Saturday, October 24, 2015

1969 Topps Set Build w/ '68T & '69T inserts

Up until recently, I was concerned with how I'd be able to continue building sets from the late-'60s.  Since I'm only willing to pay up to 20% BV for '60s cards on average, finding reasonably priced commons for the '69T set can be challenging.  At a $1.50 BV, I'm looking to pay only up to $0.30 per card.  I used to large card shows and shops in Northern Virginia and the surrounding area, where good deals were easily found.  Now, I live 3-4 hours from the nearest card show locations with no card shops and have to rely primarily on online sources for most of my purchases.

Ebay has been a great source for my star card purchases and commons with higher book values from the early '50s, but it's been terrible for finding good deals on '60s commons.  Pick lots for more recent card sets offer a nice option for set builders, but there really are no good pick lots for '60s cards back.  Sellers are asking for over $1.00 per card for lower grade commons, which doesn't even include shipping charges.  Well, enough ranting.  

I recently signed up on the Trading Card Database (Toppsbawlyn87), and read a forum about online sources for common card purchases.  Someone mentioned Sportlots among others, so I decided to give the websites a look.  I found these 53 cards from two different sellers on Sportlots for under $30 total.  Many of the cards were listed for as low as $0.18 before shipping, which fit my budget.  What brought the price to over a $0.50 per card average were the Brooks Robinson, Rod Carew, Hank Aaron, and Willie Mays cards shown below.  I also acquired other big name players like Red Schoendienst, Bill Mazeroski, Tony Oliva, Juan Marichal, and Denny McLain.  Overall, I was well within my 20% BV maximum.  I'm definitely a fan of Sportlots now, and will be looking to fill in some more of my other late '60s card sets.

I only recently began collecting '60s insert sets.  The two shown are are my favorite two from the decade.  The 1968 Topps Game insert set strongly resembles Topps' first set from 1951.  If you've read more than a just of my past posts, you're probably aware that I'm a strong proponent for the 1951 Topps set.  The 1968 Topps Game insert set makes for a nice tribute to the '51T set.  It only contains 33 cards, and is really affordable.  The 1969 Topps Deckle Edge insert set is also a very affordable set with a total of only 35 cards.  It's a surprise to me that these two insert sets don't seem to get talked about much.  

2002 Topps '52 World Series Highlights Insert Set #1-7

  Well, I finally broke down and acquired this little insert set from the 2002 Topps collection.  Originally, four of the cards were included in series 1 packs, and three of the cards were included in series 2 packs.  I'm treating these cards as a subset to my 1952 Topps collection, which consists primarily of reprinted cards with a few originals sprinkled throughout my binders.  Historically, a set's subset cards would typically represent the World Series for the year prior, which this one does not.

Here are the the 7 cards included in the subset:
#52WS1--Dodgers Line-Up
#52WS2--Billy Martin's Homer
#52WS3--Dodger Celebrate
#52WS4--Yanks Slip Dodgers
#52WS5--Carl Erskine
#52WS6--Casey Stengel & Allie Reynolds
#52WS7--Allie Reynolds Relieves Ed Lopat

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

2015 World Series Probables: Royals & Mets

With the Royals leading the Blue Jays 3-1 in the ALCS and the Mets leading the Cubs 3-0 in the NLCS, it's highly likely that we will be looking at a Royals and Mets World Series.  This match-up could be determined as early as today if the Royals and Mets both win.

The last time the Royals won the World Series was in 1985 against the Cardinals.  They have been to the World Series two other times in 1980 and 2014, but did not win.

The last time the Mets won the World Series was in 1986.  They also won the 1969 World Series, which was the inaugural season for the Royals.  The Met were also part of the 1973 and 2000 World Series.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Best of the Boom Era, Part II: 1988 Topps

1988 was probably the peak of the Boom Wax Era--at least in terms of today's low-value pricing.  To this day, the 1988 Topps set is the least valuable Topps base set of all time.  It reminds me of a cross between the 1967 and 1967 Topps sets.  

The base set consists of 792 cards.  The traded set consists of 132 cards.  There's a 60-card Glossy Send-in insert set, 22-card Glossy Rookies insert set, 22-card Glossy All-Stars insert set, and 16-card Wax Box Bottom set,  That's 1044 total cards for 1988 Topps.

Here, I've displayed all of the Hall-of-Famers and many of the other Stars, Semi-Stars, and Minor Stars.  The '88T set had a tough act to follow after the wooden-bordered '87s, but the hobby market was certainly booming strong--just look at how much material was produced.

So, just how big were baseball cards booming in '88?  Well, in the December 1988 issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly #45, here is some of the notable pricing:

1983 Topps set = $95 (now $80)
1983 Traded set = $55
1984 Topps set = $100 (now $50)
1984 Traded set = $85
1985 Topps set = $100 (now $80)

These sets were less than 5 years old then and were worth more that they are now.  Remember, $100 in the '80s was considered to be a lot more than it is today--especially since minimum wage throughout the '80s was only $3.35/hour.