Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Coralville, IA

This was sent recently by Matt of Coralville, Iowa.  It's at least the third time I've received a mailing from Matt (and could be more than that).  I'm not sure whether or not to call this "Hit the Books" bookmark a card.  I've seen these bookmarks pop on eBay and other sites for years, but have never actually purchased one.  This is in fact my first copy of these to make it's way into my collection.  Being the first one I've obtained, I haven't yet had to make the call on the "card/not a card" issue.  I'm inclined to say "not a card," but that doesn't mean I'm not happy to have one.  It's actually very nice to finally have one and is made even nicer by the fact that it was sent by a reader.  I'll do a formal post for the book mark soon and will make the final call then (the post the bookmark or post the mailing debate was already decided in favor of the mailing, as you may have deduced on your own by now).

Thanks so much for sending this my way Matt.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

West Seneca, NY


This extremely large offering of 316 Wallach cards was sent to me by Brain of West Seneca, New York.  West Seneca is a new addition to my map of where cards have been sent from.  While the city of Buffalo is not represented, it's now flanked by suburb of West Seneca to the south and Niagra Falls to the North.

This a diverse and interesting set of cards that Brian sent.  It covers the entire run of Wallach's there is to be found ranging from 1982 Fleer all the way through the 2019 Topps Archives and is also a healthy mix of standard junk was and less common odd balls.  The 65 copies of 1987 Topps is about as ordinary as it gets (albeit, it's unusual to receive that many copies at once) and also includes rarely sent cards like the 1986 Provigo and 1991 O-Pee-Chee (1st I've added since 2015), as well as modern "manufactured scarcity" like the Green variant of 2019 Topps Archives individually numbered out of 99.  That card is actually one I didn't previously own.  I'm not a huge enthusiast for the the forty different variations of cards that Topps puts out.  My feeling is the base card is the "real" card and everything else is just a gimmick that no one will remember in another 20 years.  That said, I'm always extremely pleased to add new cards when I can.

For good measure Brian also tossed in a 2021 Topps Chad Wallach.  Thanks for the cards Brian!

Updated Totals:

1982 Fleer: 458
1982 Topps x5: 1,247
1983 Topps: 409
1984 Donruss x3: 189
1984 Fleer x3: 189
1984 Topps x9: 1,239
1985 Donruss x4: 150
1985 Leaf x4: 49
1985 Topps: 485
1986 Donruss x3: 174
1986 Fleer x3: 176
1986 Provigo: 31
1986 Topps x2: 478
1986 Topps All-Star: 741
1987 Donruss: 481
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 60
1987 Fleer: 247
1987 Sportflics: 51
1987 Topps x65: 1,116
1988 Donruss All-Star x5: 61
1988 Fleer x4: 325
1988 Fleer Star Stickers x2: 87
1988 Jiffy Pop: 3
1988 O-Pee-Chee Super Star: 8
1988 Score: 329
1988 Topps x3: 851
1988 Topps All-Star x3: 895
1988 Topps Mini Leader x3: 42
1989 Bowman x5: 196
1989 Donruss x3: 527
1989 Donruss Opening Day x2: 32
1989 Fleer x5: 459
1989 K-Mart x3: 70
1989 Topps x4: 933
1990 Bowman: 139
1990 Donruss x5: 551
1990 Donruss Opening Day x2: 17
1990 Fleer x3: 515
1990 Fleer Award Winners: 12
1990 Score x4: 370
1990 Topps x2: 681
1990 Upper Deck x4: 370
1991 Bowman x3: 86
1991 Donruss: 362
1991 Donruss MVP x3: 358
1991 Fleer x3: 227
1991 Fleer Ultra x2: 105
1991 O-Pee-Chee: 4
1991 Score x4: 311
1991 Score "The Franchise" x3: 264
1991 Score Super Star: 23
1991 Stadium Club x3: 154
1991 Studio x3: 103
1991 Topps: 334
2019 Topps Archives "Green": 1  (It's my 1st copy!!!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Peoria, IL

These 206 cards were sent by regular contributor Tom of Peoria, Illinois.  Tom is involved with the "Saints Prison Ministry."  They visit penitentiaries and attempt to reach out to people through sports rather than just preaching.  You can click the images below to learn more about what they do.

Thanks for the cards Tom!

