Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Star Trek: The Retro Football Card Set - card #3

"Reprinting" my series from 2011 continues...

 1952 Bowman Mr. Scott, engineer of the original USS Enterprise.  Shown here with his second love, Scotch whiskey.  Scotty always had the ability, and the courage (sometimes from the bottle), but he didn't always have the power !

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yet another card show ~ Yet another couple dupes!

Made the hour and a half drive to Ephrata, PA on Saturday to attend the once a year card show at the Rec Center there.  Found a listing for the show a couple years ago and I've made it an annual appointment.  Nice medium sized show of 40+ dealers in a gymnasium.  One quarter of the space is devoted to a live auction. 

Jim Palmer was signing...somewhere - I haven't partaken in the autograph at this venue, so I'm not sure where they do it.  Palmer was supposed to be there last year, but ran into family issues.  Brooks Robinson stepped up in his absence.  I've seen Palmer more than once, so my time was all at the tables getting these:

Got some good bargains on vintage ('74) football, a couple high number baseball that fit my sets, and spent some quality time at the quarter boxes.  Also stocked up on some 2017 inserts, and a few vintage baseball.

Found one dealer early on that had 70's football for 20¢ each for '73-'75, or 15¢ for '76-'78.  As you can see, I loaded up on my 1974 set.  Stars were penny sleeved and individually priced, so Charley and the unmarked checklist were a few bucks.  But almost every common I picked out was sweetly pristine, which is tough for this set since it had such centering issues.  Even got three unmarked team cards from '77 for 15¢.  Mark this show as a success already!

What started me with this guy was the two '72 and one '70 baseball at the near end of his table.  They were in with other commons and all of them were marked 25¢ each.  I think all the others were low number commons, but if you know these two sets, you'll realize the bargain - Dave Duncan up top is #678, and Rick Monday and the Gene Michael IA are #730 and 714 respectively.  Now they're not the prettiest specimens, but they fit right into my sets.  High numbers for a QUARTER?  Aw HELL YEAH!  Award that guy a second bonus point!

The bottom row in the wide shot (and the four lowest in the pic above) are all from the quarter boxes that I spent a couple hours at toward the latter half of the day.  Luckily, I had the one chair on the customer side of the table. 

As you can see, a lot of these were big names with big original price tags.  Cal Ripken tributes, those combo inserts from 2001 Topps (rats, only 16 more to find), Nolan Ryan from 1999 SI Greats (should have dug back for the other couple I found), and more.  A lot of work for eight bucks worth, but it was worth it.

As I was almost done for the day, I saw some high-end gamers and autos at the end of a row.  At this point, a lot of the dealers were packing up.  The guy told me he'd make me a great deal if I found anything I liked since it was so late in the show.  You can see that these would have originally been about $40 as marked.  He said $30, which was pretty good, but then quickly corrected himself "since I said I'd give you a great deal" to $25.  So I basically got the two autos and the refractory Bo (s/n to 49) for free.

But of course, I had a couple "Doh!" moments.

This show has a lot of Phillies cards and related things since it's in the heart of Pennsylvania.  It's where I picked up a couple of my oddball "Puddin' Head" Jones items.  On my list was still the 1954 Bowman.  So one of the first dealers I looked at had early 50's Bowman and Topps right at the beginning of his stock.  I grabbed the first stack from behind the 1954 divider and found Jones, but it was the '55 TV style....which I didn't actually recognize that much.  I said to myself, "Well the list shouldn't be lying to me, but.."  So I put it back and found the '54, which I was much more familiar with.  The price was fair, but since there are a lot of Phillie dealers, I decided to shop around.   At the end of the show, I ended up going back and snagging Willie, and the few '64s .  Got him home and the first thing I checked was whether I needed the '54 or the '55.  The good news is, there was a '55 in my stack.  (I keep his cards in a stack in the cabinet since they are all such diverse shapes and sizes)  The bad news is....
At least it was an upgrade....but my list lied to me (again)!

The worst gaffe, though is that when I was done (and exhausted from) my time at the quarter boxes, I went through the whole stack to check to see if I had pulled any twice or anything that I didn't really want.  I did put back a few that I didn't have lists on, but the rest looked fine. 

I got them home and was sorting them into stacks when I found this:
These are the only two purples I got.  Got two greens, and checked their names,but somehow missed that these were the same.  ironically, there were several vendors that had sections of rows with A-Rod, Jeter, Pujols, and Ripken etc.  At least these were only a quarter.

