Comments: I've searched and searched
but there' no issue contemporary to McCarthy's career showing
just his face. The 1895 N300 comes the closest with a photograph
from the waste up and Tommy looking off into the distance. But,
there is this 1990 Target Dodgers card. I first found it on eBay
and picked up a copy for $4 inc. S&H from Perry Eaves (dealer
with lots of neat tribute cards) in October, 2002. It was submitted
to PSA and graded NM-MT in January, 2003. In October, 2004 I picked
up a complete set of uncut sheets for $19 inc. S&H with the hopes
of hand cutting the McCarthy to get a MINT/GEM MT grade from PSA.
Unfortunately, I cut the card to short both ways and PSA wouldn't
grade it; deemed the card trimmed (ha, ha - you think). I picked
up another set in May, 2011 for $18.50 inc. S&H but have yet to
attempt to nicely "rip" the McCarthy out. I'm assuming the proper
way is bending at the perforations and tearing; rather than using
scissors. So far this guy has cost me $50! I don't think I'd get
a dollar if I tried to sell it on eBay.
UPDATE: I was able to pick up a couple beautiful examples of
this card from Burbank Sportscards in late 2013. I was positive
one of them would grade out GEM MT as they were centered perfectly.
Well, that didn't happen - both graded out MINT 9 when I got them
back in January, 2014. But, I was still pretty happy with the