Tuesday, January 25, 2022

1889 Goodwin Games and Sports - N165

 The 1889 Goodwin Games and Sports set, designated N165 in the American Card Catalog (ACC) is a pretty cool 50 card set.

The N165 set includes 50 cards of several different games and sports.  They picture a portrait of a woman in front of a scene of the subject game or sport.  There are four baseball cards in the set and one football card.  The football card is one of the earliest cards issued featuring the sport.  

There are cards of bowling, boxing, cricket and lacrosse among others.  The baseball cards and football card are the most popular (not surprisingly) and they command the highest prices for cards in the set.  

I recently picked up an example of one of the baseball subjects (shown below).  The four different baseball cards feature a batter, pitcher, catcher and fielder.  I picked up the batter card.  It was not expensive but the condition is quite low so that may have had some influence on the price.  It was in an auction lot of three cards, the other two cards being N28 Allen & Ginter cards of boxer Jack Dempsey and a billiards player.

All of the cards in the set are horizontally laid out and they measure about 1 1/2" x 2 3/4".  They are cool little cards and it's a neat set to collect.  Even if you just go for the four baseball cards.  

The checklist is below.

  1. Ancient Tournament
  2. Archery
  3. Baseball (batter)
  4. Baseball (catcher)
  5. Baseball (fielder)
  6. Baseball (pitcher)
  7. Bicycling
  8. Billiards
  9. Bowling
  10. Boxing
  11. Bull Fighting
  12. Canoeing
  13. Chariot Race
  14. Club Swinging
  15. Coasting
  16. Coursing
  17. Cricket
  18. Curling
  19. Dumbbell Raising
  20. Fencing
  21. Fishing
  22. Football
  23. Foot Race
  24. Fox Hunt
  25. Gladiators
  26. Hand Ball
  27. Hare and Hounds
  28. High Jumping
  29. Hurdle Race
  30. Ice Yachting
  31. Lacrosse
  32. Lawn Tennis
  33. Pedestrian Contest
  34. Pigeon Shooting
  35. Pistol Shooting
  36. Pole Vaulting
  37. Polo
  38. Putting the Shot
  39. Quoits
  40. Roller Skating
  41. Rowing
  42. Running Race
  43. Shuttlecock
  44. Skating
  45. Skittles
  46. Snow Shoeing
  47. Swimming
  48. Throwing the Hammer
  49. Tobogganing
  50. Yachting

There is another piece that goes along with this set.  Goodwin put out an album, designated A38 in the ACC.  It has very colorful front and back covers (pictured below) and the pages have images of all 50 cards in the set.  A collector in 1889 could paste their cards in the album and try to complete the set with a very nice finished product when the album was completed.

Front Cover

Back Cover

Here are some pics of the other pages and the inside cover.

Inside Cover

The last page shown here is especially nice as it has a baseball scene on the page and includes the spot for the football card.  

The albums are tough to find complete and sometimes collectors will see individual pages when a complete album has been separated.  Also, people will sometimes cut the card images out of the pages and sell those.  Those cut outs will have the other side of the page as their backs instead of the checklist that is found on the actual cards so they are quite easy to identify.  

So that's about it for this set/  I find it to be a cool set.  I like the artwork and different assortment of sports and games.  The album is pretty cool too.  

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

Saturday, January 22, 2022

1910 E98 Ty Cobb PSA 10 Gem Mint

 Leland's Auction, the Mint25 auction, has several great items in the small 25 lot auction.  But one card stands out to me.

With my affinity for the 1910 E98 set, I'd be remiss if I didn't post about this card.  I did a post about the E98 set here if you're interested to learn more about it.  

Here's a short version of that post:

E98 was issued in 1910 as a 30 card set.  The issuer is unknown even to this day as there is no name on the back of the cards.  The backs have a checklist and read, "This card is one of a set of the following 30 BALL PLAYERS" at the top with a checklist underneath.

Some cards can be found with an Old Put Cigar stamp on the back and this led to the set beings referred to as the Old Put set. but there is no evidence to support that this is an Old Put issued set.  An example of the Old Put stamp is shown to the left.

The set is loaded with Hall of Famers with 17 out the 30 players being enshrined in Cooperstown.  Some of the biggest stars of the day were included such as Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Cy Young and Christy Mathewson.

The other big news about this set is the Black Swamp Find of 2012.  Often referred to as BSF, the Black Swamp Find included hundreds of examples of E98s that were in superior condition to previously known cards.  Most of the cards graded out at 8, 9 and 10 levels.  

