NEW YORK — My great-grandfather, Cornelius Daily, a catcher for the Boston Beaneaters, Brooklyn Bridegrooms, and other 19th-century baseball teams, is in a temperature-controlled room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His baseball card, that is. The museum is home base for 30,000 archived cards that make up the second largest collection of baseball cards after that of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Yes, the Met, famous for mummies and Matisse, is baseball heaven for lovers of the game.
And museumgoers are in for a special treat — a chance to see the much-celebrated T-206 Honus Wagner card, which will be on display as part of the “Legends of the Dead Ball Era” exhibit that runs through November. The exhibit, located in the New American Wing’s newly-renovated Luce Center, will showcase 600 historical trade cards from that era, which spanned 1900 to 1919. This is a unique opportunity to see the Wagner card, which is rarely exhibited because of efforts to preserve it.