Saturday, December 15, 2018

Recent Pick Ups

Got a couple recent pick ups to show off here.

First up in my newly acquired group is this sweet low grade 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski rookie.  I couldn't pass it up for just $15.

I've been wanting one of these for a while for my set, but didn't want to pony up the cash they usually sell for.  But this one was right in my wheelhouse. 

Next up is my latest auction win from Love of the Game auctions.  A sweet 1908 E102 Red Dooin.  This set is a lot tougher than quite of few of the other caramel sets of the period and I really wanted a type card.  I'm drawn to the full body poses with good colors and this one fits the bill.


Well, these two are my newest additions.  I hope you like them as much as I do.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Brooklyn Mini Follow Up

Well, the Love of the Game Auction ended a little while back and I wanted to revisit the Brooklyn Mini that was sold.

I posted about the card below and wondered what it would sell for when the hammer fell.  It was at $600 when I wrote that post but I knew it would keep climbing before the auction closed.

Well, the final price with the BP came in at $1,560.00.  That's about right for one of these beauties. 
They don't show up that often and I really like these minis a lot. 
Let me know what you think.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Monday, December 3, 2018

The Rifleman Played Baseball

TV star Chuck Connors, the star of the old western show The Rifleman, has a couple baseball cards!

I'm a big fan of the old western TV show The Rifleman.  When I get a chance (which is rare to be honest) and I get to watch whatever I want on the tv around here, I'll often put it on On Demand and enjoy several episodes back to back.  I don't care if I've seen them before, I just like watching this show. 

Chuck Connors plays the role of the Rifleman, Lucas McCain, a single father raising his young son, Mark, on a ranch outside of the fictional town of North Fork in the New Mexico territory in the 1880's.  The episodes usually revolve around visitors to the town and how Lucas and Mark get involved in various trouble one way or another.

Well, I had no idea that Chuck Connors was a baseball player before he was an actor.  He played in the minors out of college in the early 40's then joined the Army.  After he got out of the service he played in the NBA for the Boston Celtics for a short stint, then went back to baseball and played a few seasons in the Brooklyn Dodgers AAA system with the Montreal Royals.  He even got to play a game with the Dodgers in the middle there somewhere.

After playing with the Royals, he joined the Chicago Cubs and played 66 games at first base with them in 1951.  In 1952 he was back in the minors with the Cubs' Los Angeles Angels team.

While playing in the minors, there were two cards issued of Chuck.  The 1950 Big League Stars (V362) is an obscure typecard for most.  Here is Chuck's example.  He is pictured with the Montreal Royals on this card.

Two years later there was another great card issued of Chuck.  This was the 1952 Mother's Cookies issue.  Here is Chuck's example of this rare card.  He is pictured with the Los Angeles Angels on this card.

These two cards are now on my wantlist for sure but they sell for good money so I likely won't have either for some time.  Oh well. 

I hope you like these cards as much as I do.  I am still amazed at this hobby and learn new things all the time.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Recent Pick Up

Got a few recent pick ups to share with ya'll.

I've been on a E90-1 kick lately and picked up a few more recently.  I really like this set a lot.  Of course some of these are in fairly poor condition, but I don't care (obviously). 

The first ones are Heitmuller and Roy Thomas.  I picked these up from the Brockelman Auction recently.


This next one is great.  It's Donlin and he's only missing a little bit of the corner.

Then lastly there are these four beauties.  Barry, Krause, Lumley and Schaefer.

With all of these additions my Kraken number has jumped to 19 and I'm happy with that for now.  I am itching to get that one more to break 20 though.  Soon enough.  Soon enough.

I hope you enjoyed my recent pick ups.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Favorite 80's Rookies

What are your favorite rookie cards from the 1980's.

I have an eBay search for 1980's Rookies and I was looking through it tonight and thought about what other's favorites might be.  The rule is that you can only pick one rookie for each players, so you can't choose the 84 Topps and 84 Donruss Mattingly.  You can only choose one.  No limit on how many players you include thought.  So let me know in the comments what you're favorites would be.

Here are mine...

1984 Topps Traded Dwight Gooden

1983 Topps Traded Darryl Strawberry

1982 Fleer Cal Ripken Jr.

These three go together in my mind so I'm sharing them as one image.  1983 Topps Tony Gwynn, Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg.

A difficult choice for me between the 84 Topps and Donruss, but I like the Donruss just a little more.

Here's another classic, the 1985 Topps Roger Clemens.

There are many choices for Barry Bonds rookies, but my favorite is the 1986 Fleer Update.  I just really like the colors and image on this card and that it's from 1986.

