Saturday, October 24, 2020

Goodyear, Arizona

 

These 37 cards were sent by Daniel of Goodyear, Arizona, which is the Cactus League home of the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians.  Daniel has been sending cards going back to 2015.  These cards arrived in four separate envelopes but all on the same day (feels like a new trend).  It's a nice assortment that included an '85 Fleer and pair of '86 O-Pee-Chee.

Thank you Daniel.

Updated Totals:





                              

Friday, October 23, 2020

Portland, OR


These two Wallach's were sent by Kerry of Portland, Oregon.  Kerry has been a pretty frequent contributor going back to 2016.  The 1988 Fleer is the "Box Bottom" variety.  I've always much prefered the photo on the '88 Fleer Box Bottom to the one used in the base set.  Kerry, or perhaps someone else, did a nice job cutting the Wallach off of the bottom of the box.  Many people (including myself as a kid), try to cut exactly on the lines.  I much prefer leaving a little bit of a margin, that way you can go back and cut the card out with the proper tools not typically found in a junk drawer, provided you ever want to make the effort.  Fleer also took the step of leaving room to do this with the four card on the bottom of the box, where as Topps did not.  The result being I usually ended up with at least two poorly cut Topps cards from the bottom of their box.  Take a look:




Thanks for the cards Kerry.

Updated Totals:




Thursday, October 22, 2020

Arlington, TN


Mark of Arlington, Tennessee, sent these 23 cards.  They arrived in two separate envelopes, but on the same day, so I'm combing them in one post.  It's a nice assortment of cards that included three relatively uncommon Panini Stickers.  In fact, the 1989 Panini Sticker is only second copy of that "card."  It's been eight years since I picked up my first one, so I guess it's not just relatively rare, it's flat out "rare."

Thanks for the cards Mark.

Updated Totals:

Sunday, October 18, 2020

New Market, NH

  
Cards from New Market, New Hampshire


These 2013 (and a couple 2014) Topps were sent by Bert of the Swing and a Pop-Up blog.  With these additions I am now very close to knocking off the 2013 Topps set.  The remaining needs are posted below.  I was surprised by the amount of star power in the cards that were sent.  I guess it makes sense, that when you rely on the generosity of others to send you your "needs," that the Jeter's of the set will end up being the last one's you need.  So these were greatly appreciated.  The 2014 set, particularly series 2, is still enough of a project that I'm not posting the individual needs, but they're listed on my set building page.

2013: 7?, 27, 207, 213, 338, 345, 350, 362, 369, 373, 374, 410, 418, 454, 455, 499, 536, 571, 572, 604, 622


I get asked a lot about players I collect other than Tim Wallach.  During the 80's Tim Raines was my clear second choice as far as guys I collected.  I also liked a mostly forgotten pitcher with the Expos named Joe Hesketh.  When the Expos ceased to exists, the Yankees became my team as they were the team I grew up going to see play every year.  I was huge fan of Bernie Williams and Jorge Posada and always enjoyed pulling their cards.  But over the last 20 years (with respect to Brett Gardner and Joc Pederson), Jose Fernandez and Zach Greinke have been my two favorite players.  I find something very awesome about pitchers who can hit and want the bat in their hands, especially pitchers who are also very good at pitching.  If I had developed the ability to throw smoke, hit corners, and have a good off-speed pitch, I'd only sign with a National League team.  I would not let the DH make me half a player.  

Thanks for these cards Bert.  I'll get something back out your way shortly.




Other Recent Additions

I've been more active on eBay recently.  More so than I have been in a long time.  Here are few of the cards that arrived this week.  The first two are a couple of 1972 needs.  I'm trying really hard to complete that set before the end of the year.  I don't think I'll make it, but it's going to be close.  The Steve Garvey is looking like it's going to cost me more than I ever wanted to spend on a Steve Garvey card.  There's always a couple semi-stars in the high numbers from these early 70's sets that make me do a double take at their price tags.  No disrespect to Steve Garvey, he was more than a semi-star, but he's also not Rod Carew (a '72 high number I was lucky enough to pick up in trade) or Nolan Ryan (the toughest high number in the '70 set).  Thankfully Hank Aaron and Fergie Jenkins weren't high numbers.  The Aaron still carried a bit of a price tag, but I feel good about what I paid, and "Hank Aaron" is just one of those names that sort of always feels like a bargain no matter how much it cost.  Fergie Jenkins is relatively under valued if you ask me.  As impressive as his baseball-reference page is, the most impressive thing on it is the fact that he was only named to three All-Star teams.  How did that happen?

