Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Collection: 5000-count Box #2

Here's a nice picture of where we're at with The Collection.
To this point, I've got one banker's box full of complete sets or starter sets which I have yet to decide what to do with. Plus, after sorting the second of the 5000-count monster boxes, which was jam packed, I now have about 8,000 cards to add as a trade bait, as seen above. The two boxes about contain everything from 1986 to 1993, an a small brick of 1999 Fleer Tradition. 

I'm not sure if I'll leave things separated by year and brand as they are right now or if I'll sort them by team, but the above picture serves as a nice measuring stick for where we are in this exercise.

This monster box was much more exciting to sort through. There was no rhyme or reason to the way cards were stored, which made it a slow process.
Running across beauties like this Jamie Moyer card slowed things down a bit, too!

I found about 50 different odd ball cards. Most of them were food issued cards, which happen to be my favorite.

There was a decent amount of late 70s and early 80s cardboard in the box. 
Missing from the picture are about 450 cards from the 1979 set and another 400 cards to add to the 1980 stack shown in the bottom right of the above picture. I think the 1979 set will be on my to-do list for this year.  Concerning the 1980 Topps cards: I was about 200 cards short of completing the set, and after last weekend's trip to Chicagoland I'm now only missing a handful.  Woo-Hoo!

More on the trip north along I-55 in an upcoming post.

 Here's a picture of some of the better non-junk wax era cards from the box.
 I think the Mike Schmidt card is my favorite from this group. Early 80s fleer is a little underrated in my opinion.

I thought about leaving these last two cards out because they aren't baseball related, but they are fun!
 A 1978 Elvis card!  Not all that rare of a card, but pretty neat nonetheless. I would be happy to send it off to a fan of The King if there are any takers.

This one is a sticker from one of the first movies I remember seeing when I was a kid.
 I wouldn't have been able to place the card it wasn't for the young Drew Barrymore. I'm a little bummed that I didn't find a card of ET in the box, but the family portrait style sticker works.  Again, this one isn't long for my collection, so speak up if interested!

The second 5000-count box was full, but about seventy-percent of it was from the beloved junk wax era.  So it goes.

There's only one box left and it may be the best.  Stay tuned!

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Collection: 5000-Count Box #1

The summaries of the first two large boxes of cards can be found here and here. Today we'll touch on the third of the five boxes within what I have dubbed as The Collection.

So, there were two 5000-count boxes and I could tell from the weight that one was full and the other one was not. I went with the lighter of the two boxes to give myself a little bit of a sorting break.
There may have been 1,600 cards bouncing around all loosey-goosey like in this box. Many of the cards were Topps cards from the late 80s and early 90s and their corners did not take well to all that freedom. They found the recycle bin. I don't mind junk wax, but I can't deal with damaged junk wax.

Luckily, there were still a few gems to photograph and post here on the blog!
Behold! A 1981 Fleer Kent Tekulve card!  I don't think there are many players, on cardboard, who are universally revered as highly across the blogs as Kent Tekulve. Gorgeous card!

Alright. Do me a favor and hit play on the youtube.com video below.

It will only help set the mood.

Trust me.

Seriously. Press play.

I don't know what he saxophone player in Careless Whisper looks like, but I picture him looking a little bit like Joe Pettini.
 No? C'mon. You have to give me that one. The mustache... glasses... black turtleneck... no?

Okay, you can shut the video down if you like.

We're moving on, but bonus point will be earned for all of those who allow the song to play out.

Stadium Club earned its reputation for wonderful photography early with action shots like this beautiful Harold Reynolds card.
 Another unique shot gives us Jeff Tackett reaching into the stands for a foul pop-up.

There was a little vintage in the box and one mini 1975 card.
 Bon Tolan? He's pretty beat up, so much so Dave Rader can't look away.

These were my favorite in the box:
In 1992, Pinnacle put out a series of cards demonstrating pitching grips. Pretty cool for a cardboard collecting high school pitching coach like myself.
I teach my pitchers the circle change when I can. I have my pitchers grip across the seams, but I can see the advantage to gripping it with the seams. Pitch movement, especially when metal bats are involved, is always a positive.  I may have to have them experiment a little. Thank you Pinnacle and Mr. Maddux!