This is one of my all time favorite 80's rookies, the good ol' 1981 Topps Traded Tim Raines.

This list wouldn't be complete with this classic and beautiful card.  The 1980 Topps Ricky Henderson Rookie.  I loved this card when I was a kid.

One of the best athletes ever, Mr. Bo Jackson makes the list with his 1986 Topps Traded entry.

In memory of one of my favorites and one of the nicest guys in baseball, my pic for Kirby Puckett is his 1985 Fleer.

One of my childhood favorite players, Mr. Eric Davis gets the nod with the 1985 Topps classic.

This next one might turn some heads, but my favorite Ken Griffey Jr rookie is not his 1989 UD, but rather his 1989 Topps Traded.  I just like the whole card better, the colors, the photo, everything. 

My favorite Randy Johnson rookie is the 1989 Fleer error that show the Marlboro ad in the background  Sometimes it is more easily seen than other times.

I think I have to include the following card no matter what.  If you don't know about this card, google it. I'm not going into it here.

I'm sure there are a lot of other rookies from the 80's that I didn't include and maybe some of your favorites didn't make my list.  And maybe you don't agree with all my favorites.  Well, let me know in the comments and maybe I'll make another post with some of your favorites.  Let me know what you think of my pics.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

A Brooklyn Mini Surfaces

A Brooklyn Mini N172 Old Judge is up for auction in the current Love of the Game Auction.

Brooklyn Mini's are very rare N172 Old Judges and don't show up for sale very often.  I am always excited when I see one and there is one up for sale in the current Love of the Game Auction that runs for another 7 days. 

I wrote about the Brooklyn Mini's and how they were made years ago in this post.  All of the mini's are of Brooklyn players and they are all photos that were taken outdoors.  Basically the photographer was closer when taking these photos than other photographers who took photos for the N172 cards.  So when they Brooklyn photos were cropped to fit into the composites for the final card layouts they were smaller than the others.  If this sounds confusing, then read the old post and it will be more clear. 

Image courtesy Love of the Game Auctions
Not all Brooklyn cards are minis however.  If they were all in the same composite then they were all the same size and ended up as regular size final cards.  Again, read the old post for more clarity.  Also, sometimes you'll find some Brooklyn cards that have team changes, so the photo is still the same, but the team is not Brooklyn.  So, not all outdoor photos have a Brooklyn team designation. 

Here is the link to the auction in Love of the Game.  The card is currently at $600 before the buyer's premium.  I'm anxious to see what the final price will be.  The same card sold for $780 in Love of the Game's January 31, 2016 auction.  I would love to see it eclipse that final price this time around.  I really think these mini's are under appreciated and I feel like this should be worth more even though it is graded SGC Authentic and not a numerical grade.  

After all, another example of the O'Brien mini, though not this example and also graded SGC Authentic, sold in Goodwin's auction in 2014 for $1,309 including the BP. 

Anyway, I really like these little gems and just wanted to share this auction with you so you can see one.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

Enjoy the hobby's not a mini one.

Sunday, October 21, 2018

W519 and Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken, NJ

With my recent pick ups of a couple of W519's I wanted to post a little more about these cards.

Image courtesy of

There are two types of W519 baseball cards, and two types of the Type I variety.  This means there are types W519-1-1, W519-1-2 and W519-2.  The Type I's are the numbered variety and the Type II's are not numbered. 

The two varieties of the numbered Type I's come with the numbers either in black (Type 1-1) or blue (Type 1-2).  The blue numbered cards are much harder to find than the black numbered cards and carry a premium of about 5x that of the other types of W519's.  These Type 1-1's have 20 cards in the set with 18 portraits and 2 full body poses and they have various color backgrounds.  The Type 1-2's (blue numbers)  are believed to have 10 cards in the set.

The Type II's are unnumbered and all have blue backgrounds.  There are ten cards in this checklist.  The unnumbered Type II's are a little more common that the numbered cards.

Below is a checklist of the three sets borrowed from my supporter

Please note: Cards in both W519 Numbered sets are numbered on the card; for the W519 Unnumbered set they are not. The numbers in parenthesis for the W519-2 Unnumbered set indicate the sequence numbers (based on player's last name) that are generally used by collectors for checklist purposes. 

