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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Buybacks, Reprints, and Cancelled Stamps Oh My!

Summer break is coming to an end... and the start of a new school year is just around the corner.  Earlier in the week, I was up in Lake Tahoe for a family reunion... and more importantly to visit where we spread my mother's ashes two years ago.  I'm not sure about the afterlife, but I'd like to think she wakes up to this wonderful view every morning.

Now that we're all caught up with what's going on in my life... let's check out some new additions to my collectionToday's post focuses on buybacks, reprints, and cancelled stamps sent to me by Reader X (Xavier Higgins), AJ (The Lost Collector), and Bo (Baseball Cards Come to Life!).

Let's kick things off with some buybacks.  I've always had mixed emotions on these.  Back in 1991, I pulled one out of a pack of Topps and was pretty excited to own an original league leaders card from the early 70's.  The only problem was it was unstamped... so there's no actual proof it was a buyback.

These days Topps stamps their buybacks.  The issue I have with modern day buybacks is I have almost zero interest in pulling a buyback of a card issued only a few years ago of a guy I don't collect.  On the other hand... I'm all about these vintage buybacks that Reader X sent my way:

1967 Topps #385
1968 Topps #580

Jim Fregosi is a member of the Angels Hall of Fame, but I didn't really start watching baseball as a serious fan until the tail end of his career.  I mostly remember him for managing the Philadelphia Phillies in the 90's.

Bob Bailey is another guy who played a little before my time, so I wasn't familiar with his career.  I was impressed with those eyebrows though.  It's a shame Wally Moon retired before Bailey joined the Dodgers in 1967.  That would have been quite the powerful eyebrow ensemble.

Okay... I can see that at this pace... this post will end up taking four hours to write. (sadly... even after cutting back on my commenting, this post took four hours to write).  I'm gonna have to scale things down for both of our sakes.

1973 Topps #12
1978 Topps #228

I was super excited to see both of these cards in Xavier's package.  I've always associated Don Zimmer with the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, and the Tampa Bay Rays... but never the San Diego Padres.  That being said... this is a very nice addition to my Padres PC.  As for Manny Mota, I'm always excited to add a vintage buyback of a guy often regarded as one of the greatest pinch hitters of all-time.

This was some serious California Love sent to me by Reader X.

AJ also hooked me up with a buyback:

1990 Topps #670

Four out of five times if you asked me if I'd be interested in a 1990 Topps buyback, I'd probably say "not really".  The bottom line is this was the heart of the Junk Wax Era and before the recent hobby boom, you could find boxes of this stuff at the flea market for $5 more often than not.

However if I pulled this Dennis Eckersley out of a pack, I would have been stoked.  Not only is he a hall of famer for my Oakland A's PC... it also features a great action shot.

AJ also sent me this really beautiful card of Rickey Henderson:

At first glance, it looks like his 1999 Stadium Club cardTopps sure gave Rickey fans a treat when they produced this card twenty-two years ago.  I guess they wanted to give current collectors who weren't collecting back in 1999 a chance to share in the beauty.

buybacks... I have mixed emotions about Topps reprinting cards from their past.  In fact, if you've shown off a reprint on your blog, there's a chance I've left my feelings towards them in the comments.

2021 Stadium Club Greats #SCG-8

Generally... I'm not a fan of Topps excessively reprinting base cards and calling them inserts.  It would be cool if they did it on the occasional basis, but these days it seems like they've gone wild over them... which just seems lazy.  That being said... some reprints have a place in my collection.  For example... I enjoy getting my hands on as many 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson and 1983 Topps Tony Gwynn rookie reprints as I can.  This card might not be a rookie card reprint, but it's a nice addition to my Rickey Henderson PC.

Speaking of rookie reprints, Reader X gave me this Reggie Jackson:

2021 Topps Double Headers #TDH-9

Now I'm only two cards away from filling up a 9-pocket page of his reprint rookie cards:

The final segment of today's post involves postage stamps... which I've been collecting off and on for the past fifteen years.  One of these days, I'll go and scan my entire collection... but for now here are some awesome 1972 Olympic stamps that were sent to me by Bo:

Back in July, I wrote about some recent stamp acquisitions and Bo left a comment about a stamp collection he picked up a few years ago.  He asked about what kind of stamps I collected, so I wrote back that I'd be interested in any stamps related to the 1972 Olympics or Japan.  He killed two birds with one stone with all of these.

