I defy anyone to find something wrong with this card. It has everything… speed, versatility, average, and of course, power and lots of it.
As the card indicates, it’s the 1931 Josh Gibson card. Not only does it have six power numbers (1-1-2-3-6-6) but three 7s and an 11. Gibson is listed as a C-8 but also can play outfield, third and first.
One thing does puzzle me. This card is based on Gibson’s 1931 season which is probably not his best year. Now I know Negro League statistics are sketchy and incomplete at best but most sources I’ve seen show his ‘official’ stats as hitting .306 with 6 homers in 124 at-bats for the Homestead Grays. I’m sure there were more stats that weren’t included but it does make me wonder. Here is one of my sources for his stats if you’re interested in looking into it.
A great card nonetheless. Pastor Rich got the card as part of the new Negro League set for Christmas and couldn’t help but share on Facebook. It generated a LOT of discussion (here’s the link for those on FB).
I’ll end this with a nice quick bio video put out by the National Baseball Hall of Fame. It includes some footage of Gibson on the field.