Thursday, January 23, 2020

Watertown, NY


These 19 cards were sent by the Nightowl.  Nightowl has turned Watertown, NY into a sort of airline hub of connecting envelopes of Dodger cards to various collector's all over the country.  I suspect his mailbox is likely responsible for the hiring of at least one extra part-time employee at the Watertown Post Office.

The Nightowl is always flush with Wallach cards from sets and years that are on relative short supply for me.  I have strong suspicion that there just weren't a lot of kids buying packs of Flair in the mid-90's, and as such, it's not often that I get envelopes with this sort of assortment.  If you check those numbers below, you'll see a lot of totals in the teens and twenties.  So it's always nice to be able to add to those totals, however gradual the process may be.

Thanks for the cards Greg.


Updated Totals:

1988 Fleer: 307
1993 Flair x2: 40
1993 O-Pee-Chee Premier x2: 31
1993 Stadium Club Dodgers: 8
1994 Flair: 12
1994 Leaf Limited: 20
1994 Pacific: 17
1994 Score Select: 30
1995 Collector's Choice: 39
1995 Collector's Choice SE: 48
1995 Flair x2: 18
1995 Pinnacle: 32
1995 Studio: 20
1995 Topps D3: 21
1995 Topps Finest: 14
1997 Collector's Choice: 29

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Ramsey, NJ


This group of six cards was sent by frequent contributor Max, of Ramsey, New Jersey.  Max ran "The Starting Nine," blog which I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with.  Included with this grouping was a 2019 Archives Autograph.  Unlike the 1988 Topps, those 2019 Expos Auto's are actually selling on eBay, so it's a very generous offering from Max.

Here are the updated totals:

1988 Topps: 746
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 81
1991 Studio: 83
1992 Bowman USA: 72
1992 Leaf: 119
2019 Topps Archives Auto: 5





Check out Max's Blog Here:

http://startingnine.blogspot.com/
http://startingnine.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Pleasanton, CA


This card was sent by "Mr. Haverkamp" of Pleasanton, California.  I believe him to be the same individual that sent me cards back in 2017 as well.  If not, there are two people in very close proximity sending me cards.  This the first 1991 Post to cross my desk since 2018.

Thanks for the card.

Updated Total:

1991 Post: 15



Thursday, January 9, 2020

Pinehurst, NC


These cards (and few more that I'll be posting shortly) were actually post marked in 2019, but they're being tallied as 2020 additions.  I'm not sure anyone is even remotely concerned about that, but I just wanted to throw it out there.  These 15 cards arrived courtesy of Jay in Pinehurst, North Carolina.  Jay operates the blog "Cards My Mom Didn't Throw Out," which you can check out by clicking that link or the one at the bottom of this post.

Included with these cards was a trifecta of 1994 Pinnacle that covered all three variations.  The "Artist Proof" is actually just my second copy of that card, and the first time I've ever been sent one in the mail.

Thanks for the cards Jay.

Updated Totals:

1986 Fleer Mini x2: 40
1986 Topps All-Star x2: 694
1987 Topps x2: 963
1988 Topps All-Star x3: 766
1990 Donruss: 470
1993 Score: 39
1994 Leaf Limited: 19
1994 Pinnacle: 38
1994 Pinnacle Artist Proof: 2
1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection: 4






Monday, January 6, 2020

Sunday Edition - 2020 Goals

Looking Forward

It's been a few years since I've done one of these post.  I know I started one last year, but by the time the calendar turned to April and I still hadn't finished, I figured it was time to let it go.  Hopefully I hit publish on this one and someone is reading this.

Looking back at my previous "Goals for the New Year" posts, they strike me as pretty, or probably more aptly stated, overly, ambitious.  I don't think my desire to collect cards has waned in the slightest, I just think I've become more comfortable with the realities of my time, budget, and space.  I am content with what I'm doing, and still consider card collecting, "The Hobby," to be a positive aspect in my life.  So why mess with a good thing?