Check out the Ephrata show next year around this time if you're in the area.  I heard at least two dealers that said it's the only show they do all year.  I like it for the fact that it's completely different dealers than I know, but still within driving distance.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Make Me Your Capitals Capital!

Was just looking for a couple cards in my box of Washington Capitals hockey.  I was on the Trading Card Database trying to fill some of their "Close To Completion" lists.  If you haven't been on there, these are lists of the last few cards in a set that they need scans of either both sides or sometimes just the front or back.

My Capitals team collection is one of the lowest priority (and around here, the lowest availability) of all the set, player, and team collections I maintain.  It is comprised of one binder containing mostly 70's and 80's O-Pee-Chee, and one three row white box.  The box starts with 1990-91 and is divided by top loaders by season from then until now.  Well sort of.

Since I haven't bought really any packs or boxes of current hockey since about 2011, and have only traded for a smattering of singles, the last several years are very sparse.  It's so bad, I can fit all the cards from each year since 2011 into single pictures.  (Note: the day after I drafted this post, I got a package from Trevor at the O-Pee-Chee blog Supporting the Minnow and he added fourteen cards to the lot displayed here, almost doubling my count!)

2012-13 complete inventory

2013-14 complete inventory
2014-15 (3) and 2015-16 (1)

That's it.  That's all I've got.  And you can see that, aside from a bit of a surge in 2002-03 from all the Pacific sets I bought tons of, the quantities steadily dwindle as the years go on.  (2004-05 is gonna be thin since it was a strike year).

So if you're a hockey trader and you have a bunch of extra Capitals cards, hit me up!  I have a decent amount of hockey available, it's just all from a lot earlier - late 90's to mid-to-late 2000's for the most part.  And I'm OK with trading baseball and football for them too.  I might be a little slow telling you if I have some of the 1990's and 2000's because I don't know the designs well and always get confused by the copyright date vs. the season, especially if there are no stats on the back.  But I'll learn!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

I Just Can't Win...

So I'm at the monthly card show just west of where I live and I'm looking at 2017 inserts.  I feel like I'm not quite far enough into buying packs or trading for that set to start outright buying of inserts, or even base cards right now.  So I almost walk away....

But then I get an idea.  90% of the time, the last few inserts I end up needing are going to be the biggest names - Jeter, Harper, Trout, Bryant, etc.  I can almost never pull them from packs that I pick out.  And not many people end up with them as extras.  I've postulated the theory that the big guys are "ghost-shortprinted" to some degree.  At least that's my observation.

So, why don't I get ahead of the game and pick up the Mike Trout 5 Tool insert while I can get it for 50¢ from this guy right now?  I know I need it, so this is my best chance to not have to pay or trade extra to get it, or have to type his name yet again on my want list site.

Boom! Done.

Alright, I'm being smart and thinking ahead.  Shrewd shopper.  Feels good.

So later I am making a deal with Matt from my trading group on Yahoo!.  I've got tons of singles from his Angels, Royals, and Reds team lists from the 80's thru the early 2000s or so.  A few hundred cards in total.  He's got a decent chunk of my 2017 base needs.  OK, so that covers the one team.  I kinda strike out on finding anything really useful from his trade list that he sends me.  So I suggest a couple rack packs of 2017 right off the hangers to make up the difference.

Matt actually goes way beyond and sends me not only a jumbo pack of flagship, but two packs of Heritage, and three packs of Opening Day!  The package shows up today and unfortunately, there weren't any super mojo hits, but I got a few cards for my rainbow team sets for this year, and a couple inserts I didn't have.   But as is my luck, I also got a few inserts that I've pulled already - including, you guessed it - Mike Trout 5 Tool!!! Grrrrr!

Reminds me of the old skit on Hee Haw.  "If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all..."

Monday, March 20, 2017

Star Trek - The Retro Football Card Set Returns!

Back in 2011, I premiered my series of Star Trek characters in old football designs, inspired by another blogger who was very active back then.  This is the first in a "reprint" of that series.

September 2011
These are the premiere releases from my tribute to PunkRockPaint's Star Wars... The Retro Baseball card set.  I commented there that I was inspired to do a Trek football set but didn't want to copy his idea.  The response was that it wouldn't be copying, it would be an homage, so here we go...

The first ever football set design (1935 National Chicle) for the most important characters - the captains.

As soon as I saw Rockne's head, I knew which character would go there...