Saturday, September 24, 2022

Only a 55 cent discount, but still....

Over time I've been fortunate enough on eBay to get a few lots on the cheap.  Some evenings I'll spend perusing lots of cards on the site and if I find something that I might want to purchase down the road, I'll add it to my watch list so I can find it quickly (like most people do).  

Last week I found a 30-card lot of 1971 Topps football for just under $11, which was already a 10% discount off of the seller's original price.   I put it on the want list, thinking I'll check it out later in the week.

Next morning, for some reason I was wide awake at 3 AM, so I decided to check my email.  The seller sent me an offer with a further discount (yep, just 55 cents).   I figured it was meant to be so I hit the buy it now button and 4 business days later, the cards were at my house.

Not a perfect scan for sure, but it is representative of the cards that came my way.  I love this set as it shows red for AFC teams and blue for NFC teams, easy to remember.  It is also a smaller set, just 263 cards, of which I now have 37. 

One card I don't have currently but will have to shell out some big bucks eventually is the Terry Bradshaw rookie.  Another Steelers great also has a rookie card in this set, Mean Joe Greene.  There's also a lot of legendary QB's to chase, Namath, Starr, Unitas and Griese for starters.  

I'm hoping to find another lot or 2 on the cheap to get a good start to the set before I start knocking off the singles.   


Monday, September 19, 2022

It's the most wonderful time of the year

With apologies to Andy Williams and his classic Christmas song of the same name, if you're a sports fan, the September-October period is a sports junkie's Nirvana.  For me, it truly is the most wonderful time of the year.

Baseball winding down towards the playoffs.  NFL football starting up and already some good story lines developing.  NHL training camp getting ready to start this week along with NBA camps starting next week.  For those of you so inclined, European football seasons are well underway and in a couple of months the World Cup will be played.

It's even more exciting this time of year if one of your beloved teams is about ready to enter the MLB playoffs.   The Blue Jays season has been a bit up and down, but for the most part the team has played well and I'm looking forward to watching some Jays games in October.

While he doesn't have the HR/RBI numbers he's had the past couple of seasons, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. is hitting above .290 and playing both left field and a bit of first for the Jays.  Found a cheap bat card from the 2020 Topps set for a couple of bucks which became an easy add to the Blue Jays hits and autos collection.

While no longer with the Blue Jays, Ryan Borucki appears to have a good chance at getting some post season playing time this year with the Seattle Mariners.  Ryan was traded to Seattle exactly 10 years to the day after he was drafted by the Jays.   Ryan was struggling with Toronto in 2022, having an ERA near 10 before the trade; he's now having some success with the M's.

Enjoy the next few weeks folks, it really is the most wonderful time of the year if you're a sports fan.


Sunday, September 18, 2022

I'm still alive, I know it's been a minute

 Decided to write a post today, don't know why, I guess I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm still alive and kicking.   Oh yeah, collecting as well.

I've really had to cut back on card spending the past few months, a lot of it due to some home improvements that have put a damper on my discretionary spending.  Life happens, right?

Over the past couple of weeks, I've begun to spend a bit of $$ again on cards; honestly, I've stuck to the old $30 a week budget that was the staple of this blog for years.

My spending has been concentrated on two fronts:

1969 Topps baseball.  Ever since I bought the Steve Carlton card from this set at the Baltimore National many years ago, I've always had a love for this set.   I've begun chipping away at this set, trying to knock out some of the cheaper high number cards.

Since I last posted, I've knocked a fair bit off of this set, so much so that I've passed the 70% completion plateau.   These 3 cards put me at 71.2%, still 191 to go but a lot better than where I was at the beginning of the year.  I actually updated the want list on the blog for the first time in 7 months this morning which led me to realize that I'm over 100 cards closer to completion.

Another facet of collecting that I've really developed a joy for in the past several months (when I could collect) was late 60's and 70's football.  From what I can see, there's not a bad set design in the decade plus of sets that I'm slowly chasing.  

Case in point, 1970 Topps.  

The backs are really sharp as evidenced by these 4 cards.  The fronts are an oval photo, not quite the same as the '59 Topps baseball circle design, while the background is all the same beige color.  I've had some good luck on eBay getting this set started, finding a cheap starter lot for around 30 bucks (if memory serves me) and I've poked here and there at some singles that are in really good shape for under $2 apiece.  

Another good aspect is the set size, just 263 cards which will make it a little easier on the wallet to chase and complete.  

