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:






Sunday, October 9, 2016

1962 Topps Upgrades: #350 F.Robinson & #516 Checklist 7

     Being so close to completion of the 1962 Topps set (-4 cards), I increasingly find fewer opportunities to acquire additional cards from one of my all-time favorite sets.  Recently, I decided to upgrade a couple of cards that were selling at a reasonable price.


     The fingerprint stain was a little annoying, but the card served as a nice filler at a reasonable cost earlier in my '62T set building.  I can't imagine what would have caused it.  It seems more like a chemical discoloration than a colored topping.  Other than the mysterious fingerprint, the card is in really nice condition.


Here's a page from my '62T binder showing my new Frank Robinson card.  Although not as well centered from top-bottom, there's no more fingerprint to look at.



Finding marked checklists from this era of cards is definitely a common occurrence.  Somehow, this was my only marked checklist in the '62T set and I was able to find an unmarked checklist for a really good price.  


Here's the final page from my '62T Topps set depicting the last 4 checklists, which are all unmarked.


Friday, September 23, 2016

1962 Topps #598: Rookie Parade Outfielders

     With my recent acquisition of the last card in the 1962 Topps baseball card set, I'm now down to only 5 missing cards to complete one of my all-time favorite sets.  The only issue I have with this acquisition is that it arrived slabbed.



     So forgive me for being a slabcracker because all of my personal sets are stored in binder pages without exception--I thought that this card was actually a [VG-EX+ 4.5] anyways, since the centering and surface are nearly perfect.  Below, are a couple of binder pages from the back of my 1962 Topps set binder that depict the Rookie Parade subset.  The 2 missing slots are reserved for #592 and #594.


     So, what I've begun doing with my set binder organization as of late is leaving only the special subset cards that don't fit effectively into one of my team sets and placing them at the end in reverse chronological or significance order.  In this case, I was able to pull out the All-Star and Player Combo cards to insert along with my team sets.  The subsets I have leftover are: World Series (not shown), League Leaders, Rookie Parade, Babe Ruth Special, and Checklists. 

1970 Topps Booklet #22: Bob Gibson, St. Louis Cardinals, P

     Just when I thought that I've completed the 1970's Topps decade collection, I discover a few insert sets that I'd like to include into my collection. The first two were the 1973-1974 Topps Team Checklist insert cards that I finally completed a few weeks ago, and now rest in the front of each of the team sets in my set binders.  Recently, I discovered the 1970-1971 Topps Scratchoffs, Posters, and Booklets.


     Here's my first Booklets double that I've also listed for sale.  It's a copy of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson's story in not-so-great condition, but very interesting never-the-less.  I did manage to complete the 24-card Booklets insert set this week, and currently have them organized numerically in the back of my '70T set binder.  I'm not yet sure if I'll integrate them into my base set, but it is certainly a consideration right now.    





     I think the 1970 Topps set deserves to get a better look from collectors.  The grey backgrounds with the blue and yellow card backs design probably wasn't the most appealing to collectors, but the set is full of great photos of stars either early or late during their careers.  It also has a 3 cool insert sets that are still very affordable.  I find myself looking more often at my 1970 Topps set than many of my other early-'70s sets, including the typically more popular 1971 Topps set.  I guess there is just something special about the 1970 set that is easy to overlook at first glance.