Updated Totals:

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday Edition

Vintage Additions

About two weeks ago 2022 Topps finally showed up in my local Target.  I bought two packs, enjoyed opening them, and feel like I have my fix for the year.  I'll go ahead and pick up a factory set in August and try it again in 2023.  I'm just enjoying vintage too much to spend time sifting through a million goofy inserts, being at the mercy of store shelve supplies, and amassing countless duplicates trying to build the first series of 2022 Topps by hand.  

This batch of vintage represents the last two weeks of my eBay hunting.  The three 1953 Topps above are the biggest hauls of this group.  I'm just 16 cards away from finishing the set.  Granted, one of those cards is Willie Mays, so I may not be finishing it anytime soon, but other than Mays, Warren Spahn is the only other HOF'er I still need.  Johnny Podres and Jim Gilliam also figure to be painful shots to the wallet.

I'm not actively building the '55 set, but I've been amassing a good number of them recently.  The trio of high dollar rookies in the set are doing a pretty good job of scaring me away from the prospect of trying to build it, but I haven't ruled out the idea.  I'm going to need something to do once I decide being one card short of completing '53 is good enough.  Might as well try to get 3 cards short of finishing the '55 set.

The Kaline is similar to a '56 Killebrew I recently picked up.  A second year card of a great slugger in spectacularly rough shape.  I can't enough of cards like this.

(The '56 Killebrew from a few weeks ago)

A trio of somewhat random cards.  The Red Rolfe is of the 1935 variety of Diamond Stars.  Determining whether a Diamond Star is from 1934, '35, or '36 is not as easy a task as it should be.  It's my second card from the set, and I don't expect to have a third anytime soon.  Though I do really like them.  The best part of the Warren Giles is the back of the card.  Picking up the AL president just became more of a priority as I'd like to display the backs of them side by side with all the logos.

The Spahn and Aparicio are both duplicates, but when the price is right on HOF'ers from this era, I'm okay with doubles.  The Aparicio is actually a fourth copy for me.  I beginning to suspect collectors don't realize he and Robin Roberts are in the Hall of Fame, because I routinely pick up their cards for the price of commons.  The Spahn is actually a significant improvement over my first copy (condition wise) if you can believe it.

That Banks replaces a 1962 Topps as my oldest Ernie Banks card.  The '60 Aparicio is more proof of the disrespect shown to him by collector's given my paltry winning bid.

Another Ernie Banks, this time a '71, in less than "gem mint" (whatever the hell that means) condition to show off.  This was probably the priciest card left in my 1971 Topps build.  I still need Richie Allen who is now definitely the highest dollar card remaining of the 25 or so cards I still need (and he may have been before the addition of Ernie B).  

Given the price of cards currently, it's unusual for me to pick up a card for cheaper now than I could have in 1987, but trust me, no one was going to pick up a 1977 Dale Murphy for $4 in 1987, which is the price I paid for this one.

Finally a trio of non-baseball additions.  Isiah Thomas leaves me 8 cards short of the 1987-88 Fleer Basketball set.  I've wanted a Gretzky rookie for about 30+ years, and will likely continue to want one for the foreseeable future.  In the meantime, this 1980-81 second year card feels like a decent silver medal that I can live with.

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

1983 Fleer Lot


That's what 830 copies of the same 1983 Fleer card looks like when laid out on a table.  It's the most copies of a single Wallach card that I've ever acquired at once.  They were purchased on Ebay along with over 700 copies of Wallach's 1984 Topps card.  At less than 4 cents a card shipped, I'm hoping the seller as some more large lots lying around.

I have to tip my hat to Fleer.  In sorting through these over 800 copies of the card none stood out as any sort of manufacturing error.  None of the cards had any huge issues with ink levels or centering or anything else to make them stand out.  Just what I would consider ordinary variances from card to card.

The seller did let a few mistakes slip through the cracks, no doubt being fooled by that Expos logo in the lower left corner of the card.  These six cards were mixed in the lot.  I actually didn't have any copies of the Raines, so that was sort of a nice surprise.

Updated Total:

1983 Fleer: 1,054

Monday, April 25, 2022

1984 Topps Lot

 I recently purchased two large lots of cards from the same seller on eBay.  This lot of 780 copies of the 1984 Topps Wallach and a similarly large lot of 1983 Topps Wallach cards that I will post later this week (I need to stretch out my limited opportunities for new content).  My general rule of thumb for large lots is to not pay more than 10 cents a card shipped.  The seller of these two lots agreed to combine shipping and the result was I ended up picking these up at just over 4 cents per card.  I think it worked out well for the seller and myself.  He picked close to $40 and cleared out some shelf space and I picked up close to 1,600 new Wallach cards.

