Collection Report: Charles “Red” Dooin

Total cards: 91906 Fan Craze Dooin
Solo cards: 7
Multiplayer cards, Phillies only: 2
Professionally graded cards: 8
Want Listed: 0

Okay, I’ll be honest and admit that the only reason for posting this particular report is because I just recently acquired the 1906 Fan Craze Dooin card, making it the second oldest card in my collection. I have no idea if I’ll ever manage to purchase another card from this set, but I’ll gladly fork over the amount I paid for this one on eBay to get another one in similar condition.

T206 Dooin FrontThe thing I love most about this card is that it bears the photo that was colorized for his T206 White Border card. Card images were reused frequently during the 1910s and 1920s — to an extent that might even make the current regime at Topps blush* — but you rarely saw both an original photo and colorized version of it. At least, that’s true of the Phillies cards in my collection.

Anyway, for whatever reason, I own more pre-WW II Dooin cards than any other player from that era. All but one of his cards I own, his 2005 Topps Turkey Red reprint, is from that period. Interestingly, there are a few other players from that timeframe with a greater presence in my collection, when you count cards from all eras — specifically, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Cy Williams, Sherry Magee, Gavvy Cravath and Chuck Klein. Yet, for each and every one of them, it’s modern issues that they are mostly represented by. I find the dichotomy somewhat fascinating — nearly as fascinating to me is that all but three of my nine Dooin cards have appeared on this site. This is yet another area where his number exceeds that of Klein and Alexander.

I almost feel like I should do something to rectify that.

* Nah, who am I kidding. Topps excised any sense of corporate shame years ago.


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