Friday, June 23, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1990 Classic Yellow #T27 Rickey Henderson

Seriously, what was going on in 1989 when Classic, Topps and Donruss were working on designs for their 1990 products?  Which one decided first, and which one then said "hold my beer and watch this?"

1990 Classic Yellow #T27 Rickey Henderson

1990 Classic Yellow #T27 Rickey Henderson
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1992 Score #880 Honus Wagner

I am not a fan of the photos on this subset, but as a kid I loved the back.  I was extremely into baseball history and it was information about players I would never see play, even if I knew most of it already.

1992 Score #880 Honus Wagner 

1992 Score #880 Honus Wagner 
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 2014 Topps Wal Mart Blue Border #59 Nate Schierholtz

If I was a Cubs fan, I would love this parallel.  It would look better with the old light blue uniforms, but it still looks good.

2014 Topps Wal Mart Blue Border #59 Nate Schierholtz

2014 Topps Wal Mart Blue Border #59 Nate Schierholtz (back)
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1988 Classic Blue #225 Will Clark

Will Clark had one of the sweetest swings I've ever seen.  This almost has to be the only card of him bunting.  At least I hope.

1988 Classic Blue #225 Will Clark

1988 Classic Blue #225 Will Clark
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COMC Mail - Somewhere Over the (Gold) Rainbow

To be honest, I wasn't the biggest fan of what ePack was during the 2015-16 hockey card year.  They GREATLY improved things this year, with the gold rainbow foils.

In the 2015-16 flagship product you could combine ten of the cards to form a silver foil board, physical card.  That was it, though.  For 2016-17 they added the gold rainbow level.  If you combine ten silver foils, you can create the gold rainbow foil cards.

Last season's silver foil boards can be had for just a few cents on COMC and there are hundreds of them just sitting there that may never leave that facility.  The creation of the gold parallel hasn't raised the "value" of the silvers, but it has decreased the supply.  I searched John Klingberg's silver versions from the last two seasons.  There are 490 copies of the 2015-16 version on the site with a lowest asking price of six cents.  You can get the 2016-17 version for five cents, but there are "only" 141 copies of it available.  There are 11 of the gold versions available.  If the gold wasn't an option, it would likely close to double the amount of silvers available.

My hope is that next year Upper Deck will make a third level, as they have with their Compendium set.  You can combine base to make blue, red and gold versions.  It's possible that there are players that have less than a handful of gold cards.  People are quick to get blue versions (that only require ten base cards) and flip them to COMC.  Every one of those creates ten less cards that can be combined for red and golds, unfortunately.

Anyway, on to the cards...

The scans don't show how beautiful the gold foils really are.  I decided to take a picture of one under light to get you a better idea.  It still doesn't do them justice, but it's a bit better than the scans.


2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #61 Jamie Benn
One of my common complaints about modern sports cards is how every photo is pretty much the same.  I give Upper Deck a lot of credit for using shots that aren't your run-of-the-photos more than the other companies.
2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #62 Jason Spezza

2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #63 John Klingberg

2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #311 Tyler Seguin 
2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #314 Antoine Roussel

2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #348 Andrew Shaw

2016-17 Upper Deck Gold Rainbow Foil #481 Stephen Johns
I will probably only keep the Andrew Shaw and Stephen Johns cards.  The rest I'm going to put into the box for the next time I set up at a card show.  Well, maybe I only keep two of the three Johns that I have.

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1977 Topps #566 Rick Miller

Vintage.  Dime.  Mine.

1977 Topps #566 Rick Miller

1977 Topps #566 Rick Miller
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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1992 Fleer #709 Ken Griffey Jr. Pro Visions

I miss the Pro Visions and all the other art cards.

Per Chris Carlin in a post on Puck Junk, fees that the artists want is high and supposedly they weren't popular.  I believe the first part.  Artists probably think they deserve to be paid some ridiculous amount.  I don't buy the second part, though.

1992 Fleer #709 Ken Griffey Jr. Pro Visions

1992 Fleer #709 Ken Griffey Jr. Pro Visions

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

COMC Mail - Oldies, but Goodies


Thursday, another package arrived from COMC.  I'm going to break it down over multiple posts, but let's start with the vintage goodies that were inside.

1952 Topps #129 Johnny Mize
 I love this card.  I'm no Yankees fan, but it's the image that gets me on this one.  The 1952 Topps set is art.  I wish cards still had this look.  The horizontal look, holding three bats, the facade of Yankee Stadium...it's just beautiful.  Believe it or not, this is my first card from the set.  There is one more that I want, but it's a high-number.  Some day.  Maybe.

