Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Top Stars from my 1986 Topps Set Upgrade

     I just finished upgrading my 1986 Topps set after purchasing 5 extra complete sets.  It really becomes a long and arduous process when you're upgrading with more than 1 extra set at a time--but it's finally done, and my '86T set looks great.  I took one of the extra sets, and broke it up into a pick-lot online.  All but 3 cards in this set fit within the framework on my pick-lots. 

     Here are the 3 most valuable cards from the 1986 Topps set.  They aren't actually very valuable at all, which seems a little unfair since it's difficult to find these cards in high-grade due to the black borders.  This set is much more difficult to find than the later '80s Topps sets, and typically sells for about twice the amount you'd expect to pay for the 1987-1992 sets.  Actually, the 1986 Topps set isn't selling for much cheaper than the 1984 and 1985 sets.  It might be time for Beckett to start taking another look at the $4, $2, and $2 cards that have been designated to lead off this set. 

Saturday, October 14, 2017

1967 Topps Giants Team Set

Trudging through the murky swamp also known as the 1967 Topps 7th Series, I have to celebrate every victory I can get.  Even with only 46 card left to go before set completion, progress on the high-series '67 Topps remains very slow.  My typical strategy of paying only 15%-20% BV for late '60s cards doesn't work with truly scarce gems.  I found that 30%-50% BV is more realistic for even the lowest grade cards from the final series of 1967.  

Today, I received the highest-numbered card of the 1967 Giants, which also happens to be the oldest player on the team that year: Bill Henry's #579 .  Fortunately, today's acquisition completed my Giants team set for my 1967 Topps baseball set, so I can sit back for a few minutes and celebrate a minor victory.  The only other 7th Series card in the 1967 Giants team set is Joe Gibbon's #570, which I already had. 

The 1967 Topps Giants team set consists of 28 cards, which includes a team card, a manager card, a star duo card, a rookie duo card, and 24 other players.  There were 4 Hall-of-Famers in the 1967 Giants team set: Willie Mays, Willie McCovery, Gaylord Perry, and Juan Marichal.  Here are the four pages from my binder that make up the Giants team for 1967 Topps in order by date of birth.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Collateral Damage from a '80T Set Upgrade

      I finally finished listing all of the 1980 Topps cards left over from my recent set upgrade.  Here are all the leftovers with a BV of at least $3--except for R.Henderson, which I recently posted on already. 


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Just one more Pete Rose left to Go

     With today's acquistion of a 1964 Topps #125 Pete Rose card, I've managed to obtain every Topps+Topps Traded card of this infamous baseball legend except one.  You can probably guess which one that is, and I wouldn't expect to be seeing a post about his rookie card on this site anytime soon neither.  The 1963 Topps set will probably be the last of the '60s sets that I'll ever complete if I ever complete it.  As for my 1964 Topps set, obtaining Rose's 2nd year card overcomes a major obstacle towards making my '64T set life much easier. 

     Of course this is a very low grade, but authentic card.  One thing I like about the 1964 Topps set is that it's probably very difficult to counterfeit these cards because of the "magic answers" on the back.  This one looks all messed up but I can still see where it says Tommy Davis off to the right.  I don't know what else is going on down there, but I really don't care.  At 12% BV, I only paid slightly over the 10% BV price that I was looking for. 

     As one of the greatest players to every play the game, I'm sure that I'll live to see Pete Rose be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day, but I seriously doubt that he will unless it somehow becomes apparently evident that he is experiencing his last couple of years.  I will always be a fan of the player, but I also understand why things happened the way that they did.  As one of my favorite players growing up, it's really a shame because I know that he'd probably become the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame twice--as both a player and as a Manager--but the world will never know.

Friday, October 6, 2017

1975 Wrappers: Topps vs Topps Mini

     I was making a quick online sweep of my Topps wrapper needs and was reminded of the trouble I had finding a regular 1975 Topps wrapper some time back.  I kept purchasing wrapper after wrapper with no mention in the listing that I would be receiving a Topps Mini wrapper despite my efforts to contact sellers prior to purchase.  It seemed to me that Topps Mini wrappers were much more abundant than regular Topps wrappers when I was still searching for these some time back.

     So how do we tell the difference then?  The regular Topps wrapper has red stitches on the baseball and the Topps Mini wrapper has black stitches on the baseball.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Which Rickey Henderson would you keep?

     During my recent 1980 set upgrade, I was faced with the tough decision of deciding which Rickey Henderson to keep.  The card on the left has a left-right centering issue, but not much else wrong with it.  The card on the right is almost perfectly centered, but has 2 hairline corner creases (1" & 5/8")  only visible on the back.  It also has a lower picture quality.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Hidden Treasures from a Partial Set

     I recently finished upgrading a few of my late '70s sets from large lot purchases online.  Everyone is going to have different price points, but for me, sets from 1974-1980 should just be purchased whole (or nearly whole) rather than trying to piecemeal them together.  Of course some people might be better putting these sets together piecemeal, and that's okay too.  Once you've got a complete set already though, it does make sense to buy partial sets here and there for future set upgrades.  For me, purchasing extra complete sets for upgrading isn't really in my price range for these years, except for the 1980 Topps set, which I just recently upgraded whole.      

     When I upgrade my late-'70s sets, I try to find partial setscontaining at least about 200-300 different cards.  That's what I found for my 1977 and 1978 Topps set upgrades.  I didn't really have an idea of exactly what cards I'd be receiving, but I bid accordingly, and was pleasantly surprised.  Within my partial set purchases, I found a few higher-value hall-of-famers within.  Some were upgrades, and others were not.  Here are a few of the stars that didn't make the cut into my personal collection, but great trade pieces nevertheless.