Card #

(Black #s)
(Blue #s)

116(8)Guy Morton
217(7)Rube Marquard
318(3)Gabby Cravath (Gavvy)
419(6)Ernie Krueger
520(10)Babe Ruth
6--George Sisler
7--Rube Benton
8--Jimmie Johnston
9--Wilbur Robinson (Wilbert)
10--Johnny Griffith
11--Frank Baker
12--Bob Veach
13--Jesse Barnes
14--Leon Cadore
15--Ray Schalk
1611(5)Kid Gleasen (Gleason)
1712(9)Joe Murphy
1813(4)Frank Frisch
1914(2)Eddie Collins
20--Wallie Schang
-15(1)Eddie Cicotte

These cards were produced by The Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken, NJ.  They also produced the closely related W521 baseball card set.  The W521 set shares the same checklist as the W519-1-1 set but all the images are reversed.  They are also numbered. 

You can see the Decalco Litho Co. of Hoboken NJ printed on the side of the cards on some occasions.  See the W519-1-1 Marquard at right.  Marquard and Sisler are the two that are found with the side writing usually, but I recently picked up a Rube Benton that also shows part of the side writing.  You can see it on my last blog post of recent pick ups here.

The Decalco Litho Co. started in Hoboken in 1908 under the name American Transfer Pictures & Printing Co.  It was later incorporated in 1918 as Decalco Litho Company, Inc and shortly thereafter printed these sets. 

Decalco Litho also produced a set of boxing cards.  These are fairly tough to come by and complete the set.  Below are a couple examples from the boxing set.  The Jack Britton and Jack Dempsey are pictured here.

The boxing set has boxers and wrestlers and has 20 cards in the set as well.  My supporter,, has a writeup about these here.  They are classified as W519/W521 as well.

W519 Boxers Britton and Dempsey
The boxing set comes in both corrected and reversed images and some color variations.  You can see all the examples on Adam Warshaw's website of boxing strip cards.  Some of the cards can also be found with the Decalco Litho of Hoboken, NJ typed on the side of the card. 

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Recent Pick Ups

A couple of Rubes joined my collection recently.

I was very happy to have picked up these two W519-1-1s.  These are the black numbered versions of the W519s.  Type II's (W519-2) do not have numbers and are all blue backgrounds.  The W519-1-2s have blue numbers instead of black and are harder to find than the black number type I's. 

First up in Rube Benton who pitched for the NY Giants when this card was produced in 1920.

Next up in one of my favorite prewar players, HOFer Rube Marquard who was pitching for the Brooklyn Robins in 1920.
I hope you like these two new strip cards as much as I do.  The W519s don't show up as often as some of the other strip sets so I was happy to get these two.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Recent Pick Ups

I recently raised my Kraken number by two points with the addition of these two beauties.

Nothing crazy but I'm very excited to have finally picked up an E90-1 Rebel Oakes.  I've always considered this card one of the best looking cards in the hobby and a must have.  A true classic in my opinion.

I've always liked how Oakes' glove breaks the border at the top of the card.  Another tough card from the set, the Jerry Upp card, also has this characteristic.  Only on Jerry's card it's his butt that breaks the left border of the card.  Another classic card in my view as well.
The next one I picked up was this trimmed (at least I'm pretty sure it is as it's very short top to bottom and has a wavy bottom edge) Blankenship.  I like the solid blue background on this one. 
So what exactly is a Kraken number?  I can hear a bunch of you asking this question and feel I should explain.  The T206 set is affectionately known as "The Monster".  So in the caramel card world, the E90-1 set has been dubbed "The Kraken" by some collectors. 
A Kraken number is your score on a scale of points related to the level of difficulty of obtaining the different cards.  This is all explained, talked about, and collectors are reporting their scores in this thread on here.  Below is the list of the points for each card that total 250 for a complete set. 
20 Joe Jackson

10 Tris Speaker
10 Honus Wagner (throwing)

7 Hugh Duffy
7 Mike Mitchell
7 Honus Wagner (batting)
7 Cy Young (Cleveland)

5 Fred Clarke (Pittsburgh)
5 Ty Cobb
5 Willie Keeler (red background)
5 Jake Stahl
5 Bill Sweeney (Boston)
5 Ed Walsh

4 Peaches Graham
4 Christy Mathewson
4 Eddie Plank
4 Cy Young (Boston)

3 Bob Bescher
3 Patsy Dougherty
3 George Gibson (back)
3 Harry Howell (wind up)
3 Ed Karger
3 Willie Keeler (throwing)
3 Addie Joss (throwing)
3 Nap Lajoie
3 Tommy Leach (throwing)
3 Hans Lobert
3 Larry McLean
3 Dots Miller (sunset)
3 Orval Overall
3 Dave Shean
3 George Stone (left hand showing)
3 Jerry Upp

1 each for the rest of the 88 cards

A complete set of 121 would thus be 250 points
My Kraken number is only 12 (will be 14 when I get the two cards I won in the recent Brockelman Auction) but I'm having fun collecting the set and seeing my number (slowly) go up.
Feel free to post your Kraken number in the comments and on Net54 if you have any.  We need more people reporting in their numbers!
I hope you liked my recent pick ups as much as I do.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

1971 Topps Long Shots

I was looking through my 1971 Topps Black Beauties recently and noticed a bunch of the images in this set are wide angle shots.