The 1962 Rookie Parade features four players, but I'm comfortable calling it a "Joe Pepitone" rookie card.  It's been on my "Top Ten Most Wanted List" for a few years now, checking in at #4 in last year's Collecting Goals post.  It's also a high number, and Pepitone is rather beloved Yankee, so it's been tough to find for under $50 (my self-imposed limit).  Well, last week my eBay alerts pointed me to a new one with a price tag under that number.  So now I have one.

I've told this story before, but I'll mention it again.  I spent a summer working in a memorabilia store in Cooperstown as a teenager.  An old time Yankee sat in the back every day signing autographs for $10 a pop.  He never learned my name.  Joe Pepitone came in one day to say hi to his old teammate.  He made a point to introduce himself to all the employees, there were only like three of us.  When he popped back in the next day, he remembered my name.  It made an impression and I've been a retroactive Pepitone fan ever since.

The final card is a '59 Elston Howard.  It wasn't a particularly pressing need or anything like that.  I just saw it on a recent Nightowl Cards post and felt an immediate desire to own it.  And with the modern miracles of eBay, a couple of clicks of a mouse, and a $1.99 shipped, it's now in my collection.








Friday, October 16, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI


These two Tim Wallach cards, and five Chad Wallach cards, were sent by Mathew of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  By my count, this is the 3rd time in 10 months that Mathew has sent me cards.  You can follow Mathew's twitter feed @JMSWYO if you're so inclined, and here's a link.  Presently, I'm not making an effort to actively hoard Chad Wallach's cards.  Don't get me wrong, I am absolutely thrilled he was finally included in the base set this year (it's about four years past due, as proven by his baseball reference page), and I'm not turning them away, I'm just not going to be keeping a running tally at this point.  Maybe that'll change, I don't know.

Thank you for the cards Mathew.

Updated Totals:


 

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Boston, MA


These 31 cards were sent by "Exotic Flowers" of Boston, Massachusetts.  There may have been a note inside, but this was another envelope my dog got hold of, thankfully the cards came out unharmed.  Based on my map, I believe these could have been sent by "Rick" in the Boston area who sent cards back in 2015, and if not, the local florist may have a potential nearby trade partner they don't know about.

Thanks for the cards.

Updated Totals:



Monday, October 12, 2020

Newburgh, IN


These cards were sent by Dave of Newburgh, Indiana back in August.  You  may notice the top of the '83 Topps and bottom of one of those 1991 Upper Deck checklist have some issues.  Those are my fault.  Dave packaged these cards as nicely and securely as any cards I've ever received.  Each card was inside of a penny sleeve, inside of a brand new pristine top loader, all inside a new team bag and sent in a bubble mailer.  So what happened?  My dog happened.  A year ago or so that was a common occurrence.  I have Siberian Husky that turns two in January.  She was a cardboard addict the first year or two that I had her, then she chilled out a little (and I got better about keeping things on higher shelves).  Something about this envelope was irresistible to her though and she tried her best to do a little damage.  Thanks to Daves careful packaging, the damage was nominal.

Thanks for the cards Dave.

Updated Totals:




(Ivy, cardboard addict)




Sunday, October 4, 2020

Sunday Edition

Ramsey, New Jersey


These four cards were sent by frequent and regular contributor Max, of Ramsey, New Jersey.  I'm pretty sure it's the first time anyone as ever included 1953 set needs with the Wallach cards they send.  I won't complain if it's not the last time.   The Wallach's weren't run of the mill either.  They were both of the "Rediscover Topps," variety.  My lack of enthusiasm for this sort of gimmick is pretty well documented, but I'm not going to sit here and pretend I didn't notice either.  I also recognize some people are very into it, I assume the same people who get excited about autographs and refractors, and individually serial numbered cards, you know, extremely young children.  And I'm all for any goofy gimmick that gets kids back into the hobby.  I feel gum worked well for many decades, but what do I know?


