Saturday, December 29, 2018

2011 History of Topps insert set #HOT1-10

This 10-card insert set depicts some of the significant events in Topps history over the years.  The most significant one to me is card #2, which commemorates Topps' first set consisting of 106 cards (52 Series A+ 52 Series B + 2 Updates).  The next most significant one to me is #4, which commemorates the start of the standardized card, measuring 2.5" x 3.5".  Since there were Traded cards in 1972, 1969, and even in 1951, I don't really acknowledge the 1974 start date depicted on card #6 but I understand why they picked that year.        

Friday, December 28, 2018

2011 Topps 'Before There Was Topps' insert set #BTT1-7

The 2011 set was full of cool insert sets.  This one commemorated some of the major set releases prior to Topps.  I was a collector of 4 out of the 7.

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

1966 Topps Set Countdown: #547 Horace Clarke

The addition of Horace Clarke to my collection leaves me with only 7 missing cards to complete the 1966 Topps baseball card set.  I've had to slow down my set building during the last few months due to travel and relocation.  During 2018, I moved from one coast to the center, and now to the other coast.  For 2018, I decided to downsize my collection to only key sets, which for now means all Topps/Bowman from 1948-1991.  Remember the nearly 100,000 card bonfire I had earlier this year?  Well, it turned out fruitful, since I ended up movin again before the year was up.  I managed to sell off almost everything down to 2010, and up to 1922, which was really only a small chunk.         

For 2019, I plan to continue breaking up my modern sets into Base, Update/Traded, and Inserts to sell off online beginning with 2010 working back about 2 years at a time.  At the other end, I plan on starting with my 1922 American Caramels and working up through my Goudeys and Play Balls.   

Other 1960's sets that are close to completion include 1965 (-1) and 1967 (-9).  I've already completed 4 sets from the 1960's, including 1960, 1962, 1968, and 1969.

Monday, November 5, 2018

2018 MLB Award Finalists

The 3 finalists for each of the AL and NL categories are out now.  The AL MVP finalists are Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, and Jose Ramirez.

The NL MVP finalists are Christian Yelich, Nolan Arenado, and Javier Baez. 

The AL Cy Young finalists are Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, and Blake Snell.

The NL Cy Young finalists are Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom, and Aaron Nola.

Sunday, November 4, 2018

1967 Topps Set: Key Acquisitions

     Today, I added 2 key high-number cards to my 1967 Topps collection.  This now brings my '67T set to 600 cards out of 609 total.  I haven't actually received these 2 cards yet.  They were ordered online, and the pictures below are what I had available to make a decision.  From what I was able to see and read about the sellers, I feel pretty confident about the authenticity of these 2 acquisitions.

     I found the Brooks Robinson #600 for $49.99, which is just a penny under highest price I would have been willing to pay.  There are many fakes available online, but I haven't seen an authentic one going for under $60 in over a decade.  In fact, I haven't seen one of these for under even $100 in a few years.  This is a PSA 1 graded card that I cropped for this blog post, but it won't be for long.  Graded cards don't fit into my binder pages so this'll become a cracked slab like the rest of my victims.  Even without a slab, I'd feel pretty confident of this cards authenticity.

     I found this Red Sox #604 team card for $24.99 online, which I thought was a pretty good deal for this card.  I was actually hoping to find it for under $20 eventually, but I haven't even seen one of these going for under $45 since I started paying attention to '67T highs.  It looks authentic, and the seller's ratings are also good, so I'm sure it's fine.  I'll give a once over when it arrives and insert it with the rest of the set where it belongs.  This is a big acquisition for me too since the Red Sox where contenders for the World Series that year, and my set was left without the team card in front.    

     I'm now only missing 9 cards to complete the 1967 Topps set: #535, 572, 577, 578, 581, 592, 605, 606, 607, 609.  The only one I expect to give me any real trouble is the Tom Seaver RC.  It's hard to find one of those for under 50% BV, but I'm not interested in it for anything over $150.  Of course, I'd have to be certain of it's authenticity even without a slab because it'd be going in my binder pages with the rest of my collection too.  

Sunday, September 30, 2018

What's Missing from my '66T set?

With only 8 cards left to go towards competition of the 1966 Topps baseball card set, the counter on my collection just turned to 590 out of 598.  The final countdown for '66T has now finally begun.  The first missing card is #555 Ron Perranoski of the Los Angeles Dodgers.  

The second missing card is #563 Pete Cimino and Cesar Tovar of the Minnesota Twins.

