Wednesday, January 29, 2020

1953 Bowman B&W #4: Pat Mullin

Just slowly chipping away at the B&W cards from the 1953 Bowman set. Pat Mullin played 10 years for the Tigers from 1940-1953. Born in November 1917, Pat missed 4 full seasons of his prime years between the ages of 24-27 from 1942-1945 fighting in the Army during WWII. He made the All-Star team twice in 1947-1948 after leading the league as an Outfielder in a couple of defensive categories.  From 1954-1956, Pat played in the Tigers Minor League farm system.       

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

See you in Cooperstown!!!

I'll see you all in Cooperstown on Sunday 7/26.  I renewed my membership last Friday, and will be getting a brand new Mariners card this year.  This time I'll put my card in a penny sleeve so that I don't get wallet marks on my card again.  

Derek Jeter is a no-brainer Hall of Famer

This 1990 Topps set just keeps getting more and more popular.  I love this set.  I need a bunch of unopened wax boxes and factory sets for upgrades eventually.

It'll be interesting to see who shows up for Ted Simmons this year.  Last year's group of old-timers in attendance seemed a little thin to me.

Marvin Miller's induction should also bring a bunch of old-timers to the event.

I hope Cooperstown isn't so hot again this year.  Actually, as long as it doesn't rain I don't care.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

1956 Topps #341-342: Checklist Cards

On the day that Derek Jeter is elected to the Hall of Fame, I am writing about...checklist cards!  These are not just any old checklist cards though.  These are $300 BV each checklist cards. 

For some reason, checklist cards were not counted as part of the base set for 1956 and 1957 Topps.  What set is truly complete without the checklist cards though?  You know they're out there.  They came inside the same wax packs the cards came in that year.  How can you sleep at night with only 340 cards in a 342 card set?

These cards can actually be tough to get because you're talking similar price points as Jackie Robinson, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, and Willie Mays.  I'm seeing them sell at an average of $20 each inked up, although lately, I've seen a few for under $15 each in decent shape.  Somehow, I was able to find these together as a pair for $16.65 total.  

 The 1956 Topps checklists are somewhat odd in the way they are numbered.  Checklist #1 includes series 1 & 3 while checklist #2 includes series 2 & 4.  For here on after, I will reference them as #341 and #342.  No 1956 Topps set is complete without them.  Happy hunting.  

Saturday, January 18, 2020

1956 Topps #83: Karl Spooner, Brooklyn Dodgers

Who was Karl Spooner?  He must have been a pretty lucky guy.  Not because he pitched only 31 regular season games in an MLB career that lasted barely 2 years (1954-55), but because during that short time he was able to earn the Dodgers' only World Series Championship in Brooklyn. Spooner pitched in games 2 and 6 of the 7-game World Series of 1955.

Game 2 went well for him. He faced 10 batters in 3 innings and struck out 5 (G. McDougald x2, J. Collins, B. Martin, J. Coleman), giving up only a hit (Y. Berra) and a walk (I. Noren). The other 3 batters faced in game 2 include E. Howard, T. Byrne, B. Cerv. Spooner's game 2 outing must have been impressive enough that he became the game 6 starter.

Game 6 didn't go so well for Spooner.  As the starter, he only lasted 0.1 innings before being taken out.  Spooner gave up all 5 runs in the Dodgers 1-5 loss to the Yankees.  He was able to strike out B. Martin again, but walked P. Rizzuto and G. McDougald, and then gave up RBI hits to Y. Berra and H. Bauer, before giving up a 3-run homer to B. Skowron.  Spooner was replaced by R. Meyer with only 1 out in the first inning.  He never pitched in another MLB game again, but would spend 3 more seasons in the Minors.  

Friday, January 17, 2020

High-Dollar 53B Card Binge

I just went on somewhat of a binge on some high-dollar cards from the 1953 Bowman set.  Without any deals on the few cards I need to complete multiple other sets, I went elsewhere and found the deals on some 53B Stars.  These 8 cards put me at just over 50% completion at 114 cards out of 224 total.  For you segregationists out there, the breakdown includes 64% (103 of 160) of the Color subset and 17% (11 of 64) of the B&W subset.  The highlight of this binge features #44 Mantle-Berra-Bauer with an $800 BV.         