Here's a close up of the stamps on the Wallach cards.  The '84 has a bronze stamp, and the 1993 has a red stamp.  I know that means something, but I really don't care enough to look it up.  Somehow adding some bronze foil to that card Topps made in 1984 makes it a 2017 card.  Arguing with this absurdity is like talking politics on Twitter, so I'm just going shake my head, tally it in my collection on move on.

Thanks for the cards Max.

Updated Totals:



Speaking of moving on, I had two individual non-Wallach cards show up this week.  Apparently I've been under a rock the last year or so and had no idea there was an "explosion of interest" in baseball cards.  I was casually strolling eBay for some vintage and about fell out of my chair at the prices.  How did an 1986 Fleer Larry Bird go from the $5-10 range to $50-65 range seemingly overnight?  I'm not sure what's going on, but I'll be putting a lot of stuff on eBay to sell, and will wait for this little cycle of high prices to pass (as it always does) before I dive back into picking up my low end vintage.



This 1971 Topps Joe Greene rookie card is pretty solid example of the sort of "low end" vintage I love to collect.  In the case of Joe Greene, I sort of feel like any one of his cards that doesn't look like this is sort of illegitimate.  My collection of vintage football currently resembles what my vintage baseball collection did 25 years ago, before I started building sets.  Just a random assortment of rookie cards.  I'm okay with that, and happy to add Mr. Coca-Cola to my assortment.

This 2015 Kris Bryant is decidedly not vintage.  But it does allow me to mark off the 2015 set as complete.  I held off buying it for a long time because (as I mentioned recently on this blog) I know I had multiple copies of it in 2015.  I'm pretty sure I gave a couple away to friend's kids who liked the Cubs, and I may have stashed a couple "someplace safe" in case it ever cost $5-10 bucks some day.  Well that sort of forward thinking ended up costing me $8 to have this one shipped.  I have no idea what "safe" place my others are in.  But this one is in the binder and the set is complete.



Saturday, October 3, 2020

eBay Pickup


I picked up these 352 Wallach cards on ebay recently at the very reasonable rate of a little over 4¢ a card shipped.  They arrived in the Lara Bar box, that is strikingly similar to a traditional Wax Pack display box.  I  miss the days of those boxes appearing next to the Snickers and Skittles boxes in gas stations.  Here's quick run down of what was included in the lot:

The most plentiful cards in the lot were 1988 Donruss, 1988 Topps All-Star, 1989 Donuruss, and 1990 Topps.  For the most part, there were between 2-8 copies of the cards with a few random singles.


There was a decent amount of early 80's Wallach's included, which is easily my favorite period of Wallach cards.  I'd go so far as to call 1983 the single best year for Wallach cards, but reserve the right to change that opinion on short notice and without any rational reasons.


There wasn't much as far as what I would call "exotic" or "rare" cards in the lot but there was the above assortment of Tiffany and Glossy.  The '87 Topps Tiffany and '89 Tiffany are two of the nicer examples of that card I've obtained.  I find the Topps Tiffany cards vary wildly in their appearance, with many having a sort of yellow tint, and yellowish borders instead of a clean white (or wood grain as with the '87) border.  I don't know if thats a result of how they've been stored, or was caused in the original printing process.

Updated Totals:






Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Las Vegas, NV


This pair of '88 Topps was sent by Ian of Las Vegas, Nevada,...way back in July.  As I've mentioned in pretty much every post lately, I've fallen way behind.  In an effort to speed things up in the catching up process, I've made no attempt to post the back log in the order they arrived.  I'm just grabbing an envelope and snapping pictures.  So please bear with me if you're waiting to see the cards you sent.  I'll have them up soon.

Ian, thank you for these cards.

Updated Total:

1988 Topps x2: 770



Monday, September 28, 2020

Newark, DE


Long time and regular contributor Mark (you may know him as @k4zWorld on Twitter) sent these ten cards to me way back in August.  I'm slowly catching up on the backlog of mail, and should be up to date soon.  Two rookie cards and an '85 Donruss were included in the mix, making for a pretty nice lot.

Thanks for the cards Mark.

Updated Totals:



Sunday, September 27, 2020

Sportlots Order

Sportlots Order


Other than the cards generously sent to me by readers in the mail, Sportlots.com is my primary source of adding new cards to my collection.  I pick up a good number of "high dollar" cards on ebay (which for my penny-pinching fingers is anything over about $5), but for sheer volume, it's Sportlots.