Whelp, that's it for box #3 of The Collection. It was a little bit of a downer, but I suppose they can't all be walk-off homers.

Thanks for reading!  Two more boxes to come!

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Collection: Banker's Box #2

If you missed the first part of The Collection I was gifted from one of my wife's book club friends, then you can click here to go back and catch up to see the contents of the first banker's box. And yes, there is a second.

So, let's get to it!

At the bottom of one corner of the second banker's box there was an unopened wax box of 1988 Topps.
I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with this wax box of 36 packs. I already have a couple of hand collated 1988 sets. It could be a fun rip for someone, but that someone isn't me. I started collecting in 1988 and the ten year old me studied the card fronts more than my school work back in the day. And, that's saying something, because I was somewhat of a school nerd. 

Thee were some sets in the banker's box also.
Three update sets, an entire 1990 Fleer set, a weird Indy Racing League box set, and a commemorative St. Louis Cardinals 100 Year Anniversary set, of fifty-five cards, produced by McDonald's. I vaguely remember these cards being offered at local fast food chain in Central Illinois back in 1992. Cardinals. Hmph.  They don't interest me at all. Any takers?

Speaking of things that don't interest me:
That's a LOT of pocket schedules. Did you know the last season for historic Comiskey Park was 1990? I actually did, but that's because I can still picture the 1991 Upper Deck "Ground Breaking" card of Cartlon Fisk and Robin Ventura.

There were a couple of 300-count boxes packed with cards in top loaders.
 Most of the cards were dinged up a bit. Even still, many of these cards are wonderful adds to my humble little collection. I just hope the original owner didn't really pay $20 for a 1982 Fleer Lee Smith card. Yikes!
 A couple early cards of some guys who did well for the New York teams.
 I'm actually considering building the 1980 and/or 1979 Topps sets now that I've sorted through the collection. Having Dave Winfield's 1979 card, even though it's off center and sporting fuzzy corners, is a nice step toward building a set.
 Some of the cards in top loaders had me scratching my head. Future Stars Mets card? Uh-huh.

Jack Concannon was one of the many terrible Chicago Bear quarterbacks. For those of you who are curious, that's what a 1965 Topps football card looks like. You'll more than likely never see another on this blog again.
I like the design of 1982 Topps football set a little more. Yes, it's James Brooks rookie card, who later made a name for himself for the Bengals in the later 80s. This card can be had for 18 cents on Sportlots.com.

Moving on...

Alright, enough delaying. Bring on the fun vintage!
1961 Topps singles. Very nice. FYI, I found the cards with the sticky notes attached to them and they were removed without adding any surface damage.

It gets better. My collection is was pretty void of anything from the 1950s. 
 Again with the Cardinals? Ugh. 

The cards were wrapped in rubber bands, which literally broke into dozens of pieces when I tried to extricate the cards.

I have to admit, seeing rounded corner cardboard, bound by rubber bands, really got my blood pumping. It was such a cool find that I had to race upstairs to show my wife. She never really pays much mind to my hobby, but she flipped through the cards with what appeared to be genuine interest. That, in itself, makes this find something special!
 Braves vintage! I just received another package from Johnny's Trading Spot.  I wonder if he could use some 1954 cards of his team of choice?  Or maybe John would enjoy the 800 count box of 1990 Donruss I found in the first banker's box?

Random 1954 cards, including Preacher Roe and Johnny Sain. I actually have heard/read about two of these guys.  What was it... Spahn and Sain and pray for rain?  Cool!
These were added to The Collection back in 1994 at $1.25 each, as the sticky note makes mention. I'm not up on vintage prices, but I feel like that would be a decent deal these days.

For the record, all of the 1961 and 1954 cards were purchased at the estate sale auction I mentioned in the previous post. I found the auction receipts and claims at the bottom of the box. I wish cardboard could talk... I would love to know how well traveled these cards are and how many collections they have passed through.

