- Checklist of cards to finish a set
- Cheap trade fodder
- If room in my budget remains, then a couple of vintage cards for the HOF Binder
I've reached the point where I have a card to represent 93% of the players enshrined in Cooperstown. Part of the fun is trying to "upgrade" cards when and where I can. Upgrades can be a tricky thing, thus I have my set checklist on my phone at all times so I can cross check details when needed. Here's an example of a "busy" section of my checklist.
Red is bad as it means I need a card of that player. Orange denotes I have a card, but it's a modern day card and I'd really prefer a card from the player's playing days, which are mentioned in the far right column. Names highlighted in yellow are of players who I should be able to find a vintage card to upgrade with, for the right price of course. Green. Green is good! It means I either have a vintage card or I'm just happy to have a card in general, like Leon Day's 1993 Ted Williams Card Company baseball card.
Vintage is wonderful, but prices for middle to high grade vintage are not. Long ago I accepted pin holes, paper loss, fading, rounded corners and creases into my collection. For instance, my 1960 Topps Stan Musial is beat to hell, but I got it for a price I could afford and I couldn't be happier. It's mine and I LOVE it. Someday I'll add a Mickey Mantle to this collection... it would merit a grade of -3 from PSA or Beckett, but it'll be mine! lol
I don't have many rules for my collection, but I do have some preferences:
- Vintage whenever possible.
- Players in uniform with the team they represent in Cooperstown, when possible. There's a column for "team" in my spreadsheet, but I didn't include that in the above picture.
- I love cards with full career stats, but I also seek out rookie cards and earlier cards of players during their younger years. Yes, these two things are mutually exclusive. I'm a complex man.
- I'd prefer that no two cards on any given page are from the same set. This is a tough one to follow for some pages depending on the players and their place in the baseball card world.
So, with out further adieu, I give you the first of look at my Hall of Fame binder.
Most of the players on this binder from childhood have plaques in Cooperstown, so I thought it was the perfect fit.
Here's page #1.
I have placeholders for the years the players were elected. This allows me to add cards for new electees at the back of the binder and I don't have to reshuffle cards if I were sorting alphabetically by last name or some other method.
1994 UD - Diamond Legends, #174 -- Ty Cobb
1996 UD Collector's Choice, #502 -- Walter Johnson
1960 Fleer, #2 -- Christy Mathewson
T206, but it's still pretty sweet!
2011 Topps - 1932 U.S. Caramel Reproduction -- Babe Ruth
2010 Topps - Vintage Legends Insert -- Honus Wagner
1992 Conlon, #528 -- Nap Lajoie
2003 UD SP Legendary Cuts, #122 -- Tris Speaker
I'd like to find another card of Speaker as I'm not a fan of the design and he looks to be at the back end of his career.
So, there we go. The first installment of my new HOF Binder Series. My goal is to continue to post a page each week until I finish with page 37 or 38 in September.
I hope you'll enjoy this closer look at one of my favorite binders!