Sunday, November 25, 2018

Houston, Texas

These eleven Wallach cards, and roughly two dozen 2012 Topps set needs, were sent by Marc of Houston, Texas.  Marc operates the blog "Remember the Astrodome," and has become a regular contributor of Wallach cards.  Thanks for the cards Marc, and I appreciate the 2012 Topps as well, as I've been extremely neglectful to my set needs of late.

Updated Wallach Totals:

1987 Topps x2: 870
1988 Fleer: 249
1990 Topps: 497
1990 Upper Deck: 285
1991 Donruss x2: 254
1991 Upper Deck: 278
1991 Stadium Club: 123
1991 Score "The Franchise": 193
1993 Triple Play: 34

In addition to those Wallach cards, Marc sent along a cluster of 2012 Topps.  I returned to the world of card collecting back in 2008 with some random packs of Topps bought in a K-Mart.  I wasn't a set builder back then, as I was a Wallach and rookie card collector.  Since then, I've become a devout set builder focusing on vintage sets working backwards from 1991.  But at some point I decided I should catch up on what I had from 2008 to present. 

2012 is a set that was one of my more incomplete efforts.  I don't recall buying fewer packs in 2012, but that seems to have been the case.  Marc obviously took a look at my set needs page, and took a big chunk out of it.  Here's where I stand on 2008 to 2017 on Topps Base Sets:

2017: 87, 455, 513, 539

2016: Complete

2015: 616, 617

2014: ...(TBD)

2013: lots of them

2012: 7, 30, 52, 82, 89, 109, 150, 158, 159, 185, 188, 199, 213, 239, 245, 324, 330, 334, 349, 351, 353, 357, 359, 361, 362, 365, 368, 370, 371, 375, 377, 378, 381, 383, 392, 393, 395, 396, 398, 399, 400, 402, 403, 406, 410, 413, 415, 416, 420, 422, 424, 425, 426, 428, 430, 431, 434, 437, 441, 443, 444, 446, 448, 451, 452, 457, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 468, 469, 470, 471, 472, 473, 475, 479, 482, 484, 485, 487, 488, 489, 492, 493, 494, 495, 499, 500, 504, 505, 507, 512, 513, 514, 517, 518, 520, 522, 526, 528, 529, 530, 531, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 540, 541, 542, 543, 549, 550, 551, 552, 553, 555, 556, 557, 560, 561, 564, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 572, 575, 580, 582, 583, 585, 586, 588, 589, 593, 601, 605, 607, 612, 613, 614, 615, 617, 618, 619, 620, 623, 624, 625, 626, 627, 630, 631, 633, 634, 635, 638, 639, 640, 641, 643, 645, 647, 648, 649, 651, 654, 655, 656, 658, 660....and 661? (is it part of the set, or just a gimmick insert?)

2011: 100, 145

2010: 353

2009: 387, 449, 451, 643, 658

2008: 476, 518, 618, 623

Check out Marc's Blog, it's a good one:

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Fishers, IN

This card was sent by Spencer of Fisher, Indiana.  Thanks for the card Spencer, I appreciate every one I get.  This actually the first Denny's Hologram card I've added since 2015, so thank you.

Updated Total:

1991 Denny's: 16

Friday, November 23, 2018

Mableton, GA

This great assortment of 27 cards and a handful of stickers was sent by Alex of Mableton, Georgia.  It's always awesome to find an '83 Topps Wallach.  That was the first Wallach card I ever owned, and while I've never declared an "All-Time Favorite," it's certainly on the short list.  This wasn't just a stray '83 mixed in with 14  copies of 1990 Fleer and a '92 Donruss, this envelope included a run of Topps base cards from '83 straight on through to '87.

The Fleer stickers are project I want to tackle one day.  I want to put together a binder of all of the stickers from the 1980's Fleer sets.  There is just something about them that I find very endearing, and feel like it would be a nice addition to my collection and entertaining endeavor.

Thanks for these cards Alex, I really appreciate them.

Updated Totals:

1983 Topps: 255
1984 Topps: 312
1985 Topps: 297
1986 Topps: 311
1987 Topps x2: 868
1988 Donruss x7: 760
1988 Fleer x2: 248
1988 Score x6: 259
1989 Bowman x3: 152
1989 Donruss: 374
1989 Fleer: 342
1989 Topps: 664

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Akron, OH

These seven cards were sent by Korora of Akron, Ohio, which has put the home of The 'Zips on the map.  The 1991 Score Superstar is a somewhat unusual card to see, but a trend I'm keeping an eye on is 1989 Upper Deck.

