Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Another Vintage Set Almost Done!

OK, I'm cheating a little bit, because the set I'm talking about is only 67 cards.


#55 "Smoky" Burgess is the last card I need for the 1963 Fleer set.  When I started seeing singles available for this set, I didn't think I'd be able to find all the stars at decent prices, and most of all, the SP non-numbered checklist was bound to be a white whale for a long time.

Well, turns out that's not the case! 

My man Jay and his brother Marv have helped me kill the last couple vintage sets that I've built.  Especially my 1960 Topps, and now Jay has narrowed '63 Fleer to one.  Six of the remaining needs arrived from Michigan today. 

These guys are everything you'd ever want out of a good card dealer.  Quality cards at good prices, and excellent service every time.


And above all that, when I met them in person a while ago, it didn't take long until I felt like I'd known them for years.  Couple of warm and friendly guys that know their vintage cards and always have beautiful stuff at prices usually below what I expect to pay.  Go see them at their regular setup at the Redford monthly show if you're in the Detroit area.

Here's the Fleers....


Cards #1 and 2 of the set feature a couple Orioles.  This set's centering is all over the place, but these are pretty decent.  Tommy Davis is happy to be here.  He may get upgraded at some point.


A real nice Bobby Richardson.  Sharp and well centered.  Exactly what you look for in this set, and typical of what Marv and Jay offer.


Actually one of the big guns in this set, Adcock's card was swapped out of the sheets to make room for the checklist, so he was short printed too.  This one was freed from its plastic grading prison, and I got a good deal compared to other vendors at the same grade.


And finally, the white whale.  The short printed checklist.  Commands three digits even in this condition, which is o/c and has a crease down the length of the player cartoon.  I'm just glad to find one unmarked.

Thanks guys!  I'll be along soon with the next vintage list for ya.  Just let me get all this new stuff put away first!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Striking Gold With Retail A&G

Went to my local Target over the weekend looking for one of those folding tv trays that slides under the couch.  Finally remembered to use the three gift cards I've been carrying around when I found it.  So of course, I had to check the card aisle.

 I was in WalMart before this - no trays and only one blaster of Stadium Club and two A&Gs.  They still might as well get out of the card business.  But I digress...

Target had jumbo packs of Big League (already reviewed extensively elsewhere, so I won't), and these 3-Pack Allen & Ginter hangers with three exclusive gold minis.  If you hold the packages by the bottom seam and shake 'em (gently!) so the packs slide to the top, and then hold them by the sides and let the minis fall to the bottom, you can at least spot who the top one is.  I caught one with a Nationals logo and went for it.

Here's how it came out....


Got that basketball player gal, Kelsey Plum, who reminds me of Michaela Conlin from Bones



Close, anyhow.  Kelsey's cute if you can find her out of uniform, but Michaela is very unique and really pretty.

Also got the weather storm, and the comedian former Eagle guyer I've never heard of.  Decent selection of players, including Thome, Cano, Benny, etc.


Rounding out the base cards, Ol' Honus, "Not Kerry" Wood, and Newk.


I really like the inserts this year.  It's the base set that I'm still not completely sold on.  I feel like I could collect the flagship base set and the A&G inserts and call it a year.  They are definitely created by a completely different team of people than the flagship ones.


Not sure if these qualify for my space binder.  But now that I think about it, they just might.


Mini inserts!

Crossing hobbies with significant postage stamps - I like it.  And the exotic sports goes great with A&G.


My one player mini - an A&G back.  Great player to pull.  Sorry, he's spoken for already.


And finally, the gold minis.  Murph might stick around here.  Glasnow is also outbound already, but if anyone wants Hanley or any of the others, let me know.

I might get bored and build this set later.  I always seem to do A&G in the even years.

Friday, August 10, 2018

High Dollar Duplicate

Though it wasn't as bad as usual, I still ended up with a few dupes after my week long staycation and shop & show tour.

I'm not sure how it happened for this particular card, but it was probably because I had this one in my star binder instead of with the set.  Since it's a combo card and doesn't have a team name up top, I must have missed it when scanning through the binder to account for the rest of the stars for my '64 set.

Anyway, I paid like $50 for it.  It's not centered very well, but is nice otherwise.



