The story goes that in 1786, while ploughing a field, the poet Robert Burns upturned a mouse’s nest. He then went on to write his famous poem To a Mouse as an apology to the homeless rodent!
There’s a well known line from that poem that reads –
The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley [often go awry]
Basically, what Burns is getting at with this piece is that even the most carefully prepared plans may often go wrong. And it’s the first thing that sprung to mind when I started to research what cards were available for my Hall of Fame ‘Franken-Set’!
You see, it didn’t take too long to realise that there are a fair few HOF’ers that don’t actually appear on Baseball cards as of yet! The vast majority of these are from the Negro and Cuban Leagues (including Pete Hill, José Méndez and ‘Turkey’ Stearnes) and a few players from the pre-1900 era!
It’s not to say that collectible items don’t appear of these players, including postcards and over-sized portraits, just not anything that will easily fit in a 9-pocket page!
I guess this little project just wasn’t meant to be. Of course I could go ahead and just grab the players who are depicted on cards, but the completist in me dies a little inside whenever I consider that as an alternative. I am still thinking of doing something related to the Hall of Fame so it’s back to the drawing board!
If you have any great ideas then feel free to pop them on a postcard and send them to the usual address!