1959 Topps #88 Herb Score
 I have a couple of copies of this card, but for 20 cents, I wasn't passing up another hobby.


1971 Topps #5 Thurman Munson
I mentioned this card as my favorite card from the 1970s in my 30-Day Card Challenge post.  I had to pick up a low-grade copy.  Not just ANY low grade copy, but the one that I used for an image in that post.
1955 Topps All American #75 Hugh Gallarneau

1955 Topps All American #91 Bob Odell
For $7.99 apiece, I decided to add these two cards to my collection.  I have a set on the PSA Registry.  I don't often add to it, but when I can find cheap, graded copies, I pick them up.

These five cards were the only vintage that came this time.  It'll be all modern in the upcoming days.

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Dime Box Buy: 1988 Nestle #36 Joe Carter

I miss the old 1980s and 1990s oddball cards.  It's a shame the the league and players are so greedy now that food releases are almost non-existent.

1988 Nestle #36 Joe Carter

1988 Nestle #36 Joe Carter
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Friday, June 16, 2017

Mail from Baseball Every Night

I've mentioned before that I don't send cards off to bloggers hoping to get something in return.  One benefit is that when someone tells me that they are sending me something, I've often forgotten by the time the envelope arrives.  That was the case with this one.

Peter of Baseball Every Night did tell me that there was a card coming my way and even when I saw his name on the envelope, I didn't know what was in there.  It was a card to help me in a set I'm putting together.

2017 Topps 1987 Topps Baseball #8715 Miguel Cabrera
Thanks for the card, Peter!  It is greatly appreciated!

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Dime Box Buy: 1989 Sports Illustrated For Kids I #63 Andres Galarraga

I never had any of these cards as a kid.  My parents subscribed me to the "big" SI, not the kids version.  I guess SI didn't think adults liked cards.

1989 Sports Illustrated For Kids I #63 Andres Galarraga

1989 Sports Illustrated For Kids I #63 Andres Galarraga (back)
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Mail from Dub Mentality

Recently Joey of the Dub Mentality blog fame, posted about buying some late 80s football wax packs.  He ran a contest on Twitter for some of them and I was the winner.  Here is the late 80s goodness that was in my envelope.  




If you don't read Joey's blog, that needs to change.  It is one of the best reads I know of in the trading card blogosphere.  Thanks for the cards, Joey!  

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Dime Box Buy: 1986 Topps Traded #66T Jim Leyland

I'm not sure which of these is most impressive:

  1. The height of the cap.
  2. The mesh cap.
  3. The fact that Jim Leyland has always looked like he was in his late 60s. 
Feel free to submit your vote in the comments.  

1986 Topps Traded #66T Jim Leyland

1986 Topps Traded #66T Jim Leyland (back)
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dime Box Buy: 1995 Denny's Holograms #23 Tim Salmon

The town I grew up in didn't have a Denny's.  I can only imagine how much my parents would have disliked if there was.  I'd have always been begging to go so that I could get cards.

1995 Denny's Holograms #23 Tim Salmon

1995 Denny's Holograms #23 Tim Salmon (back)
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Newness Goodness

A couple of months ago, I made a seven-card purchase of T36 cards that was my biggest purchase at that time.   After the purchase I told the seller, mikexx22, that I'm working on this set and that if he came into any more, to please let me know.  Much to my surprise, he did find more and sent me an email.  

For me, this is where it gets good and reminds me that there ARE good people in the hobby.  He told me there were five more cards and that he would send them to me and once I got them, I could pay what I felt they were worth.  Really?  That was a shocker!

There was some concern that the cards got lost, but it turned out that they must have set at the front desk of my building for many days.  I'd sent him an email to let him know that they hadn't made it, which we were both obviously bummed about.  A few days later, they were delivered to my desk and I sent him payment for the cards.  They showed up on a Friday, making it a GREAT start to the weekend!

Four of the five cards were new drivers to my collection.  The fifth one was a new back combination. 



On to the cards...

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #1 David Bruce-Brown
If you're into auto racing history, you may know David Bruce-Brown as one of the early prodigies of racing.  From Wikipedia:

"Having bluffed his way into auto racing at the age of 18, he turned out to be a natural talent behind the wheel and won the 1908 Daytona Speed Trials. He then went on to win the American Grand Prize in both 1910 and 1911 as well as numerous other races. He also participated in the 1911 and 1912 editions of the Indianapolis 500.

He clocked in a 0.33 3-5 world's one-mile amateur straightaway record, beating the previous holder, William K. Vanderbilt, Jr.'s record."

