Tuesday, April 29, 2008
I, personally, find them fascinating. It's too bad for me that they usually sell for quite a bit more than I can afford to pay.
Here is a very interesting example that recently sold on eBay. I was watching this card because I wanted to see what it was going to sell for in the end. I took into consideration the following things:
1. It is a Hall of Famer.
2. It is a popular card of said HOFer.
3. The card didn't make it to the final printing pass where the name, team caption would have been added.
4. There are not one, but two Cycle ad backs stamped on the front of the card.
5. One of the Cycle ads is printed backwards. (This is more likely the result of another sheet with Cycle backs being placed on top of this while the ink was still wet, called a 'wet sheet transfer')
Taking this into consideration, I was guessing it would sell for $300 - $400. I was a little surprised when it ended at $525.99 after 20 bids. That just goes to show you that these cards get a lot of action and when it's an important card thats involved, even in this condition, it will bring some good money.
In keeping with the topic of Printer's Scrap, I thought I would share a few pictures of other examples. I don't own any of these, they are just images that I have borrowed from various places.
These examples show the same cards, just repositioned in the second image to show how the back printing matches up suggesting that these cards were layed out in this manner on the uncut sheet that was being used by the printer to test his presses. I'm not sure why the sheet would then be cut into actual cards after that though.
This final example is perhaps my favorite back printing freak so far. This is the back of another card that has not only been printed with several other back advertisements, but also has a ghost image of Hall of Fame hurler Cy Young.
Take a close look at this mess of ink. There is an off center Piedmont back printed on it, resulting in a "four corners" style misprint. There is also the El Principe de Gales back printed both upside down and rightside up. Then the sheet went through for another printing with the Brown Old Mill southern league back, upside down. And the Cy Young image has the yellow process background layer printed. Now, if you turn the card around, you'll notice there is also another yellow process background that has been printed, only I can't confirm the player. I don't think it is Young though.
So this sheet went through the printer at least 4 times just for the ads to be printed. The Ghost image could be the result of a wet sheet transfer, but I like to think it was actually run through the printer and it was meant to be printed on the actual sheet.
The funny thing is that the other side of this card is a normally printed Southern Leaguer Mullaney, Jacksonville.
If you have scans of any other really amazing printer's scrap, please email them to me. I'd be interested in seeing them and I would post them in my blog if it's okay with you.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
In the not so distant past this card would bring headlines when it would become available for sale. The Gretzky/McNall Wagner would get national headlines (okay, maybe not headlines, but at least national coverage) when it came up for sale each time. But right now, as I type this, there are TWO of them up for auction at the same time! Simply amazing! The example pictured above is being sold in the Robert Edward Auctions Spring 2008 Auction and the second example, an SGC10 example, is being sold in the Heritage Auction.
But wait, this gets better. The uncataloged Joe Jackson card pictured to the left is quite rare as well. In fact, in Mastro Auctions, Inc. current auction catalog they say that "just two examples, in total, are known to exist". I would say that is pretty rare. This example is the exact one that Mastro is offering up right now.
This is amazing folks. This is one of the things that I love about this hobby. Most people can not afford the T206 Wagner, and a lot of people can not afford one of the Joe Jacksons here, but we can all enjoy them because of these auction houses and the internet.
I, for one, am very interested to see where the hammer falls with these four cards. Not to mention all the other amazing items in these auctions. There are even three T206 Magie Errors being offered just in REA alone. And Heritage has three of the four biggies from the T206 set, Wagner, Plank and Magie.
Enjoy the hobby everyone. It really is a wonderful place to spend some time.
Friday, April 18, 2008
If you have never seen what this man had in his collection, then you must get a hold of these catalogs and spend some time browsing them. His collection seriously rivaled that of the Baseball Hall of Fame. He had some very important baseball memorabilia.
I could go on and on with all the crazy stuff he had. It must have been so amazing to sit in his collection room and just look around at everything in sight. Someday I would like to have an office in my house that is home to the many pieces that I have collected in my life. Luckily for me, my wife wants me to have this room also. Isn't she great.
Barry Halper - 12/03/39 - 12/18/05
Friday, April 11, 2008
Recently, a very generous offer was made on a Vintage Baseball Card forum that I am a member of. Hundreds of sets of 1983 and 1984 Indy Car racing driver cards were offered free to anyone who would agree to pass them along into the hands of kids. When I read the initial offer, I jumped at the chance to do what I could. Well, yesterday I received 50 lbs. of cards from UPS.
I’ll be searching for children’s charities in my county in
I hope some kids will get a smile out of these cards.
Pictured is an example of the Mario Andretti card from the 1984 Set.
Pictured is an example of the Mario Andretti card from the 1984 Set.
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I'm also getting more and more interested in the history of baseball in Jersey City, NJ. Particularly the Jersey City Skeeters of the Eastern and International Leagues. I'll be writing about this topic as well as I learn more of their history.
I have my collection currently online using a geocities free website and I've placed a link to it on the right side of my blog if you'd like to check it out. I may be changing it from geocities to another provider with more customizable options in the near future, so please check it out again from time to time.
I hope you enjoy following my love of this hobby as I continue to grow my collection and knowledge of not only the cards, but also the game of Baseball. Over the last 10 years or so, I have become increasingly more passionate about these things. I know there are a lot of others out there that are just as passionate, and even more so, than myself. I'd be happy to meet other collectors, so please feel free to drop me a line, leave a comment, or whatever.
Thanks for taking the time to share my passion.