Back in say 1991, the I had more copies of the 1989 Upper Deck card than any other Wallach card in my collection.  Today I have fewer than 200 copies, which isn't by any means a small number, but it is noticeably smaller number than what I have for other junk wax sets from the era. I had so many of them at the time because every card shop in Phoenix was busting at the seems with 1989 UD.  Yet today, people seem to be sitting on it.  I expect it will level out eventually and I'll end up with as many copies of '89 UD as say '90 Fleer, but for now, it's lagging behind.

Thank you for the cards Korora.

Updated Totals:

1987 Donruss: 420
1989 Upper Deck: 188
1990 Fleer: 326
1991 Score "The Franchise": 192
1991 Score Superstars: 14
1993 Topps: 191
1993 Topps Gold: 34

Monday, November 12, 2018

Plainview, NY

This card was sent by Corey of Plainview, NY.  That's on Long Island for those of you that are curious.  It's marked on the map now, so you can confirm this, in case you don't believe me.  Thanks for the card Corey, I really appreciate it.  Everyone counts.

Updated Total:

1988 Donruss: 753

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Plainfield, IL

These ten cards were sent by Jeff, who runs the "2x3 Heroes" blog.  Thanks for the cards Jeff, they're very much appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1984 Topps x3: 311
1988 Donruss All-Star: 47
1988 Topps: 680
1990 Upper Deck: 284
1991 Fleer: 174
1991 Topps: 239
1992 Ultra: 135
1993 Donruss: 98

Friday, November 2, 2018

Lake Barrington, IL

These eleven cards were sent by frequent contributor, John, of Lake Barrington, IL.  He sent them in August.  My bad.  You may notice the photo is different than my standard photo for these post.  The reason for that is my scanner died on me.  I had every intent of buying a new one when it did.  I was just busy, and as I became less busy, it occurred to me that I hadn't needed a scanner for a single thing other than my card blogs.  This thought made the idea of shelling out money that could be spent on other things (like cards) for a scanner seem less than enticing.  So I put it off, and I put it off, and here we are in November, and I'm posting cards I was sent back in August, and doing so without a scanner.  At some point, I'll decide I need a scanner at home, but for now, the photos of cards are going to look like this.  I actually kind of like it.  Also, I have a massive backlog of cards I've been sent that I need to get to.  So thank you everyone for the cards and your patience.  They're both appreciated.

And thank you John for these cards.  John mentioned in a note that he is a fan of the '88 Donruss All-Star, in no small part due to the old NL Logo on the card.  I am a hard line supporter of the old AL/NL logos and feel the consolidation of the umpire uniforms across MLB is a greater crime against the game than this interleague play and wild card nonsense that as been polluting our sport for more than two decades now.

Also, as much as I like the '88 Donruss All-Star Wallach, I feel like had the '86 Donruss All-Star Wallach been standard sized, it would be one of my Top 5 all-time favorite cards.  But instead, that set is an oversized mess.

Here are the updated totals:

1984 Topps: 308
1988 Donruss x4: 752
1988 Donruss All-Star: 46
1989 Fleer: 341
1992 Fleer x2: 116
1992 Pinnacle: 101
1993 Topps: 190

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

eBay pickup

Recently eBay hasn't been yielding much as far as large lots of Wallach cards go.  There's been a few decent size lots that pop up, but sellers seem to be confusing their junk wax Wallach commons, for hi-grade 1960's Topps commons.  This lot of 106 cards came to me under my 10¢ a card (shipped) price limit I impose on these things.  If I could unload all my unwanted junk wax from say 1991-1995 at 5¢ a card shipped, I would do so in a heartbeat, so I'm not sure what these sellers are holding out for.  Perhaps my ego is growing too large for my own good, but I sort of feel like I'm in a position to set the market price for Wallach cards, given as I'm the only person on the planet actively buying them in bulk.

This lot was a nice a little assortment, and as always, I'll be keeping an eye out for more.