I really like these particular cards.  I'm drawn to the images showing multiple players in one picture, or just a shot of a player from a distance.  I found a couple cool pitchers for example where they were photographed from a distance and the cards are just plain awesome.

Now, I realize I picked two stars here, but what I really like about the cards are the images.  The Gibson shows the third baseman and third base ump in the background with the full stands behind them.  And the Ryan with that huge RC Cola ad behind him in the outfield. 
Here are three shots of the action at second base.  Each image has a baserunner sliding into the bag with the fielder making his play at first.  The Maxvill image is my favorite of the three as he is looking down at the runner who was trying to take him out of the play. 
These two are great.  They show some great in action photos involving the runner sliding into second, the defensive players in the middle of making the play and the ump right there to make the call.  These are so cool! 
And my absolute favorite card in the entire set is not the Thurman Munson as is a lot of folks favorite, but rather it's this World Series Game 5 card of Brooks Robinson making a signature play at short.
Is this the best image on a card in this set or what?  I mean how far away is the photographer for crying out loud?  And there is nothing else in the frame but dirt!  I mean Brooksie is in the middle of nowhere on this card. 
What other cards do you guys like from the 1971 Topps set?  Let me know in the comments.  And yes, these are all cards from my set and I could care less about the condition as you can tell.  I just collect cards, I don't care if they are beat up.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Recent Pick Ups

It's that time again to share my recent pick ups.

I recently picked up a couple more T205s for my set.  Nothing groundbreaking here, but still a couple steps closer to the finish line.

The first one is this Louis Evans with a Polar Bear back.  Even though the backs aren't as ornate as the T206 backs, I still like the Polar Bear backs in the T205 set.  And I like the bios and stats more than just a large ad for smokes. 
 One part of his bio that I really like is where it says, "He is a good waiter, and was granted 78 passes in 1910".  I've never heard of a batter being called a waiter in reference to getting walked.
The second T205 is that of J. Clyde Milan of the Washington Senators.  I like the designs of the American Leaguers in this set much more that the National Leaguers.  I think that because I first started collecting just the NY Giants from T205 I got bored of the National League design and now when I pick up an American Leaguer I am much more pleased. 
The back of Milan's card also states something I've never heard before in that "he also pilfered 44 bases" in regards to his stolen base tally.  I like that, pilfered. 
Anyway, those are my most recent acquisitions and I hope you enjoy them.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

NY Giants From Long Ago...

A little look at John McGraw, Christy Mathewson and the NY Giants.

Ever wonder what the game was actually like during the prewar era?  Here's a little video clip of some of the NY Giants including John "Mugsy" McGraw and Christy Mathewson. 


I don't know about you, but I think it's pretty cool to see these guys in motion like this.  Too bad there wasn't sound so we could here the crack of the bat or the crowd in the background or the players talking. 

I hope you liked the video as much as I did!

Enjoy the hobby's a moving one. 

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Baseball Postage Stamps

There were some really nice looking baseball related postage stamps issued around the world pre-1950.

You might think the first baseball themed postage stamp would be issued by the United States, but it was actually issued in the Philippines in 1934.  There was a great article in Old Cardboard # 32 from the Spring of 2015 related to these stamps.

After reading that article, I decided to collect these stamps.  I used to collect stamps as a kid so I thought it would enjoy these stamps.  I was able to pick up all but one of the pre-1950 stamps.  The one I haven't gotten yet is the 1935 Colombia issue due to the fact that it is difficult to find as a single stamp and is usually found as part of a 16 stamp set that sells in the $1K range. 

Pictured below are the stamps I have so far.

These two are the 1934 Philippines and the 1938 Panama examples.

This is the 1937 Nicaragua complete set of four different colors.

This is the first US Postage stamp with a baseball theme.  It is from 1939 and was issued as a centennial of baseball stamp as it was believed to have invented in 1839. 
This is my favorite of the different stamps issued before 1950.  This is the 1944 Venezuelan complete set of 9 different colors. 
This block of four represent a set issued in Japan in 1948 and as you can see one of them includes a baseball scene.
Also issued in 1948, this stamp from Nicaragua shows a close play at the plate. 
There are many stamps from around the world issued after 1950 and I have quite a few of them as well.  I have these pre-1950 stamps all posted online on my online wantlist website.  You can check them out here.
I still need to scan and post most of the stamps from after 1950.  I have most of the classics shown already, but there are many more to see. 
Enjoy the hobby's an awesome one.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

A Big Four on eBay

Well you don't see this all the time where one of the Big 4 shows up on eBay.

