Collectors Love Hoy

One of my favorite retro sets of 2009 has to be TRISTAR Obak.  It has such a great selection of players, especially ones that don’t have a lot of cards floating around The Hobby.  For some reason one player in particular seems to be receiving a lot more attention than anyone else included in this set.  I’m talking about William “Dummy” Hoy.  Hoy was the first deaf player to make it to the pros, and is credited by many for helping to introduce hand signals we all see on the field today.  While standard base cards sell for a few dollars, his serial numbered inserts are on fire.  One of his mini inserts limited to 25 copies sold for over $50.00 and in the past his purple one-of-one went for over $100.00.  Who knew there were so many Hoy collectors out there?  Hoy first appeared on a few Old Judge tobacco cards from the 1880’s, but you rarely see those.  I’d love to see how collectors would react to a relic or cut signature of Hoy.


4 Responses

  1. I hope that Hoy pops up in more sets. There are a lot of unused photos in existence that can be utilized.

  2. Keep in mind, its a reproduction of a photograph from the 1888 Old Judge baseball card with the Washington Senators but someone removed the “W”. If someone would want the real Oshkosh team of Dummy Hoy, someone should have asked me as I have over 300 different images of Dummy Hoy to fit.

  3. If anyone wanted more info on Dummy Hoy, do be kind to order the documentary, “Dummy Hoy: A Deaf Hero” DVD. It details much about Dummy Hoy and his life.

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