Updated Totals:

1985 Topps: 296
1986 O-Pee-Chee: 12
1986 Topps: 310
1986 Topps All-Star x2: 624
1987 Donruss: 419
1987 Fleer x2: 206
1987 Sportfilics: 49
1987 Topps x2: 866
1988 Donruss: 748
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 33
1988 Kay-Bee: 29
1988 Fleer: 246
1988 Fleer MVP: 18
1988 Fleer Star Stickers: 80
1988 Nestle: 6
1988 Score: 253
1988 Topps x2: 679
1988 Topps All-Star: 671
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In: 18
1989 Donruss x2: 373
1989 Fleer x2: 340
1989 K-Mart: 50
1989 Score x2: 175
1989 Topps: 663
1989 Upper Deck: 187
1990 Bowman x2: 100
1990 Donruss: 421
1990 Fleer x2: 325
1990 Leaf: 96
1990 Score x2: 258
1990 Topps: 496
1990 U.S. Playing Cards x4: 33
1990 Upper Deck: 283
1991 Bowman: 59
1991 Donruss: 252
1991 Donruss MVP: 235
1991 Fleer x2: 173
1991 Leaf: 119
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 71
1991 Score: 224
1991 Score The Franchise: 191
1991 Score Super Star x2: 13
1991 Stadium Club: 122
1991 Studio: 71
1991 Topps: 238
1991 Ultra x2: 83
1991 Upper Deck: 277
1991 Upper Deck Checklist: 216
1992 Donruss x3: 192
1992 Fleer x3: 114
1992 Leaf x4: 95
1992 Panini: 7
1992 Pinnacle x2: 100
1992 Score: 81
1992 Stadium Club: 54
1992 Studio: 60
1992 Topps: 203
1992 Triple Play x2: 92
1992 Ultra: 134
1992 Upper Deck x2: 271
1993 Bowman: 23
1993 Donruss: 97
1993 Fleer x2: 53
1993 Leaf: 75
1993 Pinnacle x3: 37
1993 Score Select x2: 46
1993 Stadium Club x3: 59
1993 Topps: 189
1993 Topps Traded: 29
1993 Triple Play: 33
1993 Ultra: 41
1994 Pacific: 12
1994 Topps: 116
1995 Collector's Choice: 34
1995 Stadium Club: 22

Monday, September 17, 2018

2017 "Rediscover Topps" 1993 Topps #370

Card Review: 9.0  I like this 1993 Topps design.  It just has that inherent "baseball card feel" to it.  The superfluous blue "rediscover Topps" stamping along the side does nothing but slightly detract from the original, thankfully, it's somewhat difficult to see in blue foil.  Hopefully any kid that may have pulled one of these and was seeing 1993 Topps for the first time, wouldn't get to bad of an impression.

Number in my Collection 

Blue: 1

Friday, September 7, 2018

Ramsey, NJ

These cards were sent by regular contributor Max, of Ramsey, NJ.  The 1985 Topps Wallach is on my extremely short list for my All-Time favorite Wallach card.  It is without question in the Top 5, almost certainly Top 3, and depending on my mood and the lighting, it wouldn't take much arm twisting for me to call it my favorite.  If I ever do a list, it'll probably come down to the '85 or '83 Topps, but I'm not ready to commit to anything yet.

Like so many sets from the 1980's, ink levels varied so much from card to card, that how I feel about a card can really change depending on the particular sample in front of me.  Sometimes it's like looking at two different photos.  The 1984 Donruss Wallach for instance, can look like it was taken during a cloudless sunny July afternoon in Wrigley, or an overcast, rain delayed game.  With the 1985 Topps Wallach, I prefer the more sun bleached variations.

Thanks for the cards Max!

Updated Totals:

1985 Topps x5: 295
1988 Revco: 40

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Watertown, NY

I suspect Watertown, NY, has become somewhat of a national distribution hub for Dodger cards.  Similar to how airlines choose a city, such as Denver, to route all the flights through then have everyone change planes and make their way to another destination.  I see only a small sample of the surplus Dodger cards that make their way through Watertown.  In particular, I see the duplicates of one player whose been retired for over two decades and spent a mere three and a half seasons on the hot corner for the Dodgers.  Small as that sample size is, I still see a lot of them.

The sheer volume of Dodger cards that go in and out of Watertown must be somewhat spectacular.  My current hope is that The Nightowl ends up needing a Wallach as one of the final cards in one of the 1980's Fleer sets he's working on, and he gets flooded with 200 copies of an '83 Fleer Wallach or something.

