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Ray Schalk
(b. August 12, 1892 - d. May 19, 1970)
Although Schalk's career average was .253, few complained when he was elected to the Hall of Fame. A superb catcher, Ray's game was defense. In 1920, he caught four 20-game winners for the White Sox, and four no-hitters, more than any other catcher. He holds the AL record for assists by a catcher (1,811). Untainted by the 1919 Black Sox scandal, "Cracker" went on to play another decade.
Inducted in 1955
1922 V89 William Paterson Ray Schalk #16 PSA 5
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Comments: My first Schalk portrait was a 1936 World Wide Gum card purchased in January, 2003. It was later submitted and slabbed VG-EX 4 by PSA. In May, 2006 I sold the card. It was replaced with a 1923 German Baseball Transfers in December, 2007 to give me a new type card. I really don't like the image and it's probably one of the least favorite cards in my collection. I also have a 1923 V117 PSA 5 as a backup that I purchased in January, 2005 from A.J. Sports World.

Update: I really don't like the German Transfers because they're ugly. And, all the uncut sheets I've seen have a staple right through Schalk which makes it impossible to achieve anything above a PSA 1. After some research I learned of the V89 William Patterson issue where Schalk is staring at the camera. The card epitomizes "catcher" and I knew it was the portrait I had to find. A hobby friend had a copy they wouldn't give up after reaching out and begging. Luckily in August, 2013 this example popped up in a Bagger's Auction and I snagged it at the opening bid price.

Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1922
ACC Set Designation: V89
Set Name: William Patterson
Country: Canada
Description: Believed to have been a Canadian candy premium, this 50-card set of 2" X 3-1/4" cards feature portrait or posed action photos wiht wide white borders. Beneath the photo is a card number, player name, team, and in two lines, "Wm. Paterson, Limited / Brantford, Canada." Backs are blank. Two distinct types are seen, black-and-white and sepia, though the reason for the variations is unknown.