Sunday, August 19, 2018

2012 Topps Factory Rookie Variation Bonus Set

     Some factory sets in 2012 Topps, like others in this era, included included a 5-card bonus pack of Rookie variations.  The biggest name rookie from this bonus pack had to be Bryce Harper.  Yoenis Cespedes was supposed to be big, but I can't ever forget that dropped ball at the wall in the 2015 World Series with the Mets.  My base sets from the past decade or so never felt complete with these 5-card rookie variation packs.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

2012 Topps Set #1-661

One of my favorite sets of the '10s decade, 2012 was a really cool set.  It was the last set to contain card #7 after re-introducing it back into sets a few years earlier.  Bryce Harper's RC is also included in this set.  

Friday, July 27, 2018

After 31 years: My 1962 Topps set is now complete

Last night, I purchased the final missing card from my 1962 Topps set of 598 cards.  This comes during a transitionary period for me as a collector, but represents a major hobby achievement.  When I first started collecting baseball cards in 1987, my parents were selling coins and jewelry as a weekend hobby during the weekends at the Aloha Stadium swap meet in HI.  Sometimes, one of their friends would accompany us and sell cards and comics.  That's when I saw my first ever complete vintage baseball card set in a binder with pages--and it looked just like the set I was collecting!  That always stood out in my memory as a collector, and I figured that completing the '62T set one day was only a dream, but something that would be nice to do.  Now 31 years later, I'm assured that my last missing card from this set is in the mail, and on the way.   

The blank spot in my binder pages represents #594 featuring Bob Uecker, Doug Camili, Don Pavletich, Doc Edwards, and Ken Retzer.  For some reason, Uecker cards tend to sell for well above his listed book value.  I waited for what seems like a couple of years before I could find one that was even somewhat reasonably priced at 39.4% BV--or almost twice what I typically like to pay for vintage cards.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

2012 Topps Update Set #US1-330

I've finally worked my way down to listing my 2012 Topps Update set for sale online.  I started with listing my 2017 Topps, Topps Update, and variations in reverse chronological order this Spring.  Although I'd love to continue compiling new sets every year, I just don't have the space to store or the capacity to keep moving a whole bunch of inventory.  The 2012 Topps Update set will begin a string of some of my favorite baseball card sets on this side of the new century.  2010, 2011, and 2012 are all great sets in my opinion, but they'll all have to go as I slowly work my way down to 1991 eventually.  At the other end, I'm also selling off all of my vintage originals and reprints beginning with the start of the 20th Century, and working my way up to 1948 Bowman.  This set contains early cards for Bryce Harper, who I had the opportunity to watch live for his first four seasons beginning in 2011.  Also, the 2012 set commemorates the All-Star game in Kansas City, where spent many years attending games, so this set definitely holds a special place in memory.  Oh well.  It's better to sell it off now than to burn it in a bonfire as I've been known to do. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

1967 Topps Kansas City Athletics Complete Team Set

With today's acquisition of 1967 Topps #565 Lew Krausse, I have finally completed the team set for the final year of the Kansas City A's, which lasted from 1955-1967.  This is a team that had plenty of stars not all identified with a baseball card that year.  Manager Al Dark appear on the Hall of Fame ballot as a player for 15 consecutive years between 1966-1980.  He won a world series championship with the Giants in 1954 batting .412 in 19 plate appearances, and in 1962, he led the Giants to the World Series as their manager.  However, Hall of Famer Luke Appling finished off the KC A's final season as Team Manager.  Hall of Famer Al Lopez was the General Manager that year.  Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Bert Campaneris, Sal Bando, Rick Monday, Joe Rudi, and Diego Segui were all KC A's in 1967.   

With only 18 missing cards left to complete this set, it seems like every new '67T card I get completes another team set.  I'm experiencing the same thing with my '66T set, which is only missing 12 cards.  Set completion will be slow going for 1966-1967, because the high-numbered cards are just too expensive.  After recently completing the 1960 Topps set, I compiled a large chunk of my missing 1961 Topps cards and remain less than 100 cards away from that set.  Of course, my 1962 Topps set is still only 1 card away from completion. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

No longer just technically complete with '60T

The final card needed to complete my 1960 Topps set arrived today, and so my third competed set from the '60s era has been achieved.  I didn't start out intending to complete 1960 before 1961-1967, but it just sort of happened that way.  I collect where the value is in my lifetime quest to own every Topps baseball card set.  That childhood dream was pondered upon in 1987 before inserts, parallels, variations, and so many other cards to collect every year.  These days, I'm actually trying to shrink my collection, but a core group of 1951-1991 Topps sets still has a solid place in my collection.  I previously completed the 1950 Bowman set, so finishing of 1960 Topps today surely presents an interesting coincidence.  I never imagined actually being so close to finishing off the 1960's decade, but 1961, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1966, and 1967 aren't too far behind in completion status.  Only my 1963 set is lagging behind with just under half of the set being complete.  So here's to Don Drysdale for being the last card to enter my now completed 1960 Topps set.   

2013 Topps complete base set #1-661

Here's the 5th of my modern Topps base sets sets being listed for sale online.  2013 was my first year back into modern card collecting.  In 2007, I had become fed up with modern cards, sold off my 21 century collection, and focused on vintage for 6 years.  The 2013 set consists of 660 cards like they did in the '70s.  There was still no card #7.