That said, it still doesn't hurt to have some outline of what I'm doing and where I'm going.  Here's what I hope to do in 2020:

1. Acquire More Tim Wallach's



This will always be my primary collecting objective.  2019 brought the total number of Wallach cards in my collection to 24,813 cards.  A target number I'd like to reach this year is 26,500 cards.  That would put 29,000 within reach by 2021.  I've had 29,000 set as a milestone in my head for a number of years now.  I don't know what I'll do to commemorate it, but it's starting to sneak up on me and it may be time to start thinking about it.  (Wallach wore #29 for all but 195 of his 2,212 games played)

So aside from sheer numbers, here's a few things I'd like to do with Wallach cards this year:

(1) Bring one card to extinction - This is an idea I've talked about for a few years now, but have never had the discipline to attempt.  The idea is, I want to pick a card (say '83 Fleer?), and buy it out online.  I'll purchase all the copies available on the major sites, Sportlots, COMC, JustCommons, etc, and maybe even ebay.  I want to make one card an endangered species more or less.  The problem is shipping cost.  I get on Sportlots, and load up a cart with all of the '85 Topps, and realize I could use that money to buy about 6x as many cards if I just of focused on sellers rather than a particular card.

(2) Variations - Anyone who pays attention as likely noticed the post on this blog have become pretty sporadic and less frequent over the last few years.  It's a combination of lack of time, and lack of material.  There just aren't a lot of new Wallach cards to post.  One thing I have wanted to chronicle on this blog are the variations that exists.  While I don't really care all that much about the minor differences that occur on the borders of various 1991 Donruss, the fact is that there are differences, and if this blog is going to be an index of Tim Wallach baseball cards, I should probably start pointing them out.

(3) Custom Cards - I've long wanted to mess around with custom Wallach cards.  There's the obvious option of making cards that were never made, but probably should have been, like '81, '96, and '97 Topps.  But perhaps more appealing to me, is creating sort of "Franken-Cards."  What I mean by this is swapping the photos from cards that were made, and putting them onto other set designs.  For instance, use the 1984 Topps Sticker photo, on all of the other 1984 sets from Fleer, Donruss, Topps, ect..  I don't know that I'll find time to do this (I'm also working on a CBGB's film documentary from footage I have from the time my old band played there), but it's an idea I'm playing with.

2. Continue to Complete Sets


2018 Topps was the only set I completed last year.  I did make significant progress on over a half dozen others, even believing I had purchased the final cards in a few sets, only to discover holes while sleeving them.
While I shouldn't have any issues knocking off a few of the modern sets this year, I would really like to polish off a couple of sets from the 1970's.  While it would be nice to say I'm going to finish off 1972, the reality is that would come at the expense of everything else.  So instead I'm going to focus on knocking off the non-series'd sets from the 70's that I still need complete.  That said, I'm sure I'll be filling out the lower series in '71, '72, and '73.  Here are my tentative Top Set priorities this year:

i. 1974 Topps: I've never made a much of an active effort to complete 1974 Topps, but somehow it sits near completion.  '74 Topps have always seemed to sort of fall into my lap, which is probably why it's never been a focus.  It's time to cross the set off my list.  Winfield, Ryan, Rose, and other would be pocket busters are already in hand, as well as the McCovey "Nat'l League" variant, so it's just a matter of sifting through a website at this point.

1974 Topps: 3, 29, 43, 50, 53, 80, 95, 125, 130, 153, 179, 229, 265, 280, 297, 323, 331, 333, 337, 461, 470, 473, 482, 500, 582, 596, 598, 600, 604, 605, 622, 637

ii. 1977 Topps: I don't anticipate this being too difficult a task, all of these cards are abundant and easy to find, and nothing in the set is going to break the bank.  Dawson and Murphy have long been in hand, and the Ryan isn't going to be the same obstacle it was in the 1970 set.  That said, I still need quite a few of them.  Here's what I'm looking for:

1977 Topps: 6, 8, 10, 34, 74, 100, 111, 113, 130, 167, 183, 208, 210, 230, 231, 232, 234, 265, 270, 276, 277, 285, 286, 287, 299, 320, 327, 355, 256, 387, 390, 412, 414, 418, 428, 430, 433, 434, 435, 437, 439, 445, 450, 467, 473, 476, 484, 494, 495, 498, 504, 516, 518, 522, 541, 546, 547, 560, 564, 571, 580, 597, 615, 621, 630, 632, 632, 634, 638, 647, 650, 655, 656

iii. 1976 Topps:  This would be the final single series Topps set I need to hammer out, and would give me a complete run from 1974 to 1992.  These sets aren't as much fun to build as the earlier set series (the thrill of finding a high number need at a great price is hard to match), but it's still very satisfying to finish them off.

