Sunday, July 19, 2020

Pushing Past 20% Set Completion: 51B

I was able to smash past that 1 card I needed to get to 20% completion and ordered 7 cards.  5 of them were on Sportlots, so I don't have pictures of them.  Below are the other 2 cards I ordered to help push this set past the 20% completion barrier.  Bob Elliott was a nice pick-up: 7x All-Star, 1947 NL MVP, 1948 NL Pennant, 1948 Walks Ldr, and 3x on HOF Ballot.  Elliot was born in San Francisco 2 years after Joe Dimaggio.  I wonder if they knew each other.   





Saturday, July 18, 2020

Diamonds in the Rough: 51B

Guess who just found 19 new 1951 Bowmans?  You guessed it.  What an unbelievable find.  My 51B collection just increased by 42% overnight (from 45 to 64 cards).  It might only be a small dent in the bigger picture of 324 cards, but with only 1 more acquisition, I can be at 20% set completion.  I think working to 25% completion will be fun, so I'll be looking for an additional 17 cards in the near future.  What I like about this set is that they are all familiar to me after completing the 1950 Bowman set.  The first 252 cards are nearly exact replicas of the previous year, but with larger photos, but with names on the front too.  I had to learn these players through their photos only with the 50B set.  Also, the 50B set had a low number shortage of 72 cards, so players like Joe Page below were hard to get, but easier with 51B.  I have bids on 2 more cards, so hopefully I get that 1 needed to make this collection reach 20%.  I also have the reprint set so that all cards are integrated.  These originals will replace the reprints, which will be listed for sale.   These acquisitions also bring my 48B-55B collection to well over 60% completion.  Of the 1903 early Bowman cards ever made, I am only missing 747 of them.  Yeah, that number isn't going down very far anytime soon.




















Friday, July 17, 2020

49B Milestone Acquisitions

With only 1 new addition, my 49B set now rests at exactly 25% completion (60/240).  Now, I'm not getting too excited about it because this set is going nowhere really fast.  I don't expect to be talking about 50% completion before 2030--that's for sure.  Well, you never really know.  Many of my set completions have been a surprise, but this one is a tough set.  The good thing is that there are only 240 cards opposed to the 324 cards of 51B.  Surprisingly, I got this $40 card for $4.63 taxed and shipped.  At 11.5% BV, that's a really good deal in this era.  I'd feel lucky to find $15 commons for under $5 these days but I wouldn't buy them at that price of course.  This set is not really collectable for me right now.   



Thursday, July 16, 2020

Strategies for Efficient Set Building

Lou Burdette represents the kick-off card for the 1964 Topps final series.  The card has either been overpriced or undervalued for more than a decade, which explain why acquiring it brought my collection to within 13 cards of completion.  Since everything else has skyrocketed, 27.5% BV almost seemed like a deal.  My 64T set now rests at 574 out of 587.  


The word 'chase' just popped into my head as I was writing this.  I don't know when 'chase' became a 'thing', but I just started noticing it around 10-15 years ago I think.  When I look at the industry now, it seems like chase has something to do with trying to find some gold inside a modern pack of cards.  It reminds me of the Gold Rush of 1849 all over again.  Growing up on packs of 1987 Topps, I've been cured of that decease long ago.  When I think of 'chase' and how it applies to the way I collect, it's about completing all of the numbers in a set.  Looking at my first paragraph above, it's all I seem to write about these days--strategies for efficient set building.  Just a thought.    



Wednesday, July 15, 2020

1955 Bowman #'s 290 & 306

Added Bob Cerv of the Yankees and Hershell Freeman of the Red Sox to my collection today.  That leaves only 10 more cards to complete the set.  All that left are: Birdie Tebbetts MGR, Billy Loes, Billy Gardner RC, Tom Alston RC, Walt Moryn RC, Bill Henry RC, Clyde McCullough, Dusty Boggess UMP, Frank Malzone RC, and Jocko Conlan UMP.  Nothing major, right?  The Bob Cerv acquisition represented my highest number addition gain, leaving only 2 more cards in the 300's.  The other 8 missing cards are high-numbers from 232-297.  Out of the 8 Bowman sets released from 1948-1955, this will probably be my 2nd completion after 1950 Bowman.  1954 is essentially complete but missing Mickey Mantle and Ted Williams.  My 3rd completion will probably be 1953 Bowman, but will take a few years, whereas 1955 Bowman should be done within only a couple of years.  My 1948 Bowman set isn't doing too bad either at 41 out of 48.  The only problem is that my last 7 cards have skyrocketed into outer space.  



