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Joe Doyle (N.Y. Nat'l, Hands Up)

1909-1911 T206 White Border

This is one of the key rarities in the T206 set and it is, truthfully, the hardest to find of the bunch. Joe Doyle may not be the most recognizable name in baseball history but this rarity is one of the most valuable cards in the entire hobby. Doyle pitched for five seasons in the major leagues, compiling a modest 22-21 record to go along with a solid 2.85 ERA. He began his career with the New York Highlanders of the American League and was pitching for them when the T206 set was introduced. That is where the problems begin. Joe Doyle was pictured on a T206 card, in a windup pose, except he was listed as playing for “N.Y. NAT’L” to the right of his last name. Doyle, as mentioned earlier, was a member of a New York team but it was an AL team. Larry Doyle, a second baseman, played for the New York Giants of the NL. The mistake was clear and it seems as if the error was corrected (“NAT’L” removed) quickly since only a handful of uncorrected copies are known at this time. For the collector of T206 cards or great rarities, this card remains more challenging than the Sherry Magee, Eddie Plank or Honus Wagner cards of the same set.

Judd Bruce “Slow Joe” Doyle

Born: September 15, 1881 - Clay Center, KS
Died: November 21, 1947 - Tannersville, NY
Batted: RH
Threw: RH
Position: P
MLB Pitching Record: 22–21
ERA: 2.85

New York Highlanders AL (1906–1910)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1910)

Judd “Slow Joe” Doyle came up to the majors at age 24 after going 55–45 over five minor league seasons. Doyle earned his nickname from his extremely slow work on the mound and his deliberate stalling tactics. He was slow to recover from each outing as well, sometimes resting 8 to 10 days between appearances. Apparently some of that rest also came on the field’s tarp, where Doyle was known to nap occasionally during games. Doyle threw shutouts in his first two major league starts, but his best season was 1907, when he went 11–11 in 29 games (23 starts) with a 2.65 ERA. He retired from the game after his five seasons in the majors.

– Tom and Ellen Zappala, The T206 Collection: The Players and Their Stories

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Condition Census

Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 EX-MT 6
2 EX 5
3 VG+ 3.5
4 VG 3
4 VG 3
4 VG 3
5 GOOD 2
5 GOOD 2
5 GOOD 2
6 PR 1
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