Thursday, May 21, 2020

Recent Pick Ups

Well, since I've been home so much lately, I've been buying a little more.

A while back I posted about picking up my first 1963 Pepsi Colt .45 panel.  I was able to pick up three more panels recently.

 


I've also picked up a bunch of 1951 Topps Red Backs recently to start that set.  What a cool set that is.  It has a total of 54 cards in it due to two variations.  I now have eighteen of them.  Here is an example.  There are also Blue Backs but they are much more difficult to complete and I am not working on them.

The cards are small at only about 2 x 2 5/8  inches.  The were originally packed with two cards attached together in pairs that were perforated.  You'll notice that this one has the little tabs of the perforations at the bottom.


I also picked up a bunch of 1968 Topps Game cards for my second set.  I started a second set so I could actually play the game with my son.  It's a fun game to play and a fun set to put together so I figured what the heck, let's do another one.

I also picked up a few more 1969 Nabisco Team Flakes.  I really like that set a lot.  I have half the 24 card set now.  I prefer the cards to have nice big yellow borders, but I'll take what I can get.  Here is an example of what they look like.

 
Then my favorite new pick up recently was, of course, another E98.  This one is an orange background (my first orange) of Johnny Kling. 


I am really getting into the E98s lately.  I've read that the commons are actually tougher to come by than the HOFers which would make sense since I have more HOFers than commons at this point.  I'm thrilled to have this orange background, I just think it looks so nice.

Well, those are some of my newest pick ups.  I hope you like them.

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Checking in...and a Random Card From My Collection

Just wanted to post a hello to everyone and say I hope you're all doing well these days.

Well, hello.  You'd think with all this stay in home and shelter in place stuff these days I'd be posting a lot on the ol' blog.  Well, I'm lucky enough to be able to work from home through all of this and, like many of my friends who are working from home, I seem to be even more busy than I was when I went to the office.

So I have a little time here and wanted to write a new post.  Things are pretty good here, all things considered.  I still have my job, my kids are able to do remote schooling on their laptops and none of us have gotten sick yet.  We are all getting along after weeks of staying home together.  Not bad I'd say.

What's a post on a vintage baseball card blog with a baseball card though?  So here's a random card from my collection to show you.

This is a 1933 Goudey Jimmy (Jimmie) Foxx. 

 

This one is number 29 in the set.  There is another Foxx card numbered 154 that looks exactly the same as this one.  For some reason Beckett lists this card as Jimmie's rookie card while there are several other earlier cards of him.  I love the image on this card and the clean yellow background. 

I was very excited to pick up this card and hopefully you like it as much as I do.

Be well everyone.

Enjoy the hobby...it's a great one.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

Recent Pick Ups

Had a couple recent auction wins come in and another eBay purchase.

Here are my newest pick ups.  Two lots from the recent Sterling Sports Auctions.  The first lot was this sweet little double card pleasure.

First of the two is this 1910 e93 Standard Caramel of Davy Jones.  This is a dupe for me so either this one or the one I already have will hopefully be traded for an e93 common that I still need.  Let me know if you want to trade.  🙂

 
The second one is this 1910 e98 Anonymous Set of 30 card of Bill Dahlen.  This one is in sweet shape I must say.    Oh well, at least it checks one of the wantlist.
 
 


The next lot that I won was actually a really nice looking card except that it has writing on the back where someone checked off the cards they collected from the checklist. 

This is another 1910 e98 of the Larry McLean variety. 

 
I was surprised I won both of these lots for the winning amounts.  The McLean is not for trade or sale, but the Dahlen could be pried from my collection with the right offer. 
 
The last recent pick up is another sweet Mark Teixeira game used auto.  This one a 2005 Upper Deck Trilogy bat/jersey auto numbered to 75.
 
 
I really enjoy adding these to my collection.  Some sellers ask crazy prices for these Teixeira cards, but you can find really nice ones for very affordable prices.  I just wait for a good deal and jump on it.
 
So those are my newest pick ups folks.  I hope you like them as much as I do.
 
Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.


Friday, March 27, 2020

Mail Day...Again

I received several more packages in the mail today.

So I have been on a little buying spree lately and today was a good day at the mailbox.

First up is this quad relic Teixeira.

 
This is a 2007 UD Premier Remnants Quad Jersey.
 
I have another one of these that says MARK instead of 1B23 so it's cool to get another one that is a little different.  This card came not in a toploader, but in a penny sleeve between two pieces of cardboard.  Really?  Not even a toploader?  Oh well, at least it arrived safely.
 
Next up is an auto/jersey card of Teixeira.
 
 
This one is a 2003 SPx Young Stars.  I am a big fan of the auto/relic cards so it's nice to get another one.  This is numbered to 1295. It did come in a toploader.
 
Next is what?  Yes, another auto/jersey card of Teixeira.
 
 
This one is a 2004 Upper Deck SPX Swatch Supremacy and is numbered to 999. 
 
Next is a nice prewar pick up.
 
 
Another E98 HOFer in the form of a Johnny Evers PSA 1(MK).  Obviously the MK qualifier is for the W.G. stamped on the front and the star that was scratched into it as well.  I don't care about those things though.  I'm just glad to have it. 
 
I also received the following three cards in one puffy.
 



 
These are 1934-36 Batter Ups.  Nice poor condition ones like I like 'em. 
 
So that was my mail day today.  Not bad huh?  It's nice getting mail. 
 
Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mail Day

I got a couple nice cards in the mail yesterday.

First off I don't collect much modern stuff, but if you follow my blog you'll know that I do collect some game used and/or auto cards.  I just like the look of them and so I pick them up now and then. 

I also mostly collect these cards of Mark Teixeira.  I liked him when he started with the Rangers and then followed him all the way to the Yankees.  I pick up mostly his game used and autos but also those of other HOFers from my youth in the 80's. 

Well, these two that arrived yesterday are two Mark Teixeira cards. 

 
This is a 2004 SP Game Used Patch Premium numbered to 50.  I like the look of the patch on this card and the overall design of the card is nice.  The picture they used of Mark could've been a better choice instead of him looking away but whatever.
 
Next up is an auto/game used that I am really fond of.
 
 


This one is a 2004 UD Ultimate Collection Game Materials Signatures also numbered to 50. I like the colors and design on this one too.  And the signature is nice and clean.  The swatch is just a plain white swatch but I can live with that. 

As one of my collecting friends always says, collect what you like. 

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Some New Pick Ups For a Purpose

I recently picked up three cards that I already have in my collection.

I belong to an online trading group and the members send cards to each other if the other member needs it for their set.  It's a simple concept really; I have it, you need it, you get it.  It's also known as RAOK: Random Act Of Kindness.  Sure we set up trades with each other at times, but mostly we just send cards to one another for the heck of it.

Well, I recently picked up three cards just to put them in my dupes box to send out to guys who need them.  If you don't know what a dupes box is, it's a collection of your duplicate cards that you can send out to others because you already have them in your own collection.  And the cards are generally kept in a box.  Ok, good, covered that.

So here is the first card I picked up...

 

A nice little off condition Ozzie Smith rookie from 1979.  Oh yeah, another thing about my trading group is that we collect cards in all conditions.  We don't care if they are in poor shape so this is actually a pretty nice example.

The second card I picked up...

 
The 1974 Topps Dave Winfield rookie.  Look at those beautiful creases right through his face.  Someone is going to love this card for sure!
 
And the third card I picked up for my dupes box...
 
 
A sweet little 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie.  Someone needs this baby I'm sure.  I'll find out who they are and get them a nice hit in the mail. 
 
Why am I showing these cards that I'm going to be giving away?  To pat myself on the back?  Nope.  To let people know what the hobby should be about.  Or at least my idea of it (and the other guys in the group too).  You see, I feel like these cards are everyone's cards and we all just share them in our collections.  Does that mean I would send out any card I own to someone?  No.  If I need it for my collection then I'll keep it, but if I have a dupe, well, I can send that to another collector in the hobby and that's just where that card was supposed to be.  So he can hold it in his collection until he upgrades or decides he doesn't want it anymore and he passes it on to someone else.  Or sells it of course.  If I send it to a guy, it's his, he can do whatever he wants with it.
 
So there's my ramble for the day.  I hope some of you have similar feelings about the hobby and collecting cards.  Let me know in the comments if you agree or not.
 
Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

Novel Coronavirus Covid19 Pandemic...and cards

The world has a new Pandemic and life has changed for everyone.

This is a vintage baseball card blog, but as my description of the blog above says, I can pontificate on anything I want here.  I don't think I've ever really strayed from the hobby before, but thought this was good enough reason to do so. 

This is more of an entry in a personal journal than a baseball card blog post.  It's my thoughts on this whole situation we are all now in and it's for me to come back to years from now and read and remember the beginning of it all. 

It is mostly stream of thought as I'm just writing as I think, so forgive me if I ramble or go off topic.  These are strange new times in the world.  There is a new virus that is infecting people around the world and killing them in droves and we have no defense for it.  The government has basically shut down the country.  States are closing all businesses that are not essential.  Everyone who can work from home is now working from home.  Tons of people are losing their jobs.  Restaurants are only serving take out or delivery.  Even my bank is closed down. 

The streets in NY are empty.  I live in NJ and even we have a stay at home order from the government.  We can only leave our homes for essential reasons like getting supplies (think grocery stores), going to the doctor, going to the pharmacy.  No gatherings are allowed any more.  There are no sports being played any more.  Baseball season has been delayed indefinitely and March Madness was cancelled all together. 

These are eerie times for sure.  Life has changed for the entire world.  People are self isolating in their homes.  We are supposed to stay 6 feet apart from everyone else if we do go out.  There is a shortage on all cleaning products like wipes, Purell, Lysol products and even toilet paper can't be found anywhere.

I've been working from home daily now.  Thank God I am able to do so.  And have left the house only once in the last ten days.  I look at people outside like they are crazy and they might have the virus.  How screwed up is that?  It's like an actual outbreak type movie these days.  People are quarantined who are sick. 

They've stopped all foreclosures on homes for now.  They extended tax day two months out (I think it's two months).  They have ordered utility companies not to shut off anyone's services due to non-payment. 

The plus side is I'm getting a lot of time with my wife and kids.  And (since this is a baseball card blog) I'm getting more time with my cards.  I belong to an online trading group and we have all still been sending out cards to each other through all this.  So it's nice to get some cardboard in the mail.  Just yesterday I got a handful of 1970's era high numbers from one of my buddies.  That was sweet.  I can't wait to check them off my lists later today.  

Stay safe out there everyone.  Stay home and healthy and do your part not to spread the virus.  Things will get better, I hope, and get back to normal eventually. 

Enjoy the hobby all...it's a great one.