Friday, July 27, 2018

After 31 years: My 1962 Topps set is now complete

Last night, I purchased the final missing card from my 1962 Topps set of 598 cards.  This comes during a transitionary period for me as a collector, but represents a major hobby achievement.  When I first started collecting baseball cards in 1987, my parents were selling coins and jewelry as a weekend hobby during the weekends at the Aloha Stadium swap meet in HI.  Sometimes, one of their friends would accompany us and sell cards and comics.  That's when I saw my first ever complete vintage baseball card set in a binder with pages--and it looked just like the set I was collecting!  That always stood out in my memory as a collector, and I figured that completing the '62T set one day was only a dream, but something that would be nice to do.  Now 31 years later, I'm assured that my last missing card from this set is in the mail, and on the way.   

The blank spot in my binder pages represents #594 featuring Bob Uecker, Doug Camili, Don Pavletich, Doc Edwards, and Ken Retzer.  For some reason, Uecker cards tend to sell for well above his listed book value.  I waited for what seems like a couple of years before I could find one that was even somewhat reasonably priced at 39.4% BV--or almost twice what I typically like to pay for vintage cards.

Sunday, July 22, 2018

2012 Topps Update Set #US1-330

I've finally worked my way down to listing my 2012 Topps Update set for sale online.  I started with listing my 2017 Topps, Topps Update, and variations in reverse chronological order this Spring.  Although I'd love to continue compiling new sets every year, I just don't have the space to store or the capacity to keep moving a whole bunch of inventory.  The 2012 Topps Update set will begin a string of some of my favorite baseball card sets on this side of the new century.  2010, 2011, and 2012 are all great sets in my opinion, but they'll all have to go as I slowly work my way down to 1991 eventually.  At the other end, I'm also selling off all of my vintage originals and reprints beginning with the start of the 20th Century, and working my way up to 1948 Bowman.  This set contains early cards for Bryce Harper, who I had the opportunity to watch live for his first four seasons beginning in 2011.  Also, the 2012 set commemorates the All-Star game in Kansas City, where spent many years attending games, so this set definitely holds a special place in memory.  Oh well.  It's better to sell it off now than to burn it in a bonfire as I've been known to do. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

1967 Topps Kansas City Athletics Complete Team Set

With today's acquisition of 1967 Topps #565 Lew Krausse, I have finally completed the team set for the final year of the Kansas City A's, which lasted from 1955-1967.  This is a team that had plenty of stars not all identified with a baseball card that year.  Manager Al Dark appear on the Hall of Fame ballot as a player for 15 consecutive years between 1966-1980.  He won a world series championship with the Giants in 1954 batting .412 in 19 plate appearances, and in 1962, he led the Giants to the World Series as their manager.  However, Hall of Famer Luke Appling finished off the KC A's final season as Team Manager.  Hall of Famer Al Lopez was the General Manager that year.  Reggie Jackson, Catfish Hunter, Bert Campaneris, Sal Bando, Rick Monday, Joe Rudi, and Diego Segui were all KC A's in 1967.   

With only 18 missing cards left to complete this set, it seems like every new '67T card I get completes another team set.  I'm experiencing the same thing with my '66T set, which is only missing 12 cards.  Set completion will be slow going for 1966-1967, because the high-numbered cards are just too expensive.  After recently completing the 1960 Topps set, I compiled a large chunk of my missing 1961 Topps cards and remain less than 100 cards away from that set.  Of course, my 1962 Topps set is still only 1 card away from completion.