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Monday, September 21, 2020

Four Forgotten Flea Market Finds

Hope all of you had a great weekend.  Yesterday afternoon, I spent about an hour digging through a box of slabbed cards I purchased a long, long time ago.

Back in January of 2013, I purchased a huge collection at the De Anza Flea Market for $160.  You can check out the photos here.  I'm not exactly sure if I ever summarized this purchase, but it's one of the best flea market finds I have ever stumbled across.

It was one of those deals that my buddy Mike and I still talk about to this day.  Anyways... within the collection were hundreds of slabbed cards.  They sat in my garage for about five years... and then a couple of years ago I brought them into my office where they've sat behind some shipping supplies.  I've sat down a few times and sifted through them... most recently yesterday.

Here were four that caught my attention:

1989 Donruss #561

At first glance, this is a hall of fame rookie card that received a less-than-desired grade from BGS.  However when I looked at it a little more carefully, I noticed that this is actually a buyback from a product I never purchased before: 2001 Donruss Anniversary Originals.


There's no buyback stamp or anything... so the only proof resides in the holder.

Next up a card that fits into two different collections:

2002 Playoff Prime Signatures #107

Chad Hutchinson is a two-sport athlete who pitched for the St. Louis Cardinals and played for the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.  More importantly... he attended Stanford University... which I maintain a small PC of.


You'll also notice that this card is serial numbered #1/5... which means it also fits into my Prime #'s PC.  And yes... I know that the number "one" isn't a prime number.

I also found this graded Michael Jordan insert:

1990-91 Fleer All-Star #5

Yeah... I know.  It's not gem mint, but it still sells for more than you probably think.  It doesn't matter, because you should know by now that I rarely flip cards.


Plus I collect Jordan.

The last one is a card I may or may not have shown before.  I've definitely pulled it out of the box a few times and admired it.

1998 Bowman Chrome 50th Anniversary Refractor #95

Back in 1998, this would have been a pretty huge pull.


Like the Hutchinson, it's numbered to only 5Pulling a common would have been a nice pull, but back in 1998 Kaufman was coming off his best season and he was only twenty-five years oldRaider fans were pretty excited about him lining up in the backfield.

That's it for now.  I know that most of you aren't into graded cards... but I can't only write about 70's Kellogg's and Topps Project 2020 cards.  Well... I guess I could... but I won't..

Happy Monday and sayonara!

Saturday, September 19, 2020

TWIB: Double Bagel, Creative Collecting, and Second Base

Time is a tricky thing.  One one hand, it seems like I just wrote last week's This Week in Blogging post.  On the other hand, this past week of distance learning seemed like an eternity.

Oh well, let's get this party started...


#1Pujols Passes Mays

1968 Topps Game #8

Seeing a legend like Willie Mays slowly move down the all-time home run leaders list is sort of bittersweetSeventeen years ago, he was third on the list behind only Hank Aaron and Babe Ruth.

Now he's looking up at Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez, and Albert Pujols.

2000 Multi-Ad Sports Midwest League Top Prospects #2

That being said... congratulations to Pujols and all of his fans!   


#2Greetings from Syracuse


Earlier in the week, CinciCuse Bill showed off some new acquisitions for his Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame collection over on his blogBill's Baseball Card Blog.  About a week earlier, I received the above postcard from one of my former students who is currently in her senior year at Syracuse.


There have been a lot of notable alumni, but here's the one that stood out the most in my collection:

1997 Upper Deck Legends Autographs #AL-16

Jim Ringo was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 7th round back in 1953 and went on to have a hall of fame career with them and the Philadelphia Eagles.  My father has mentioned his name a few times over the years, as he was an avid fan of the Packers back in the 50's and 60's.


#3Sports Illustrated for Kids Cards


This week (or maybe last week), the September/October issue of SI for Kids began arriving in mailboxes around the world.  There weren't any athletes that stood out this time around, but I Googled a few of them.


Nelly Korda is the daughter of two professional tennis players.  Her father won the 1998 Australian Open.  Speaking of tennis... Sofia Kenin was recently in the news.  I hadn't heard of her or the "double bagel" reference until today.


#4Athletes Whose Names are Jobs


When it comes to creative collecting, I've gotta give Elliptical Man some props.  He recently gave away some cards featuring players who names double as careers.

His PWE inspired me to flip through the Oakland A's collection. where I found a hall of famer that would fit this collection:

1973 Topps #235

Thanks Brenden for the PWEWhat exactly do you collect?  This is the 2nd care package you've sent me and I read your blog religiously, but still haven't figured out what you collect.