I'm not sure what sellers are holding out for.  The demand for a lot of 300 copies of 1988 Donruss Tim Wallach cards just isn't there.  At the risk of sounding arrogant, they're selling to audience of one.  If I'm willing to pay you $3.00 on top of shipping cost, that should be a no brainer.  Unless some people just like endless piles of worthless cards sitting in the their closets, of players they don't collect and sets they aren't building.  To each their own I guess.  Given the nature of this blog/collection, I'm well aware that I'm one of the last people who should be throwing stones from inside this glass house of mine.

The last decade or so, it's become increasingly rare for me to obtain more copies of a card than I previously already had.  On the rare occasion it has happened, it's usually some odd-ball release like the  Provigo food product set, or an O-Pee-Chee sticker that I only had 2 or 3 copies of.  I don't recall the last time I picked up more new copies of a main stream release than I already had.  But that's the case here, as the 780 new copies nearly doubled the 444 I had in my collection.  The huge addition makes this the second most abundant card in my collection behind only the 1982 Topps Wallach by a margin of just 16 cards.  It's conceivable that by the end of the year, 1984 Topps could end the 82's decade plus reign at the top of the list.

As far as the cards, I have to credit Topps for their quality control.  Nearly 800 copies and there were only three that stood out as I sorted through them.  Below on the left is what I consider a "nice" clean copy.  Moving left to right is one with ink levels that left it looking faded, then a slant cut, and finally on the far right a copy that was miscut on the top/bottom enough to show the top of the card below it (which would be Paul Molitor).   They're a little curved, but in my experience that eventually goes away once I get them sorted.  The slant cut card is odd enough that I'll move it into my pile of manufacturing errors.  The others, while unique, will be sorted with the others and stashed away like the ark at the end of the first Indiana Jones film.

I reached out to the seller to inquire why he (or she) had so many copies '84 Topps and '83 Fleer (and to see if they had any other lots they wanted to part with) but never heard back.  Someone spent a lot of time sorting these though and did a pretty good job too.  However, the five cards below did get mixed into the lot.  I can see how that would be a common slip up with the pink vertical "Expos" looking similar while breaking down nearly 800 completes sets worth of cards.  Hopefully this person cashed in on their Mattingly's and Strawberry's back during the feeding frenzy on them around 1989 or so.

Updated Total

Friday, April 22, 2022

Eden Prairie, MN

These six Wallach cards were sent by "Chies" of Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  Also included (but not pictured) was a Terry Francona sticker and a 1971 Topps I needed.  I believe this is the first time I've received cards from Eden Prairie, though the greater Minneapolis area is well represented.

Thanks for the cards!

Updated Totals:

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Dartmouth, Nova Scotia


These four cards were sent by regular contributor Ryan of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.  That's in Canada if you're keeping score.  Ryan has been sending cards for nearly a decade now going back to 2013.  The '90 Fleer is actually of the "Canadian" variety.  I often see this set labeled as "1990 Fleer Glossy," but as far as I can tell there is no gloss.  The only distinction is on the back which shows it to have been printed in "Canada" rather than the "USA."

In my experience these "1990 Fleer Canadian" variants are extremely rare.  This only the 6th copy I've seen and first new one I've added since 2014.

Thanks for the cards Ryan.

Updated Totals:

Thursday, March 31, 2022

Keizer, OR

These 484 cards were sent by "Bo" of Keizer, Oregon.  This is at least the 6th time Bo has sent me cards going back to 2018, and it could be more than that.  My record keeping in that department isn't as on point as I'd like it to be.  This is one of the larger boxes of cards I've ever been sent by a reader.  The generosity of other collector's never ceases to amaze me.  Below are some photos of what was in the box.

