Tuesday, July 16, 2019

In the teens

Wasn't but a few years ago when I would turn on a weather report and cringe when I heard the forecaster say "and the temperatures will be in the teens over the next few days".   Luckily I don't have to worry about that anymore, unless a forecaster here says that the real feel temperatures are going into the 1 hundred and teens, then there's cause for worry.

Luckily, this post is just about baseball cards, and more specifically a pair of sets that had cards added to them this past weekend at the card show.  Both sets had want list reductions in the teens, not a bad number in the least.

'79 Topps is right in my collecting wheel house.  I was 11 years old when this came out, and I remember everyone on this page, save for Mr. Gonzalez in the lower right hand corner who was on the Padres and they didn't get much air time in the great white north. 

Love the pinstripe style of uniform on John Milner, a style that I forget that the Pirates wore as well during the late 70's.  Everyone remembers the gold tops that you'll see on the next scan.

I really don't remember Reuss as a Pirate at all though, my earliest memories of watching him pitch were with the Dodgers.

Another thing I've noticed over the past few days is just how big pitchers gloves were back in the day, Johnny Sutton of the Twins is a good example of that on his card. 

I probably could have picked up a lot more of the '79 cards, but unfortunately I never remember to bring my glasses (used specifically for reading), and the card numbers on the back are so small that my eyes get tired from straining very quickly.  Maybe next time I'll remember.

Finding some '74 Topps in the dime box was quite nice as well, and I managed to grab 15 of these for the ride home.  This is one set that likely will not be finished this year, but if I can get the want list below 100 cards, then 2020 should see this set come to completion.

The big name that I still have remaining in the set is the Winfield RC, as well Nolan Ryan, Seaver, Rose and a few other stars are still on the want list. 

I'm guessing that the Ralph Houk card was photographed while he was still with the Yankees, as I don't remember the Tigers wearing pinstripes.  The airbrushers didn't do too bad of a job with the fancy D though!

Still have '72 and '78 Topps posts to go, those 2 have bigger numbers to show off. 

Thanks for reading!


Monday, July 15, 2019

Binder worthy

More dime finds from the monthly card show today.   This group of '70 Topps brings this set build close to 50% (actually just 2 cards shy) and will prompt me to get them put into pages and in a binder within the next week.

Scan looks a bit blurry to me, although it could be my eyes hallucinating from the heat down here in south Florida.  Two straight days with Rico Carty in a post, although this card was about $1.50 cheaper than the '69 I showed yesterday.

While still not the greatest looking set, '70 Topps is growing on me a bit.   I'm starting to notice little things, such as the Red Sox card of Vicente Romo in the upper left corner.  Wondering why the Red Sox lettering isn't in red.  Carl Yastrzemski's lettering is in red.  The one other Red Sox card I found on a quick search of what I have has the same yellow lettering.

The two A's pitchers that I found both have A) their hands over their head, and B) black lettering on the A's in the upper right corner.   The lettering for the team name doesn't seem to have any rhyme or reason that I've figured out (yet).  Maybe someone out there has more insight into this

This last group of 5 brings today's total to 23, a nice add for a dime apiece from an early 70's set.  The checklist?  Has only one card checked, card #542.  You guessed it, #542 is the 6th series checklist.

I'll never figure out how I managed to add almost 360 of these cards to my collection.   I haven't chased them on purpose even once over the years.   They just seem to find their way into my pile at card shows more often than I can imagine....

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monthly card show: Bits and pieces

Even though money is a bit tight right now, my better half convinced me to hit the monthly card show yesterday.  She knows how much I like getting out and sifting through boxes of cards looking for cards to complete my sets, and then regaling her with the tales of conversations struck at the tables.

So, here goes the bits and pieces portion of the show, everything that only has a handful of cards or less .

First up, 83 Topps:

Just 4 cards to show here, nothing spectacular for sure.  Had a hard time wrapping my head around the Brian Giles card, I kept on thinking when I looked at the back of the card that it was the Brian Giles circa 1990's-2000's that played for the Indians and Pirates.   Damn same names...

Knocking 3 cards off of the '76 short list was nice.   The Kirby and Lopes RB cards were a dime each, while the Winfield I pulled out of a stack of 3/$5 cards.   Just 44 more to go to finish this set off, I'm still looking to take care of it before the end of 2019.

Finding '69s in a dime box, even though very few, was still an exciting thing for me to see.  The Queen and Johnson were the two that I found, while the Carty was in the same 3/$5 stack as the '76 Winfield.  Still a really long way to go to finish '69T, but there's still no hurry here.

Just as exciting as finding the '69s was finding these 5 '68s. Nothing fabulous condition wise, but there's no pen markings or crazy scratches. Just a few experienced cards that look like they're over 50 years old.

Had a lot of fun hitting two tables and spending just $20 yesterday.   I still have a lot more to show off, and I plan on breaking that up into a couple more posts.

