Tuesday, July 29, 2014

2001 Topps #7: Mickey Mantle, New York Yankees, OF

I've added yet another 2006 Topps Mantle Collection card to my set.  This time, I found a #MM2001 to fill in for the missing #7 card in my 2001 Topps set.  Unlike #MM1998, the border coloring on this card looks very close to the original set.    





Monday, July 28, 2014

2014 HOF Induction Ceremony: T.Glavine, G.Maddux, & F.Thomas

     Congratulations to this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees at Cooperstown, NY: J.Torre, B.Cox, T.Larussa, G.Maddux, T.Glavine, & F.Thomas.  Frank Thomas' rookie card first appeared in the 1990 Topps set alongside his star teammates Sosa and Ventura.  Perhaps, the '90 set will start gettting a little more respect after Thomas' induction into the HOF.

     Shown on only this single page from my collection are cards integrated from the 1990 Topps base set along with Topps Traded and Topps Debut.

2014 HOF Induction Ceremony: T.Glavine, G.Maddux, & F.Thomas

Congratulations to this year's class of Hall of Fame inductees at Cooperstown, NY: J.Torre, B.Cox, T.Larussa, G.Maddux, T.Glavine, & F.Thomas.


Joe Torre's managerial rookie card appeared in the 1978 Topps set depicting him as both a player and a manager with his complete MLB player stats on the back.  During his HOF speech, Torre jokingly gave credit to Felix Millan for his ability to consistently get on base, which allowed Torre to hit into 4 straight double plays at some point during their playing careers as teammates.  The other three senior members (Koosman, Harrelson, & Kranepool) depicted in Torre's first team as a manager were all veterans from the '69 World Series championship Mets club.  Torre later apologized to the media for not mentioning enough gratitude towards George Steinbrenner.  I thought that Torre's introduction made that clear--that he would not be at the podium that day if it weren't for the Yankees.



Bobby Cox's managerial rookie card also appeared in the 1978 Topps set as the skipper for the Atlanta Braves ballclub.  His senior player, Phil Niekro, began his career with the Braves and had moved with the ballclub from Milwaukee to Atlanta in '66.  Niekro earned a Gold Glove, and a spot on the All-Star team during Cox's managerial rookie year in '78, and would later enter the Hall of Fame in 1997.  


Cox's other senior player, Cito Gaston, would eventually lead a team of his own to 2 consecutive World Series titles in 1992 and 1993.


Tony LaRussa's managerial rookie card appeared in the 1980 Topps set as the skipper of the Chicago White Sox.


The 1980 Topps set did not provide additional information about team managers on the card backs of this set. 

Greg Maddux's rookie card first appeared in the 1987 Topps Traded set.  Here, Maddux is shown as the youngest player on his team alongside other big name players like Palmeiro, Dunston, Moyer, and Martinez.
  

The Topps Traded card backs are lighter than the base set, but I integrated them into one set anyway.  Wouldn't it would be a shame to be missing this card from your '87 Topps set.  As one of my all-time favorite sets.  I compiled a bunch of these Traded sets (probably too many).  I wish I could say the same for the '00 Topps Traded sets before the M.Cabrera RC skyrocketed..


Tom Glavine's rookie card first appeared in the 1988 Topps set with the same team he would end his career with. 

It is by chance that Glavine is shown here isolated from his teammates and surrounded by Orioles.  The Orioles team had the next lower winning percentage than the Braves in 1988, so here he is next to Murray, Ripken, and F.Robinson, who had just taken over as Orioles skipper from Ripken Sr.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

1952 topps #159: Saul Rogovin, White Sox, P

Saul Rogovin was one of five player cards not authorized to be reproduced in the 1983 Topps '52 reprint set.  I previously posted about #196 Solly Hemus, and have since acquired #20 Billy Loes.  That leaves two more holes in my '52T set: #22 D.Dimaggio and #289 Tommy Holmes.  
 

Saul Rogovin played 8 seasons in the majors between 1949-1957 for four different teams.  In 1952, Rogovin was coming off a league leading 2.78 ERA season, and his first full year with the White Sox.  1951 and 1952 were probably Rogovin's best career seasons, ranking top 10 in the league in Wins, ERA, Strikeouts, Shutouts, Innings Pitched, and Complete Games in either one or both of those years.  He was traded away from the White Sox after the '53 season.

 
With only a few original '52T cards in my collection, it is noticeable when 5 of them are part of the same team as in this case.  I continue to integrate originals into my reprint sets as they are acquired.  I really enjoy this method of collecting vintage cards because it relieves the pressure of having to "power through" trying to obtain cards faster than my budget would allow.  All of the cards are here; just some of them are reprints (most of them actually).  I've done this with my '53T and '54T sets as well, but with a much higher percentage of originals.  I do wish that more of the '50s sets were reprinted, since they are so difficult to obtain.  I have a box of these extra reprint cards from '52, '53, and '54 that I will probably list as a pick lot auction sometime.  Here's what my 1952 Topps White Sox team look like:
 



Friday, July 25, 2014

1998 Topps #7: Mickey Mantle, New Yankees, OF

This post title may seem to be a little misleading, but it is definitely suitable for my intended purpose.  What we actually have here is a 2006 Topps Mantle Collection card #MM1998, but for me, it's a 1998 Topps #7.  It really bothered me that Topps retired the #7 card between 1997-2005.  After returning back to the hobby in 2001 following a 10-year lapse, I noticed that the missing card number would throw off my page count when organizing my sets into binders.  Where I have been used to card #'s 90, 180, 270, 360, 450, 540, and 630 occurring at the corner of every 10th page, there had been oddball number cards in those positions. 


