Wednesday, June 13, 2018

1947 Tip Top complete set #1-163

Here's a special little known set that adequately fills the gap between 1941 Play Ball and 1948 Bowman.  At 163 total cards, it's a thorough set full of plenty of stars from the day like Frank Crosetti, Tommy Henrich, Johnny Lindell, Allie Reynolds, Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, Ralph Branca, Enos Slaughter, Marty Marion, Del Rice, Joe Garagiola, Birdie Tibbetts, Dizzy Trout, Eddie Lake, Virgil Trucks, Fred Hutchinson, George Kell, Billy Southworth, Johnny Sain, Warren Spahn, Dom Dimaggio, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, Ernie Lombardi, Johnny Mize, Eddie Lopat, Honus Wagner, Preacher Roe, and Ralph Kiner.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

2013 Topps Update Complete Set #1-330

Just moving on down the line when it comes to selling off parts of my personal collection.  I started with 2017 and split my base sets from my update sets to begin downsizing my modern collection.  I'm now beginning to list my 2013 set, so here's a few pages from my reorganized update set.  I'll continue listing my sets for sale in reverse chronological order until I get back into the 1990's.  With my recent short notice move a few months ago, I don't want to have to make another cross-country move with too much stuff.  

Friday, June 8, 2018

1895 Mayo Cut Plug (N300) set #1-48

Here's another 19th-Century baseball card reprint set from Poor Man's Cards.  This set features 48 total cards, but only 40 different players.  12 of the featured players are Hall of Famers: Cap Anson,  Ed Delahanty, Dan Brouthers (x2) John Clarkson, Hugh Duffy, Buck Ewing, Billy Hamilton, Tommy McCarthy, Kid Nichols, Wilbert Robinson, Amos Russie (x2), and John Ward.  The 8 variation cards include: Dan Brouthers (Baltimore/Louisville), Buck Ewing (Cleveland/Cincinnati), Jack Glasscock (Pittsburgh/Louisville), George Haddock (Blank Shirt/Philadelphia), Tom Kinslow (No Team/Pittsburgh), Fref Pfeffer (2B/Retired), Amos Rusie (Rusie/Russie) and John Ward (2B/Retired).

Low Grade original commons would cost hundreds of dollar each, so an unlicensed reprint set might not be a bad idea if you want the education of owning this set.  I guess you could also look it up online, but being able to physically open up a binder and studying the fronts and backs of these reprint cards makes it much easier to get familiar with this legendary 1890's set.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

1887 Buchner Gold Coin (N284) Reprint Set #1-143

The original 1887 Buchner Gold Coin (N284) set consists of 117 different baseball players, some of which are featured in 2-3 different poses, for a total of 143 cards in this set. Players are from 14 different teams from 3 different leagues: 

**8 of the 8 MLB National League (1876-Present) teams** 
--Detroit Wolverines (1881-1888), 
--Philadelphia Quakers (1883-Present Phillies), 
--Chicago White Stockings (1876-Present Cubs), 
--New York Giants (1882-Present Giants) 
--Boston Beaneaters (1876-Present Braves), 
--Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1882-Present Pirates), 
--Washington Nationals (1886-1889), 
--Indianapolis Hoosiers (1887-1889).' 

**4 of the 8 MLB American Association (1882-1891) teams** 
--St. Louis Browns (1882-Present Cardinals), 
--Baltimore Orioles (1882-1899), 
--Brooklyn Grays (1884-Present Dodgers), 
--New York Mets (1883-1887). 
--missing Cincinnati Red Stockings (1882-Present Reds), Louisville Colonels (1882-1899), Philadelphia Athletics (1882-1890), & Cleveland Blues (1887-1899). 

**2 of the 8 Independant Northwestern League teams** 
--Lacrosse Freezers, 
--Milwaukee Cream Citys 
--missing Minneapolis Millers, Duluth Freezers, Des Moines Hawkeyes, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, & St. Paul Saints

This unlicensed reprint set was produced independently by Poor Man's cards, which not longer seems to be active.  Fortunately, I was able to acquire this great set from him about 5-10 years ago.  Poor Man's cards used to specialize in 19th-Century baseball card photos, and reproduced many of the sets from the 1860's through the early 1900's.  I've never seen this set available anywhere else, and was fascinated the first time I discovered it was available.  When I first ordered this set from Poor Man's' cards, it came missing a few cards, which were originally left out because of the low quality photographs.  I requested to have those cards anyways, so that my 143 card set would be complete with all variations.  I didn't think the low-quality photographs were that bad when I received them actually, and there were only a few. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

2014 Topps Base Set #1-661

This was the last 660-card set issued before Topps went to a 700-card format in 2015.