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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Poetry In Motion

Last weekend was the Serramonte Mall Sports Card, Toys, and Collectibles Show which is my favorite show to attend out of the limited amount of ones I have to choose from.

After a few days, I'm still sifting, sorting, and scanning items from my haul.  Actually about half of the items were for fellow bloggers on my hitlist.

In addition to the handful of items I purchased for myself, I'm excited to show off some of the fantastic goodies Mr. Haverkamp and my buddy Mike hooked me up with.

Hopefully I'll have that post up by Thursday.  Until then, here's a quick one card post featuring one of my latest graded card pickups:

1973 Topps #380

The 1973 Topps baseball card set features some excellent photography and recently I stumbled across this Bench over at Cardboard Greats.  I had seen the card before, however this time around it inspired me to track down a graded copy.

I recently cashed in all of credit card points for five $100 eBay gift cards and this was either the first or second purchase I made with one of those gift cards.  It also represents my final eBay purchase from Probstein which took place just before I heard about their involvement in our hobby's latest scandal.  But that's not the focus of today's post.

Today let's just soak in the beauty of this Bench as he chases down this pop up at Candlestick back in the early 70's.  It is the 16th addition to my Classic Cards Collection, which is made up with affordable graded cards with either stellar photography or cool stories behind them.

Well that's it for today...

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


  1. Makes you just want to reach out and grab that ball with your bare hand.

  2. Nice pickup! I discovered that card a few years ago and it’d be one I’d get eventually. 73 has some nice action shots.

  3. Probably a top five card from the '73 set for me, which is saying something given how awesome that set is.

  4. I can’t even imagine Topps using that photo these days since it doesn’t show his face. A great and unique photo.

  5. Love that card, great addition!

  6. I thought it was mainly PWCC that was involved in the scandal, not Probstein.. though I admittedly haven't been following it too closely. But regardless, great card!

  7. Awesome card Fuji, and a beautiful copy too! I heard same as Gavin on the grading thing, though I don't keep up with it so maybe Probstein became implicated later?

  8. Great pickup,one of my favorite cards of all-time.

  9. That is a really nice Bench card. The 1973 set really did mark a vast improvement in photography.

  10. Yeah PWCC and Probstein are filters for trimmed cards it seems. Sadly, PSA has a ton of failures in not catching the rampant trimming.

  11. johnnys trading spot - lol. i always bring a glove to a game

    steve at 1975baseballcards.com and nick - 73 has some fantastic photography. 74 isn't too shabby either

    sumomenkoman - hey topps... if you're reading this... i would be okay with more action shots featuring back sides than zoomed in portrait shots. but that's just me.

    bulldog - thanks. totally agree

    arpsmith - thank you kind sir

    defgav & shoeboxlegends - i heard both, but even if probstein's hands are clean in the drama... they still have a reputation for having people shill bid on their items. here's a link to where i heard about both companies:


    sg488 - thanks. i love this action shot

    sean - yeah... i also like the action shots in the 1974 topps set as well

    sumomenkoman - yeah, this latest scandal has really shocked the grading card community. kinda sucks, because i've really gotten into collecting graded cards lately

  12. I didn't buy a graded version, but I picked up my own '73 Topps Johnny Bench card at a show a few weeks back. Beautiful card, not to mention a fabulous grade.