Well, here is one of those Gem Mint 10 examples.  A Ty Cobb with a red background.  This card is stunning.  Before the BSF, E98 was a tough set with cards commanding some good prices and not showing up for sale very often.  They were just more rare than most of the other E-card sets.  And certain color backgrounds were tougher to find than others.  

Then the BSF happened and the population of E98s grew considerably and their scarce status was changed to more of a commonly found issue.  Some collectors, myself included, like the pre-BSF cards more than the BSF cards even if they are in worse condition.  I just like the wear on a 112 year old card more than the pristine look of these PSA 10s.  How can a card this old be in such nice condition?  

Also, they pre-BSF cards are still as scarce as they were before the BSF so I consider them tough cards still.  Especially certain players like Vaughn and Coombs.  

But, even though I prefer the lower condition pre-BSF cards, I still think this PSA 10 Ty Cobb is stunning and should be shown off.  So here it is...

Image courtesy of Leland's Auction Mint25 Auction

Just look at the centering, the crisp white borders and the red that pops off the card.  It's a thing of beauty.  This card is being sold in the Leland's Mint25 Auction.  It is currently at $155,131 after nine bids with over 7 days left to go.  I'm curious what this will end at next week.  Only time will tell though.

This card must have been regraded as there is no mention of the Black Swamp Find on the PSA flip.  All the BSF cards that were graded have the Black Swamp Find pedigree named on the flip.  Also, this card is in a PSA slab that was not used in 2012, thus the regraded assumption.

Just for fun I want to share my E98 near set of 25 cards here.  I love this set and hope to complete it some day.  I know there are some that should be upgraded, but I don't care so much about condition.  That said, I am hoping to upgrade a few of them eventually.

Here are some closer pics of a few of them.

The Hal Chase above is an upgrade candidate, but I'll never trade or sell this one even if I do upgrade it.  I love that this was once owned by Lionel Carter so I won't get rid of it.  

What do you think about the E98 Anonymous Set of 30?  What are your favorite subjects/cards in the set?  

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

Thursday, January 20, 2022

What Is The Hobby Becoming?

 The Hobby is becoming unrecognizable to me these days as people with seemingly unlimited funds are driving up prices for everything and collectors are getting priced out of the market.

I love the sportscard hobby, specifically prewar and postwar vintage baseball cards.  I dabble a little in the modern side of the hobby as well, but not very often and I don't spend a lot in that market.  But I'm a collector, and I'm pretty much priced out of a lot what I was chasing and picking up now.  

What happened in the last few years?  Well I'll tell you.  Investors.  Investors came in and started buying a few cards that they speculated would increase in value.  Then more investors saw the sportscard market as an investment opportunity and they started buying the same cards the early investors were buying.  Eventually enough investors came in and the competition for these cards began.

Once the demand got big enough, auction houses were selling cards at record prices all the time.  Many times the same card would be bought from one auction house and then a couple months later you'd see it in a different auction and it would sell for a new record price.

So this had an effect on the whole hobby and we saw prices rising for prewar cards and postwar vintage cards across the board.  Now, I reside in the low grade market and those cards are going up in price too.  Not as much as the higher grade cards but the effect has still influenced the low grade market.  For example, T206 commons in VG or less condition used to sell for $15 - 20 but now they command $30 - 40 easily.  And HOFers are seeing even greater increases.  Especially cards of Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Babe Ruth. Honus Wagner, etc.  These cards have gone up thousands of dollars in the last few years.  They are breaking records for sale prices on a monthly basis.

What does this mean for the average collector?  It means I can't buy the Hank Aaron RC or Ernie Banks RC to complete my 1954 Topps set any time soon.  Those are two cards that have spiked in value considerably and are now out of my reach completely.  I likely will not be able to finish my E98 set either since I still need Cobb, Wagner and Young.  Those are priced out of my range as well. (I also need Collins and Lajoie but I'll should be able to pick them up eventually.)

I'm reading about collectors everywhere being priced out of the market now.  Some of them are just calling it quits and getting out of the hobby altogether.   Others are changing their focus to other lesser priced sets and type cards.  These are sets that weren't very popular to begin with and haven't risen in price as much where a collector can still afford them.  Still some collectors are lowering their condition standards and are going after the lower grade cards.  This is why the lower grade market is being influenced by the whole investor debacle.  

