Tuesday, November 19, 2019

First Volley Fired

Jeremy from Topps Cards That Never Were is the kind of team collector I like.  He's got comprehensive lists of his wants for (in this case, two teams) broken down by product.  And he isn't that far along on them, so there are a lot of base and inserts he can still use.  And the best part is that one of his teams is the Tampa Bay Rays, which don't have a huge following outside their local area.  I saw his wants pages and messaged him that I could do some damage.  He said he's been thinking of starting a trade with me as well, and sent the first batch already.

A couple '92 Gold Winners.  Interesting how they handled the stamping on the prospects card.

Three set hits to 2003 Topps and Upper Deck, and Cal from '94 Score Gold Rush.

Two 2011 Heritage singles, including Max Scherzer, now the ace of the 2019 World Champion Washington Nationals!  Whew, that's nice to be able to say...

Then for my player collections, this cool Bowman Julio Franco featuring his signature stance.

Three Mike Mussinas including a custom from Jeremy.  That Rock & Fire is a Hobby Reserve parallel, which is good, because I probably have three extras of the plain version.  Jeremy also made note of the gold hologram version of this Upper Deck.  Another good call, because I probably wouldn't have caught it right away.

More PC guys and more copious parallels.  Pinnacle Away Stats and foil versions.  And that E-X is just elegant.

Yet another rare version - the black Leaf - among these Livans.  Those Pinnacle Mints have about six coin and semi-coin versions too.  Lots of shiny here.

The capper is back to Mussina in this oversize Zenith Impulse jumbo.  Glad it survived the trip through the mail!

Thanks a lot Jeremy!  I am still building on about a six inch stack for the return flight - some serious Rays!

Friday, November 15, 2019

A Glaring Omission

After all my systematic counting procedures and thorough documentation counting my whole collection, I missed a few.

Since these are stored in a separate and undisclosed location from the bulk of my stuff, they slipped my mind until yesterday.  Twenty-nine of my best cards are kept in screw-downs away from the others.

I added them to my spreadsheet, so the official totals are now this:

Makes it a nice round grand total.  That will be my official number. 

Here are the last additions:

 A lot of these are from the one collection that I bought a long time ago.  It was mostly Dodgers and big name star rookies.  The '55 Ted was my first high dollar card.  Killer was the final piece of the '55 Senators team I did.  The rest are from that collection except Yogi.   I got him real cheap before I started the '50 Bowman set.

 More Dodgers.  Got the Koufax and Campy myself. 

These I've bought over the years at Chantilly or the National, except Maris who was with the collection.  The Gibson's not the greatest, but the price was right.

Nolan was in the collection.  Schmidt I bought myself, and the Maz is actually from 2008 Heritage.  Pulled him from a box I opened.  Best pull I've done, I think.

Sorry, none of these are available for trade.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Card Census: The Final Tally

Back in May, I began a sometimes arduous, sometimes gratifying task of counting my entire collection.  Not worried about absolute accuracy, though I am usually a perfectionist about things like this, I just wanted a rough number of the total cards I have officially in my collection.

Started out in stages.  I was worried about the bulk team collection, but it turned out to not be very tedious after all.  Ran into some other issues that slowed me down for a bit, but I pushed on.  The first report was in:
Total GU & Autos by sport  Baseball 11  Football 586  Hockey 156  Other 5

Total regular cards by sport:

Baseball 59190
Football 32742
Hockey 18117
Other 3742

Grand Total (so far): 114549

The first few posts were called Cardboard Census, but since the bots attack those posts, and I basically forgot about the title after it moved off the page in Blogger, I only updated the counts a couple more times.

Then I went on the six-state tour including the National, and piled up a bunch of stuff I couldn't put away until I was done counting, since what I bought would have added to what was already counted.  Then I also bought the 15 monster box hoard and sifted through that for a couple weeks.  Stay tuned for more about that later, but have your want lists ready!

Finally, this past weekend, I dove in again and finished counting the last part of the largest volume cabinet, the second binder shelf, and both desks that are covered in piles of incoming cards.

So to update the images from the last time:

The baseball cabinet bulk set storage and my player collection binders in the middle went relatively quickly.  I found a couple different techniques to get the numbers, which may appear in another Cardboard OCD post.

The football set binders went really fast, since they were mostly complete base sets.  The top shelf was done in like ten or fifteen minutes.  The Redskin binders took most of that time.  The third shelf is hockey (1889).  The other two binders there are Charlie's Angels, that counts with the non-sports stuff below, and the dead football leagues binder which contributed to the football number from the shelf above.

There were a small number of additions to this group on the sorting desk in the card room.  Not enough to warrant a re-take of the photo, though.  The stuff in the white box is from my latest Chantilly haul and was comprised of all three sports.

The desk in the other room held about twice as much incoming loot.  Sorted by sport, era, and set / team / player collections.  I can't wait to consolidate all this stuff.  That's basically the next phase of work I have to do.

It's all tracked and classified in my handy dandy spreadsheet.  I lumped all the game used, autos (certified and IP), manurelics,  and printing plates into a "hit" count.  Largely because they're not such a priority with me.

So here are my final (update: they are after the next post) numbers.  I'm not intending to keep a running count from here, but I may add in some more starter sets from the hoard, etc. just to keep it honest.  But like I said in the opening, I just wanted to know around what numbers I have.

+29 of my best cards - see next post

226,950 total cards as of Nov. 15 2019

I figured I'd approach 250,000 once I really got started.  Was almost going to be disappointed if I didn't pass 225K.  Not sure why.  The object isn't really to have the most, it's just to get stuff I like.  And I like a LOT of stuff.  This is what you get when you have no real life otherwise.

Now the question is, do I want to know how many cards I have in my house altogether?  Because none of this stuff was part of my totals...

The hoard - minus a few hundred

My bulk extras

Unsorted Redskins and set dupes
Spare sets and starters

Nah, I think I can live without knowing that number.  Now the quest begins for clean desk space again!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Interesting Mail From Mr. H

I met and swapped cards with Jim, aka Mr. Haverkamp at this year's National.  He hit me again today with a few cool things in the mail.

I got an email from him just after I posted my Ron Fairly collection.  He said he had an addition.  This is apparently the Jello version of the 1963 Post cereal card.  Sweet!

Here's a comparison.  Not sure I'd know the difference without seeing them side by side.  The separation between the name and the number and team lines gives it away.  Interesting how the finishing on the same photo is so completely different between them.

Next up, the Laughlin/Fleer version of the World Series cartoons #36 Charlie Keller.  This is an upgrade to mine, especially on the back, where my previous one is way off center.

And finally, there's this credit-cardy thing that neither of us can readily identify, but seems familiar to me.  I've seen these before somewhere.  Nifty addition to my team collection if it isn't there already.  I surmised that is has to be 1973 or later since it mentions the Super Bowl VII appearance.

You can always expect quality items from Mr. Haverkamp.  Thanks Jim, and send me some more want lists!

Friday, November 08, 2019

Washington Trophy Checklist 2019

Washington DC has been on a championship run lately...



Not quite the NBA, but pretty close...

And most recently, MLB:


So there's only one more to get...

Well Dan, ...

Wednesday, November 06, 2019

BBA: Big Pieces Of Trade Bait

Zippy Zappy from Torren' Up Cards stole the idea from Gavin at BBCBreakdown about posting up higher value cards that you have available for trade.  I can definitely jump about that bandwagon!  This is also a good way to kick off my future series of trade bait posts from the hoard of stuff I got, though those will be much more about quantity than high quality.

I don't really have too much to compare to the dollar figures these guys have been showing off, but I've got a few that are listed for some decent money.

For all these, I would much rather make an epic trade for one or a few valuable items.  I have been known to make trades for bulk singles, but I'd prefer some level of similar values for these.

First off, the oldest extra I have.

T205 Fletcher from my New York Giants team set.  I bought another one from someone on the Net54 forum for a good price, figuring it would give me one to trade for a different one later.  Hasn't happened so far.  (And I haven't actually been back on that site for months.)  It's the Polar Bear back (factory 6, dist. 0).  I generally buy the ones I have for about $40-60 each.  They're grade 4/10 or so for the most part.  This one is somewhere in that ballpark.

Bought a second one of these by mistake from a dealer that basically still goes "by the book".  So I'm in this one for $50.  Would rather trade for one or more of the star cards I still need for the set.

Lesser condition sample of the more desirable No "Optioned...." line on back 1959 Topps #362.  Listing for $40 to $50+ on COMC right now.

1940 Play Ball Charlie Keller.  This might be a triplicate, since I got two of most of his vintage cards when I first started collecting him for me and his nephew.  Either that, or I only got myself one and this is number two.  COMC has one for $28 and change.

Duplicate 1963 Post Elston Howard.  Bought this blind during my Maryland to Michigan and back tour this year.  Guessed wrong.  My mistake is your fortune.  Listed at $18 to 23, but I got mine for much less.

Magnified view of a wacky little item that showed up with a batch of cards I got for a bargain price.  This 1983 Topps bronze "medal" lists for $10 to 20 on eBay and Amazon.  It's got a fully detailed back too.  It's only about 7/8 of an inch tall.

Here it is beside a regular top loader of the next item.

2010 Topps Silk Collection Livan Hernandez.  Another dupe that I bought thinking there's no way I already have one of these.  And of course I did.  Numbered out of 50.  Lists for about eleven dollars on COMC, and 15 on eBay.

And finally, to jump on the "Regular Base Card Rookie" hype machine - 2011 JD Martinez base rookie.  This is the closest thing I have to a big name current player RC.  Goes for just under ten bucks that I've seen.

I will do another couple posts with all my GU and autos just to get them out there.  Then I'll start on the set-by-set stuff.  Have a big batch of low numbered 2005 Studio Portraits and inserts that will be a highlight of that series.  Stay Tuned.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Fairly Decent Player Collection

Ron Fairly passed away on October 30.  He played for the LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, and a few other teams in his 21 year career.  He spent even longer in the broadcast booth for the Angels, Giants, and then Mariners.  Fairly had a total of 48 years involved in major league games.

He was also one of my player collections.  Mostly because he was on the Dodger teams of the 60's and early 70's.  When I first started collecting his cards, I didn't know a lot about him.  I discovered that he showed up in several oddball inserts along the way with guys like Joe Torre, Jim Fregosi, and Ron Santo.  That put him in good company, as Torre and Fregosi are also PC's.

His tenure with the Expos also generated appearances on oddball cards like this Nabisco (that I don't actually have, but want).

Here is my Fairly collection as it stands....

The '60 Rookie Cup is not his RC, but looks a little nicer than the '59.  The '63 is a classic stereotypical baseball card.  Can't remember where I found the autographed '64 or the Post, but they fit nicely.

Some cool oddballs here.  '66 Topps Rub-Off in the wrong slot (should be after the Topps), '67 Bazooka, and '69 Milton Bradley (with the non-serif 1's on the back).  Ya gotta love the windbreaker on the '67 Topps.  Also noticed the 3-out-of-4 helmet poses instead of a hat.

Into the 70's and the Montreal years here.  No, that's not a duplicate '71 Topps, it's...

Yellow O-Pee-Chee glory!

Also scanned the back of the '76 SSPC in the center of the bottom row.

The team-hopping years of the late 70's.  Love the '78 OPC with the updated team.

... and the bright stock of the back.

And the back side of that oddball USC card.

Some other oddballs....

1970 Topps poster,

1964 Topps Coin,

1971 Coin,

...and the backs.

Still lacking a few oddball items, but a pretty decently complete collection of his stuff.

You will be remembered, Ron.