Wednesday, January 30, 2019

1934 Goudey #65 Cliff Bolton, Washington Senators

Cliff Bolton only played 7 seasons between 1931-1941.  He was a member of the 1933 World Series contending Washington Senators.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

1934 Goudey #45 Oscar Melillo, St. Louis Browns

Ski Melillo spent most of his 12-year career with the St. Louis Browns.  He often led the league in various defensive categories.

Monday, January 28, 2019

1934 Goudey #49 Sam Leslie, Brooklyn Dodgers

Sam Leslie played most of his career with the New York Giants between 1929-1938, and appeared in 2 World Series in 1936-1937.

Sunday, January 27, 2019

1969 Topps #95: Johnny Bench, Cincinnati Reds, HOF

Although my 1969 Topps set has been completed for a few years now, the fact that my 2nd year Bench card was trimmed really seemed to bother me every time I flipped through my binder pages.  I am a low grade collector, but I guess trimmed cards is where I draw the line.  Here is the card that was replaced.   

Saturday, January 26, 2019

1936 Goudey Wide Pen Premiums (R314) Gus Suhr, Pittsburgh Pirates

Surprising that I've never posted on this set before.  The 1936 Goudey Premiums are some of my favorite cards from the 1930's.  Even though not very well known, these cards clearly depict many of the most famous stars of the era in an easily identifiable format.  If you look at the more famous 1933 Goudey and the 1934-1936 Diamond Stars sets, you're looking at cartoon characters.  These cards measure 3.25" x 5.5" and fit conveniently into 4-pocket pages.       

1959 Topps #555 Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates

As I begin to compile more and more vintage originals, the number of reprints left remaining in my sets as placeholders continues to diminish--like this 2002 Topps Archives version of Bill Mazeroski.    

Monday, January 21, 2019

1964 Topps #480 Bob Purkey

Here's another double to make it's way into my collection due to oversight during a recent buying spree.  After 1963, my 1964 Topps set is the next least completed of the 60's collection with only 85 missing cards.  Purkey was a 3-time All-Star for the Reds and was later inducted into the Reds HOF in 1974.  He pitched 2 games in the 1961 World Series against the Yankees.         

Sunday, January 20, 2019

1963 Topps #219 Chuck Cottier

No matter how hard I try to maintain accountability of my collection, every once in a while I find myself purchasing a double.  Chuck Cottier is that double today.  Over the past month, my 60's collection has seen significant improvements.  At 326 cards, my least complete set since 1958 is now well over 50% finished.  Finding this double in the mail provided an opportunity to take a step back and reflect on some recent card collecting achievements.   1963 is probably the last 60's set that I'd be concerned about completing.  With it being Pete Rose's rookie card year, it'll probably never happen.  Who knows.  I just seem to keep chip chip chip chipping away at Topps baseball sets.            

Saturday, January 19, 2019

1970 Topps Scratch Off inserts

...Still working on completing these Scratch Off insert sets.  The 1970 set, with the white background on the inside (shown below), is much simpler to complete the 1971 set with the red background on the inside.  These were a couple of extras that I sold online.  All that's missing from my collection now are the '71 Killebrew and '71 Yastrzemski.  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

1983 TCMA (1942 Play Ball) #2: Joe Dimaggio

Back in the 1980's, I used to think these TCMA sets were actual reprints sets, which would have turned out to be really cool since there weren't any major sets produced between 1942-1947.  Playball actually came out with only 3 sets from 1939-1941.  These 1942-1947 "reprint" sets are quite rare and expensive to collect, so I never did get familiar with all they had to offer.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2011 Topps set #1-660

The 60th Anniversary Set was a big hit in my book--one of the best of the decade. 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

2011 Topps Update Set #US1-US330

At one point, I had owned every Topps Base, Update, and Debut set from 1968 to 2018 with one exception--2011 Topps Update #US175 Mike Trout.  When I got back into collecting modern cards again in 2013 after leaving from frustrations after the 2006 Topps #297 Alex Gordon fiasco, I began going after all of the sets I was missing after 2000.  As a cost conscious collector, I didn't want to pay more than $20 for Traded/Update sets and the 2011 Topps Update set was going for $25, so I decided to wait it out.  When the set raised to over $50, I decided to buy the set for $20 without the Mike Trout and wait for a good deal to come along.  That deal never came.  I just sold my set in pages and a binder without Mike Trout for almost $90 within about an hour of listing it, and probably could have asked for more.  Soon, I will begin listing the final set of the current decade, and will start moving into the 2000's decade for sale items. I am selling off much of my modern collection in reverse chronological order, so if you see anything in my 'set compilation' tab that you're interested in, let me know.  I'll be moving into 2010, 2009, and 2008 soon.  I'm also working to downsize at the other end and have vintage beginning with 1922 American Caramel as well.  I'm not willing to just reach into the middle of my collection, and I still collect 1948-1991 Topps.  I'm considering letting go of 1951-1955 Bowman originals and reprints.  I started this downsizing effort last January or February with an 80,000-100,000 card bonfire, and then began selling off my collection from 2017 working back.  I also began from 1887 working forward.  This should give you an idea of the rate the rate I'm moving in case you're waiting for specific years.                          

Saturday, January 5, 2019

1966 Topps #125: Lou Brock

With only 7 more cards to complete the 1966 Topps set, I figured it was time to replace one stand-out card in my set that was really beat up.  Overall, I have a fairly decent-looking lower-grade set, except for this card.  I could see filling a Mickey Mantle with one of these, but it was definitely time to upgrade Brock--so it's done.  Big difference.    

Friday, January 4, 2019

2011 Topps CMGR set #1-30

Here's another cool set from 2011 Topps featuring players from some of the all-time classic set releases.  One of my favorites from this set is the 1914 Babe Ruth, which I consider to be his true RC.  There's also 3 cards from the 1916 Sporting News set, which I consider to be a very under-rated or under-recognized "base" set from the 1910's years.  I recently sold off my personal reprint set of the 1916 Sporting News, which I was sad to see go.  The only card here that I own an original of is the 1950 Bowman Jackie Robinson.