There is currently an Eddie Plank T206 listed on eBay that is in a PSA 1 holder.  Here is a link to the listing.

The seller, brigandicoinsandcollectibles, has it listed as a Buy It Now (BIN) for $59,500.00 or best offer.  One thing I really like about this listing is that the seller is offering free shipping. 

For some reason I'm always a little annoyed when someone is selling a high dollar card and they want an additional $10 shipping.

I understand both sides, the seller doesn't need to eat the cost of shipping and insurance, but I also just think that if a buyer is willing to shell out thousands of dollars for a card then the least the seller can do is cover the shipping. 

This PSA 1 card was sold in 2015 for $24,000 and the last PSA 1 sold for $36,500 in 2016.  I would imagine the asking price on this one this time is a little high but the seller is hoping for a reasonable offer to come in.

While T206 Planks are rare, they do show up for sale in auctions regularly, just in better condition that a PSA 1.  It is a very desirable card and this one will certainly sell.

My estimate is around $45,000 - $47,000 for an offer that would be accepted.  Is that low?  Maybe, but it's still a nice jump from the last sale of a 1 and that crease right through his face will hurt the final sale.

In any case, it's exciting to see an authentic Plank show up on eBay.  I consider (as do many) the Plank to be right behind the Wagner in the listing of the Big Four T206s.  I feel like the Magie error is three and the Doyle is four.  Even though the Doyle is the rarest and most difficult to find of all four, I think it's behind the other three when ranking these cards. 

People don't really know why the Plank is so difficult even to this day.  Some say the plate was broken early in the print run and was just never replaced so only so many of them were ever printed.  Others think it may be something similar to the Wagner theory that he didn't agree with his image being used to promote tobacco when children were collecting the cards.

Whatever the reason, he is a tough card to find.  So let's see where this one ends up folks.

Enjoy the hobby's a great one.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Some Nice Little Gems in Love of the Game Auctions

The current Love of the Game Auction has a lot of great items in it.

But there are a couple of lots that are really interesting to me.  I'm watching these items to see where they will end up and may bid on one of them as well.

The first really cool item I found is this T209 of B.E. Thompson.

This is a classic card from this set and actually doesn't feature a baseball player at all, but what some believe to be a farmer named Benjamin Thompson who supplied tobacco to Erwin-Nadal who then used his tobacco in the production of Contentnea Cigarettes.

Usually this card stands out simply due to the image of the "Uncle Sam" on the front, but this one is special for another reason altogether.

Most T209s exhibit an ad on the reverse for Contentnea Cigarettes in a very nice looking ad.  However this particular card has a slightly different back to it. 

While most all other backs feature the straight ad for the cigarettes, the back of this card says, "Be sure and save B.E. Thompson's picture.  Ask your dealer about it.  Contentnea Cigarettes." 

Some say this lends credence to the idea that this particular card could have been saved and redeemed for a prize.  What prize you ask?  Possibly the album that was produced for the set.  And in that album there was a full page dedicated to this card itself.

This is a rarely seen card and it being of the B.E. Thompson front it is highly desirable.  We'll see where this one ends up at the end of the auction.

I've always wanted an example of the Thompson and this would certainly be the one I would want.  Even in the poor condition it's in.

I've been picking up a few T205s recently and slowly working on that set, so the second item from Love of the Game that really caught my fancy was this blank backed Ed Reulbach with a handwritten bio on the reverse.  This card is just super cool. 

Maybe it's because I'm into T206s with back stamps, but whatever the reason I find this card fascinating. 

I am really drawn to prewar cards that have period writing or stamps on them and this one is just awesome.  First, the card is blank backed, which by itself if really cool.  But then to know that some kid 100 years ago scribbled out a bio for Reulbach takes it to the next level. 
It's not easy to read the bio at all, so I'm not going to try to translate it for you here.  You can enlarge the image and try to read it yourself.
Any way, this is another one that I'm watching closely and may bid on before too long. 
Take a look at the current auction at Love of the Game.  See if there is anything that you can't live without.  Like I said, they have a lot of cool stuff to look through.  I just picked out a couple of the non-featured items that caught my eye.  See what you can find.
Enjoy the hobby's a great one.