Friday, February 23, 2018

The Collection: The Final Big Box

I've really enjoyed rummaging through the collection that I have been gifted. I've found lots of goodies along the way that will make their way to other bloggers. There have also been a few surprises.

About two weeks ago I posted this picture asking for help identifying a signature. The daughter of original owner of the The Collection was curious as to what she had just uncovered.
 So I made a post and within sixteen minutes I had an answer. Wow.
If I would have kept digging through boxes I would have discovered the answer for myself.
Yep, the last box was a Kevin Koslofski hot box!
 As it turns out, Koslofski is from the hometown of the original owner of the collection.

Oh, and for what it's worth, I sent one of the Koslofski cards to gcrl for his help! Thanks again, gcrl!

The final box, can best be described as a long file folder box. It housed many 800-count boxes and some other oddly shaped boxes.
My sister came over and helped me unpack and search this one and she saved these three boxes for last. Above Average. Above Average. And Better Cards. Okay!  The two boxes on top hold about 400 cards, but they're large enough to hold cards in top holders. Lots of cards in top loaders!

Here's a picture of my card sorting table after my sister and I had fun sifting and sorting though the contents.
 I'm  fairly certain the original owner was a fan of the Cardinals. Ugh. 
 Cardinals teams sets, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

There was a nice little stack of 1963 Topps inside.
I like the Wally Moon card most, may he RIP. 

I also found a small stack of 1962 Topps cards.
Anyday I get my hands on a Don Mossi card is a good day!

Keeping the vintage streak alive:
Post Cereal cards from 1962. The Yogi is going in Hall of Fame binder. Woo-Hoo!

Man, I do love vintage.
The 1970 Topps card is my first vintage card of Willie Mays. Such an awesome find and another for the HOF Binder. The Ozzie rookie is tremendously off center, but it'll do for now as I look to build the 1979 set. I haven't created a want list yet, but I think I have 400+ 1979 cards now... all from these boxes.  😀

Vintage football?
There were two copies of the Walter Payton card and one will stay in my collection. Not sure what I'll do with the rest.

Well, we might as well continue with more non-baseball cardboard.
There's a dozen or so Superman trading cards. Um, okay.

And then there's this gem:
That's right. I'm the proud owner of an unopened 1996-1997 Craftsman Tools Card pack. I didn't realize the Craftsman competitive league carried over from the end of one calendar year to the beginning of the next like the NBA and NHL.

Here's a picture of ALL the non-baseball sports cards I found within the entire collection.
Again, not sure what I'm going to do with these. I used to collect football and basketball, but I'm strictly a baseball guy these days.

I found more cards in top loaders. Sandberg and Shaquille O'Neal rookies were some of the better ones.

These two were pretty nice, as well.
I'm not one for graded cards, but I do appreciate a Mother's Cookies card when I see one!

Six autos were within the entire 14,000+ card collection. Two of them were of Kevin Koslofski and the other four were of Jim Bullinger.
 I looked, but I can't find any connection to the original owner of the collection and Jim Bullinger.

 1989 Southern League All-Star set?
Yeah, that's a bit random. No big names in there, I've already checked.

We'll end the last box with one of my favorite cards to come across.
 It's a second year card of Jim Thome, the local boy, who was recently elected to the Hall of Fame. Very nice indeed.

Thank you for joining me on this fun ride through The Collection. Nothing I can retire on, but plenty of excellent cards I can spread across the blogs.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I know a fellow Cubs fan who also collects A LOT of football, ahem. I don't know what I have for you in return, though. I'll glance at your wantlists and see if I have something that you don't already have and make an offer.

    1. Wantlists are pretty vacant right now... working on adding a few sets there, but it will take some time.
      Cubs cards always work!

  2. Congrats on the collection. Now let's see how long it takes to clear it all away, lol.

  3. '62s, '63s, a '70 Mays, and so HOFer RCs definitely qualifies as better than above average. I'd love to see more from that stack of '63 Topps and possibly trade for some if they're available.

  4. Have enjoyed reading about this collection. I am hoping one day some luck will come to me with a collection like this. If not, I will be fine too. Love those vintage Steelers cards! I collect Steelers cards.

  5. Wow. Wow. Wow. Now THAT is an epic find. I'm particularly enthralled with that Yogi. I don't think I've ever seen one of his Post cards before.

  6. I Collect lots of non baseball :)

  7. nice! Would love to see what else is in those ‘62 and ‘63 stacks.