Updated Totals:

1983 Topps x3: 407
1984 Donruss x10: 186
1985 Donruss x2: 145
1985 Topps: 478 
1986 Topps x3: 474
1987 Donruss x4: 479
1987 Topps x6: 1,042
1988 Donruss x4: 983
1988 Donruss All-Star: 52
1988 Fleer x2: 319
1988 Fleer All-Stars: 18
1988 Kay-Bee: 40
1988 Leaf: 41
1988 Score: 327
1988 Topps x27: 837
1988 Topps All-Star x40: 881
1988 Topps UK Mini: 99
1989 Donruss x3: 522
1989 Fleer x6: 452
1989 K-Mart: 67
1989 Score: 213
1989 Topps x37: 925
1989 Upper Deck x2: 281
1990 Bowman x2: 137
1990 Donruss  x6: 550
1990 Fleer x13: 508
1990 Fleer League Leaders: 13
1990 Leaf: 141
1990 Score x2: 362
1990 Topps x29: 676
1990 Upper Deck x2: 363
1991 Donruss x32: 354
1991 Donruss MVP x50: 353
1991 Score x29: 303
1991 Score The Franchise x21: 258
1991 Score Super Star: 22
1991 Stadium Club x3: 148
1991 Studio x2: 98
1991 Topps x7: 328
1991 Upper Deck x7: 366
1992 Bowman USA x7: 80
1992 Donruss x42: 296
1992 Fleer x2: 198
1992 Leaf x3: 129
1992 Score x18: 130
1993 Bowman: 26
1993 Donruss x10: 147
1993 Fleer x2: 91
1993 Pinnacle: 48
1993 Stadium Club x2: 84
1993 Studio: 62
1994 Score x15: 86
1995 Score x13: 71
1995 Fleer Ultra: 53 a pair of 2020 Topps Chad Wallach cards.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Ramsey, NJ

These five cards (depending on what you count as a "card") were sent by frequent contributor Max of Ramsey, New Jersey.  This is about as an eclectic mix of cards I've ever been sent, at least in recent memory.  The ghost of Sy Berger forgives you if you don't immediately recognize all of these (I even had to double check the year on the O-Pee-Chee poster).  Here's a break down of what it all is.

The large item in the upper left is a 1985 O-Pee-Chee Poster.  I don't know much about these posters.  They come folded up (you can see the creases) and have a plain white back.  When I first published the post for these I mentioned I had no idea how these were distributed.  When this one arrived I once again did a google search and didn't find anything at first.  But I decided to follow up on a hunch and a google image search gave me the answer I suspected, these came inside packs of O-Pee-Chee along with a stick of gum.  "Bonus Poster" See the borrowed image below:

I wouldn't mind adding an unopened pack of those to my collection at some point.  I just wish "Expos" had been given top billing over "Blue Jay" on the wrapper.  

The sheet of three cards included is an uncut (unperforated?) copy of the 1986 Provigo Wallach.  Provigo is a Canadian grocery store chain.  The tiny sealed card is a 1987 Hostess.  A reader from Canada filled me in that these came inside bags of potato chips and is actually a sticker.  The display in grocercy stores had a free blank poster on which you could stick all the stickers.  If anyone has a photo of that I'd love to see it.  The final two are 1989 Topps "Baseball Talk" cards.  These are the ones with what is more or less a tiny vinyl record on the back that plays an interview with the player.  As a kid I had the player and the Wallach (and a couple others, they came three to a pack in the toy aisle).  This pair doubles the number in my collection to four.  Storage has always been a problem for me and both of mine were in less than ideal condition.  These two are in great shape and should stay that way given the fancy packaging used by Max.

Thanks for the cards Max!

Updated Totals:

Thursday, March 10, 2022

Hazle Township, PA

These five Wallach cards, and a 1981 Expos Team card, were sent by Cooper, a young collector from Hazle Township, Pennsylvania.  Hazle Township is a new addition to my map, and appears to be located a little east of Williamsport, a destination I've long wanted visit for their World Series.

Included was an 1986 O-Pee-Chee.  I always enjoy adding O-Pee-Chee from the 80's to my collection.  The 1981 Expos Team card may or may not include Tim Wallach, second from the right, in the first row standing behind the seated players.  Here's a zoomed in look at the card:

I can't tell.  

Thanks for the cards Cooper!

Updated Totals:

1985 Donruss: 143
1985 Topps: 477


A reader smarter than myself, "Bo," left a comment confirming that it is in fact Wallach in the team photo.  He provided a link to the official team photo with names below.  Here's a copy of it.

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Ramsey, NJ

These seven cards were sent by long time contributor Max, of Ramsey, New Jersey.  Max runs the card blog "The Starting Nine."  The Glossy Send-In is of the more "glossy" variety.  Granted I haven't seen too many of these, but this one seemed to have some extra shine to it.

