This is the first post of what I'm planning on becoming a weekly thing (until I get bored with it). A post once a week with updates on some of my other collecting efforts, and an effort to solicit trades with other set builders. Believe it or not, I collect cards other than Tim Wallach cards. Don't get me wrong, my first and foremost goal as a collector is amassing Wallach cards, and if my house were on fire, they'd be the first ones I grab. But I collect other cards.
When it comes to other cards I've always considered myself primarily a vintage collector. My definititon of vintage has evolved over the last three decades, but today I loosely define "vintage" as anything from 1991 and earlier, with many subcatagories within that range. About a year ago I decided to narrow my focus, as my collection was beginning to sprawal out of control, and I had no real vision for where it was going, or map I was following to get there. So I made the somewhat difficult desion to focus strictly on Topps base sets. I'd already started the future effort of working on the '52 set, so I decided to also start working backwards from '91.
Over the course of about six months, I would buy white 3'' binders from Target every time I went, and eventually accumulated enough for each year from '52-'91 (my wife and I go to Target a lot). I suplemented this by biting the bullet and splurging for a bulk purchase of nine-pocket pages from Amazon. Previosly, every time I had extra ebay earnings, I would blow it on some white whale vintage card I'd wanted. For once, I went with supplies. I also took to the tedious task of making myself a master checklist book which has become a bit of a strange crutch I carry everywhere. I've found much more joy in the whole process than I ever expected. It's been somewhat cathardic unloading thousands of cards and watching the mass of white boxes I've accumulated slowly start to shrink.
So with that, here is the first update to what I'm calling the "Trade Bait" page, which should now appear in the side bar to the right as well. I will attempt to update it weekly with new sets.
Thanks for reading, and as always, Wallach cards are still ultimate goal around here.
1987 Donruss #264
While making my list of 1987 Donruss I have available, I came across an issue with card #264. Two cards claim to be #264. One's a check list, and one is of Padres Pitcher Andy Hawkins. Card number #300 is also a check list, and it list card #264 as being Andy Hawkins. However the checklist #264 card, list #264 as being a checklist. By my count that's two cards against one, so I'm calling Andy Hawkins the real #264 (cardpedia agrees). I couldn't find anything online about this, as I imagine no matter how scarce the checklist #264 maybe, no one was ever going to go too wild over it.