Wednesday, May 20, 2020

A Few More 53B's

They just keep on coming.  Actually, they seem to be slowing down a bit, but I had a good run of these 53B's as of late.  Hall of Famer Lou Boudreau is not a bad pick-up.  He's the number next to Mantle in the checklist, which I won't be getting anytime soon, if ever.  Besides the Mantle, I'm missing just 2 more low numbers to complete the Color 1st series.  After that, there's 11 cards in the Color High-Series.  The only challenging card there is an overvalued Billy Martin.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

2006 Topps Checklists: Series 1, Series 2, and Update Series

Always a big fan of collecting the checklist cards, I continued this trend even when the checklist cards ceased being a part of the actual set.  I believe 2000 was the last year that checklists were numbered within the actual sets.  I'm sure someone else can confirm or deny that.  As a factory set collector, the removal of checklist cards from the base sets made them difficult to collect.  I still managed to find a way to collect all of them nearly through the end of the 00's, or whenever they stopped making them.  It's hard to tell now that I've gotten rid of everything down to 2006 and still going.  Anyways, here's the checklist set from 2006.

Monday, May 18, 2020

2006 Topps Pre-Production #1-3

I believe that this was the final year of a run of pre-production sets that began around 1991.  There may have been different types of these released in various era, but the pre-production sets released between 1991-2006 seemed to follow a similar format.  They were all numbered with either a "P" for promo or a "PP" for pre-production.  The complete sets had varying number of total cards from 3, 6, 9 or even more.  Although these were released in 2005, I would never call them 2005 because that would be silly--they're 2006.  Anyways, I've always been a fan of pre-productions for some reason.  Most of the time, they're nearly identical to the base card, but sometimes, you'll find a photo variation or some difference on the back.    

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Another Minor Dent in my 55B set

Due to the limited number of remaining 55B needs available online for a decent price, I've begun asking sellers if they'd be willing to ship singles in a stamp envelop to reduce prices down from $3-$4 shipping.  That is because shipping is often times more expensive than the card is worth itself.  So far, I've had success with 2 cards.  Dick Smith #288 is the 2nd 55B card I've been able to obtain this way.  With this acquisition, I am now only missing 13 high-number cards to complete this set.  The most valuable missing cards are 2 umpires at $80 each, while the majority are $15-$30 cards.  Dick Smith is a $15 card that I typically only want to pay $1.50 to $3.00 after tax and shipping.  That's hard to do online these days, but this one was around $2 total.  

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Tape Demons: Why would you do this?

Please don't tape over the lip of the sleeve like this; it's a booby trap.  the card slides up into the tape and when you pull the tape, you pull off some of the card.  If you tape your packages like this, you might as well advertise the card with paper loss, because that's most likely what you're selling.  Now, I've learned a trick that will work most of the time by sliding the card back down before pulling the tape.  The problem is that some people tape over the entire length and you can't reach the card to slide it.  The tape serves no purpose.  Insert the card all the way down and It would slide out.  

I use tape to secure the sleeve to the package, and I only tape a thin edge of the sleeve.  Blue tape isn't miracle magic, it still leaves film if you tape over the entire sleeve.  I don't even use blue tape, and I'm sure my taping comes out better than many of the tape jobs I find in the mail.  Even regular tape rubs off easily if you've only contacted a thin edge.  People throw cards like this into an envelop and they slide all around and nearly fall out when machining rips half the package and then you get paper loss from their bad tape jobs. 

I think that I've already mentioned how I don't understand people charging $4 shipping to put a single card in a yellow bubble wrap envelop.  I'm sure they're eating caviar every night or have credit card debt out the ying yang.  I use a plain addressed stamped envelop.  I charge $0.99 S&H.  Trick is I tri-fold a piece of blank copy paper and put the cards in the middle taped lightly.  This gives some privacy so the mailman doesn't know who to rob at night.  It also provides for a smoother ride through post office machining so the envelop doesn't rip open.  In case the envelop does rip open, the card is secured to the package.  If throw cards into an envelop like I have pictured, of course you're going to need tape over the sleeve because they're going to jostle around until not only the card falls out, but the sleeves fall out of the packaging themselves.