I'm still buying when I find a good deal or I see something that's cool that is priced lower.  I think about selling in this market and waiting for the bubble to pop and prices to come back down a bit;  Then buy up some of the cards I sold at a lower price but I'm not a fan of selling my cards.  They are in my collection because I like them and I don't want to let them go.  But, the idea of getting some good money for these cards is a persistent and persuadable thing.

So is this bull market bubble going to pop one day and the investor will get out of sportscards and their seemingly unlimited funds will leave with them.  Thus taking the demand away and driving prices down across the board.  The collectors will be winning auction lots at lower and lower hammer prices as less money in the hobby means less bids and cards sell for less and less.  

I believe this is the case to be honest.  I think investors will get out of the hobby eventually and with their money gone it will result in lower prices for all segments of the hobby.  What do you think?  Put your answer in the comments and let folks know your thoughts on all this.  How has this changed your collecting?  I'd love to hear from some of you on this topic.

Enjoy the hobby.. it's an ever changing environment.

Saturday, November 20, 2021

A Couple More E98s Added

 In the last few months I've added a couple new E98s that I haven't previously shared and I want to share them here along with my newest composite of my partial set.

These are two great additions for sure.  First up is a Chrisy Mathewson example.  It's not in the best of shape, but it's one of my favorite cards in the set.  Here is it is...

The really cool thing about this card is the back overprint on the front showing the checklist from the reverse of the card.  I love the unique pose of this card that is not found in other caramel sets off the era.  

Next up is the the very nice example of the Big Ed Walsh from the set.  This is supposedly a tough card in the set and I was trilled to get a copy of it as well.  He is my Walsh example.

Not only am I happy to have a Walsh in my set, but it's an orange background too.  Orange and Blue are my two favorite back colors.  The image is very clear as well.  These two card put me at 25 of the 30 cards in the set.  I've put together the latest composite of my set below.  I'm only missing the Cobb, Wagner, Young, Lajoie and Collins for completion.  

I'll likely get a Lajoie and Collins but the Cobb, Wagner and Young are a little out of my price range right now, so they will have to wait a bit.

Here's the latest composite.

I think the blend of different back colors make the set really pop and look great.  Of course there are some upgrade I will pursue at one time, but right now I love this partial set.  

I hope you are enjoying my E98 journey as much as I have been.

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

Sunday, May 23, 2021

New Instagram Account

 Feels kinda stupid, but wanted to llet you all know I started an Instagram account to show my cards.

About a month ago I started an Instagram account to share my collection or prewar and vintage cards.  My handle is @CobbSpikedMeTrades.  Check it out and follow me if you have an account.  Here are some cards I've shared so far.

I'm sharing a variety of cards from different eras.  So check it out and follow me.

If you don't have an instagram account then sign up for one.  It's easy and it's a great place to see some cards.  You can follow a bunch of other collectors that show their cards too.

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

Monday, April 26, 2021

Recent Pick Ups

 Mail Day!  My buddy Phil dealt me six more E98 including an upgrade and a couple Myers.

I'm about as close as I'm going to get to completing the E98 set now.  I just picked up four new players, and upgrade and a dupe.  

I've got all the commons at this point and ten of the HOFers.  Of the remaining HOFers I should be able to get the Lajoie and the Collins, but I don't see me getting the Cobb, Wagner, Young, Mathewson or Walsh any time soon.  Walsh is a tough card in the set, so while I may be able to afford him, he'll be tough to find in my price range.

So, here are the new pick ups...

First off is my Joe Tinker upgrade.  My other one can be seen in past posts where I showed my progress and it was full of paperloss on the front.

If you look closely you can see the overprint of the back on the front of this one.  If this was a T206 that would be really special, but I'm not sure if it is as special on an E98.  I think it is of course. 

Next up are the two Chief Meyers cards I picked up.  Obviously one red and one orange.  The red is the keeper for the set as the orange is skinned meaning the back is missing.  

Then another tough common from the set, the Tenney.  I'm really liking the blue background cards from this set.  The orange and blue are my favorites.  

Then another toughie, and another blue one.  The Coombs.  This one may be a little trimmed, but it counts all the same.

And last but not least is Hall of Famer Hughie Jennings.  This makes number twenty three in my set.

Here is the set as it stands today.  I'm very happy with it and would like to still upgrade a few including the Chase.  But, I'm not going to part with the Chase I have as it's a perfect terrible condition Lionel Carter example.