This latest batch of ten Wallach cards from Watertown includes a trio of inserts.  Looking at them, I can't help but notice that these early inserts were aimed at set builders.  They weren't particularly scarce at one to a pack, but building a full set of six hundred Silver Signatures Collector's Choice would be a monumental task.  And I think they hold up relatively well.  A Mike Trout signed insert card numbered to five with a piece of bat on it may be extremely rare, but will hold it up?  Especially since there are seemingly fifty different cards numbered and signed each year and each of them in various print runs based on ink and border colors and twenty other trivial differences.  I just see them as a novelty.  And over the course of twenty year a career, how many tens of thousands of signed and numbered cards is a guy going to end up having?

If I mention the 1989 Upper Deck Griffey, 1984 Donruss Mattingly, or 1975 Brett, most of us can probably immediately picture the card in our mind.  The 1968 Ryan isn't valuable because it was all that scarce, or is all that scarce today even.  These cards were part of a shared experience for people who collected them at the time.  That shared experience, and immediate recognition is what makes them iconic and desirable.  Will some 2009 insert of a Hall of Famer numbered to five, or even one of one, really have much of a shelf life?

Why do I care?  "Just collect what you like."  Ultimately, I agree, but... I can't help but wonder if the Topps base set designs have suffered over the last decade as a result of all the time and effort spent on putting together a hundred different insert sets.  People like "hits."  To me a "hit" is one of those things Pete Rose did 4,256 times.  To other's, they're a rare card in a pack and a chance to make money on the secondary market.  Topps should help those collector's skip the ebay middle man.  In a joint effort with MLB, and State Lotteries, they should put out baseball card style scratch off lottery tickets.  Have some fun with the designs, and the games, I'd buy them.  Even the tickets themselves could become collector's items.

I'd like to see odds disappear from the back of wrappers and be replaced with offers for T-Shirts and contest to go to the All-Star Game.  Leave the gambling out of the packs, and the qwest for "hits" to the poor guys standing 60 feet and down hill from Clayton Kershaw.  In any event, that was a long enough "get of my yard," rant.  The Nightowl was also nice to enough to help me out with a few cards I need from one of my many ongoing set building efforts,  2011 Topps.

Thanks for the cards.  As always, they're greatly appreciated.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps: 677
1988 Topps All-Star x2: 670
1993 Stadium Club: 56
1994 Flair: 10
1994 Topps Gold: 26
1994 Triple Play: 30
1995 Collector's Choice Silver Signature: 4
1995 Score Gold Rush: 14
1996 Pinnacle: 45

Friday, August 17, 2018

Allen, Texas

This box of 175 cards was sent by Nick of Allen, Texas.  Nick is by, at least by my estimation, the only other devoted Wallach collector out there.  I've ran into a good number of other Wallach fans, but most aren't card collectors. Thankfully, he's a collector of the more reasonable variety, and only needs one of each card.  So I've sent a few odd-balls his way that he was in need of (I know it goes against my stated mission, but there's enough to go around), and in return he has been wildly generous in sending me duplicates.

A couple of odd things jumped out in the process of adding up these cards.  Some how the 1989 Topps Sticker is the first new one I've picked up since 2012.  The 1988 Fleer Award Winner also ends a multi-year drought without adding any.  It's strange the cards that seem to end up being scarce.  I don't know if it's actually a by product of low print runs, or just a statistical anomaly, but either way I find it interesting.

As always, thank you for the cards Nick.

Updated Totals:

1982 Topps x2: 1,191
1983 Fleer: 113
1985 O-Pee-Chee: 23
1986 Donruss: 143
1986 Donruss All-Star: 28
1986 Fleer Mini: 38
1986 Leaf: 27
1986 Topps: 309
1986 Topps All-Star: 622
1987 Donruss: 418
1987 Sportflics Tri-Stars x2: 13
1987 Topps x2: 864
1988 Donruss x8: 747
1988 Donruss All-Star x2: 45
1988 Fleer: 245
1988 Fleer Award Winners: 19
1988 Leaf Canadian Greats x2: 31
1988 O-Pee-Chee: 15
1988 Score: 252
1988 Topps x3: 676
1988 Topps All-Star x5: 668
1988 Topps Big: 62
1988 Topps Mini Leaders: 33
1988 Topps Stickers: 25
1989 Bowman: 149
1989 Donruss x3: 371
1989 Fleer x2: 338
1989 K-Mart x2: 49
1989 Topps x4: 662
1989 Topps Stickers: 5
1989 Upper Deck: 186
1990 Bowman x4: 98
1990 Donruss Baseball's Best: 10
1990 Fleer: 323
1990 Leaf x2: 95
1990 Topps x9: 495
1990 Topps Coins: 9
1990 Topps Mini Leaders x2: 15
1990 Topps Super Star: 21
1990 Upper Deck x2: 282
1990 U.S. Playing Cards: 29
1991 Donruss x3: 251
1991 Donruss MVP x3: 234
1991 Fleer x3: 171
1991 Leaf x2: 118
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 70
1991 Post: 14
1991 Stadium Club x5: 121
1991 Studio: 70
1991 Topps x6: 237
1991 Ultra x3: 81
1991 Upper Deck x3: 276
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x7: 215
1992 Bowman: 51
1992 Donruss: 189
1992 Leaf: 91
1992 Leaf Black Gold: 14
1992 Pinnacle: 98
1992 Stadium Club x4: 53
1992 Studio: 59
1992 Topps x2: 202
1992 Topps Kids x2: 41
1992 Triple Play x2: 90
1992 Ultra: 133
1992 Upper Deck x3: 269
1993 Bowman: 22
1993 Fleer Final Edition: 12
1993 Leaf: 74
1993 Studio: 43
1993 Topps x3: 188
1993 Topps Traded: 28
1993 Ultra: 40
1993 Upper Deck x4: 136
1994 Collector's Choice Silver Sig: 4
1994 Pacific: 11
1994 Pinnacle: 30
1994 Stadium Club x2: 41
1994 Topps x5: 115
1994 Upper Deck: 76
1995 Collector's Choice SE: 38
1995 Donruss x2: 46
1995 Stadium Club x2: 21
1995 Topps x4: 53
1996 Collector's Choice Ser.II: 26
1996 Pinnacle: 44
1997 Collector's Choice x2: 25

Thursday, August 16, 2018

New Haven, CT

These nine Wallach cards (and one particularly cool card of a kid from Utica featuring Wallach) were sent by Ben of New Haven, Connecticut, back in June. Sorry for the delay Ben,  I really appreciate the cards and the nice note you included.  These the first cards I've received sent from New Haven.  For an allegedly smart college town thats home to Yale, Ben seems to be the only one there smart enough to collect baseball cards.

The scan doesn't show it too well, but the 3rd '90 Fleer on the right is off-centered to a pretty good degree.  I bring this up not complain, but it occurred to me that I don't recall seeing too many off-centered Fleer cards.  Maybe 1986 Fleer is an acceptation to that, but for the most part, especially after 1986, I'm pretty sure they're somewhat unusual.  So it's nice to come across a 1990 Fleer of Wallach that stands out from the others a little bit.

Updated Totals:

1990 Donruss x4: 420
1990 Fleer x3: 322
1990 Score: 256
1991 Score "The Franchise": 190

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nova Scotia, Canada

Ryan of Nova Scotia has sent me so many brown envelopes from Canada over the years, that I've come to think of them as being as distinctly Canadian as O-Pee-Chee and Tim Horton's.  Coincidently, he sent these cards carefully wrapped inside of cardboard from a box of what I am assuming were Tim Horton's K-Cups.  Short of throwing in some Kirk Muller cards and a dried Maple Leaf in his next envelope, I'm not sure how he can make his mailings much more Canadian.

As always, thank you for the cards Ryan.

Updated Totals:

1987 Topps: 862
1988 O-Pee-Chee Super Star: 6
1989 Donruss: 368
1991 Upper Deck Checklist: 208
1993 Humpty Dumpty: 7
1993 Topps Traded: 27

Monday, July 23, 2018

Victoria, MN

These four cards were sent by Dan of Victoria, Minnesota.  Dan actually sent these way back in April, but I'm just getting to them now.  Sorry Dan.  The 1992 Topps Kids Wallach is a card that has really grown on me over the years.  I'm not sure I've ever seen any other cards from the set, but if they're all as nice as the Wallach, it's one I may try to complete at some point down the road.