Thursday, May 14, 2020

2006 Topps Update & Highlights Set #UH1-UH330

The 2006 Topps Update & Highlights set was part of the first trio of sets to be labeled as such.  Prior to 2005, Update and Highlights sets were only labeled as Traded sets, and were numbered ending in a "T" instead of starting with a "UH".  Between 2005-2007, these Update sets were offered as a factory set.  The problem with many of these Update factory sets were that they were often missing cards.  I don't know how anyone could consider their base sets complete without adding these Update sets to their collection though.  To me, they are the equivalent of high-series cards from the vintage sets of the 50's, 60's, and 70's.  I guess if you ignore them, they don't exist, right?  It's kind of like when I try to show my dog the hole she's dug--she looks everywhere else but right in front of her.  

Monday, May 11, 2020

Getting Rid of my 2006 Topps Collection

No sooner did I start listing my 2006 Topps Collection, that my base set sold.  Remember, this was the 660 card set that was missing #297 Alex Gordon RC.  It was also the first set to start including #7 Mickey Mantle again after removing him after 1996.  Having come back to the hobby in 2001, this was the set that made me quit modern cards and go back to vintage for a few years.  Actually, I came back in 2012.  In February 2018, I burned nearly 100,000 cards and started selling off my modern collection in reverse chronological order.  I made it down to 2006 Topps.  Now that the base set is gone, I'm still waiting for the Update set to sell.  I also have most of the Factory Bonus Inserts that'll be listed soon.  I always thought this set looked like the 1972 Topps set. 

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Striking a Deal on a '55B High

I found this high number need for sale at $1.00 + $3.50 = $4.50 before taxes, which would have put it close to $5.00 total shipped.  Since it has a BV of $15, I was looking to pay $1.50 to $3.00 shipped and taxed.  The problem was that this $3.50 bubble wrap shipping thing was something that I didn't need.  If shipping is going to cost more than the card, I can't collect singles.  As a low-grade cost efficient collector, I just don't get this mentality.  There's another good seller based out of Texas that sells the simplest commons shipped in yellow bubble wrap envelop with card wrapped in blue bubblewrap and cardboard.  I just don't need all of that for an extra $3.50 to $4.00.  Set builders trying to chip away at $1-$2 cards can spend $100-$200 for a hundred cards purchased individually.  If you add $3-$4 per card, that turns into $400-$600 for a hundred cards instead of $100-$200.  You can't always buy in bulk because people may only have a couple of the cards you need when collecting vintage.  This isn't 2020 Topps where they have extras of everything.  So anyways, I contacted the seller of the card below and asked if they would ship in a stamped envelop for cheaper, and surprisingly, they got back to me with an offer of $2.00 shipped.  It was a little more with tax, but definitely within my $1.50 to $3.00 range.  Thank you.  Get rid of the expensive shipping and reasonable with the pricing.  I sell up to 4 cards in a single stamped envelop using semi-rigid sleeves in a tri-folded piece of copy paper.  The cards are taped in place.  I know people think painters tape is a miracle solution, but that doesn't mean you can put it all over the place.  Cards slide out of the sleeve and get stuck on the tape and get ruined.  Taped thinly on card sleeves no matter what kind of tape you use.  16 cards can be shipped in 4 different envelops with 4 cards each for $2.10.  Stop overcharging and throwing away money.  Anyways, this acquisition puts my '55B set at 304 out of 320 cards.

53B's Falling from the Sky

Like I said, it's one of the best deals in vintage baseball cards right now.  Why would I spend $63 + tax for a 1966 Topps #561 Choo Choo Coleman that only has a $30 BV just to complete my set?  I spent $40 on the $500 Bob Feller card below for a much better deal.  All of the cards below were acquired for an average well below 10% BV.

#114 Bob Feller @ 8% BV

#146 Early Wynn @ 7% BV

#143 Al Lopez @ 8.5% BV

#90 Jeo Nuxhall @ 10% BV