1976: 17, 24, 45, 48, 55, 73, 78, 104, 118, 119, 128, 130, 147, 150, 160, 169, 172, 179, 192, 202, 205, 230, 300, 330, 341, 344, 345, 347, 348, 420, 421, 435, 480, 504, 531, 550, 581, 589, 590, 595, 596, 598, 606, 620, 643, 650


iv. Modern Topps: My need list for 2008, 2009, 2015, and 2019 are all four cards or less.  The only real headache here is the 2015 Kris Byrant card.  I know for a fact that I pulled at least one (I'm pretty sure more) of those from packs in 2015.  Somehow I lost it (or them).  I may have given one away to a friend with a kid who was a Cubs fan, but I really don't remember.  I just know I'm not much of a Cubs fan (that's a diplomatic way of saying it), I think Bryant is wildly overrated, and paying more than a buck or two for any base card printed as recently as 2015 seems like madness to me given the print runs.  Had I known the stupid thing was going demand $10 a few years later, I probably wouldn't have so quickly dismissed it in 2015.

v. 1988-89 Fleer Basketball: I'm working on all three of the Fleer sets from 1986-89, but Michel Jordan is causing problems for me in the first two sets.  So while I search for a Jordan that is in sufficiently terrible condition to put it in my price range for the first two sets, I'd like to go ahead and finish off this one.  Jordan is already in hand too.

1988-89 Fleer Basketball: 9, 16, 21, 25, 43, 57, 64, 85, 115, 123, 124, 125, 129

And the other two sets if you're interested:

1986-87: 9, 57

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



3. Single Cards


Rookie Cards, for many years as a kid, were my only collecting focus outside of Wallach cards.  While I've definitely shifted to a set builder, I still have a soft spot, or compulsive need, to collect the occasional single card.  I'm not sure a single marquee card crossed my desk in 2019.  I believe the 1980-81 Topps Magic Johnson/Larry Bird was my last "big" pickup, but that may have been in 2018.  That doesn't mean there aren't still a few coveted pieces of cardboard I wouldn't love to have in my collection.  Here's what I'm currently craving, albeit, I don't expect to acquire more than one or two of them this year, if any.  I have added self-handicapped "odds" as to the likelihood of picking each of these up.

2020 Most Wanted Cards
(images from random eBay listings)


i. 1953 Topps Willie Mays: While not listed above, I am currently working on a 1953 set build.  With a little progress, there's a good chance it'll sit at number one on my set list if I do this post next year.  Willie would certainly be "a little progress."  Through chance and circumstance, I've already acquired most of the big names in the set, however the Mays remains elusive.  He's also what qualifies as a short-print in the set.  While the '53 short prints, they don't demand anything close in price to what their '52 counterparts.

Odds I own one this time next year: 33%  Finding one of these, no matter how beat up it is, is tough to do for under $200, and I generally don't like paying anything close to that for cards.  Chances are I hold off picking this card up until it's the last, or close to the last, card I need for the set.



ii.  1987-88 Fleer Michael Jordan:  I passed on a chance to own fairly beat up copy of this card for under $25 last year.  I've sort of been kicking myself as a result, as I haven't seen one go for anything close to that since.  This sophomore Fleer set doesn't have the sort of rookie star power that the two sets it's sandwiched between do, and as result is often over looked.

Odds I own one this time next year: 75%  I'm currently tracking this card on an eBay watch list.  If one shows up in one piece for under $30, I'll probably bite. 




iii. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky:  I more than dabble in hockey cards, and have slowly built up what I consider a half-way respectable collection of NHL cardboard.  This Gretzky would obviously be a crown jewel.  While I have no minimum standards for condition, I am stubborn when it comes to OPC vs Topps.  I want the OPC.  I wouldn't mind owning a Topps, but it wouldn't crack this list if it were 50 cards long.