Oh... by the way... Art Monk also attended Syracuse University.


#5Save Second Base

It's that time of the year again and Collecting Cutch is hosting his annual Save Second Base event.  Earlier in the week, he gave his readers a peek at the first prize and it's a doozy...

2020 Topps Project 2020 #84

I'm not gonna say that I'm the biggest fan of Project 2020 cards... but I've commented numerous times professing my fanfare for Ermsy and his cards.  In fact... I have an Ermsy post slated for ThursdayStay tuned.

1991 Face to Face #271

Anyways... if you're interested in an opportunity to win this card, all you need to do is write a blog post where you talk about your favorite John Travolta movie as well as plug the contestLeave a link in the comment section of his post.  Make sure to mention that Travolta's wife, Kelly Preston recently lost her battle with breast cancer and that it's important that we all work together to raise awareness for a cure.

Okay, here's my response...


As much as I enjoyed watching Grease as a kid... Pulp Fiction is my favorite Travolta film.  In fact that movie would probably be on my Top 20 list of favorite movies.


As for my favorite Kelly Preston movie... I can't really say that I have one.  But I do remember thinking she was really cute when I watched Space Camp back in middle school.

Okay... that wraps up another week of This Week in Blogging.

Feel free tell everyone a creative way to collect, your favorite bagel, your favorite Topps Project 2020 artist, or favorite female tennis player down in the comment section below.

Happy Saturday and sayonara!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

A Special Treat

Way back in June... at the start of my summer break... I was motivated to try and complete a few of the 70's Kellogg's sets I'm building.  Within a few weeks, I landed the last two cards I needed for my 1977 Kellogg's set.

Anytime you complete a 70's Kellogg's set, it's worth celebrating.  With that set out of the way, I turned my attention to my 1975 and 1978 Kellogg's sets.  Unfortunately... I ran into a brick wall.  It seemed like every morning I checked my saved eBay searches... sellers were asking more and more for their 70's Kellogg's singles.

It got to the point where I started deleting the daily emails without opening them.   I even considered deleting the saved searches, but ended up keeping them since my goal is to go back and work on these projects eventually.

Fast forward a month or so to a couple of days before my birthday.  I was looking up some stuff on eBay when I noticed this 1972 Kellogg's Roberto Clemente:

1972 Kellogg's #49

Outside of picking up some birthday related collectibles and having dinner with a friend, I don't really celebrate my birthday anymore.  But when I saw this card, I decided to treat myself to a special birthday present.

When it comes to card purchases, this is my most expensive single card purchase in quite some time.  I used one of my eBay gift cards to cover the $65 BIN price tag (+ $3 shipping and $6.01 sales tax).


It was
pretty exciting to add two vintage hall of famers to my collection over the course of two days.  I wrote about the other card last week, but I wanted to save the best for last.

Clemente is a legend and this card is nothing short of gorgeous.  There's not a single crack to be seen and the back is whiter than my teeth.  I might not be any closer to completing the 1975 and 1978 Kellogg's sets... but this card will hold me over until I'm ready to begin opening up the daily eBay emails featuring insanely priced 70's Kellogg's singles.

Here's you question of the day...

Are there any cards you've put on the back burner due to recent price spikes?

If so, please share them in the comment section below.  I'd love to hear about them.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It's My Turn

Close your eyes and think of an iconic rookie baseball card from the 80's.  I'm sure the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. popped into some of your minds.  Some of you might have pictured one of the Ripken rookie cards, the 1984 Donruss Don Mattingly, the 1985 Topps Mark McGwire, or maybe the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco.

1980 Topps #482

Me?  Well... if this post wasn't focused on the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson, I probably would have said the 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn.  But Rickey would be second for sure.

The 1980 Topps baseball card design is solid.  The photograph of Rickey features a well-cropped action shot, which is exactly what I'm looking for on a card.  And it's one of those cards I dreamed of owning when I was a kid, but completely missed out on due to the rookie card boom combined with a little kid budget.

Unlike most of you, my memory isn't what it used to be... so I can't remember where or when I acquired this card.  I can't imagine I paid much for it due to the rough bottom edge and soft corners.


But I do love the centering on this particular copy... and the back is nice with the exception of the printing dot in the upper right-hand corner.