Who wants to trade me some major vintage for it?  Would love to do a big star card or group of lesser value stars, but I'll take any combination that equals around what I paid for it.  Not talking book value here, but a reasonable cost comparison.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

MD, DC, PA Shop Tour Part 4

Our grand finale was a trip to Essex, near Baltimore for the North Point Plaza Flea Market.

There are three vendors there.  Glen usually has some nice off-condition vintage stars, and some other dollar goodies, as well as a lot of local memorabilia and oddballs.  Steve is right next to him and has a large selection of vintage stars, and several huge piles of monster boxes for quarter and dime singles.  Then further back there is another older gentleman who has older Orioles and some other singles.

After the flea market, we made a stop in the Baseball Card Outlet shop just down the road back toward home.  I combined the loot from all four in my photos.


Some shiny Redskins and the Melissa Baker Goodwins from BCOutlet.   XFL inserts, Bo Jacksons, Field Access football, Shiny Mussina, Matusz auto and Michael Jordan relic from Steve.


Also from the BCO shop, a 1975-76 Topps hockey starter for 10¢ each and more shiny Redskins.  Also found some Gridiron Kings inserts and framed base cards in the same box of shiny stuff.  That's the same Bo as in the previous shot.


Almost all my PC guys from the Crown Orioles set (anyone have a Piniella?) along with a few Ted Williams set inserts, a Donruss Champions, 2018 '87s, 1999 Ultra, and 2013 Hometown Heroes inserts.  Also a Mantle Heroes from early 90's Upper Deck, Aaron & Mays Topps reprints, LGonz Piece Of History insert, All Star Access Jetah (love crossing him off my many insert lists), and a Promo version of the Cal E-Motion.  Still need a plain one.  The finest Bryce was just pretty, so I'll put it with the few semi-unique Harpers I have.

Now we get to the older baseball.


A slew of '68's priced by the color of the top loader from BCO.  Clear was 50¢, black $1, etc. or something like that.


'64 stars and commons from the shop and Glen.  He puts the high book price on the big stickers and then charges about 25% of it or less.


I kept picking out sharp '57s even though I have no list for them.  these were only a couple bucks each or so.  Jackson puts me down to seven '63 Fleers, including the Adcock SP and the rare checklist.


Glen also had a crapload of decent '50 Bowmans that were all marked high, but cost me only like $5 each.  The Cubs manager in the center is Frank Frisch.  Tacked on a couple more at the shop.


And finally, the big hits.  Pete Reiser was a card I targeted a while ago.  He was a remarkable player who would have been one of the all time greatest if not for injuries he sustained throughout his career.  He was taken off the field 11 times on a stretcher as a result of playing with such all-out effort that he would crash into walls full speed.  Ebbetts Field was the first ballpark to pad the walls because of him.  Rivaled in skills and talent only by Willie Mays, he just couldn't keep up the pace.  I probably paid full price for it, but I don't mind.

The other hits are player collection additions that were only a couple bucks each.  It's always nice when guys sign their full names instead of the single squiggles you get out of some of these young guys these days.
Garrett is going to an Anderson collector I know.  Mel Ott is one of the 2007 Sweet Spot Classic jerseys I still needed to have them all.  Down to the rare legends on that subset.

Overall, a great finale to my friend's visit.  I should go down there more often.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Leading Ladies Of Sports Broadcasting #8

Somebody tell Greg Zakwin his old favorite is on!

Erin Hawksworth is now a reporter with DC Channel 7 Sports (WJLA Arlington), and appears regularly on FM 106.7 The Fan.


She was previously the World Sports anchor for CNN, and National Sports anchor for Rogers Communications in Canada.  Got her experience in Colorado, Texas, and Boston at local stations.  She graduated from Arizona State University in 2004, after a semester at my alma mater American U in 2003.  It was a few years after I was there, though.


In the interviews, I've seen, she's very professional and prepared.  Doesn't seem like she's being coached or put out there for just set dressing at all.


I was actually surprised about a year ago to see her on our local channel covering the NFL playoffs.  I don't watch the local news, but maybe I should.  I'm not sure if she's the regular sports anchor, or just a field reporter.  Might have to do some follow-up research.



Her brother Blake was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers.


 As Z has shown many times, she's oh so adorable!