I've been having fun the past 3-4 weeks trying to find some cheap lots on eBay, which hopefully will lead to a few posts here and there.   

I've been gone so long that I even missed my blog anniversary.  

Hope you are all doing well and see you in the blogs.


Tuesday, February 8, 2022

It was kismet

For the longest time on the blog, I haven't made any kind of reference to the $30 a week portion of the blog title that for many years was a staple.   It was definitely a good starting point for me, but as time has gone on, I've had the $30 "allowance" in my head, but most times at shows or online I'll go over.   It's even worse now with the "pandemic pricing" on a lot of products.

This past Sunday at the West Palm Beach card show, I only hit the one table, which had a good selection of vintage cards.  I went out hoping to get some '68 Topps baseball to add to the collection, but all that he had I already had.

I did find a few cards that either interested me, or I needed for other various want lists.

A pair of '71 Topps football to start off.  They each went for $2, not bad in my opinion.  The Dawson as you can see has a bit of damage on the right-hand edge, but the "mad bomber" is in really nice shape.  This set will probably be put together some time after I retire...

I right away recognized this as a need; Carl Lewis from the 2006 Allen & Ginter set was a buck and was happily put into the pile.

As a side note, I find that I'm struggling finding cards for this set on TCDB.  I only have 63 out of the 350 cards for the set.  If anyone has a stack of them that they wish to trade, please either comment or hit me up on TCDB (My ID is rmitchell6700)

This could have been another post similar to the 7 8 9 post from a few days ago.  Only this time it would have been 2 3 4.   The 4 cards for the '69 set either cost me 2 or 3 bucks, and the '71 Carlton was stickered at $4.  Sitting here thinking while writing this, I couldn't tell you the last time I bought a '71 card.   Months it's been.

I really have caught a football bug over the past year, so much so that I have:

  • Almost completed '86 Topps
  • '81 and '82 Topps are both more than 90% complete.
  • '79 Topps is about 40% done
For the most part, the cards have been really affordable, and these were no execption.  The Lott was the costliest as it was from his rookie year in '82 ($10).  The Payton was $5, and was a card that I needed for the '81 set.  The top row was all $2 apiece, and the Zorn RC was 4.

Was quite happy with what I had, it totalled if I remember correctly $42.  Brought it up to the dealer.

"I can do $30"   Kismet!!   Easiest purchase I've made in a while.

It was as if he knew me....

Enjoy what you collect!!


Saturday, February 5, 2022

Showing that I'm semi-serious about '68 Topps

I came into 2022 wanting to be a little more focused on just one vintage set want list.  My style over the past few years has been very haphazard to say the least, and I feel like I've been getting nowhere with any of the vintage sets I'm working towards completing.  Hopefully one day I will be able to finish another vintage set.

Well, the trade I mentioned last week came early enough in the month of January that I decided to try and start knocking down the '68 Topps want list.  When I have been hitting eBay recently, I've been focusing on picking up singles from that set from a particular seller.  While scrolling through their listings, I'll focus on the burlap set and maybe hit a card or 2 from another set, just like the 7 8 9 post from the other day.  

A trio of purchases have arrived and as promised here's 19 more cards from the '68 set to show off.

We'll get to those in a minute, I found a couple of '72s as part of one of those purchases and grabbing names like Frank Robinson for a few bucks is becoming more tolerable to me now.   I guess the old cheapo scrooge I've been for years is finally realizing that if I ever want to finish these older sets, $1-$2 cards aren't going to be everywhere...

Getting a few more known names for around $2-$3 hasn't been too bad, guys such as Wilbur Wood, Claude Osteen, Jesus Alou on this scan were affordable.  

Can't help but like the solid green helmet that Phil Roof is sporting, he's always a reminder of the original Blue Jays team during the inaugural season of 1977, even if it was just for 3 games and 5 AB's.

Poor scan, cutoff the bottom of the cards.  I don't make it a habit of searching for clean checklists, but the one in the top left corner is not marked on either side and is in really nice shape.  This scan was mostly in the $1.50-$2.50 range but using sellers that pay for shipping eases that just a bit.

Another nice find was the Hank Aaron all-star card which set me back just $12.  A couple of soft corners, but no creases and it became another card that I couldn't leave for that price.  

I was trolling around this afternoon on the computer and the wife asked me if I was putting together lists for tomorrow's card show.  (I wasn't)

I'm hitting the first card show for me in 2022, and I'm going with the same purpose that I've had over the past few months.   Just see what pops up.  I'll let you know what happens.

Feeling great about working on '68!!