Here’s a way to get your favorite baseball lover out of the sports bar
and into an art exhibit: “The Mona Lisa of baseball cards” is coming to
the Oakland Museum of California.
The card, one of the famously rare tobacco cards featuring the
Pittsburgh Pirates’ turn-of-the-century star shortstop Honus Wagner, is
part of the museum’s Baseball as America exhibit. The card was
originally printed by the Piedmont Tobacco Company and was included in
cigarette packages, but Wagner objected to his image being used and
demanded the card be discontinued. Only a handful still exist—one sold
on eBay in 2000 for $1.265 million—so make sure to see the real McCoy
when the exhibit opens.
Baseball as America runs September 17 through January 22 at the Oakland Museum of California, 10th and Oak streets, Oakland. For information, call (510) 238-2200 or visit www.museumca.org .