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.