Friday, November 19, 2021

First Complete Team Set of '51B

While replacing my reprints with incoming originals, I noticed that I had just completed the Detroit Tigers team.  The reason you are seeing Phillies cards up front and Athletics cards at the end is because of Win Percentage.  In 1951 the Phillies had a .474 Win Percentage.  The Tigers also had a .474 Win Percentage but I chose to put the Phillies first since they had just appeared in the 1950 World Series.  When there's a tie, I just have to pick a team to go first.  The Philadelphia A's had a .455 Win Percentage.  The Tigers were the 10th ranked team out of 16 total for 1951.  The first Tiger shown, Red Rolfe, played for the Yankees from 1931-1942.  He played with legends like Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Red Ruffing.  He was part of the 4 straight World Series victories from 1936–1939.  Hall of Famer, George Kell, is also shown towards the end of the Tigers line-up.  Cards within team set are organized by birthday from oldest to youngest.   

Monday, November 15, 2021

1986 Baseball Cards Price Guide Lot

 In 1986, Baseball Cards magazine released 5 issues.  Here are 4 of those issues (#1 April, #3 Aug, #4 Annual, and #5 Dec) minus the #2 Jun issue.  Most of the Repli-Cards are included to my knowledge.  We see the 1981 Donruss for a star from the 1980 World Series (George Brett) and some stars from the 1981 World Series (Reggie Jackson/Lou Piniella).  We also see some 1951 Topps Repli-cards, which I'm less interested in.  I don't mind fake reprints as long as the player actually played in the year replicated.  Don Mattingly, Wade Boggs, Dwight Gooden, and Wally Joyner probably weren't even born in 1951.  The aren't the type of cards that I would collect.   

Friday, November 5, 2021

1987 Baseball Cards Price Guide Set

Only 9 issues were released by Baseball Cards in 1987.  At least four of the issues included Repli-cards as shown below.  I'd say the highlight of the Repli-cards are the 1983 Don Mattingly XRC's.  I also like the 1951 Bowman Stan Musial card.  This set sold fairly quickly when I listed it online.  


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

1988 Baseball Cards Price Guide Lot

This was the first year that Baseball Cards released 12 issues during its 8 years since it first came out in 1981.  I am still missing the October and November issues.  With so many boxes piling up, I felt like it was time to choose between Beckett and Baseball Cards.  Honestly, I like the look and the stories of Baseball Cards better than Beckett.  Baseball cards also have more of a down home personal feel to it to, whereas Beckett during this era seemed more professional but detached.  Also, Baseball Cards often included reprint-style cards called repli-cards.  I'm not sure if my 1988 magazines contain all of the repli-cards but I listed the ones that I do have below.  Since I grew up with Beckett, I'm more comfortable with their pricing than I am with Baseball Cards.  Also, Baseball Cards only lasted to about 1993.  Issues in the 1990's are tough to find though.  My final decision was to hold onto Becket and let go of Baseball Cards--at least down to about 1985.  I'll post my issues for each year as I pull them out.


Tuesday, October 5, 2021

2004 Topps Traded #T1-#T220 + #T221

Ever since Blogger updated to their new format, the pictures seem to get inserted backwards.  If you view pictures from bottom to top, they will be in the order that I inserted them.  This was the final Topps Traded set.  From 2005-2007, the new Updates & Highlighted sets would be offered in factory form.  As soon as I listed this thing for sale, it was gone.  I'm glad to be dealing in more familiar territory where the sets are called Traded and not Updates.  I remember a lot of people not collecting these sets, which never made sense to me, but I know that a lot of collectors are not so business-minded.  As far as I'm concerned, the Traded/Update sets are the High-Series cards of yesteryear.  Without a Traded set, your set is not complete.  Up until the early 2010's, I would purchase numerous complete Traded/Update sets for $20 shipped.  I remember passing on the 2011 Traded set because it was going for $25 in 2013.  As I started to sell off my modern collection in reverse chronological order from 2017 down to 2004, I've seen how these Traded sets have sold for far more than the base sets.  They were definitely worth it.  In fact, if I had to choose only one, I'd choose Traded/Update sets over Base sets for potential collecting value--talking post-2000.  Next up from my modern collection sell-off are all of the bonus and insert sets.  It may take me a couple of months before I get them all posted.  Hopefully,  I'll be breaking up my 2003 set before New Year's.  

