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Old 10-01-2015, 08:03 AM
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I recently picked up a few unique new items to add to my advanced Johnny Vander Meer collection.

The first two are items that I have wanted to add for a few years since I first learned of their possible existence:

1) An extremely rare 1938 promotional booklet entitled "Souvenir of John Vander Meer's Two No-Hit Games". This booklet was produced by a Cincinnati printing company hoping to ride the popularity of Vandy's unparalleled feat of pitching back-to-back no-hitters in 1938. The booklet includes information about other pitchers that had been previously successful at throwing two no-hitters. Additionally there is play by play coverage and box scores for both no-hitters. I know of only two of these in existence that survived the 77 years since it was first printed. Dimensions are 4" x 6" for anyone that cares.

2) Johnny Vander Meer Schlitz Brewing Co. business card. After spending 30 years in professional baseball (player, coach, manager) Vandy was approached by the Schlitz Brewing Company to act as their representative calling on US military bases throughout the US. I had previously picked up two Schlitz promotional photos of Vander Meer. I thought it would be neat to find one of his business cards as a complimentary piece and I finally found one on eBay. I have included pictures of both of these Schlitz promo photos.

3) Original photo of Vander Meer receiving his plaque when he was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds HOF in 1958.

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Great stuff as usual Scott -- I absolutely love the shot of Johnny throwing a slider with that Schlitz can!

I'm guessing that you may have the best (or at least the coolest) single player collection in existence.

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Old 10-01-2015, 11:32 AM
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Could you please PM me what that card is in the last photo/scan? Thanks!
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That is a 1939 Reds Team Issue.

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I recently picked up a few unique new items to add to my advanced Johnny Vander Meer collection.

1) An extremely rare 1938 promotional booklet entitled "Souvenir of John Vander Meer's Two No-Hit Games". The booklet includes information about other pitchers that had been previously successful at throwing two no-hitters.
The promotional booklet has an odd error regarding the other pitchers who had thrown at least two major-league no-hitters in their career. It states that two pitchers had thrown three, including Frank Smith; one of Smith's listed no-hitters is indicated as having been pitched for Cleveland of the NL on September 18, 1897.

Smith was not yet in the major leagues in 1897; it was Cy Young who pitched a no-hitter for Cleveland on that date, and Young (not Smith) who had three no-hitters during his career.
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Bravo Scott, I look forward to your pick up posts. I don't know what impresses me more, your collection or ability to maintain your focus.
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The promotional booklet has an odd error regarding the other pitchers who had thrown at least two major-league no-hitters in their career. It states that two pitchers had thrown three, including Frank Smith; one of Smith's listed no-hitters is indicated as having been pitched for Cleveland of the NL on September 18, 1897.

Smith was not yet in the major leagues in 1897; it was Cy Young who pitched a no-hitter for Cleveland on that date, and Young (not Smith) who had three no-hitters during his career.
You are correct. To be honest, I did not notice the error when I first looked at it. Thanks for pointing this out.
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Great stuff as usual Scott -- I absolutely love the shot of Johnny throwing a slider with that Schlitz can!

I'm guessing that you may have the best (or at least the coolest) single player collection in existence.

Greg
Thanks Greg, Mike, Gary and Ken.
Greg and Gary, I love the Vandy Schlitz can pitching photo as well. It's a classic!

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Like mostly every collector I'm sure, I attempted to collect too many things, then realized that specializing ends up being more fun...

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That photo of Vandy throwing the Schlitz can is perfect - but man I'd hate to have been the camera guy!
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