I enjoy collecting a little bit of everything. But if I had to pick a favorite sport to collect in terms of cards, I'd go with baseball. It's the sport I enjoyed playing the most as a kid and it's also the sport I started collecting back in the early 80's.
And if you thought there were a variety of trading cards available to collectors... just think about the variety of trading cards within one particular sport. Today I figured we'd look at six cards that were sent to me by Steve over at 1975 Baseball Cards. and see the diversity that exists among baseball cards.
1976 SSPC #624 and 2005 BBM Touch the Game
First off... you'll notice that the card on the left is nearly thirty years older than the card on the right. But what you can't see is how much thicker the Johjima is compared to the Winkles. You would probably need to stack 6 to 8 SSPC cards to match the single BBM.
1976 SSPC #587 and 2000 BBM Diamond Heroes #8
Another thing that stands out between the two cards is abundance of foil on one card and the lack of foil on the other. I remember jumping all over Fleer Metal cards in the mid 90's. The 2000 BBM Diamond Heroes set is very similar to that product line.
1976 SSPC #501 and 2001 BBM Diamond Heroes #130
The final thing I'd like to compare is trading card's country of origin. When I first started collecting I had no idea that people collected trading cards all around the world and that cards were printed in different languages. These days... I have an entire collection dedicated to trading cards written in Japanese.
And thanks to Steve... I just added three new Kenji Johjima cards to that collection, along with three forty-year old pieces of cardboard.
So what about you...
Where do you fall on the SSPC/BBM trading card spectrum?
I'm a fan of both... but since that's kind of a cop out... I'll say I'm slightly leaning on the SSPC side, because vintage oddball issues are one of my favorite things to collect.
Well that's it for tonight. Stay tuned for my next post which will go over what I picked up earlier today at the Serramonte Mall Card and Collectibles Show.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!