Sunday, August 30, 2009
I really like items with the centennial logo on them. 1939 and our beloved game was a hundred years old already. Unreal. Anyway, it's not the most amazing pick up but it sure as heck looks pretty cool don't you think?
Good ol' Abner Doubleday in the center of the Centennial logo. I assume all of my readers know that he actually had nothing to do with the creation (or evolution) of the national pastime. Obviously this tidbit of information wasn't known back in 1939.
It's interesting to note that the 1939 record book didn't have the same red border as the other years did. Now, I'm not an expert on these books, so if you know any more info than I do and the fact the color is not red points to this being a fake then please let me know. I have seen others with this same color though, so I'm pretty sure this is authentic.
I like to pick up items that will decorate my office shelves someday when I have a home office that I can turn into my baseball room. Not everything I pick up is so old either, sometimes I pick up some nice modern stuff too. Well, thanks for checking this out and letting me share it with you.
Enjoy the hobby all, we got a great one...
Saturday, July 4, 2009
If you have never dealt with David on eBay you can rest assured that he is the most honest seller out there and he has great stuff to offer.
Do yourself a favor and check out his new site here:
If you have items that you would like to sell, you can consign them to DavidBVintage and have them sold for you on eBay or on his website. Details are on the website. His reputation and feedback level on eBay make him one of the best consignment choices around and I can only imagine his website will be become a wonderful place for vintage collectors to find new additions to their collections as well.Enjoy the hobby all, it's a super duper one.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
On my Jersey City want list, there are a few cards that I am not too confident in my chances of ever picking up. At least not any time in the next several years. This is due to both rarity and cost.
If you follow my blog at all, you know that my budget as a collector is pathetic by most standards. I live on the hope that at some point in my future, I will have gotten far enough into my career that I will be able to really spend what I would like to on cards. Until then, I'm picking up beaters at best.
This is no exception. However, this is one of the cards on my wantlist that I never thought I would find, let alone find in a condition that I could afford and still look presentable.
I submit for your viewing enjoyment a T215 Red Cross Tobacco Billy Purtell of Jersey City. When you're done drooling, please keep reading. :)
This card also exists with the ultra rare Pirate back and, of course, I will be forever trying to find that one in comparible condition so that I may be able to afford it. To be honest, this one was a little out of my price range, but I couldn't let it go.
When else would I ever find one? Of all the Red Cross backs to show up for sale, how often is one specific common going to be the one offered? Know what I mean?
Now, I know what you're thinking, "But Andy, his jersey says Chicago, not Jersey City." And you are correct. But the caption reads Jersey City.
And that's all that matters when you're putting together a wantlist for a specific team right?
So, I'm very happy to have added this card to my collection recently. I'm not going to be beating this one for a while. I do have a lot of recent pick ups to post though. I haven't really shared any of my new cards in a long time, so I'll start posting some of them for you all soon.
Enjoy the hobby all. It's a great one.
That said, I was pleasantly surprised when someone posted a picture of this Honus Wagner card on a the Net54 vintage card message board.
My first thought was that he was playing a joke on the board and he was good at Photoshop. However, after contacting the poster, he assured me that this was an uncatalogued Wagner card.
He had won it on eBay a while back and said it had originally sold in a Mastro Legendary Auctions in August 2004. At that time it was part of a larger lot of prewar cards. (A nice lot I must say). Check out the original auction listing here.
Apparently, there are only 2 examples of this card known at this time. I love finding out about a new card. It's even better when that card is of the caliber of a Wagner. Better yet? When there are only 2 copies known to exist!
I wanted to make sure to share this with anyone who follows my blog (I know I'm not posting as much as I should, but I'm glad some of you are still checking it out) because this is the sort of thing you need to know when you're serious about your hobby.
One of the two examples was labelled at one point as a "w-unc" by PSA. I assume they gave it the W label because it is blank backed, but from what I'm told, it's not much like a strip card other than the blank back.
This SGC example closed at $4,481.25 with the buyer's premium. I'm a bit surprised at this figure to be honest. I would have thought that such a rare Wagner would have brought a lot more than this. I guess maybe the fact that it isn't well known and doesn't have any advertising on it kept the price down, but seriously? Only two known and less than $5K?
I think with a little good press in the hobby and the right exposure, one of these babies could fetch a much better sum in a good auction.
I guess time will tell. Personally, I think it's an awesome card. Even if it doesn't have the most clear image or any advertising.
Well, enjoy the hobby all. It's a great one.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Enjoy the hobby all...
Sunday, February 8, 2009
The inaugural issue, pictured here, is by far the most attractive. It is not argued by many that the designs suffered from one year to the next with the final year's offering being little more than a black and white photo with a little Boston Garter ad on it.
This example of Christy Mathewson's card has always been one of my favorites. The image is fantastic with Matty relaxing before the day's contest. Perhaps contemplating how he will handle the afternoon's line up.
But what I love most about this card, is that while Matty sits in quiet solitude, he seems completely unaware of the blatant bludgeoning of the player just outside of his window. I always wondered why the artist decided to show a player being beaten by a baseball bat so clearly in the background. I could see if it was an ump, but another player?
I just wanted to share this observation with any of you who hadn't seen it before.
Enjoy the hobby all, it's a great one...
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
The backs of the cards have the logo of the gum pictured and it clearly states, "Smith's Mello-Mint, The Texas Gum" and it further clarifies that the card are, "wrapped with each 5¢ package of SMITH'S MELLO-MINT GUM". This seems pretty clear to me that these cards were never packaged in tins like the one pictured above and sold in the REA auction under the premise of being related to the cards.