If you're into pre-war cards, you may know Bruce-Brown as one of the toughest cards to come by in the T227 set.  Very few copies are known to exist and through some discussion on Net54, perhaps because of his untimely death in 1912.  

This is the first copy of a Bruce-Brown card in my set.  

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #11 Victor Hemery
This is my second copy of a Victor Hemery card.  The first was a Mecca 649 back, so this Mecca 30 back is a new addition for the master set.  

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #13 Vincenzo Lancia
Since Vincenzo Lancia did not compete in the Indianapolis 500, this card is one of the less appealing in the set to me.  As noted on the card back, he did participate in three Vanderbilt Cup races.  

When I searched Lancia, I liked that one of the images that came up was the one likely used for this card. 




1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #21 Joe Seymour
Joe Seymour is another driver from the set that never drove in the Indianapolis 500.  He did participate in the 1908 and 1909 Vanderbilt Cup races, finishing 8th and 10th respectively. 


1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #24 Joseph Tracy
The final card in the envelope was the Joseph (Joe) Tracy card.  Tracy is another of the drivers in this set that didn't participate in the Indianapolis 500, but did run the Vanderbilt Cup.  From Wikipedia:

"Joe Tracy (March 22, 1873 – March 20, 1959) was a racing driver born in Waterford, Ireland who emigrated to the United States at age 19 and became an American citizen. He drove a Locomobile in the 1905 Gordon Bennett Cup but was eliminated by a stripped gear after two laps and later competed in that year's Vanderbilt Cup race, finishing 3rd, the best result for an American car in an international race at the time. He was retroactively awarded the 1906 National Championship in 1951. He retired from racing shortly after the 1906 racing season where he had good finishes in both the Vanderbilt and Bennett Cups."


My base set now stands at 21/25 cards (84%).  My master set, with all back variations, is at 28/100.  You can see all of my cards from the set on my Collector Focus page.

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Dime Box Buy: 1986 Kay-Bee #32 Andy Van Slyke

I know that Andy Van Slyke played with the Cardinals before the Pirates, but it will just never look right.  What I didn't realize was that he debuted in 1983.  I thought it was 1985 or 1986.  You learn something new every day.

1986 Kay-Bee #32 Andy Van Slyke

1986 Kay-Bee #32 Andy Van Slyke (back)
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Dime Box Buy - 2016 Donruss 1982 #D82-16 Andrew McCutchen

Picked this up for one of my Pirates collecting friends.

2016 Donruss 1982 #D82-16 Andrew McCutchen
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Too Many Davises? Negative, Ghost Rider.

I thought my title was witty when I came up with it yesterday.  It obviously isn't, as I've seen two similar titles on mail days from Too Many Verlanders/Too Many Manninghams.  Ah, well.  I'm worn down today and I'm just going to stick with it.

When I send cards out to others, I don't do so in anticipation that I will receive something in return.  Don't get me wrong, it's nice, though.  Dennis said that I've sent him two things and I won't argue, I can't remember off the top of my head.  He definitely read through my want lists and what I collect pages when he found some cards to send me.


There had to be 50 or more Russ Davis cards in the envelope!  A few months ago, I was making progress on cataloging my Davis cards.  I've spent a bit less time on my collection lately and with the time I've had, some other projects have taken priority.  I do know there are more than a few of these that I need.  My baseball collecting tapered off toward the end of the 1990s and some of the later cards are ones that I know I need.


I love the Collect-A-Book Will Clark!  I had a bunch of these as a kid and I loved them.  At some point they left my possession and I'm thrilled (see what I did there?) to have one of them again.  The Clark Orioles card is definitely one that I don't have.  I don't understand why so many people hate on Pacific.

My other favorite from this group is definitely the Steve Slaton/Runaway Beer Truck card.  Owen Schmitt will always hold a special place in my heart.  On a related note, I was saddened to learn of Bob Stoops' retirement this week.  The 2008 Fiesta Bowl will always be one of my favorite football games ever.




A few months ago I picked up a few of these "Club 3000" cards and added the rest to my want list.  Dennis certainly came though by adding these nine cards to my collection.  I would like to do the memorabilia set as well, but I do believe that will likely never happen.


Last but not least, Dennis helped finish off two sets.  I actually finished the 1986 Topps set recently, but it's entirely possible that these could go into the set.  There are so many poorly centered cards and also ones with print defects that these might be in.  The two Stadium Club cards are the only two that I didn't get in the one box that I bought.  I'm happy to finish off the set.  I guess now I can open that Series 2 box that I have and work on that set!

Thank you so much, Dennis!  You're certainly added a lot to my collection.  There's also another package of goodies coming for you at some point.  I just need to get them mailed!

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