Odds I own one this time next year: 5%  I have next to zero ambition of owning one of these this year.  I still sneak a peak at eBay listings from time to time, and if one showed up at the right price, I may bite, but I'm not counting on it.  It's a card for another day.


iv. 1962 Topps Joe Pepitone:  This is one of those horizontal multi-payer "Rookie Parade" cards in the last series of '62 Topps.  I met Pepitone once and he made a great impression (contrasted with the other ex-Yankee I spent all summer working with who didn't).  I've been a retro-active Pepitone fan ever since and would really like to own his rookie.  You could also substitute the '62 Bob Uecker or '62 Jim Bouton into this #4 spot and I'd be every bit as pleased.  I'm not listing all three in the interest of keeping this list diverse.

Odds I own one (or a Uecker or Bouton) this time next year: 20%  The sticker price on these is alarmingly high.  Once I complete the 70's Topps sets, I have my eye on '62 Topps as my next vintage effort.  Once that happens, I'll be more prepared to justify (stomach) the price tag and these cards and will likely pick them up in short order.  I just don't expect it to be in 2020.




v. 1982 Topps Traded Cal Ripken Jr.:  I consider this to be one of the most overrated cards in the history of The Hobby.  It drives me bonkers when anyone call's it a Ripken "rookie."  It's not his "rookie," it's not even his first Topps card.  By the time this card was printed, kids already had three different Cal Ripken cards to choose from.  So does having it on this list make me a hypocrite?  Probably.  But in my quest to complete the Topps set runs, I've started to track down the Traded Sets.  1982 Topps Traded can't be put in the books without this card.

Odds I own one this time next year: 10%  I will almost certainly pick up this card as part of the 1982 Traded Box Set.  Holding me back, beside the price, is I don't know what to do with the Traded Sets I have.  Most are still in the little colored boxes.  I'd like to page them and keep with with the sets in 3 ring binders, but the binders I have the sets in are too small, and I don't want to go to 4'' binders.  I may end up just doing "Traded Binders" with multiple Traded Sets to a binder.  But until I decide, this card isn't likely to find a place in my collection.




vi. 1962 Topps Football Jim Brown:  A couple of years back when I did this post, a 1962 Topps Football Ernie Davis was the #1 card on it.  I've since picked one up, and it's one of the only cards I keep prominently displayed in public view inside my house.  I was lucky enough to find a '58 Jim Brown a few years back, and tried displaying it next to the Ernie Davis.  It just didn't look right.  But I think the matching '62 Brown would look great next to the Ernie Davis, and hope to have the Syracuse legends side by side at some point.

Odds I own one this time next year: 55%  There's a decent chance this will end up being an impulse by some day when I'm feeling sorry for myself for not wanting to pay for a '53 Mays or the card below.


vii. 1963 Topps Pete Rose:  I've wanted this card since I was about five years old, following Rose's assault on Ty Cobb's record.  It should probably be higher on this list, but the reality is that it just isn't a priority right now, even if it's place in my subconscious warrants it.  This is sort of "The" baseball card in my mind.

Odds I own one this time next year: 1%  One day, I will own this card.  But for now it's sort of like the player to be named later.



viii. 1985 Topps WWF Hulk Hogan:  On the other end of the spectrum from the Rose is this Hogan.  I could have it delivered next week for less than the price of a 12-pack of Coors.  I just haven't found the motivation.  I also haven't watched WWF since Wrestlemania VII (and even then I was only checking in for the Wrestlemania, and not watching regularly anymore).  But I still have positive memories of the colorful late 1980's wrestlers.  Hogan wasn't my favorite by a long shot (I preferred Big Boss Man, Macho Man, and Andre the Giant), and I know he has older cards, but this is his first licensed by the WWF and it's made by Topps (and isn't stupid expensive).  I feel like my collection would be better with one of these in it.  The 1987 Macho Man is pretty awesome too.

Odds I own one this time next year: 15%  The issue with this card is that when it comes time to drop the $3-8 to buy and ship it, I start thinking about all the '77 Topps commons those same few bucks could purchase.



ix. Bill Murray Baseball Card: I don't really care which one, there are several to choose from.  I just know i want one.