The third missing card is #590 Bill Skowron of the Chicago White Sox.

The fourth missing card is #544 Joe Hoerner, Joe Kernek, and Jimmy Williams of the St. Louis Cardinals.  The extra space shown is for #570 Art Mahaffey, which is currently on the way through the mail system. 

The fifth missing card is #556 Mel Queen of the Cincinnati Reds.

The sixth missing card is #547 Horace Clarke of the New York Yankees.

The seventh missing card is #561 Choo Choo Coleman of the New York Mets.

The eighth missing card is #591, which is a NL Rookie Stars card featuring Bart Shirley of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Grant Jackson of the Philadelphia Phillies.

Although there are only 8 cards left to go, the time it could take for me to complete this set is unknown due to the high costs of high number cards from the 1966 set.  I've set my limit for final series purchases at 30% BV (normally 10%-20% BV).  Even at this limit, it's difficult to find high-series cards for purchase.  For example, #591 books for $40 yet the cheapest Buy It Now offer on Ebay right now is over $98, which is almost 250% BV--insane.  I'm looking to pay $12 for this card, so it'll probably take a while.

In the meantime, I'm also working on other vintage sets.  For the '60s decade, I've already completed 1969, 1968, 1962, and 1960.  My 1965 set is missing 1 card, 1967 is missing 11 cards, 1961 is missing 76 cards, and 1964 is missing 92 cards.  The only '60s set not really in the running for completion is 1963, which is missing 280 cards.  I'll just continue to follow the deals, which seem to rotate throughout the different sets over time.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

1970 vs 1971 Topps Scratch-Off insert sets

     This is a topic that I've been meaning to cover for a number of years, but just haven't ever gotten around to doing so--until now.  There are 2 distinct 24-card insert sets that were introduced as part of both the 1970 and 1971 Topps baseball card sets.  The 1970 Topps Scratch-Off insert set has a white background interior, and the 1971 Topps Scratch-off insert set has a red background interior.  There.  I finally said it.  This has been a pet peeve of mine for probably a decade now.  Very few Ebay seller distinguish between the 2 sets, making it more difficult for me to complete both sets.  Even one of my favorite websites for vintage singles,, groups them all into 1970.  In terms of scarcity, I tend to find 5-10 inserts from the 1970 set before finding 1 from the 1971 set, so there is definitely a difference in scarcity between the two.  If you haven't add these 2 sets to your collection, I'd recommend checking them out.  My sets wouldn't feel complete without them.   

Sunday, August 26, 2018

One More Card for the 1965 Set

     As recently suspected, I will most likely complete the 1965 Topps set long before finishing of the 1966 and 1967 Topps sets.  Although I generally work my sets in reverse chronological order for the most part, the high series for '66T-'67T are just too tough to find at a reasonable price.  In fact, since I've started discussing the rarity of those high-series cards over the past few years, it seems that the prices are going up even higher through online sources.  I rarely overpay for cards, so I've since moved on to more accessible vintage sets.  The 1965 Topps set is a fairly easy '60s set to complete, relatively speaking.  You can take a guess at which card I'm missing to complete the '65T set.  That's right.  #350 Mickey Mantle.  I recently picked up a 1959 Topps Mantle, but still waiting on the right one to complete my '65T set.  I'm sure that card with come long before finishing off the last 17 needed for '67T and the last 12 needed for '66T.  Once I've competed the 1965 Topps set, it will mark FIVE complete sets from the 1960's--1969, 1968, 1960, 1962, and then 1965 in that order.  My 1965 Topps set also includes the 72-card Embossed insert set, which has been completed for quite some time.

Friday, August 24, 2018

1935 1936 1938 Goudey Reprint Sets

     Here are a few cool Goudey reprint sets from the 1930's.  The 1935 Goudey set contained 36 different card fronts.  The card backs formed 9 different puzzles (6 players and 3 teams).  In order to complete all of the puzzles, you'd have to get a bunch of back variations in addition to just the 36 different card fronts.  The reprint set completes a majority of the puzzlebacks.  
     The 1936 Goudey set wasn't as exciting.  There were only 25 cards with nothing really special there.  For 1936, I collected the Goudey Premiums, which contained many more cards and perfectly into 4-pocket pages because of their large size.
     The 1938 Goudey set contained 48 cards and was numbered as an extension to the famous 1933 Goudey set.  It was unique in that each card portrayed a drawing surrounding each player's face.  There were many duplicate players in this set due to variations.