In August of 2010, I upgraded and purchased this PSA 8 copy for my collection:


It set me back $36.50 (+ $2.50 shipping).  I'm glad I picked it up back then, because there's no way I'd spend the triple digits this card commands on eBay these days.

Six years later, I added an autographed copy of this card to my collection:


This card was way more expensive than the other card.  I submitted a $90 offer to the eBay seller and he/she accepted.  My Rickey Henderson rookie card trifecta was complete.

These days, I enjoy collecting the reprints that Topps has been mass producing the past decade or so...

2010 Topps Card Your Mom Threw Out Original Back #482

2013 Topps Manufactured Rookie Card Patch #RCP12

2020 Topps Rookie Card Retrospective Logo Medallions #RCR-RH

And the newest addition to my Rickey Henderson collection...

2020 Topps Project 2020 #129

Yup.  Like thousands of other baseball card collecting lemmings, I bit the bullet and purchased a Topps Project 2020 card.


This is actually the seventh one I've bought.  The other six were purchased directly from Topps, while I snagged this one last week on eBay for $11.50 + ($1.06 tax).  After seeing how cheap these sell on the secondary market, I regret purchasing the other cards directly from Topps.

Not sure when Topps plans to ship my cards, but as soon as I receive them... you'll be the first to know.  In the meantime, take a few seconds to answer the question of the day...

When you think of iconic 80's rookie baseball card, what is the first card that pops into your head?

I look forward to reading and responding to your comments.  Happy Tuesday and sayonara!

Extra Innings


Here's a peek at which 80's rookie cards popped into reader's minds first.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Old School Set Build


When it comes to collecting, I feel like I'm sort of an outlier or irregularity.  Most of the card bloggers I know enjoy set building.  It's entertaining, fun, challenging, and delivers a feeling of accomplishment when you're finishedMe?  I prefer to just buy one already completed.

I like to think it has to do with saving money, but down inside... I know it's about me being impatient.  I don't like things being incomplete... yet I'm too cheap to just pay top dollar for singles I need for set builds.  That's why I'll just buy complete sets when I can afford them.

A while back, I purchased a box of 1988 Pacific Legends Series 1 baseball from Dennis (Too Many Verlanders).  The goal was to eventually purchase a 1989 Pacific Legends Series 2 box off of eBay, but I haven't been able to find one in my price range.


My solution?  Buy a completed set on eBay for under $10The kicker?  It actually contained both Series 1 and Series 2 sets.


However... as you can see from the title of this post... I did sit down, bust open a box, and build a set.


Yesterday I opened up the 1990 Pacific Baseball Alumni Team Legends box that Ryan (SumoMenkoMan) sent me a few weeks ago.  Afterwards I sorted them into stacks by tens and built a hand collated set.  Finally I inserted all three sets into 9-pocket pages for easy viewing.  A good old fashioned set build.

By the time I was finished, my back was getting a little stiff from sitting on the floor... so I didn't have time to scan everything and write a in-depth review of these three sets.  That being said, I did want to at least give you a snapshot at the differences between them:

1988 Pacific Legends Series One #40

Each series contains 110 cards.  The first two sets have identical designs, but the Series One cards feature a yellow and gray card back, while the Series Two substitutes the yellow with blue.

1989 Pacific Legends Series Two #220

Series Two starts off with card #111 and runs through #220.  I originally thought that the 1990 Pacific box continued the series, but that turned out to be untrue.

1990 Pacific Baseball Alumni Team Legends #59

This set features a slightly different design on the front and a very different design on the back.  Plus... Pacific restarted the numbering at #1.  I'm not 100% sure if there were any players in both the 1988 and 1989 Pacific Legends sets, but I know for sure that there were familiar names from those two series in the 1990 set.

That's it for the set analysis for today.  This post has run its course.

If you're interested, I have plenty of duplicates from my 1990 box break.  The collation wasn't very good and I was only able to build one complete set.  However I do have two partial sets.  One I'll probably break up and use for my binder collections and the other I'll send out to Dennis since I know he has an appreciation for these cards.

Thanks Ryan for providing the wax box for me to openThank you Dennis for motivating me to grab these sets.  And thank you Phungo for this very cool post card:


The front features the famous 1976 Topps bubble gum card where he's representing the Brown and Gold instead of the Brewers.  He wrote a nice note and included this Kurt Suzuki sketch on the back:


Thanks again Phungo!  Keep up the amazing artwork.  Okay... here is today's question of the day:

What's the last set you built completely by opening packs and trading away/for duplicates?

Happy Monday and sayonara!