Odds I own one this time next year: 10%  Periodically I'll see someone post one of these Murray cards on Twitter or a blog and I'll immediately take to eBay looking for one.  And just as quickly, I get scared away by the price.




x. 2002-03 Upper Deck Henrik Zetterberg: I have zero intention of paying the price this card currently demands, but I feel like it's due to drop.  Zetterberg was my guy in the NHL over the course of his career, and I'd like to own his marquee rookie.  It annoys me to no end to see the writting on that wall when comes to how Zetterberg's legacy is going to be remembered (people who clearly don't know hockey actually have the gall to debate his Hall of Fame merit), but on the flip side that may make it easier to pick up this card.

Odds I own one this time next year: 5%  As much as I'd love to own this card, I don't pay anything close to the price tag it carries for cards that came out much after around 1973. 




4. 2020 Topps Base Set


My first impression of 2020 Topps isn't,...isn't what I'd describe as "good."  It's a little too generic for my liking, with a bit of an internet fake-card type vibe too it.  That said, at least it's distinct.  After a long run of more or less indistinguishable white bordered designs from like 2009-14, at least this is different and unique.  I'd rather Topps try something "different" and create a terrible looking card (looking at you 2016), than pump out bland boring sets year after year.  Some of my favorite vintage sets today, are sets I could not stand 20 years ago.

So with regards to this set, I'll buy a few packs, see how it feels, then decide whether to go the cheaper factory set route, or do a build through packs.  If my first impression doesn't change once I have a few in hand, 2020 is going to be a factory set year.

Thanks for reading, and best of luck to all of you with your 2020 collecting goals.




Friday, January 3, 2020

2019 Year in Review

2019 Year in Review

That 2018 Topps Chad Wallach ins't real.  It's a mock up I did on the Topps website.  Topps didn't make a 2018 Chad Wallach, or a 2017 for that matter either.  And for reasons that I can only attribute to sheer incompetence, Topps didn't produce a Chad Wallach in 2019 either, despite Wallach being the opening day starter for the Marlins for the 2nd consecutive season in 2019.  When was the last time the son of a 5x Major League All-Star played in three Major League seasons and didn't get a card from Topps?  Topps is really missing a golden opportunity here.  Include Wallach in the set, and make the SP/Variation of the a retired player be Tim Wallach with the Expos.  For the moment suspend any disbelief and just accept that I have no personal bias here, and am only looking out for what's in the best interest of the Topps flagship set.

Chad saw a promising season cut short in 2019 with concussion issues, but still hit .250 with a home run and three doubles.  Chad and Tim have now combined for a 2,106 career hits, 262 career home runs, 436 doubles, and 1,133 RBI's, though Tim is carrying most of the weight there.  Baseball reference is projecting Chad to have a very solid 2020 season, perhaps that will be enough to finally get Chad in a Topps set.  A fourth MLB Season without a Topps card would probably be some sort of dubious modern record.

2019 saw Tim Wallach step down as the Marlins bench coach.  The split was entirely amicable, with Wallach simply expressing a desire to being closer to family in California.  Wallach indicated that he would be open to coaching again for a team closer to the West Coast.

2019 also saw a new Wallach card produced.  Tim was included in the 2019 Topps Archives sub set recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the Montreal Expos.  There were about a million unnecessary variations of the card, but it was still a welcomed event, and the standard card was a very nice looking one done in the style of 1969 Topps, complete with an old picture, though this was due to Wallach having been retired for 25 years and not a Marvin Miller led boycott of Topps photographers.

Here's a look at the 2019 Archives Wallach with five of the six foil variations.  I don't have either of the two "1/1" Black ones.  One of the two "1/1" Blacks was offered to me for the bargain price of $500, but I passed.  It was the damaged autographed "1/1," not the "1/1" that hasn't been written on.


Now here's a look at the 2019 baseball card numbers.