Gotta go now, trying to add a twitter screenshot to this post totally drove me (and this post) crazy.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, July 13, 2019

The Green Machine keeps rolling

I've built a grand total of 2 complete parallel sets in my collecting "career", so there's not a lot of data to go on.  But if past indications hold true, my latest parallel venture, the 2019 Gypsy Queen green parallel set should be finished around the year 2039. 

I'm happy to say I'm a bit ahead of that pace already, as two more trades from the TCDB  rolled in yesterday, bringing my total to 101, just over 1/3 complete already!

First off, my 2nd trade with Colin (TCDB ID: nwcardsupplies) was another successful one, as I was able to bring in 5 more for the set, along with an Ichiro GQ base card that I needed for that PC.

The next group of green cards comes from 2nd time trade partner Pat (TCDB ID:  itsjustoldcardboard), who sent me 17 not so old cards for this set...

Love the Jackie Bradley Jr. card in the first of the 2 scans, it looks as if he took a bit of a beating to make that catch!   I also love the two catchers cards side by side at the top of the 2nd scan, both of them fully outfitted in the tools of ignorance; for me I'd like to see more catchers cards in the crouch pose. 

I believe that this set will look great in a binder and pages, and I'll be pretty excited when I get far enough into the set to make buying a binder worth it.   I guess it's just a matter of deciding when that's going to occur.

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Sunday, July 7, 2019

The push to complete sets is now on

We're already halfway through 2019, and I've had a pretty good year trade wise.  I'm over 70 completed trades so far, so the goal of 100 trades by the end of the year should not be a problem.

My goal of 5 complete sets will easily be knocked out as well, as I'm very close on a few of them.  But I decided to write a countdown post largely for my own benefit (I know that there are many out there who don't care for these types of posts).  I'm hoping that putting something in print will help me get my thoughts together on how to progress for the remainder of the year on my set building journey.

Here goes:

1.  1995-96 Collectors Choice Players Club Hockey

Cards remaining:  3
Confidence level:  Very high

Comments:   It's been a quarter of a century, time to put this to bed.  If I don't finish this by the end of the year, it's time to turn in my collecting badge and move on to basket weaving.

2.  1976-77 OPC hockey

Cards remaining:  9
Confidence level:  Medium High

Comments:  A common theme through out this post will be my cheapness.  I gave up hunting a few months ago for cheap copies of Ken Dryden, Bobby Orr and Tiger Williams, so sometime in the near future I'm going to have to bite the bullet and get this beauty of a set completed.

3.  1989 Upper Deck baseball

Cards remaining:  18
Confidence level:  Medium High

Comments:   A recent trade on the TCDB put a major dent in this set, dropping my want list from just over 100 cards to 18.  Mostly the big name RCs are left; Griffey Jr., Smoltz, Biggio and Johnson.  Again, just have to dig in and start adding them.

4.  2012-13 OPC hockey

Cards remaining: 18
Confidence level:  High

Comments:  There is nothing overly expensive preventing me from completing this set.  Some of the cards on sites like COMC are just ridiculously priced, so I might turn to trading for them to get this done.

5.  1976 Topps baseball

Cards remaining:  47
Confidence level:  Medium

Comments:  You know, if I didn't have the 4 sets above that I wanted to finish, I'd probably be quite confident that I could get this done by the end of 2019.   Even with the fact that 90% of the cards remaining for this set are stars.

6.  2013-14 OPC hockey

Cards remaining:  36
Confidence level:  medium

Comments:  Another set that has just some ridiculous prices on fringe rookies, mostly for the simple fact that they are SPs.  My refusal to pay such stupid prices is the reason that this is below '76 Topps BB.   Stubborn, yes I know I am, but sometimes you have to draw the line.

7.  1981 Topps baseball

Cards remaining:  185
Confidence level:  medium

Comments:  This set right now has the exact same number of cards left as the next set on the list (79T), but I rank this higher because I see so much more of this on trade lists than I do '79s.  By the way, someone on twitter had a question recently asking about underrated players from the 1980s, my answer would be Carney Lansford.

8.  1979 Topps

Cards remaining:  185
Confidence level:  Just below medium

Comments:  I just don't see a whole lot of these up for trade, and buying lots of them on ebay aren't very feasible (too many doubles), so I'll be patient and see if I get lucky and find someone willing to part with a bunch of them on the cheap.

9.  1973 Topps

Cards remaining:  2
Confidence level:  Lower than I can limbo

Comments:  Approaching 2 years now at 2 cards to go.  Mike Schmidt RC.  High number checklist.  Do I expect to find these 2 cards at a price I want to pay by years end?   Hell no.  Maybe it's time I just ignored everything else and went after this.   My frugality will likely prevail and this will end up on 2020's list of sets to finish.

I had a lot of fun writing this post.  I got a lot of my thoughts on these sets and current pricing out there for everyone to see.   I'm not ashamed to admit I'm cheap, but as you can see from what I've written above, maybe it's time to just move forward and concentrate on finishing these sets.

We'll see what happens and revisit this post at the end of the year.....

Thanks for reading!