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Tris Speaker
(b. April 4, 1888 - d. December 8, 1958)
The best center fielder of his time, Tris Speaker played close enough to the infield to take pick-off throws at second. "The Grey Eagle" hit over .300 in 18 seasons and topped .375 six times on his way to a career .344 mark. Traded from Boston to Cleveland in 1916, he won his only batting title, at .386. "Spoke" hit a record 792 career doubles, and had 3,515 base hits.
 
Inducted in 1937
 
 
1921 E253 Oxford Confectionary Tris Speaker PSA 5 EX
     
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Comments: 1940 Playball PSA 6 - that was the first portrait for Speaker! I won the card via eBay in January, 2003. In February, 2005 I went a little crazy and bought the huge group of '40 Playball cards off the Mickey's Sportscards website listed below - including an upgrade to a PSA 7:

1940 Playball Rick Ferrell #21 PSA 7 1940 Playball Tris Speaker #170 PSA 7
1940 Playball Connie Mack #132 PSA 7 1940 Playball George Sisler #179 PSA 8
1940 Playball Frankie Frisch #167 PSA 7 1940 Playball Red Faber #230 PSA 7

In September, 2004 I decided to replace the 1940 Playball tribute card with a contemporary issue and chose the E253 Oxford Confectionary issue. I found a SGC 40 example via eBay which was then upgraded to this PSA 5 example with another eBay win in May, 2005.

   
Card Details Below:  
Year(s): 1921
ACC Set Designation: E253
Set Name: Oxford Confectionary
Country: United States
Description: The 20-card set was issued in 1921 by Oxford Confectionary of Oxford, PA, printed on thin paper and distributed with caramels. Each card measures 1-5/8" X 2-3/4". The reverse carries a checklist of the players in the set, 14 of whom are now in the Hall of Fame. This card was distributed with caramels.
 
Example Postcard of the Oxford Confectionary Plant