Current cards in the Collection: 24,813 
Cards acquired in 2018: 2,921
Collection grew by: 11.8%

Top Ten Most Abundant Cards in the Collection

 


1. 1982 Topps .................................. 1,227
2. 1987 Topps ..................................... 961
3. 1988 Donruss ................................. 893
4. 1989 Topps ..................................... 801
5. 1988 Topps All-Star ....................... 763
6. 1988 Topps ..................................... 745
7. 1986 Topps All-Star ....................... 692
8. 1990 Topps ..................................... 554
9. 1990 Donruss ................................. 469
10. 1990 Fleer ..................................... 466

For the first time in two years there is a new comer to this list with 1990 Fleer moving into the #10 spot.  The Top nine remained unchanged in order, though they all saw their respective numbers go up.  1988 Donruss and 1989 Topps both surpassed the 800 mark. 


Top 10 most added cards in 2017



1. 1982 Fleer .................................. 134
2. 1988 Donruss ............................ 128
3. 1986 Topps ................................ 110
4. (tie) 1983 Topps ........................ 105
4. (tie) 1990 Fleer .......................... 105
6. 1984 Topps  ................................. 74
7. 1986 Topps AS ............................ 66
8. 1989 Topps .................................. 65
9. 1992 Fleer .................................... 63
10. (tie) 1991 Leaf ............................ 60
10. (tie) 1993 Topps ........................ 60

1989 Topps and 1990 Fleer were the only cards to repeat from last year on this list.  About half of these were the usual suspects, cards I'd expect to see, but there were a few surprises.  Notably 1992 Fleer and 1993 Topps are cards that don't usually show up in large numbers.


Notable No-Shows, zero acquired (pre-existing amount)




I'd point to 1995 Pinnacle as being the most surprising card I didn't add any of in 2019.  While I only have 31 copies, it usually makes a couple of stray appearances each year.  1990 U.S. Playing cards (34), 1986 Donruss All-Star (28), and 1996 Donruss (19) were some other notable no-shows in 2019.


Welcome Back




It's not unusual for me to go years without adding an additional copy of a particular card.  While there isn't exactly a shortage of 1989 Topps, there are a few cards that show up less often than others.  These cards made returns after significant hiatus in 2019.

1st since 2012
1991 Panini 
1991 Topps Tiffany
1995 Upper Deck Gold Electric Diamond 

1st since 2013
1986 O-Pee-Chee Sticker
1987 General Mills Book
1996 Donruss Press Proof
1996 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion

1st since 2014
1986 Provigio
1989 Fleer Glossy
1989 Topps Tiffany
1991 Topps Micro




Top 10 cards sent in 2019



Cards sent by strangers, and people I've come to know through this blog remains my favorite aspect of collecting baseball cards.  It never stops being astonishing when an envelope shows up with a couple of Wallach cards inside.  The whole thing is just sort of surreal.  These were the Ten most commonly sent cards in 2019

1. 1986 Topps .................................. 59
2. 1991 Leaf  .................................... 47
3. 1984 Topps .................................. 43
4. 1986 Topps AS ............................ 40
5. (tie) 1983 Topps ........................... 28
5. (tie) 1990 Fleer ............................. 28
7. (tie) 1988 Topps ........................... 27
7. (tie) 1990 Donruss ....................... 27
7. (tie) 1992 Fleer ............................. 27
10. 3 tied with 24 

Top 10 All-Time Most Sent Cards

 


1. 1989 Topps .................................. 286
2. 1988 Topps All-Star .................... 266
3. 1987 Topps .................................. 257
4. 1988 Topps .................................. 236
5. 1990 Topps .................................. 234
6. 1990 Donruss .............................. 215
7. 1988 Donruss............................... 214
8. 1990 Fleer ...…….....................…  186
9. 1991 Donruss .............................. 180
10. 1986 Topps ................................ 174

It's not grounded in anything scientific, but I'd wager that there's a correlation to be found between these numbers and production runs from the major card producers in the late 1980's and early 90's.  The Top Ten list above is certainly well represented by what you would expect to find.

A huge a thank you, and Happy New Year to anyone who sent cards last year, has ever sent cards, or even read this blog and thought about sending cards.  I look forward to doing this all again next year.


