Friday, May 2, 2014

Allen, Texas

It still takes me by surprise whenever a stranger sends me an envelope of cards, much less a box like this.  I started this blog as a way of cataloguing my cards.  A glorified spread sheet.  I didn't seriously think people would send anything.  But they have, which has been a nice unexpected development.

This was sent by Nick in Allen, TX (added to the map).  In addition to this box of 122 cards, he also sent a large envelope of items.  The envelope had a complete set of 1986 OPC Tattoos (I needed the Wallach), 5 original slides with copyrights, and an encased autograph card.  There was also a lengthy typed written note.

Nick is related to Tim Wallach's wife someway or another.  Enough of a relation that as a kid he was able to score tickets to Expos games when they came to San Francisco.  He shared a nice antidote about how as an 8 year old at a BBQ at Tim's mother's house after a game, he watched Wallach play Nintendo golf.

So the fact Nick was willing to part with all of these is really something else.  I also suspect I may have identified my long theorized anonymous Wallach collector.  I've mentioned it a couple of times on this blog (here and here), that based on suspicious ebay results I suspected there may potentially be another Wallach collector lurking out there, like some sort of mysterious Big Foot or Lochness Monster.  I wasn't sure though, the auctions could also just have been set collector's or any number of other things.  But the auto card that Nick sent was one of the suspicious results that I specifically remember.  It's a "1/1" and I didn't bid because I thought the price was too steep for an independent card.  I figured I'd let it go a few times without selling and then make a low ball offer.  Only it sold.  Nick also mentioned he has some other serial numbered cards and printing plate(s) that he may be willing to part with down the road.  I think he's the mystery ebay bidder, because I kind of doubt there's a 3rd Wallach collector out there.

Here are some pictures of all the cool stuff sent by Nick:

The small pictures are the 122 cards sent, and then the large picture is some of the more obscure cards that were included.  Those are '84 Nestle's and that '92 UD is of the gold hologram variety, only my 2nd copy of that (ditto for the '93 Stadium Club Members Only).  I also discovered after taking photos that there was an '87 Fleer glossy included.  I literally can't spot those unless I have them in hand and tilt them up and down.

Below are the Slides, OPC Set, and Autographed Card.  Each of those will be getting there own post in the near future with more detailed explanations and photos.

Updated Totals for cards sent (and below are more tattoo photos, if anyone see's one they need/want let me know):

1983 Topps: 163
1984 Nestle x2: 79
1984 Topps Sticker: 7
1985 Topps x2: 225
1986 Donruss: 102
1986 Fleer Mini: 29
1987 Donruss: 261
1987 Donruss Opening Day: 15
1987 Fleer: 98
1987 Fleer Glossy: 6
1987 Topps x5: 526
1988 Donruss x2: 552
1988 Donruss AS: 18
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best: 15
1988 Fleer Mini: 13
1988 Kay Bee: 18
1988 Panini: 10
1988 Score x2: 179
1988 Topps: 419
1988 Topps AS x2: 355
1988 Topps Big: 20
1988 Topps Mini Leaders x2: 13
1988 Topps Sticker: 3
1988 Topps Super Star: 9
1989 Bowman: 84
1989 Donruss x7: 194
1989 Donruss Baseball's Best: 7
1989 Fleer: 158
1989 K-Mart: 16
1989 Score: 109
1989 Topps x3: 355
1989 Topps Big x2: 9
1989 Upper Deck x2: 77
1990 Donruss: 189
1990 Fleer: 180
1990 Leaf: 30
1990 Topps: 227
1990 Topps Coins: 5
1990 Upper Deck: 128
1991 Denny's: 8
1991 Donruss x7: 110
1991 Donruss MVP x5: 92
1991 Fleer x4: 72
1991 Leaf: 50
1991 Stadium Club: 40
1991 Studio: 37
1991 Upper Deck x2: 134
1991 Upper Deck CL: 91
1992 Bowman USA: 26
1992 Donruss: 95
1992 Fleer x4: 57
1992 Leaf Black Gold: 4
1992 Pinnacle: 26
1992 Score x2: 33
1992 Topps x7: 104
1992 Ultra x2: 83
1992 Upper Deck: 148
1992 Upper Deck Gold Hologram: 2
1993 Fleer x2: 26
1993 Score Select: 22
1993 Stadium Club Members Only: 2
1993 Studio: 28
1993 Topps Marlins x2: 4
1993 Topps Rockies: 2
1994 Collector's Choice: 21
1994 Stadium Club Members Only x2: 3
1994 Topps: 50
1994 Upper Deck Electric Diamond: 5
1995 Collector's Choice: 10
1995 Flair: 12
1995 Score: 26
1995 Topps Embossed: 8
1995 Ultra x2: 27
2003 Topps Fan Favorites: 10

A sampling of the OPC Tattoos


  1. (note to self: become the 3rd mystery Wallach collector to mess with Corey on ebay)

  2. If the Buckner is up for grabs. I'll take it.. Or any other sox