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Conlon Baseball Cards Were Special

Charles Conlon baseball cards don’t have all the flashy borders and artwork of  the baseball cards today. The cards centered on the face of the players in most cards. These were faces of players that had worked most of their life on farms and coal mines and many other trades.

Cards from the 1991 Charles Conlon baseball card set reproduced from his original photos.

Cards from the 1991 Charles Conlon baseball card set reproduced from his original photos.

The faces on these players say it all with most of them looking very serious including the  Casey Stengel card.  I wish they would make cards like this today for the modern players. Most cards today have action photos which don’t focus on the player’s face. As far as I know nobody has produced any baseball cards similar to the Conlon cards.

This book is one of the best baseball books in my collection. The book features photos taken by Charles Conlon during his career as a photographer.

This book is one of the best baseball books in my collection. The book features photos taken by Charles Conlon during his career as a photographer.

If you want to capture the feeling of what it was like to play baseball inthe first half of the 20th century  this book  Baseball’s Golden Age: The Photographs of Charles M. Conlon will take you back to this time period by letting you look at the players of the past who showed on their faces the lines of a hard scrabble life before and during their years of playing baseball.

These players weren’t playing for millions of dollars like the players of today. They played for the love of the game and to be able to put food on the table for their families.

Babe Ruth was the only getting paid well during this era. The owners were getting rich while the players got by on what little pay they received from the owners who were hard to bargain with at contract time.

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4 thoughts on “Conlon Baseball Cards Were Special

  1. Ron Sayles on said:

    I remember the thousands, literally thousands of baseball cards my mother burned when I became and “adult.” Many of the autographed. How I wish I had them today.

  2. Not only would those cards and autographs be worth thousands of dollars it would be great to look at them again if you still had them. One thing about selling baseball cards is that baseball card dealers would rather sell you their cards than buy the ones you own.

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