Sunday, February 26, 2017

1928 Tharp's F50 (1972 TCMA reprint) #45/59: Paul/Lloyd Waner, Pittsburgh Pirates

Hall of Fame brothers Paul and Lloyd Waner, were featured early in their careers on the 1928 F50 sets.  Older brother, Paul, played 20 years from 1926-1945, mostly for the Pirates.  He was often a league leader in Runs, Hits, Doubles, Triples, RBI, and Batting Avg, helping the Pirates to the World Series in 1927 against the Yankees.  Younger brother, Lloyd, was still is his rookie season against the Yankees in 1927 with an 18-year career lasting through 1945, often leading the league in multiple category as well.

Friday, February 24, 2017

1928 Tharp's F50 (1972 TCMA reprint) #4: Red Faber, Chicago White Sox, P

  The F50 ice cream sets were probably the most definitive sets of the late 1920's.  Consisting of a total of 60 different 1-3/8" x 2-9/16" cards, the F50 set was produced by 3 different ice cream companies--Tharp's, Yuengling's, and Harrington's.  The sets made by the 3 ice cream companies were nearly identical except for the message on the card back.  Also, 2 different versions of the #6 Babe Ruth card exist.  The complete set was reprinted in its original size by TCMA in 1972.

     Red Faber was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1964 by the Veteran's Committee after appearing on the HOF ballot 17 times between 1937-1962.  His HOF career spanned 20 seasons with the Chicago White Sox between 1914-1933, with a World Series Championship against the New York Giants in 1917.  Faber pitched 4 of the 6 games, winning games 2, 5, and 6 to clinch the championship.  He did not participate on the 1919 World Series team, although he was still a member of the team.  Faber completed his career with 254 Wins and a 3.15 ERA in over 4086 Innings Pitched.  

1988 Topps Gallery of Champions Aluminum: McGwire, Gwynn, Boggs, Dawson, Santiago

     Here are some more metal cards from the 1988 Topps Gallery of Champions Aluminum set.  This is a really cool set that is still very affordable--especially the '88 set.  For those still not in the know, these Gallery of Champions sets began production with 12 bronze cards in 1984.  The original set was actually called Gallery of Immortals, but the name changed shortly afterward.  A 12-card metal set was released each year through 1991, and then again in 1995 under a different name.  In 1984 and 1985, the GC sets were only released in bronze and silver.  In 1986, Topps started making GC sets in Aluminum, Bronze, and Silver.  In addition to the 12-card metal sets, Bronze Premiums (1983-1991) and Pewter Bonuses (1984-1991) were released at a rate of 1 per year.  I've just been fascinated by these metal cards. and collect all but the silver cards right now.  Top on my wantlist are the Pewter bonus cards from '84, '90, '91, and the 1985 GC Bronze set.

Monday, January 2, 2017

1951 Topps #B-50: Johnny Mize, New York Yankees, 1B

     While I was out plowing the snow off my dirt road, I dropped off a few letters and noticed some packages in my mailbox.  I didn't expect the mail to be delivered on a federal holiday, but perhaps it had been sitting there since Saturday.  Either way, the many vintage cards I discovered was an original Topps card of then Yankee veteran, Johnny Mize.  The acquisition of this great Hall-of-Famer at the end of his career completed my 1951 Yankees team set and brought my collection to within 15 missing cards.

Here's the page from my set binder containing the Yankees team during the peak of their 5-year run at consecutive World Series victories.  It would have been nice if J.Dimaggio had a last card in this set, but he didn't have many cards during the post-WWII years.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

2017 Top Collecting Priorities: 1968 Topps Set

     With only two missing cards left to complete the 1968 Topps set, obtaining these last two cards has become my top collecting priority for 2017.  Below, are scans of the two team sets representing those missing cards.

     The 1st missing card is actually a Superstars card depicting M.Mantle, W.Mays, and H.Killebrew #490.  I decided organize the missing card with Mantle as the greatest superstar of the three players in my opinion.  As you can see, I've also integrated the Game insert set into my collection as well.  The rest of the players are organized by date of birth with multi-player cards fitting in according to the youngest player.

The 2nd missing card missing from my collection is Nolan Ryan's RC.  In it's place right now is a 2003 Topps Shoebox Collection reprint card.  Also included in my 1968 Topps collection is a custom Nolan Ryan rookie from the 2006 Topps Rookies of the Week set.  I tend to integrate custom cards, and I really liked the '06T Rookies set.

Thursday, December 15, 2016

1928 Tharp's (F50) #13: Rogers Hornsby, Boston Braves, 2B

     Some time back, I ordered a 1972 TCMA reprint set for the famous 1928 F50 ice cream sets (Tharp's, Yuengling's, and Harrington's).  In the late 1920's there weren't really any representative baseball card sets for the era except for these 3 nearly identical ice cream sets containing 60 different cards.  When my reprint set came in, it was missing a card.  I was upset because no one was selling singles for this set--much less other complete sets.  This set is truly rare.  Well, I finally found a seller with about 10 cards for sale containing my missing card.

     Now, I have a few extras that are going to be listed for sale, including this Rogers Hornsby reprint.  I can't tell if he is being depicted in a New York Giants (1927) or a Boston Braves (1928) uniform.  He only spent one year with each team during his 23-year career.  Although Hornsby was just past halfway through his career (1915-1937), he still managed to win the MVP award the following year with the Cubs.  In 1928, he led the league in AVG, SLG, OPS, and Walks.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Today's Game Era Committee Hall of Fame Ballot

     Tonight at 6 p.m. EST, the 16-person Today's Game Era Committee will vote on 10 different people for the opportunity to be entered into the MLB HOF.  The 10 people on this year's ballot include 5 former players (Mark McGwire, Orel Hershiser, Will Clark, Harold Baines, Albert Belle), 2 former manager (Lou Piniella, Davey Johnson), and 3 former executives (George Steinbrenner, Bud Selig, John Schuerholz).  To be selected into the HOF under this format, the ballot member must receive at least 75% of the committees vote (or 12 out of 16).  Here are my picks if I had a vote: