Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Stocking Up On Odd 'Lots

Got a hankerin' the other night for card shopping, so I got on SportLots.  Something got me started on the Target Dodgers set and my player collection guys. These are slightly larger than normal minis, but not quite full card size, so they'll have to live in the standard nine-pockets.

I found a few sellers that each had some of the ones I was looking for.  Upon further searching of their inventories, I ended up with a big 110 card order, and a smaller one of only 18.

This post is the big order.

It's been raining for a few days straight, and the outside of the envelope was damp, but only the packing list sheets were affected.  Everything else was wrapped up nicely.

I got some oddball sized things that were in a large toploader and two stackes in snap boxes wrapped in bubble.  Interesting tape ~ was almost like butcher tape, but peeled off easily like painter's tape, so mission accomplished.

As you can see, I knocked off several 1980 SSPC, better known as Baseball Immortals.  Some of these pictures are spooky.  You'll pardon the harsh lighting, I was being lazy and photographing these batches with my phone instead of scanning.  I can NOT take a picture of cards in my house without shadows or stupid reflections.  Just can't be done.

Continuing with the bi-colored '75ish designs of nothing but HOF'ers, I completed my Home Run Heroes (Big League Chew).  This is 2/3 of the set.

Some other insert hits, including 2005 Heritage, 2008 A&G United States, 1999 Fleer Tradition Going Yard (which are now done), 1998 Donruss Dominator, and 1997 InterLeague Matchup.

My one lone golf find ~ 2002 Upper Deck Pin Seeker.

Football set hits start with 1996 Ultra, which I just put in a binder along with the Sensations set I'm building along side them.  A couple other Elways, from '97 Playoff First & Ten, and the 2000 Fleer Greats Retrospections.  The black ones are 2008 Mayo with the last Super Bowl card I needed.  Have to verify whether Young is the only set hit here, or if I already have the other boys in my Redskins.

Got a 1999 Topps jumbo Fred Taylor - Rice shown for size comparison.

Spotted these TCMA Redskins too.  They also come in "missing number" varieties.  Seller had three Redskins listed, but the third guy is shown on the card as a Steeler...

Anybody need Billy Wells?  He actually did play for Washington in '54 thru '56, but this card is all about '57.  He was a running back, but more accomplished as a return man.  Had did have a run of 88 yards in his first season.

Knocked out a whole bunch of the other Washington vintage-ish collection.  Some are O-Pee-Chee and some are Topps, a couple instances of both.  Those "helmet" stickers come in two flavors with the numbers and the logo swapping places.

Back to my baseball player collections, most of these are fairly common, except that Gatorade Julio Franco, and the Heritage Livan is a short print.  That one was the costliest card in this batch at over $4.  The Silver Press Proofs were over a buck, (as were the Ruth and a Palmer I'll show in a minute), but most of the other stuff was a quarter or less.

More parallels and oddballs.  The Guidry is an Original Back from 2011, the Targets from above, Agfa Palmer that I mentioned, TCMA All Time A's Tenace, Fairly is also TCMA from 1980, celebrating the 1959 squad.  And the Claytons are all parallels ~ Fleer Tiffany, 40-Man Electric, and UD Gold...

Some of the oddest ones were of Carlton Fisk. 

I hadn't even listed the Fleer mini or the All-American team card.  I only had one of the Coke White Sox police-sized on my wants, but found three (the one with the crossed bats is the third.)  And I had seen King B discs in the book, but haven't gone through to see who else is in there.  These are capped off by the blue parallel version of his 2019 150th Greatest Players card.

The other batch has some more of the Target Dodgers and several more oddballs too.


  1. Nice to see a golf card on a blog. Justin Leonard was a favorite golfer of mine back then.

  2. Had no idea Gatorade made baseball cards. Gonna have to find one of those, preferably the Franco since I collect him too!

  3. I always enjoy seeing '80s hockey singles. Not sure I've seen Brian Engblom from his playing days until now.

  4. I don't think I've heard of a non-Dodger fan collecting the Target set. ... Baseball Immortals is a definite goal for 2020.

    1. Not going for the set, but just the eight or nine PC guys I have in it. Surprised how low a percentage of the set the LA contingent is. (c. 350 vs. 600+ Brooklyn)

  5. I'd love to finally cross of the Baseball Immortals set as well... in addition to the Big League Chew set.

  6. I really need to start on the Target Dodgers set. Shame on me for not doing so already.