Thanks for the cards Dan.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps UK Mini: 89
1992 Topps Kids x2: 39
1993 Stadium Club: 55

Saturday, July 14, 2018

eBay Pick-up

I recently picked up this lot of fifty 1982 Fleer Wallach cards on ebay.  Typically on ebay, when it comes to lots, I like to keep it under 5¢ a card shipped, and avoid anything over 10¢ a card shipped, unless there is something really compelling about the lot.  This one ended up costing me a little more than my dime a card ceiling once the shipping was added, but I can live with it.  1982 Fleer is one of my favorite non-Topps sets of the 80's, and while this card likely wouldn't make my non-existent Top 10 list for favorite Wallach's, it would definitely be in the honorable mention category.

Updated Total:

1982 Fleer x50: 294

Friday, July 6, 2018

Peoria, IL

These nine Wallach cards, and what is easily the greatest Andy Van Slyke (a Utica, NY area product) card ever printed, came courtesy of P-Town Tom of "Waiting 'til Next Year."  It's been about a month since I've posted so my apologies to everyone who has sent cards and hasn't seen anything pop up. 

Thanks for the cards Tom.  I'll try to take a crack at some of your set needs.

Updated Totals:

1985 Topps x2: 290
1989 Topps: 658
1990 Donruss x2: 416
1991 Score "The Franchise": 189
1993 Fleer: 51
1995 Bazooka Joe x2: 29

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Houston, Texas

These cards were sent by Marc, of Houston, Texas.  Marc operates the blog; "Remember the Astrodome."  You should go ahead and check it out, it's well worth a look.  My only complaint, is that given how nice the banner is for the blog, I would have liked to see J.R. Richard in place of bagwell and that awful non-tequila sunrise uniform, and probably would have squeezed in Glenn Davis or maybe Kevin Bass.  But that's nit-picking.

Included with the nice mix of nine Wallach cards was an 8x10 photo.  Not just a standard stock photo though.  This one appears to have been put out by some company, presumably as the part of some sort of set?  It reminds me of the posters Sports Illustrated used to produce (never a Wallach, jerks), but obviously smaller, and photo quality is very high, much more so than a poster.  If you know what exactly it is, please fill me in, I'd love more details.

Thanks for the cards and photo Marc. 

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps: 673
1989 Donruss: 367
1990 Fleer: 319
1990 Upper Deck: 280
1991 Donruss: 248
1993 Studio: 42
1994 Pinnacle: 29
1994 Score: 64
1995 Collector's Choice SE Silver: 13

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ottawa, Ontario

*Update* I missed that a piece of cardboard Angus used for backing had a note on the back.  Please checkout his blog "Dawg Day Cards," which has a focus on the Cleveland Browns.

This package sent by Angus, of Ottawa, Canada, may be one of the more fun and surprising packages that I have ever received.  It was absolutely loaded with odd ball cards that I am in short supply of.  From the earliest in the envelope, and '83 Stuart (my first new one since 2014), to the most recent, a '93 Donruss McDonald's, and everything in between it was awesome.  You may notice there are a lot of small numbers listed in the totals below.  Probably my favorite of the bunch was a well loved 1985 O-Pee-Chee.  By my count, this is the second time he's sent cards, having also mailed me some in December 2015.

In addition to the cards, Angus included a 1984 Expos Postcard (Canadian Version), and and uncut Hostess disk pair.  The Expos Postcards are definitely something I want to track down at some point and put together a run of.  As it stands, this was one was the only one I previously had.  I'll probably stick a stamp on it and send it to Wallach care of the Miami Marlins.  I don't count them as "cards," but they're certainly something I want.  The Hostess disc I do count as a "card," even uncut, which brings the card count for this envelop to 26.  Thank you very much Angus, and please let me know if there's anything I can send in return.

Updated Totals:

1983 Stuart: 9 
1984 O-Pee-Chee Stickers: 2
1984 Topps x2: 307
1985 O-Pee-Chee: 22
1985 Topps Tiffany x2: 11
1986 Topps Tiffany: 5
1987 Topps Tiffany x2: 17
1988 Hostess Disc: 4
1988 Leaf: 36
1988 Leaf Canadian Greats: 29
1988 Topps Tiffany: 19
1988 Topps All-Star Tiffany: 17
1989 O-Pee-Chee: 10
1991 Donruss MVP: 231
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 69
1991 Post x2: 13
1992 Diet Pepsi: 9
1992 Fleer: 111
1992 Triple Play x2: 88
1993 Donruss McDonald's x2: 10

