30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Friday, November 8, 2013

PC Spotlight #23: Another Form Of Cardboard

I'm a hoarder.  Okay, maybe I'm exaggerating a little.  But at the very least... I'm a collector.

It started with Star Wars action figures in the 70's.  Baseball cards came along in the 80's.  CD's, VHS movies, vinyl records, and a variety of other sports memorabilia in the 90's.  Then in the early 2000's... my collecting days hit a wall.  I wanted to buy a place and become more responsible with my money, so I sold a bunch of stuff I collected over the years and only kept a handful of items.

A decade later, I'm back in the game.  But hopefully this time around, I'll be smarter about what I collect.

The days of busting boxes of cards and racking up credit card debt are long over and a big portion of my collectibles are based on discounted purchases.

However... one problem continues to haunt me.  Lack of storage space.

A few weeks ago, I decided to clean out my garage to consolidate my possessions, dump unwanted trash, and create more room to store things.  While digging through boxes, I came across a small stack of postcards:

I picked up the Bench a few months ago off of an internet dealer I've used for a few years now.  I have no way of knowing if the autograph is legit, but I've never had reason to think he'd sell me a fake autograph.  If any of you guys know your Bench signatures, feel free to comment below.

I'm not quite sure where I acquired this Koufax, but it looks like it's from the 60's.  There were a few other postcards of Dodgers in the stack, but this one was easily my favorite.

The last one I want to show off had been missing, but I thankfully found it.  Now it can hang out with the other Jackie Robinson pieces of cardboard in my collection.

Back in 2000, the United States Postal Service issued a sheet of stamps that featured a bunch of baseball legends, including the Jackie Robinson shown above.

Well... that's all folks.  As of right now, I probably have 10 to 15 sports postcards in all.  One of these days I'll create a binder dedicated to them and who knows... maybe I'll transition from sports cards to postcards.

Happy Friday and sayonara!


  1. I love finding lost treasures, it is like getting a big win for your collection with out spending any more money.

    1. Lol... great way of looking at things.

  2. The Bench auto looks really good. The only thing I would check, and its hard for me with your scan, is the loop off the bottom of the B should not continue into the E. He definitively finishes the B before starting the E in every auto I've seen. The loop can touch the E, but not be used to start the E.

    At some point I would love to pick up Bench's auto. I used to have it on a ball with a personalized message from Bench to me that my father was able to pick up in person when I was a kid. Unfortunately one of my friends "borrowed" it without telling me and returned it completely scuffed up to the point where I couldn't even read what was on the ball. It has always bothered me.

    1. Sorry to hear about your Bench ball. That's terrible. I hope your friend apologized at the very least... if he/she is still your friend.

  3. Being a hoarder is not easy..err..I mean a collector! ;-)
    Houses tend to shrink over time. Still have to understand why...

    1. Tell me about it. I'm going back into the garage to continue the work I started a few weeks ago.