Monday, October 4, 2021

2004 Topps Complete Set #1-733

With the listing of my 2004 Topps set for sale, I'm really starting to cut into my collection from return to collecting period.  From 2001-2003, I started back up after a 10-year hiatus.  From 2004-2006, I was was starting to slow down my modern collecting.  In 2007, I sold off my modern collection and then returned back to it again in 2013.  In 2018, I gave up modern cards for good.  So what happened in 2004-2006 that caused a slight slowdown in modern card interest?  This was the rise of the anti-Barry Bonds movement in Topps.  The Giants had finally made it back to the World Series in 2002 and Bonds was breaking records.  Steroids talk had not yet become all that anyone could talk about.  That started between 2003-2004.  Bonds almost didn't get a Topps card in 2004.  I was already starting to get tired of the retired #7 card, which returned in 2006 but was missing #297.  Overall, I really liked the 2004 set.  What doesn't make sense to me is that the Molina RC has a $100 BV, but the set has a $60.  Next up, I'll show some of my 04TT set and then all the bonus cards before moving down to 2003.  

Thursday, September 30, 2021

51's Slowing, but not Stopping

Shortly after posting my previous post about slowing down, I ordered 12 more 51B's to add to my collection.  Now standing at 252 cards, which would have been enough to complete the 50B or 52B sets, I continue marching towards 80% of the set.  In fact, I only need 8 more cards to reach 80%.  As primarily a Topps collector, I couldn't imagine collecting early-50's cards without including the Bowman sets.    

Friday, September 24, 2021

51B's Slowing Down

After a rush of new 51B's this summer, I've finally started slowing down my acquisitions for this set.  I'm now at 240 of the 324 total cards for an overall completion of 74%.  I'll probably end up somewhere between 75%-80% by the end of 2021, which is completely amazing for me.  I remember when I completed the 50B set thinking that I probably wouldn't be moving on the the 51B set anytime soon.  That was less than 10 years ago.  The 51B set is very similar to the 50B set, except for that it doesn't stop at 252 cards like 50B.  I'd be only 12 cards shy of set completion if that was the case.  51B's are bigger, and include the players name on the front, so they're like a more improved version of the 50B set.  In the 50B set, the low numbers are short-printed cards, which is unlike most other Topps/Bowman vintage sets.  I'm not aware of any other vintage Topps/Bowman set with a low-number shortage.  The only other one might be the 1953 Bowman set if the B&W's came out first, but I'm not sure about that.     

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Respect the Set: 63T

I just acquired one of the set's Top 4 cards after Pete Rose $1500 and Mickey Mantle $600, Roberto Clemente $500 and Willie Stargell $500 round out this set's key cards.  With the recent acquisition of Willie Stargell's RC, I now have all but Pete Rose RC, which I don't plan to ever get.  Up until just recently, Stargell's RC was listed at $120, but jumped to $500 along with other big names recently.  I'm not one to jump onto price jumps (fads), but Stargell #553 has been selling as though it were worth $500 for the past decade--now it's official.  Since it was already overpriced, the card sales haven't really jumped in price much yet.  I got this one for $94.27 after all shipping and taxes.  To round out my set, I also purchased another overpriced high-number Rookie Stars #549.  This brings my total set count to 556 of 576 (missing 20 cards).  I fully expect to be able to acquire 19 of the 20 (except P. Rose).  The biggest missing name is now Curt Flood $40.  My overall 60's decade count is now 64 cards short of completion from 4 different sets.