 Anyone that reads this blog even occasionally, knows that beyond hoarding Wallach cards, set building is the other focus of my collection.  For set building, there's really nothing that compares to Sportlots.com and it's selection of vintage cards at 18¢ a card.  If there is, and I'm unaware of it, please tell me.

A few years (maybe more/less?) ago, Sportlots dramatically changed the shipping options for their site.  You used add cards from an individual sellers, who then set their own shipping prices.  My habit was to find a seller or two with reasonable shipping, then filter my results by those sellers.  Then they introduced "Box Shipping," which gave you the option of having the seller ship the cards to Sportslots, who then held all your orders until you were ready to have them shipped.  I think it's phenomenal, as many sellers now offer "free shipping" with this option.  You still have to pay Sportlots to ship you a box full of your orders  and their rate isn't exactly cheap (I also tend to put off having my box shipped for months at a time), but in the end it's a great deal.  There's a link to the site below.



The end result of this new procedure for shipping, is that a couple of times a year I have a box like the one above delivered to my house stuffed full of smaller individual orders from a few dozen different sellers.  Here's a break down of what was inside this one, beginining with a nice batch of 1973 Topps needs.  I have a long way to go before '73 is complete, but I wouldn't mind hammering out the first two series of the set while I focus on completing '72.




I'm still on the fence as to how I feel about the 1973 Topps set.  For years I dismissed it as ugly with poor photo quality (not selection, but the actual exposure of the photos).  As I've added more of them to my collection I've come around a bit and it's grown on me to a degree.  However, I don't know if it's the black ink Topps used on the backs, or the card stock itself, but I feel like these cards are consistently of poorer quality than any other Topps set ever printed going back to '52.  They often seem to sort of erode/deteriorate along the edges.  I still have a very long way to go to complete this set, so much so that I haven't even bothered to post the high numbers I'm missing on my needs page.

A couple of years back I completed the 1970 set.  It was as satisfying an accomplishment that I've ever felt in my nearly forty years of buying these silly little cardboard photos of ball players.  At the time I was pretty focused on knocking off the 1974-79 sets (or what was left of them, as I had already completed a couple of them).  After the finishing '70 though, working on any single series set after '73 lost a lot of it's appeal.  As such, '74, '76, and '77 have been limping into the finish.  I did knock off a few more needs here though.


A pair of stray '74, that I'm not sure how they ended up in my order, but I'll take them.  Here's what I'm missing from 1974:

1974: 3, 29, 43, 50, 53, 80, 95, 130, 153, 179, 229, 265, 280, 297, 323, 331, 333, 337, 470, 473, 482, 500, 582, 596, 598, 600, 604, 605, 622, 637


Seven more 1976 needs to hammer out, including a nice little of quartet of stars with Boog, Cecil, Oliver and Louie.  Any one care to guess how many hits and home runs Powell, Cooper, and Oliver combined for?  I didn't think so, but I'll tell you anyways, the three combined for 6,711 hits, 799 home runs, 16 All-Star game appearances, and nine Top 5 MVP vote finishes.  Powell had the fewest hits and ASG appearances of the trio, but won the AL MVP award in 1970 with the Orioles.  It's little difficult to look at Al Oliver's baseball-reference page and come up with reasons why he isn't in the Hall of Fame.  Here's what I'm still missing form the 1976 set:

1976: 17, 24, 48, 55, 73, 104, 118, 119, 128, 147, 150, 160, 169, 179, 192, 202, 205, 230, 300, 330, 341, 344, 345, 347, 348, 420, 421, 435, 480, 504, 531, 550, 581, 589, 590, 596, 606, 643, 650


The 1977 Dawson was the first real vintage card I ever owned.  As an Expos fan in the 1980's Dawson along with Raines were my favorite players after Wallach.  As a kid in 1986, the 1977 Topps  set may have well as been printed in the 1920's, so the Dawson felt like an ancient relic when I received along with an '81 Donruss Raines for my birthday.  That card made me the envy of the neighborhood when Dawson went to the Cubs a year later (The Cubs were easily the most popular team in my Phoenix neighborhood back then) and promptly won the MVP award (Though both SI and the Sporting News named Tim Wallach as their choice for MVP in '87).  As such the 1977 set used to fascinate me.  Sadly, I've grown a little bored with it, and my progress (or lack there of) towards completing it shows.

