You'd think that it would have quenched my thirst... but the Powers only increased my desire to find another T206 for my collection. This time around, I wanted it to be a hall of famer. So I looked over the checklist and decided to target one of the Chief Benders, because he was affordable and an Athletic.
The past few years I've been eye balling copies here and there on eBay, but never made it a priority. Then The Commish found a copy for his collection back in March and motivated me to search for my own copy much more aggressively.
Fast forward to a two weeks ago and voilà:
According to the PSA Set Registry, there are twenty different T206 Benders out there. However if you exclude the different back variations the list drops down to three: portrait, pitching with trees in back, and pitching with no trees.
Although the portrait card is rarer and more valuable, I like the look of Bender in action with the trees in the background.
For those of you who aren't familiar with Mr. Bender, he was a pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics from 1903 to 1914. He received the nickname "Chief", because of his Native American decent. His father was German and his mother was Chippewa and the family were members of the Ojibwe Tribe.
In 1953 he was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Sadly he passed away the following year.
But thanks to cards like this T206 tobacco card, Chief Bender's legacy will live on in for generations to come.
Long live the Chief! Happy Tuesday and sayonara!