Saturday, August 31, 2019

Still Binge Collecting 1953 Topps

Today, I added 2 more big ticket items to my 1953 Topps set.  Yesterday, I added the 4th biggest card in the set.  Today, I stepped it up a notch and added the 3rd biggest card in the set.  Between Jackie Robinson and Satchell Paige, I probably won't be adding any bigger cards to this set.  All that's left in Mantle and Mays.  Of the 14 cards between #1-220 valued at over $100, I now have all but 2 of them.  All cards that aren't considered double prints between #221-280 are valued above $100.  I only have 7 out of 35 of those.  Only 1 of the high numbers will be really hard to get.  I anticipate being able to complete all but 2 out of the 274 total cards someday.  It won't be anytime soon though.  Right now my 53T collection rests at 197 cards.  Oh, the Robinson cost me $94.          


Friday, August 30, 2019

1953 Topps Binge Collecting

I don't normally consider buying 5 new cards as going on a binge, but when those 5 cards include players like Satchell Paige, Warren Spahn, Pee Wee Reese, Red Schoendienst, and even Bob Cerv, I think it's appropriate to call this a binge.  My 1953 Topps set has now jumped to 195 cards at 71% completion.

Thursday, August 29, 2019

As Close as I'll ever get to 55T set completion?

For what seems like quite a while, I've been stuck at 203 out of 206 for the 1955 Topps set.  Ken Boyer was the next lowest hanging fruit available at $80 BV, but I wasn't finding anything below 20%-25% BV.  Finally, I was able to find this one for $8 + $1 = $9, or 11% BV.  This recent acquisition now closes the gap of my 55T set down to only 2 missing cards.  The only problem is that those 2 missing cards are #123 Sandy Koufax RC and #164 Roberto Clemente RC valued at $1200 BV and $2200 BV respectively.  Needless to say, I'll probably be stuck at 204 cards in the 55T set for a while.   

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Replacing '52T Reprints

I don't understand some collectors' issues with reprint sets.  Are you interested in just looking at age or the actual content behind what has aged.  Most people will never complete the 1952 Topps set.  Is that any reason to be unfamiliar with the players and cards that make up the 407-card set?  I would not want to live my life ignorant of this set just because it wasn't all completely original.  I say this to the historians, which many vintage card collectors identify as.  I mean not mean non-historians and historians alike may be interested in this year's edition of Topps Archives or Topps Heritage, simply for the nostagia of it all, but I would think that historians and students of the game would be more interested in what the original sets looked like.  Whether the card was real or not should only be a matter of affordability, but that's only the opinion of one collector.  Today, I replaced the following reprints with originals.  They served their purpose well and will retire from my collection with honor.  Well done, 1952 reprints.    

'48B is One Tough Little Set

With the acquisition of 3 new cards from the 48B set, I'm now 75% complete.  That means I still have only 36 cards in this 48-card set.  Each one gets tougher to find, and the prices seem to keep going up year after year.  When I first started collecting the 48B set, I didn't have much interest in such a small set with so few players, but of course it's grown on me over the years.  Below, I've included the photo from an online auction and actual scans from two reprints that were replaced through acquisition of originals.        

Friday, August 23, 2019

Some New 50's Cards and Some Trash Too

I got a pile of mostly 50's cards in the mail today.  I already shared a few of the images like the 58T Aaron and the 66T high number.  In this lot there were 5-53B cards, 2-54B cards, 2-55B cards, 4-56T cards, 24-57T cards, 5-58T cards, and 1-66T card.  My 58T set in now down to about only 27 missing cards.

Someone was also nice enough to throw in a few bonus cards.  

So I properly disposed of them for him.

Send me some 1987-1991 Topps next time.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Comparison of Babe Ruth Checklist Articles

Here's a quick comparison between an old Beckett Monthly and a Baseball Cards magazine.  Both issues feature a Babe Ruth card checklist.  The Beckett article is from February 1995 and starts with 1921 Exhibits.  The checklist is missing every Ruth card from before 1921, and mostly only includes Exhibits cards from 1921-1932.  The Baseball Cards magazine is from the Fall of 1983, and includes over 30 non-Exhibit cards between 1921-1932 that are not included in the much more recent Beckett magazine.  Key cards missing from the Beckett article are Sporting News, Collins-McCarthy, all American Caramels, US Caramel, National Caramel, Tharps, and all Strip Cards.  One key card that both magazines is missing is the 1914 Baltimore News card.