1977: 6, 8, 10, 34, 74, 100, 113, 183, 208, 231, 232, 234, 265, 277, 285, 287, 320, 327, 355, 256, 387, 390, 412, 418, 430, 434, 445, 450, 467, 473, 476, 494, 504, 518, 546, 547, 560, 580, 597, 615, 621, 630, 632, 634, 650, 655, 656



I also knocked off a few more recent needs with the cards above.  With the three 2008 Topps, that set is now complete.  2008 was the first year I bought cards after an over 20 year hiatus, so it feels nice to finally be able to put it in the books.  The pair of 2009's also represent the final needs of that set, it's complete as well.  

The lone 2015 brings my need list to that year to one, with 616 Kris Bryant still not in the binder.  But before anyone gets feeling all generous, I've already ordered one on eBay, at a very annoying $8 shipped price tag.  No card from the 2015 Topps base set should cost more than a buck or two shipped.  Worse yet, I know I had multiple copies of that card back in 2015.  I don't know if I gave them all away (I know of Cubs fans with kids), or out smarted myself by sticking them someplace "safe" and not with the other 2015 cards.  In any event, I'm calling it "complete" with another Bryant now in the mail.  The 2017 pick up, reminds me just how historically ugly 2016 and 2017 Topps were (they should thank 2020 Topps for helping people forget), and brings my need list for the set down to one card.  If anyone has a spare #596 laying around I'll be happy to take it off your hands.  Those four 2018 Topps complete the set.  So I can sleeve them and never think about it again.  Nice.


The final set building additions in this order were a few 1987 and '88 Fleer Basketball needs pictured above.  Mike Gminski is guy I've heard entirely too much of lately.  As anyone who hasn't been living under a rock the last ten years knows, one of the great tragedies in the history of sports occurred when Syracuse left The Big East Conference for the lowly ACC.  A painful wound to sport fans everywhere that we were all reminded of recently with passing of The Great John Thompson.  Gminski was one of those easy to hate Duke kids in college, and now he's an easy to hate broadcaster for the poorly produced, and hard to find on tv "ACC Network."  He's ended up calling a lot of Syracuse games the last few years (when you can actually find them on tv and not just the internet, a problem The Big East never had).  His numbers prove he was very basketball player, however he is very poor at calling games on tv.  To his credit, he's every bit as upset about Syracuse being in the ACC as the rest of us are.  I guess even an ACC-hack like Gminski can't deny the greatness that was the old Big East.

But back to the cards.   I've been working on the '86-88 Fleer Basketball sets for awhile now.  I keep all three sets in the same binder, and it's really become one of my favorite projects.  I'm down to just the Jordan and Bird in the '86 set, and probably won't complete it anytime soon given the Jordan's price tag, but I swear the Bird as tripled in price the last year or so.  Is it just me, or has "vintage" (I have hard time from calling a card from '86 "vintage) across the board really spiked in price the last year or so?  In any event, here's what's left of these three sets:

1986-87: 9, 57

1987-88: 1,  9, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 27, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 42, 48, 49, 54, 56, 59, 61, 68, 69, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 85, 92, 95, 97, 98, 99, 106, 109, 118, 123

1988-89: 9, 16, 21, 25, 43, 57, 64, 85, 115, 124



I also added seven more copies of the 2020 Chad Wallach rookie card.  I'm not going to go out of my way to pick up any more of these, but I'll still take any that fall into my lap.  And of course, it wouldn't be a Sportlots order without adding some "Tim" Wallach's as well.  I'm not going to deny that I enjoy that fact that one of the Wallach kids finally has a Topps card and that distinction needs to be made.  This order was flush with early 1980's Fleer, one of my favorite runs of Wallach cards.


Here are the updated Totals for those Wallachs:


Also worth pointing out that these 108 Wallach's pushed my collection over the 26,000 card mark.









