It's amazing the things Player Collectors consider a white whale. If you would have told me as a kid that I would covet the stiffener that someone received from the laundromat I would have thought you were crazy. Heck, I bet if you told the owners of said laundromat that their stiffeners would be highly sought after they would have thought you were crazy. But here we are in 2020 where craziness abounds.
That is a 1964 KDKA Pittsburgh Pirates Portrait of Bill Virdon. (90% of it anyway. It is bigger than my scanner's bed) These were advertisements for the Pirates Broadcasting partners but they were actually issued by Sweet Clean Laundry as stiffeners for men's shirts. Nowhere on the card does it mention the laundromat only KDKA, hence the name. My Standard says that these cards are 8"x11-7/8". Mine is a little bit off. Mine is right at 12" up and down but across it is 8" along the bottom but closer to 8-1/8" at the top.
I have known that this existed for close to 25 years but had never seen one. I have only seen a few of the KDKAs on ebay before but never the Virdon. As soon as I saw it I scooped it up. What I am going to do with it now is a different story. It is just the wrong size. 8x11 fits in a binder, 8x12 fits nowhere. It got shipped to me in a 12x15 top loader which is where it is going to stay for now. Maybe I'll frame it I don't know yet. That might work if I got it autographed.
So what's the next white whale? I don't know. A few of the Virdon's I do not have are unobtainable. I know were a few 1/1s are but the guy is a Pirates Collector and isn't going to get rid of them. Most of the rest of my Virdon "wants" are team issues that I can't identify. Heck I may already own them but can't find a resource that tells me the 75 Astros Team Issued Postcard looks like ____.
I know that a 1961 Harmony Milk Virdon exists even though the SCBC says that it doesn't. Something that doesn't exist but does, that may be my next white whale.