The missing #7 cards probably led to the beginning of my set organizations by team, which then evolved into organization by team performance and players.  Extra cards first went to the front of my binder, and eventually to the back, where additional bonus cards could be easily added in the future.  The missing #7 cards also probably led to my temporary lapse in modern card collecting between 2007-2012, in which I focused solely on vintage card collecting.  My temporary lapse in modern card collecting was also encouraged by the onset of numerous variation cards ('99T McGwire/Sosa HR's, '00T Magic Moments, '02T Bonds HR's, Factory Bonus Sets, etc.), scarcity of Traded Sets ('01-'04), and probably significantly, the missing 2006 Topps card #297 Alex Gordon.  Just when Topps returned card #7 to their sets, they pull a stunt like introducing a card that either is, or is not part of the "complete" set--but it exists.   


I have since recovered from the disappointment of all of these modern sales gimmicks (and Topps has again removed card #7 from their sets), but for the missing #7's from between 1997-2005, at least, there is an affordable answer.  The 2006 Topps Mantle Collection consists of 10 cards numbered from #MM1996-#MM2005, or at least from what I am aware.  I currently only have two of these, but intend to obtain them all eventually to integrate into my base sets.  I probably chose the worst one to start with since the border of #MM1998 does not quite match the border of the rest of the '98T set, but the rest of the '06T Mantle Collection cards seem to match their respective sets very well.     


Now, comes the issue of where to place the #7 Mantle card.  From about 1995, Topps began manufacturing veteran-type player cards beginning with Babe Ruth, and then M.Mantle '96, J.Robinson '97, R.Clemente '98, N.Ryan '99, H.Aaron '00, etc.  Originally, I included these long retired veterans at the front of their respective team sets; then I moved them to the back of my binders with the rest of the extra cards (they're not current players!).  Now, I'm considering moving them back into the front of their respective team sets as shown in the first page of my '98T set binder for the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees.  There are two reasons for this: stats on the back of each card like they were still playing and recent veteran variation factory bonus cards. 


This is all just part of the fun of collecting baseball cards these days. 

1998 Topps #7: Mickey Mantle, New Yankees, OF

This post title may seem to be a little misleading, but it is definitely suitable for my intended purpose.  What we actually have here is a 2006 Topps Mantle Collection card #MM1998, but for me, it's a 1998 Topps #7.  It really bothered me that Topps retired the #7 card between 1997-2005.  After returning back to the hobby in 2001 following a 10-year lapse, I noticed that the missing card number would throw off my page count when organizing my sets into binders.  Where I have been used to card #'s 90, 180, 270, 360, 450, 540, and 630 occurring at the corner of every 10th page, there had been oddball number cards in those positions. 


The missing #7 cards probably led to the beginning of my set organizations by team, which then evolved into organization by team performance and players.  Extra cards first went to the front of my binder, and eventually to the back, where additional bonus cards could be easily added in the future.  The missing #7 cards also probably led to my temporary lapse in modern card collecting between 2007-2012, in which I focused solely on vintage card collecting.  My temporary lapse in modern card collecting was also encouraged by the onset of numerous variation cards ('99T McGwire/Sosa HR's, '00T Magic Moments, '02T Bonds HR's, Factory Bonus Sets, etc.), scarcity of Traded Sets ('01-'04), and probably significantly, the missing 2006 Topps card #297 Alex Gordon.  Just when Topps returned card #7 to their sets, they pull a stunt like introducing a card that either is, or is not part of the "complete" set--but it exists.   


I have since recovered from the disappointment of all of these modern sales gimmicks (and Topps has again removed card #7 from their sets), but for the missing #7's from between 1997-2005, at least, there is an affordable answer.  The 2006 Topps Mantle Collection consists of 10 cards numbered from #MM1996-#MM2005, or at least from what I am aware.  I currently only have two of these, but intend to obtain them all eventually to integrate into my base sets.  I probably chose the worst one to start with since the border of #MM1998 does not quite match the border of the rest of the '98T set, but the rest of the '06T Mantle Collection cards seem to match their respective sets very well.     


Now, comes the issue of where to place the #7 Mantle card.  From about 1995, Topps began manufacturing veteran-type player cards beginning with Babe Ruth, and then M.Mantle '96, J.Robinson '97, R.Clemente '98, N.Ryan '99, H.Aaron '00, etc.  Originally, I included these long retired veterans at the front of their respective team sets; then I moved them to the back of my binders with the rest of the extra cards (they're not current players!).  Now, I'm considering moving them back into the front of their respective team sets as shown in the first page of my '98T set binder for the 1998 World Champion New York Yankees.  There are two reasons for this: stats on the back of each card like they were still playing and recent veteran variation factory bonus cards. 


This is all just part of the fun of collecting baseball cards these days. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

1950 Bowman #136: Buddy Rosar, Boston Red Sox, C

I picked up about 15 of these '50B cards at a local card show for about 20% BV.  I had never held such a stack of 100's of these cards as I had at this 250-table event.  There was supposed to be an $8 admission charge, but they ignored it on the first day.  I came out of that show with major contributions towards my '50B, '62T, '66T, and '69T baseball card sets.  Here's just one of those cards.      


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Sunday, July 20, 2014

2007 Topps Factory Set Rookie Variation Bonus Cards #16-20

Here are some more factory set rookie variation bonus cards from my 2007 Topps baseball set.
 




 




2007 Topps Factory Set Rookie Variation Bonus Cards #11-15

Here are some more factory set rookie variation bonus cards from my 2007 Topps baseball set.