Saturday, August 28, 2021

A Rare 64T Addition

Just completed the Red Sox team for 64T recently.  Although I'm only missing 3 common cards and a Phil Niekro RC, completing this set is proving to be more than I can handle right now.  1960's cards are really overpriced right now--especially high numbers.  Anyways, here's my completed Red Sox team.







 








Sunday, August 22, 2021

Finally Headed Back to Cooperstown Again

My VIP tickets to Jeter's HOF induction ceremony finally came in yesterday.  I've been a President's Circle member for a few years now.  Excited to finally be getting back to Cooperstown for this historic event.  If you remember, there was no HOF induction ceremony last year so the 2020 class is being inducted in 2021.  Instead of a late July induction ceremony, the date has been moved to early September.  I already took the time off work for this mid-week event.


I haven't figured out how to used these extra large pins yet.  They are too big to put on a hat.  

I'm not much for golf caps, so this will probably end up for sale.


Here's the invitation letter I received.


These are the pins that are small enough to fit on a cap.  They sent out the 2020 pins for 2021.

 

Friday, August 20, 2021

Another 51B Victory

 Actually it's just another 51B acquisition, but it feels like a victory--maybe even a parade.  They just keep on coming.  Ed Lopat, pitcher for the 5 in a row Yankees, right in the middle of their run in 1951.  It's a winner for sure, and he was an All-Star that year.  He pitched in all 5 World Series with 2 complete games in the 6-game '51 Series against the Giants.  He managed the Kansas City A's in 1963-1964.




Thursday, August 19, 2021

51B's Falling from the Sky

It's like I found a 1951 Bowman tree and have just been shaking these bad boys down from the sky.  Imagine that!  Honestly, these things actually cost me.  Readers know that my August goal was to exceed 50% set completion.  Well, I demolished that goal.  Yes, the seller that sent me the wrong package exchanged it for the correct 12 cards at no additional cost.  The Joe Garagiola RC below bring my collection up to 184 cards (56% set completion).  The $80 card cost me $9 + $1.75 shipping + $0.75 tax = $11.50 total (14% BV).  Now, my price guide from 2018 says this is a $100 card, but the 2021 magazine I looked at on the shelf is showing it having gone down to $80.  Actually, a couple of cards have gone down according to Beckett.  Ted Williams went down from $800 to $600 and Roy Campanella went down from $300 to $250.  The reason I give you the full cost breakdown is because I've seen a bunch of people on other websites not including shipping and taxes into their purchase prices.  They'll say something like they got a card for $0.25 when they paid $3.95 for shipping and another $0.50 for tax.  To me, that would be an almost $5 card.  What you paid is what you paid.  Anyways, moving forward my new goal is to reach 200 cards by the end of the year.  That'll probably happen by October, but I don't want to set the bar too high since I've already poured a bunch into this set.  Truly, I'm looking to fill out my Bowman collection before it becomes the new hype, and prices skyrocket like 50's-60's Topps.  I can't even get an $8 common from the 64T set for under $10-$12 when I would expect to get it for under $2.  It's crazy.      




 

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

25 New Cards for 70-Year Old Set Binder

I received a stack of 25 new cards from the 51B set.  Let's fill out my set binder by exchanging out those reprints outs.  




















 

Feel the Burn

These are the photos that came out from my recent purge of extras.  There're all reprints from 1951 and 1952 Bowman.  I'll have a bunch of superstars like Ted Williams, Yogi Berra, and Duke Snider in my next batch.  Enjoy.