#99 Warren Spahn $350 BV

#97 Ed Mathews $350 BV

#46 Roy Campanella $350 BV (slabbed and ready to be cracked)

#160 Cal Abrams $300 BV (last card in set)

#15 Johnny Mize $125 BV

#28 Smokey Burgess $50 BV

#2 Willard Nixon $40 BV

Thursday, January 16, 2020

1952 Topps #30 Mel Parnell, Boston Red Sox

At 11% completion, the 1952 Topps set has the lowest percentage filled for my entire collection beginning with 1948 Bowman.  I found this $70 card for $4.01 so I jumped on it.  Eventually, I'll have to pay more attention to 1952 Topps, but early on, I focused on completing 1951 Topps and 1950 Bowman.  

Mel Parnell played 10 seasons for the Boston Red Sox from 1947-1956 with 2 All-Star team appearances.  1949 was probably his best season when Parnell led the league with 25 Wins and a 2.77 ERA in 295.1 Innings Pitched.  

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

I think Christmas is Over

Someone was nice enough to send me these 2 holiday cards as a bonus with one of my 1956 Topps team card purchases.  Now I can add another 2019 label to my posts.

I really didn't know what to do with them since I've gotten out of the modern card game.

So I started ripping them as I tend to do now with worthless cards that I don't need.

I figured that someone else might benefit slightly with one less of their favorite card available in the marketplace.  I know I'd be happy if every collector ripped a few hundred or even thousand 1987 Topps cards.  I heard that there were too many of them produced to even make a dent.  It sounds like an excuse.  They really knew how to collect cards in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  In the 1980s and 1990s, collectors thought they knew better than their prehistoric counterparts.  Look how that turned out.  I'm too old to put them in my bike spokes, toss them against the wall, or carry them in my pocket.  So, I rip them...       

...and burn them.  Ah, what a sweet smelling oblation to the Lord.  Don't be a card worshipper.  Remove that idol from your life.  It cannot save you.  Don't be afraid to sacrifice a few.  Post it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

1957 Topps #1 Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox

As I run out of sets to collect, 1957 Topps finds itself more and more appealing.  At $600 BV, this card is a little overvalued.  I purchased this one for $48 taxed and shipped.  I've seen it in the $40-$50 easily for quite a while.  Most stars cannot be obtained in the 6%-8% BV range in any condition.  I often comb for sales of 50's stars as close to 10% BV as I can get, but usually find deals as low as 12-15% BV these days.  This card is more like a $400 BV item than a $600 BV item.  That or the rest of the 50's Topps inventory needs to be raised.  I think it's the other way around though.  Since I know that price guides are pretty much stuck on their figures these days, I'd say this card can be had at a great deal.     

Monday, January 13, 2020

1956 Topps Team Cards

Over the weekend, I completed 25% of the 1956 Topps team cards, bringing the grand total to 12 out of 16 team cards. I'm still missing Cubs, Pirates, Dodgers, and Yankees.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

1957 Topps #81 Herm Wehmeier, St Louis Cardinals

I accidentally ordered this double in a mid-sized lot purchase of 1957 Topps recently. It was a little surprising to me since 1957 Topps is my least completed Topps set after 1952. So Herm Wehmeier has now become the topic of my latest post.

Herm Wehmeier played for 4 different teams over 13 seasons between 1948-1958, mostly for the Red.  Wehmeier's time with the Cardinals lasted from 1956-1958, but it wasn't his final team.  He was often a league leader in Walked Batters, Wild Pitches, and Hit Batters as well as Earned Runs given up.  I guess that doesn't really sound too good.  What's amazing is that he lasted 13 seasons, which there's really no statistic for.  By the way, this card is now listed for sale online.  😏

Saturday, January 11, 2020

1964 Topps #331 Mantle, Maris, Kaline, & Cash

Captured one of the last key cards of the 1964 Topps set on my slow way to completion.  Something like 23 cards to go with only a Niekro RC in my way and a bunch of overpriced $8 commons and $15 minor stars.  Should be able to find most of these for $1-$3 but not having much luck.  Anyways, Mantle and Maris are taken care of.

Friday, January 10, 2020

1995 Archives: 1955 World Series #218-221

In addition to 1955 base "cards that never were", the 1995 Archives set also included some 1955 World Series game "cards that never were".  Now a typical part of many Topps sets, these inserts didn't start until the 1960 Topps set.  This is probably the nicest "cards that never were" release for the 1955 World Series.  The 1995 Archives set released two #219's for the 1955 reprints: a base card and a World Series card. 


Thursday, January 9, 2020

1995 Archives: 1955 Topps #212-219

The 1995 Topps Archives set had numerous "cards that never were" for the 1952-1955 Topps sets in commemoration of the 1955 World Series Champion Dodgers.  These are the 1955 base "cards that never were".