Well, that's it for the highlights of the second box. That leaves us with two 5,000 count monster boxes and one large random box to go.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

The Collection: Banker's Box #1

About a week ago I teased a picture of a collection I had been gifted. Lots of responses were left about the patience I was displaying by not immediately digging in to unearth potential gems.
Well, you all shook me to my senses and I started the very next evening.
It has been a process, but a fun one at that.
Some of the collection was purchased from an estate sale style auction in Decatur, Illinois.  Yet, some of the cards were from the owner's original collection. Price tags, auction tickets, receipts a couple of printed off e-mails helped me put the pieces of the puzzle together.
Actually, I think I had almost as much fun playing the sleuth as I did the collector!
 The first banker's box, pictured at the top of this post, yielded a bunch of singles from the early 1990's, including Leaf, Stadium Club, Fleer Ultra and Pinnacle.  Good stuff.  I started pulling some of the best card photos to share and I think I found some good ones. Man, I love the photography from the '92 & '93 Upper Deck sets!
 There were a few hand collated sets and couple of starter sets to finish, but nothing to surprising within the first box. In all, there were probably about 4,000 cards in the box. Including about 1,500 cards of 1990 Donruss.  Ack.
I did find a box of stars from the time period which included some oddballs, which was encouraging.

But, it gets better. Vintage better.

Stay tuned, as I have four more large boxes to dig through!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Bloggers from GA Bring the Goods

 Today I've got a two-for-one mail day post for you. I had been in contact with Tony (Off Hiatus Baseball Cards) and John (Johnny's Trading Spot) about some Cubs cards. I'm not quite sure, but I think the two packages they sent may have completed my 2018 Topps Series 1 Cubs team set. I'll have to look at one of Wrigley Wax's more recent posts to perform a quick crosscheck.
 As cool of an action shot Ian Happ's card presents, it is an awfully busy card.
I think Rizzo's is my favorite Cub card so far. He doesn't get too many fielding cards.
Three guys no longer on the team made the Series 1 checklist. Koji Uehara and Alex Avila seem pretty excited about that.

All of the above cards are from Tony. He won a box of Series 1, busted it and he has been distributing the cards throughout the blogs. My kind of guy!

On to the second package!

John dropped a USPS small flat-rate box on me with a note.
The little "hehe" has me worried. Not JBF/BWTP worried, but worried nonetheless. I guess I should start stocking up on Braves just in case!
Boom!  I think this Willson Contreras card completes the Cubs team set. I'm very psyched about that, because I haven't purchased any 2018 product for myself yet.
Coco-Cola and Drakes oddballs!  How about Dick Tidrow's mustache? Love it!
And, we have a Penguin sighting! Doesn't surprise me with the cold weather we've had around P-town as of late. 

Fleer 1996. I wasn't collecting at the time, but like this set quite a bit. Full bleed photography and the card fronts feel very much like Topps' card backs from the early 1980s.  Very nice to the touch. True cardboard done up with a little gold foil. Very nice.

And now, we interrupt this trade post with a Tony Womack card.
Here's the thing... I didn't remember Womack playing for the Cubs. Then I went to his baseballreference.com page and discovered he had two separate stints with Chicago. Good grief.  And I call myself a Cubs fan.

Pretty cool serial numbered Mark Prior "playing card" here:
 The rounded corners and the back give it the playing card feel, and the "Long 1 Base Hit" surely means something, but I couldn't tell you.
They back is very old-timey and like old-timey more than I like shiny. That's saying something.

More reminders that we're stuck in the middle of winter.
 Shiny!
Watch out for Kyle Hendricks. He looks possessed in that black and white negative parallel.

 I wasn't a big fan of the cloudy corners of 2016 Topps, but the parallels were pretty sharp.
 This Matt Szczur card is framed up nicely buy the gold honeycomb effect.

More knew cards to add to my collection:
I was lamenting how I didn't have much product from the past couple of years because I had been focusing on my Vogelbach collection. Well, John fixed that with five team bags full of cards.

Saving the best for last!
 I probably have a few of these Kerry Wood Video Replay cards from Stadium Club. I love love love the Sportflics-esque qualities of this card.
You know how certain songs or smells trigger memories that are crystal clear? Cardboard. Cardboard can do that for me. This Kerry Wood card takes me back to my college dorm room right in front of the TV. Kerry's break stuff was so ridiculously filthy. It was so much fun watching that game!

Thanks for the great Cubs cards Tony and John!