# Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Generally speaking, I'm not much of a 3x5 collector.  However, for some of the bigger names from the first half of the twentieth century, they can be the only affordable means of acquiring an autograph.  If it weren't for 3x5s, I might not have a nice quality Nellie Fox autograph.  I almost certainly wouldn't have a gorgeous Eddie Collins autograph.

I have added 2 more 3x5 autographs to my collection.  The first is Johnny "Bananas" Mostil.  Mostil is in the discussion as the greatest center fielder in White Sox history.  From 1918 through 1929, Mostil compiled 23.4 WAR (wins above replacement).  That total is eclipsed only by Fielder Jones' 35.1 (1901-1908).  Mostil's best season was 1926, when he tallied 6.1 WAR and finished second in MVP voting to an inferior George Burns.  Johnny passed away in 1970.

The second 3x5 is none other than Eddie "Knuckles" Cicotte.  Eddie would almost certainly be in the Hall of Fame had he not been banned from baseball for his involvement in the 1919 "Black Sox" scandal.  From 1912 - 1920, Cicotte accumulated 42.4 WAR, second in the American League to Walter Johnson, possibly the best pitcher in baseball history.  He was still going strong at the time of his banning, ending his career in 1920 with a 21W-10L, 5 WAR season.  Eddie passed away in 1969.

I will almost certainly have the Cicotte framed with an 8x10.  I will have it matted so that the personalization does not show.  This is one of my favorite pick ups in quite some time!

I now have autographs from 4 of the most storied members of the 1919 White Sox:  Eddie Cicotte, Eddie Collins, Red Faber, and Ray Schalk.  Eventually I'd like to add more to my collection, particularly Buck Weaver and, in what would be the holy grail for a White Sox collector, Shoeless Joe Jackson.