Friday, September 25, 2020

Grand Rapids, MI


These three cards were sent by Matt of Grand Rapids, Michigan.  By my count this is the 3rd time Matt has sent cards.  It's a nice little mix arrived.  That '92 is of the O-Pee-Chee variety, and was the last year O-Pee-Chee mimicked the Topps design.  Then in 1993 OPC went with it's own unique design, also included by Matt, and then introduced "O-Pee-Chee Premier" as well.  The 1993 OPC is just the second copy of that card to cross my desk in the last six years.

Thanks for the cards Matt.

Updated Totals:

1992 O-Pee-Chee: 23

1993 O-Pee-Chee: 9

1995 Bazooka Joe: 33



Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sunday Edition


Trade with a Reader


This massive assortment of cards was sent by Ken of Lee's Summit, Missouri.  There's not one Wallach to be found in the bunch.  Ken reached out with a trade offer via email after reading my set builds "Need List," and sent these sight unseen.  I was expecting a handful, maybe even a couple dozen, of 2013 Topps.  What arrived was much more substantial.

The vintage was an extremely nice surprise.  There were five '68 Topps (including a Lou Pinella), a pair of '73 Topps needs, and 23 1972 Topps needs.  The 72's even included a few from the 5th series.  There was also an unexpected stack of a couple of 2014 needs and of course a few 2013 needs...a few hundred of my 2013 needs.  2013 somehow ended up being a year I just didn't' buy much of, even though I've always sort of liked the design, at least compared to the designs of the last 10 years or so, I think it compares favorably.

I've got my work cut out for me finding something to send in return.  Thanks Ken.

Here's a run down of where I stand of these sets:

1968 Topps:  This set build is still very much in it's infancy and I'm not sure it'll even end up being the first 60's set I try to tackle once I finish off the decade for 1970's sets.

1968: (1st Ser.) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 13, 18, 20, 21, 22, 25, 31, 33, 34, 35, 36, 40, 41, 45, 55, 56, 61, 65, 67, 71, 72, 73, 75, 76, 78, 80, 82, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 94, 95 , 97, 100, 101, 107, 110, 115, 118, 120, 124, 130, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 144, 145, 150, 151, 152, 153, 154, 157, 158, 160, 162, 164, 165, 170, 175, 178, 179, 189, 190, 195, 200, 201, 205, 209, 213, 215, 220, 221, 225, 228, 230, 235, 236, 240, 243, 247, 248, 250, 255, 256, 257, 259, 261, 263, 265, 273, 275, 277, 280, 281, 282, 284, 285, 287, 288, 289, 290, 292, 293, 295, 296, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, 313, 314, 315, 316, 317, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 326, 330, 331, 332, 333, 335, 337, 338, 340, 341, 344, 345, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 355, 358, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 381, 383, 384, 385, 288, 290, 391, 393, 394, 396, 398, 399, 401, 402, 403, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 413, 414, 415, 417, 418, 419, 420, 421, 422,  424, 425, 426, 427, 428, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 439, 440, 443, 444, 445, 446, 447, 448, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456 (Ser. 2) Most of them 458-598

1972 Topps:  This is currently my primary focus (along with '53 Topps) for my vintage set builds.  I'm hoping if I finish it off in the next few months that Gio from twitter will still be in the mood to print off another membership card.  I've already knocked off most of the stars in the high numbers, but even the commons are pinch on the wallet. (#448 is in hand but missing it's back, which is too much even for my laid back standards as far as condition)

1972: (1st Ser) 86  (2nd Ser.) 141, 164, 181, 226, 228, 253, 255 (3rd Ser.) 299, 325, 347 (4th Ser.) 401, 405, 408, 410, 411, 413, 423, 424, 426, 428, 434, 435, 437, 439, 440, 448, 454, 455, 456, 465, 476, 484, 489, 490, 494, 502, 503, 506, 512, 513, 516, 520, 522, 523 (5th Ser.) 526, 530, 533, 535, 536, 537, 539, 540, 544, 545, 546, 550, 552, 553, 555, 556, 559, 560, 562, 564, 567, 569, 570, 572, 573, 574, 574, 576, 577, 579, 580, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 588, 589, 590, 591, 593, 594, 595, 596, 597, 598, 599, 600, 606, 607, 610, 619, 620, 621, 624, 625, 626, 628, 629, 632, 633, 635, 636, 637, 638, 640, 643, 644, 645, 648, 650, 651, 653, 654, 655, 656 (High #'s) 658 660, 663, 664, 666, 669, 670, 673, 674, 676, 678, 682, 683, 686, 687, 688, 690, 692, 693, 699, 700, 702, 704, 705, 706, 708, 709, 710, 711, 714, 715, 716, 719, 720, 721, 722, 723, 724, 726, 728, 729, 730, 732, 733, 735, 737, 738, 739, 742, 743, 744, 746, 747, 748, 751, 753, 755, 757, 758, 761, 764, 767, 768, 770, 771, 772, 779, 783, 784, 787

