Looking out on ebay a few weeks ago I came across this Early Wynn relic card.
2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic, Classic Memorabilia, Early Wynn (card # CM-EW)
Early Wynn spent the 1937-1941 seasons in and out of the minors. He made his Major League debut in 1939 with the Washington Senators. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and spent the 1945 season serving the US. In December of 1948 he was traded to the Cleveland Indians where he spent the next nine seasons. In December of 1957 he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. Five years later he was released. In June of 1963 he re-signed with the Indians. He got one win that year. It was his 300th.
Over his 23 seasons, he had five seasons winning 20 or more games. Six seasons he had a losing record. He ended up with a 3.54 ERA and 15 Saves. He started 612 games and had 290 complete games. 47.3 percent.
He made it to the World Series twice. In 1954 Cleveland lost to the New York Giants. In 1959 Chicago lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers. During those two series, he gathered a 1-2 record.
He was an eight game All-Star and won the 1959 Cy Young Award, the 1959 Sporting News Major League Player of the Year and the 1959 Sporting News AL Pitcher of the Year.
He was not to be trifled with while at the plate. During 1,903 plate appearances he batted .214 including 17 Home Runs and 173 RBI. On the base path he was never caught stealing and pilfered one base. I guess if one doesn't attempt to steal, one can't get thrown out.
He ended his career with 2,334 Strike Outs. In both 1962 and 1963 he was the oldest player in the American League.
The writers elected him to the Hall of Fame on his fourth ballot, in 1972. After his playing days he did some coaching and even managed a minor league team. After that he hit the broadcast booth until the early 1980s.
He died in 1999 at the age of 79.
Back to the card. Big weave, a bit of staining. Good enough for me. I won the auction with a bid of $1.04. Shipping was $3.25. You do the math.