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

eBay Lot


It may not look like it from the less than fantastic photo above, but that's 517 Wallach cards to close out the year.  I picked up this lot on eBay, with the price (with shipping) coming in at under 3 cents a card, which is probably about what 500 junk wax commons should cost these days.  The highlight of the lot, by no small margin, was a stack of 29 copies of '83 Fleer.  It's rare to find that many copies of that card at once.  The most exotic, if you can call it that, was probably an 1988 Fleer Mini, which was the first one I've seen since 2016, a 1993 Score Select Update (a surprisingly uncommon card to see).  1989 Topps became only the 4th card I have to break the 800 mark with the 33 included in this lot. 


Updated Totals:

1982 Topps x2: 1,227
1983 Donruss x6: 147
1983 Fleer x29: 169
1983 Topps x2: 361
1984 Donruss x5: 166
1984 Topps x10: 390
1985 Fleer: 121
1985 Leaf x3: 45
1986 Donruss: 160
1986 Fleer: 130
1986 Topps x39: 422
1986 Topps All-Star x17: 692
1987 Donruss: 445
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 55
1987 Topps x6: 961
1988 Donruss x5: 893
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 52
1988 Fleer x3: 306
1988 Fleer Glossy: 15
1988 Fleer Mini: 16
1988 Score x5: 294
1988 Topps x7: 745
1988 Topps All-Star x6: 763
1989 Bowman x10: 172
1989 Donruss x14: 428
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best: 23
1989 Fleer x9: 404
1989 Score x2: 201
1989 Topps x33: 801
1990 Bowman: 121
1990 Donruss x6: 469
1990 Fleer x10: 466
1990 Score x5: 321
1990 Topps x16: 554
1990 Upper Deck x24: 344
1991 Bowman: 74
1991 Donruss x15: 312
1991 Donruss MVP x16: 295
1991 Fleer x4: 203
1991 Leaf x2: 179
1991 Score x6: 265
1991 Score The Franchise x9: 228
1991 Topps x16: 290
1991 Upper Deck x7: 325
1991 Upper Deck Checklist x9: 258
1992 Donruss x5: 234
1992 Fleer x6: 179
1992 Leaf x9: 118
1992 Pinnacle x2: 121
1992 Score x7: 104
1992 Studio: 78
1992 Topps x15: 250
1992 Triple Play x3: 108
1992 Ultra x3: 147
1992 Upper Deck x15: 305
1993 Bowman: 25
1993 Donruss x16: 126
1993 Fleer x4: 82
1993 Leaf x8: 104
1993 Pinnacle: 44
1993 Score x3: 38
1993 Score Select x2: 66
1993 Score Select Update: 11
1993 Stadium Club x2: 74
1993 Topps x3: 254
1993 Topps Gold: 36
1993 Topps Traded: 37
1993 Triple Play x6: 48
1993 Ultra x2: 48
1993 Upper Deck x4: 160
1994 Flair: 11
1994 Fleer x2: 42
1994 Leaf: 47
1994 Pinnacle: 37
1994 Score: 67
1994 Score Select: 29
1994 Topps x7: 133
1994 Ultra: 41
1994 Upper Deck: 79
1995 Collector's Choice: 38
1995 Collector's Choice SE: 47
1995 Topps x2: 73
1995 Ultra: 51
1996 Collector's Choice: 25
1996 Collector's Choice Silver: 7
1996 Collector's Choice Ser. II: 32
1996 Ultra: 11
1997 Collector's Choice: 28



...That's a lot of tedious work to tally all of those.

Monday, December 30, 2019

St. Joseph, Michigan


This envelope of cards represents the 3rd time Rob of St. Joseph, Michigan has sent me cards, going back to 2016.  I've mentioned this a few times, but it's probably time I repeat it, the front of the 1992 Score is one of my favorite Wallach cards ever produced.  It's just a fantastic photo and works well with the card design, which I view as one of the more underrated card designs of the era.  That said, the back of the card is extremely ugly.  Score went with a lot of black and it just feels out of place with their typical bright colors.

Thanks for the cards Rob.