1973 Topps:  I don't plan to run down this set until after I knock of '71 & '72, but that doesn't mean I'm not happy to take them as the come.  

1973: (1st Ser.) 1, 30, 59, 61, 80, 82, 97, 100, 116, 136, 153, 160, 166, 172, 175, 190, 191, 200, 205, 208, 215, 220, 224, 225, 230, 240, 245,  258, (2nd Ser.) 270, 273, 277, 280, 281, 283, 286, 290, 292, 293, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 304, 305, 306, 309, 311, 312, 314, 315, 317, 325, 326, 328, 348, 349, 350, 353, 355, 356, 357, 359, 361, 362, 363, 365, 266, 367, 368, 371, 377, 378, 380, 381, 387, 389, 393, 395, 396 (3rd Ser)... lots of them

2013 Topps:  This list just got a lot smaller.

2013: 2, 7?, 27, 142, 207, 213, 227, 294, 338, 345, 346, 350, 362, 369, 373, 374, 410, 418, 454, 455, 499, 500, 519, 522, 527, 536, 543, 571, 572, 586, 589, 594, 604, 622, 639, 650, 655, 661

2014 Topps:  I just can't muster the excitement to finish off these modern sets the way I can for the vintage.  I've gone the Factory Set route three of the last four years, and really don't feel like I'm missing anything.  Actually, that's not true.  I'm missing the inserts, but not in the sense that "I miss them," they're missing from the factory sets and in my book, that's a good thing.  Inserts are cheesy.  Good riddance.

2014: 11, 34, 36, 50, 51, 54, 55, 56, 60, 62, 63, 68, 75, 83, 115, 133, 137, 157, 162, 251, 256, 265, 286, 293, 299, 328, 335, 337, 345, 347, 348,354, 357, 360, 361, 362, 363, 364, 366, 367, 370, 371, 372, 373, 374, 375, 377, 382, 384, 385, 386, 387, 389, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 404, 405, 406, 408, 409, 412, 413, 415, 420, 423, 424, 426, 427, 429, 430, 431, 432, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442, 443, 448, 451, 453, 454, 455, 456, 457, 461, 462, 465, 466, 467, 469, 470, 472, 473, 475, 476, 477, 479, 480, 481, 483, 484, 485, 486, 487, 490, 491, 492, 493, 495, 496, 498, 499, 500, 503, 505, 506, 508, 510-16, 518, 519, 520, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 528, 529, 530, 532, 535, 538, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 546, 548, 551-57, 559, 561, 566, 467, 469-77, 580, 581, 583, 584, 586-94, 597, 598, 600, 602, 603, 604, 607, 608, 609, 610, 612, 614, 615, 616, 617, 618, 619, 621, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 629, 630, 631, 635, 636, 637, 639, 643, 644, 645, 647, 649, 650




Thursday, September 17, 2020

Cinnaminson, NJ

These 8 cards were sent by Carl (@Ceemx97) of Cinnaminson, New Jersey.  He sent them way back in July, but I'm only getting them posted now.  I'm trying hard to catch up on my back log of mail, and hopefully will be before Christmas, just in time for the Year in Review Post with all the annual numbers.

Thanks for the cards Carl.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020

eBay Pickup


I picked up this lot of 107 cards on eBay awhile back.  I'm pretty sure the 52 copies of 1989 Upper Deck is the most I've ever acquired at once of that card.  You may also notice (the photo isn't the best), but those three 1993 Topps are all of the "Marlins Inaugural" variety.  One final note, the 1987 Topps brings that tally to exactly 1,000 copies.  It joins the 1982 Topps as the only two cards I've reached that milestone with.


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