Saturday, July 11, 2020

Will They Ever Come Back Down?

     Bunch of new 53B's today, including some B&W's.  They all cost me about 15% BV, which is triple of what this hidden gem used to cost me, but still a good deal in the larger scheme of the vintage world.  You've gotta love those 53B's.  Big card.  Full-size in your face photo.  Legendary figures.  Names on the back for newbies that can't tell we're looking at Solly Hemus, Willie "Pudding Head" Jones, Wilmer Mizell, Johnny Sain, and Gene Woodling.  Lots of Cardinals and Yanks, with a Philly in there.  



     I saw on another forum post that a young guy said that nobody's gonna want to collect these old white guys anymore, so they're not worth collecting.  That's funny.  I'm just glad that I started focusing on real vintage early enough that I'm only chipping away as a relatively few number of cards to complete the 50's and 60's Topps and Bowman collections.  If these prices ever go back down, it probably won't be by much, and not for a while because vintage prices don't fluctuate like modern card prices.  



     Now I've noticed there's some anti-capitalist collectors out there that can't stand thinking about the financial aspects of card collecting, and think that the collector's side of the hobby is destroyed with those kind of thoughts.  That's got to be the dumbest thing I ever heard.  Trying to go back to the thinking when people didn't understand the relationship between money and cards is like trying to go back to before Adam and Eve ate the apple.  It's too late.  The cat's already out of the bag.  If you want to remain an aborigine, I have a shiny necklace for your land acreage.  We're better off giving our money to the poor than to be wasting it on a pile of junk that we don't even look at.  Get some counselling for your gambling problem.  



     Anyways, when the modern market spiked between 1987-1988 (Boom Era), the vintage market followed slowly behind it.  When the modern market tanked between 1991-1992 (Bust Era), the vintage market continued to go up through the mid-90's until going slightly down into a plateau in the late-90's.  Vintage card prices remained that plateau for close to 20 years without any inflation (which is kind of like going down in price).  Inflation is picking back up again, big time.  



     So, what's next?  I really don't know.  I will continue chipping away at the rest of my 1948-1967 wantlist as prices will allow.



     ...but if you're still collecting these, there's something wrong with you.  Get some help, and repent.


Saturday, July 4, 2020

Happy Independence Day!!!

My Independence Day acquisitions this year are 53B #126 Al Corwin and 53B #137 Sam Dente.  My Color subset is now 150 down with 10 to go.  Love this set.  Used to be intimidated that there were no names on the front and thought it detracted from the quality of the set.  53B is so 'classic' that it doesn't need names on the front.  Each photo represents a key part of this collection.   



Thursday, July 2, 2020

Something New for 1961

Bad picture.  Great acquisition.  Who is Tom Cheney?  I don't know, but I've been hearing his name in my head every time I looked down my list of 61T needs.  No longer.  Card #494 is checked off, leaving only 2 more cards until my complete focus is on the final series only.  This collection is currently at 546 out of 587 (missing 41).  The 2 non-high number cards are #417 J.Marichal and #475 M.Mantle MVP.  Both manageable to obtain.  I've seen the Mantle's for $35-$40 but I've never executed.  The Marichal's are a different story.  These mid-series cards have a lot of overprice short prints for some reason.  My Tom Cheney and the Juan Marichal are a couple of them.  Outrageously valued at $100, the Marichal was a $10 card in my opinion, but I could never find it for under $15-$20.  Now, it's at $30-$40.  If it ever goes back down, I grab it.