Thanks for the cards Max.

Updated Totals:

1988 Topps: 810
1988 Topps Glossy Send-In: 24
1989 Topps: 878
1990 Leaf: 140
1992 Diet Pepsi: 40
1995 Topps D3: 26
1995 Topps Embossed: 16


Sunday, February 27, 2022

Sunday Edition

Vintage Binge Buying

The last few weeks I've been more active than usual on eBay buying up a lot of low grade vintage cards.  For the most part, they've been in the 79¢ to $5.00 range with the three cards above being notable exceptions.  The 1973 Dwight Evans was the last major hurdle I had to clear before marking that set complete.  I thought I had completed it, until I actually started flipping through the pages of my binder and discovered I'm still three cards short (I guess some sellers shorted me along the way somewhere), needing #595 Don Gullett, #640 Dick Bosman, and #647 George Stone, none of whom figure to break the bank.

The 1971 Clemente was the highest price card I still needed complete the '71 set, but there still 60+ cards I need, and and they include the likes of Richie Allen and Willie Mays, which figure to run me more than the Dick Boseman's and Don Gullett's of the world.

The 1987 Fleer Jordan represents the most I've spent on a card in about five years.  It set me back around as much as my monthly home wifi bill, but it still stings to pay that much for what I consider to be a modern card and not all that scarce.  But in any event, I'm now very close to finishing that set as well. 

The '51 Bowman Robin Roberts is the highlight of the above bunch of early 50's cards.  The '53 Ted Kluzewski inches me a little closer to finishing the '53 set, with 21 cards remaining.

The Berra probably could of been at the top of this page, as I dropped more than $5 on it, but I grouped it here with these '55 Bowman as it still cost less than a blaster box (or at least what I remember them costing years ago when they still showed up on store shelves).  Without looking I believe the '55 Bowman Nellie Fox is a rookie as I don't think he showed in a Topps set until '56, but I could be wrong.  The Minnie Minoso is a card I've been targeting for a few months after seeing it randomly.  I just think it's a great looking card.

None these names likely jump out to most younger collectors (though Ken Boyer was a 6x All-Star and 1964 NL MVP), but I still like them.  Anytime I can land '55 or '56 Topps for less than a pack of cards, I grab them up.

The '59 Whitey has seen better days, but I swear I like my vintage better when it shows it's age.  Gives it a more "authentic" feel.  Mike Garcia is one of those great players who unfortunately seems doomed to be lost to history.


Sometimes I start bidding on eBay faster than my list can keep up and the result is sometimes two 1957 Hank Bauers.  Thats a mistake I can live with.

The Curt Flood rookie is one I've wanted for years and finally landed one in my price range.  As an attorney, that's the type of card I can display in my office and still feel "professional."  The red/blue Topps All-Star cards were great in 1958, great in 1988, and today's collectors are being deprived of a great tradition by Topps with their omission from modern sets.

Ed Mathews found his way into my cart twice.  Unlike the Bauer above, I knew I was bidding on two, my bids were just so low I didn't think I'd possibly win either one, let alone both.  One is the grey card stock, so in the unlikely event I ever start to care about that sort of thing, I'll be ahead of the game at least in this one instance.

1961 proving again that the red/blue combo works, even for MVP subsets.  

For the most part my collecting of sets from 1954-69 is completely scatter shot.  However I have been specifically targeting the Babe Ruth subset in 1962 Topps.  I'm about half way done with it. 

The '64 Stargell is the showcase card for me here, even with the crease.  In a case extreme "Mandela Effect" for me, I would have sworn that card had the Rookie Cup Trophy on it, but I guess not.  The Rose is actually my second copy, but it fell through the eBay cracks and I stole a second copy for the price of a Coors Light and tip at Buffalo Wild Wings.  The '66 Ed Mathews endured some tough love at some point in it's existence.

I think that's a Bill Freehan rookie.  As far as catcher's who aren't in the Hall of Fame go, but won five Gold Gloves and made eleven All-Star teams, Freehan is on the short list for one of the best (probably the only one).


Clemente wasn't the only '71 I picked up.  These guys push me a little closer to completing the set.

I finally have a Davey Lopes rookie and nothing about that sucks.

Finally a trio of non-baseball additions.  The Larry Bird completes the 1988-89 Fleer set for me.  The Moon is actually a duplicate, but I'm fine with that.  

Thanks for reading.