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sunday Edition (on a Monday)

These cards were sent by Jim of Elgin, IL.  Included were a trio of 2012 needs and handful of 2008 needs.  Jim has more or less taken over the responsibility of completing 2008 Topps for me.  2008 was the first year I started collecting after about a thirteen year absence so it'll be sort of nice to finally complete it.  With the five Jim sent in this envelope, I'm now a mere four cards away.  If your interested, here's what I'm looking for, though I'll probably be on Sportlots this week to close it out myself:

 2008: 476, 518, 618, 623 

Also included were the two Fleer basketball checklist from 1987-88 and 1988-89.  I have a soft spot in my heart for the early Fleer basketball sets, and have really enjoyed piecing them together as they always seemed so unattainable when I was a kid in the early 90's.  I mentioned above how I returned to collecting in 2008 after a long absence.  But I've returned as a different kind of collector.  I used to focus on rookies and was a top loader kind of guy.  Now, I'm an unapologetic set builder and fully embrace 3-ring binders.  I don't care if I just dropped the price of a dinner at Outback on a card, it looks better in a 9-pocket page with 8 other cards from it's set than a top loader.  These really aren't investments for me.  They're something I enjoy, so I figure why not enjoy them as much as a I can?

To that effect, I'd like to show off my Fleer Basketball Binder.  These sets are small (132 cards plus some stickers), and all three easily fit in the same 1'' binder.  Here's a look at how it's coming along:

 The 1986-87 Fleer set is two cards away from completion.  This was the first one I started building as teenager in the 90's.  I'm only missing Larry Bird and Michael Jordan.  I recently crossed Magic Johnson off of the list to bring it down from three to two.  The Magic and Bird in this set were never really priorities for me as they weren't rookie cards, and I was never really a huge fan of them.  As a kid in Phoenix in the late 1980's I was a huge Kevin Johnson the Suns (particularly The Gorilla).  I hated Magic and the Lakers and they seemed to always knock "K.J." from the playoffs.  As for the Celtics, well, they're from Boston, I don't really like anything from Boston.  So shelling out ten bucks or so for the Bird just hasn't been high on my to do list.  As for the Jordan, I'd like to short sell stock in that card if I could.  This set is not all that scarce.  Dozens of new listings appear on eBay every day.   I believe with everyday that passes the legend of Jordan fades a little bit as children foolishly argue Kobe or LeBron or some Warrior as the latest and greatest thing (Jordan is still the correct answer FYI), and given the over abundance of the card, the price will drop eventually.  I'll wait.

1987-88 is the set of the first three that I have the most work to do on.  Two years ago at this time I had maybe three or four cards from this set in my entire collection.  I never really targeted it when I was younger, because it lacked the rookies of the other too.  1986 boast the likes of Jordan, Ewing, Mullin, Malone, Drexler, Isiah, and Olajuwan rookies just to name a few.  1988 has Reggie Miller, John Stockton, Scottie Pippen and Dennis Rodman.  This set has, I believe, Herb Williams (no disrespect Herb).  I've made some progress but there is still a long way to go.  It's probably my least favorite of the three, and isn't exactly cheap, so perhaps I lack some of the necessary enthusiasm to be making the progress I'd like to.

I like this 1988-89 set.  As I mentioned above it has some nice rookies and I like the design.  As a die-hard Syracuse fan, it's no small detail that Pearl Washington also appears on his only NBA card in this set.  This is the only one of the first three that I own the Jordan from, and it's also the only one I have most the stickers for.  While I have a few cards to knock out, this set isn't all that daunting to take on, but makes for a nice bookend with the other two.  At some point, I may take on some of the 1970's Topps Basketball sets, or maybe the mid-80's Topps Football.  Older O-Pee-Chee Hockey also looks fun to me, but as you can see below, I still have some work to do here.

Fleer Basketball Sets

1986-87: 9, 57

1987-88: 1, 3, 9, 11, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27, 30, 31, 33, 34, 35, 37, 41, 42, 48, 49, 54, 56, 59, 60, 61, 63, 68, 69, 74, 75, 76, 77, 79, 80, 83, 85, 89, 92, 95, 97, 98, 99, 106, 109, 112, 113, 118, 123, 130

1988-89: 9, 13, 14, 16, 21, 25, 31,  39, 40, 43, 45,  57, 64, 82, 85, 92, 93, 115, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 129