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The most unique 1914 Texas Tommy card among the "Elite Eight" found in that old Yahtzee box is this odd-looking Frank Chance, almost certainly a proof card used by the candy bar company to test alternative print versions of certain players. This is really the only logical explanation since it measures out to the Texas Tommy "Type 1" dimensions, yet has the front image design and blank back of a "Type 2". Neither PSA nor SGC knew exactly what to call it. Therefore, it has been left ungraded in raw form.

The front bears a red-printed image of the Hall of Famer with a large stain on the top left and a horizontal, full-length crease across the middle. The bio-less back has "Oh what a chance" handwritten in black pen by the original collector, giving it some character. Its poor overall condition is understandable considering its age. Centering is borderline miscut, although three of the four corners are in decent shape making it worthy of a number grade. No Frank Chance cards in Type 1 or 2 are listed in the PSA Pop Report. SGC has graded two Type 1's (both FR 1.5) but zero Type 2's. Further evidence that this is a true 1-of-1 proof.

For 15 years with the Chicago Orphans/Cubs, Frank Chance anchored himself at first base, part of the immortal Tinker-Evers-Chance double-play combo. But the man could also handle the lumber. He batted respectable .296 lifetime, led the National League with 103 runs scored in 1906, won two stolen base titles, and hit .310 in four World Series appearances. As player/manager beginning in 1905, he guided the Cubs to four pennants in five years and back-to-back 1907 and 1908 World Series titles. He went on to serve as player/manager of the New York Yankees in 1913 and '14 when this Texas Tommy card--his last MLB issue--was produced. He would later manage the Boston Red Sox in 1923 before dying of respiratory causes in 1924 at age 47. In 1946, Chance, along with double-play partners Johnny Evers and Joe Tinker, was elected to the Hall of Fame posthumously.

For more on the "Yahtzee Box Find" and the rest of the "Elite Eight", see Lots 3 and 4.

Here's the Sports Collectors Daily article (6/24/2020) that announced this monumental discovery:

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