Updated Totals:

1990 Fleer x2: 456
1992 Score: 97
1993 Score Select: 64


Thursday, December 26, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI


These cards 48 were sent by Matthew (follow Matthew on twitter @jmswyo) from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  I was somewhat surprised to see that this was the first time cards had been sent from Grand Rapids.  Kalamazoo and Bay City were represented, but this was the first envelope from Grand Rapids (that probably doesn't mean much to anyone that isn't well acquainted with Michigan).

Thanks for the cards Matthew.

Updated totals:

1986 Topps x2: 383
1986 Topps All-Star: 675
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 54
1987 Topps x3: 944
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 51
1988 Fleer: 303
1988 Score x3: 289
1988 Topps x2: 738
1988 Topps All-Star x2: 757
1988 Topps Big x3: 67
1989 Bowman x2: 162
1989 Donruss x2: 414
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best: 22
1989 Score: 199
1989 Topps x2: 768
1990 Fleer: 454
1990 Score x3: 316
1990 Topps: 538
1990 Topps Big x3: 18
1990 Upper Deck: 320
1991 Fleer: 199
1991 O-Pee-Chee Premier: 80
1991 Stadium Club: 138
1991 Topps: 274
1991 Ultra: 92
1991 Upper Deck x3: 318
1992 Donruss: 229
1992 Fleer: 173
1992 Score: 96
1993 Topps: 251
1993 Topps Gold: 35



Matthew also included a pair of 1977 Topps needs with the Wallachs.  I've still got a ways to go to finish off the set, but the end is within sight.  Here's a look:


1977: 6, 8, 10, 34, 74, 100, 111, 113, 130, 167, 183, 208, 210, 230, 231, 232, 234, 265, 270, 276, 277, 285, 286, 287, 299, 320, 327, 355, 256, 387, 390, 412, 414, 418, 428, 430, 433, 434, 435, 437, 439, 445, 450, 467, 473, 476, 484, 494, 495, 498, 504, 516, 518, 522, 541, 546, 547, 560, 564, 571, 580, 597, 615, 621, 630, 632, 632, 634, 638, 647, 650, 655, 656

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Lake Barrington, IL


This envelope was the second one sent this year by regular contributor "Storms" of Lake Barrington, IL.  My dog got hold of the envelope but the  46 cards that were in side came out unharmed.  Also included were three color slides.  I tried to photograph them as best I could, with mixed results.




Over the years I've ended up with a good number of slides sent by readers.  I don't mind admitting that the first few I received, I sort of shrugged off and tossed in my box of random non-card Wallach card stuff.  Over the years however, I've come to become a fan of them.  I'd like to figure out a way to do something with these slides, I just haven't decided what.  I've printed some in the past, but that was sort of an underwhelming expierence.  I'm thinking now I'd like to do some Kubrick style front screen projections with them, maybe project them on a wall in my card room and paint a mural over them, or just devise a way to keep them projected like a poster.  I don't know.  I just know I've come to like them.

Thanks for the cards and slides Storms.

Updated Totals:

1982 Donruss x7: 224
1983 Fleer: 140
1984 Fleer: 136
1985 Leaf: 42
1986 Topps: 381
1987 Fleer Glossy: 36
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 50
1988 Fleer: 302
1988 Fleer MVP: 19
1988 Revco: 42
1988 Score x3: 286
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In: 22
1989 Donruss: 412
1989 Fleer: 395
1989 Score x3: 198
1990 Bowman x2: 120
1990 Donruss x5: 463
1990 Score: 313
1990 Topps Mini Leaders: 16
1991 Donruss: 297
1991 Donruss MVP: 279
1991 Leaf x4: 177
1991 Panini Top 15: 24
1991 Stadium Club x2: 137
1992 Donurss x2: 228
1992 Upper Deck: 290


Monday, December 23, 2019

Brownsburg, IN


These three cards were sent by Gabe of Brownsburg, Indiana.  By my count, Gabe last sent cards in November 2015, so it's nice to hear from him again.  Gabe runs the blog "White Sox Card Adeventures."  Given the Sox "win now" attitude they've demonstrated this off-season, Gabe should be flush with a lot of new South Siders to collect next Spring.  Thanks for the cards Gabe.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps: 736
1988 Topps All-Star: 755
1989 Topps: 766