I think the different colors in this set look great together all mixed up like this.  My current favorites are the Brown, Clarke, Vaughn and Mack.  

I hope you enjoyed following my E98 journey as much as I have.

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

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Custom Cards with Tanner Jones

 Custom Cards are nothing new to the hobby, but what Tanner Jones does is simply spectacular.

What do you do if you want a card of your favorite player that doesn't exist?  Or if you want a custom
card of your son or daughter.  You have a custom card made of course.  And there seems to be no better place to get one than to go to Tanner Jones from Texas.  His work is nothing short of amazing.

Tanner creates game used/relic cards, cut autograph cards, refractors even booklets.  

One of Tanner's favorite subjects is his favorite player, Jose Canseco.  Here is a custom triple booklet he created of Canseco.

As you can see, his work looks very professional.  Here is another angle of the same card.

I had an opportunity to speak to Tanner recently and get some insight into his work.

How did you learn how to make custom cards?

== Trial and error ... and a LOT of it!  I reached out to many custom card creators and no one really wanted to say much, so like a mad scientist, I spent hours upon hours, and countless dollars trying things.   

How long does it take to produce a custom?

== It really all depends upon the custom.   

How/Why did you start making customs?

== I started creating customs because my favorite player Jose Canseco didn't have any new cards when I first got into heavily collecting him as an adult.  I thought not having a base 2010/11/12/13 Topps card of him was a travesty!

How often do you make them?

== It really all depends.  If I'm inspired to, I will crack open photoshop and start creating something.   

Is it a job or just a hobby?

== It is just a hobby. 

Do you get requests from collectors?

== I do!  

What do you need from the customer to make the card?

== Mainly the relics to be used, along with a picture and text.  For example, I just did jumbo relics for a guy recently who sent me some of his old cleats he wore playing softball.  Another sent me relics from their wedding.  Still another sent me a cut signature from a check of their dad.

Cleats Customs

Do you have a waiting list?

== It really depends upon when someone reaches me.   

How do you create prizm/refractor like cards?

== That would probably require a tutorial to say, but to be brief, it takes printing on something clear, then sticking shiny paper behind it.  

What do you collect?

== Jose Canseco cards, high end low grade high eye appeal vintage, super key silver age comics, and custom transformers :)  

How long have you been collecting?

== I first got into the hobby in 1989, and it was my life for a few years, then I got back into it in 2006 or so, and haven't looked back! 

You had an amazing Jose Canseco collection.  What did you do with that?

== I sold off 99% of it, kept a few, and realized I still wanted to collect him, just not go after everything.  Since then, I've invested my money into vintage, comics, and have even bought out a few Canseco supercollectors! 

Do you still collect Canseco today?

== I do!  Just the super special ones.  I'm much more selective nowadays :)  

Where/How do you print your cards?

== Here is a tutorial I put together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrVt4__mwcQ 

How does someone commission a card from you?

== They just ask me by emailing me at tanmanbaseballfan@gmail.com 

What's your favorite custom card you've done for someone else?

== Oh, man.  That's tough!  Here are a few of my favorites for my collection, though:  Custom Canseco nameplate set (Jose wore each jersey, and signed each letter ... 7 teams / 7 letters), a triple booklet with a jumbo patch, bat barrel, glove and shoe, a few cabinet cards, and finally, a card made completely out of a piece of his game used bat.  Oh, and a card with me and him on the front with a video screen showing a video.   

Are you trained in art or are you self-taught?

== Self taught!  I love all things design.  

Confessions of a Baseball Card Addict:

   - What's your book about?

== It is about my journey in cardboard.  I am never short on words describing all the things I've experienced in this hobby.  

   - Where can someone get a copy?

== Here: https://www.amazon.com/Confessions-Baseball-Addict-Tanner-Jones/dp/1731198469/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8  - or they can reach out to me tanmanbaseballfan@gmail.com if they want a signed copy.  

   - What was it like writing a book?

== It was a labor of love.  It was never about selling it (though I'm happy people are buying and loving it!) Writing a book was always a bucket list item for me.   

What's your website where people can see your work?

== www.tanmanbaseballfan.com - I don't have a gallery really, but they are showcased throughout my articles I write.  I will also post them on Twitter @tanmanbbfan  

Well, there you have it folks.  A little closer look at Tanner Jones and his hobby of creating custom cards.  Please check out his book, his website and check him out on Twitter.  If you have an idea for a custom card you'd like done, feel free to email him as well.

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