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 all...it'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 all...it'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 all...it's not a mini one.