Sunday, August 26, 2018
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
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.
Thursday, August 23, 2018
The 1916 Sporting News M101-5 set is a hidden gem of early 20th century baseball card sets. Tobacco sets from just a few years earlier look like prison mug shot portraits compared to these action shot full B&W photos from the golden years of baseball. Like the Cracker Jack set of the same era, this set was released in 2 nearly identical variations. There was a 1915 Sporting News M101-4 set, but I don't really remember what the differences were. I find it interesting that everyone knows about the the T-206 and Cracker Jack sets, but rarely do I see much about this set, which should be right there with the best of the early 20th Century. Perhaps this set is just too rare to collect originals. There aren't too many thorough sets featuring Babe Ruth as a Red Sox.
This set includes almost all of the major stars like: Smoky Joe Wood, Babe Ruth, Casey Stengel, Grover Cleveland Alexander, Hank Gowdy, Rabbit Maranville, Charles Comisky, Ed Cicotte, Ed Walsh, Ed Collins, Joe Jackson, Red Faber, John McGraw, Jim Thorpe, Fred Merkle, Hugh Jennings, George Sisler, Walter Johnson, Honus Wagner, Miller Huggins, Connie Mack, Nap Lajoie,
Sunday, August 19, 2018
Some factory sets in 2012 Topps, like others in this era, included included a 5-card bonus pack of Rookie variations. The biggest name rookie from this bonus pack had to be Bryce Harper. Yoenis Cespedes was supposed to be big, but I can't ever forget that dropped ball at the wall in the 2015 World Series with the Mets. My base sets from the past decade or so never felt complete with these 5-card rookie variation packs.