him for years afterward. Both men retired to the Detroit area after their playing days were over, with Veach eventually owning a coal company.

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