I wish I could give you more information about these stamps, but honestly... I'm just a novice stamp collector. who enjoys adding the occasional stamp to the collection.

Here's another stamp I recently added to my collection:

I actually considered purchasing a sheet of these when I placed my order from the USPS a few weeks ago, but ended up removing it from my cart at the last second.  Maybe I'll go back and buy a sheet to use for PWE or even for my Stamp PC, but for now this cancelled stamp from AJ's PWE will work just fine.

Getting back to Bo's PWE... he also tossed in this very cool matchbook from Japan:

It's from the Hotel New Grand, which according to their website is Japan's leading hotel.  The ninety-four year old hotel is considered a luxury hotel with fantastic views of the Port of YokohamaBabe Ruth, Charlie Chaplin, and General MacArthur are among the famous people who have stayed there over the years.

I wish I could give you more information on this matchbookBo seems to be the resident expert among our cohort of bloggers when it comes to these.  If I had to guess, I'd say it's from the 1950's, 60's, or 70's.  Regardless of its age, it's a fine addition to my Japanese Non-Sports PC.

Thank you Xavier, AJ, and Bo for the buybacks, reprints, and cancelled stamps!

As always, I'd love to hear from the rest of you.  Here are today's questions of the day:

What are your thoughts on collecting buybacks?

How do you feel about Topps and their reprints?

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Extra Innings

Here are a few more items that were sent to me from Xavier, AJ, and Bo that didn't really fit into the context of this post, but are still very much appreciated...

Bo must have read about my Surfer PC, because he sent me a small stack of 1994 Generation Extreme cards:

My favorite was this card of Derek Ho, who was a very popular surfer back in the early 90's when I actively followed professional surfing:

1994 Generation Extreme #46

Unfortunately, he passed away last year.  He was only fifty-five years old2020 sucked.

AJ sent me a few Kurt Suzuki cards, but this one especially stood out:

2015 Bowman Silver Ice #85

I don't own a lot of non-Oakland Athletic parallels of Kurt Suzuki, so I was very happy to add him to the binder.

As for Xavier... I literally have stacks of cards I still need to write about from the first two care packages he sent my way.  I could have easily picked a card from one of those, but I wanted to show off a card from another package he recently sent me.

It's this really, really shiny box topper:

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen GlassWorks Box Topper #GW-CK

This is the shiniest card in my collection.  Sadly my scanner does not do this card any justice.  Anyone who has ever held one of these inserts can verify that.

I've been wanting to add one of these box toppers to my collection ever since I first laid eyes on them.  Now that I have one... I want more.

One more round of thanks to Bo, AJ, and Xavier.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

So What's the Scenario?

Just a heads up... you'll be seeing a decline in the number of posts here on this blog over the next couple of weeks... possibly longer.  Even though I'm on my summer break, life is far from rest and relaxation.  Back at the start of summer, I didn't want to be bored... so I made sure to keep myself busy and right now I'm in the thick of things.

With that being said... my decision to scale things down on this blog isn't hobby related.  In fact, I'm sitting on tons of material ranging from card show purchases, box breaks, care packages, COMC fodder, and mystery pack purchases from the Online Dime Store.  There's even a Topps Magazine post I'm really looking forward to finishing and publishing eventually.

Unfortunately there just isn't enough time in the day.  And over the past week or so, I've realized that it's hard enough keeping up with my blogger reading list... which right now I'm prioritizing ahead of publishing my own posts.

When can you expect to see a regular three to four posts per week blogging schedule Not exactly sure.  The new school year is just around the corner, so we'll see how that impacts my free time.  For now... the goal is to publish at least once a week to keep me on your reading lists.

Okay... let's get to the actual card portion of the post.  On Monday, I wrote about my experience on the other side of the table at a card show and Jafronius left a comment about not picturing a scenario where he would sell a collectible, because he wouldn't buy it... if he didn't want it.

I totally see his point and understand where he's coming from.  In fact, I can't see myself selling most of the cards I've purchased over the years using his exact reasoning.

However it made me brainstorm a few scenarios where I'd be willing to sell something I purchased.  Each of these scenarios were based on my recent card show experience in one way or another...

#1One, Two, or Three is Enough

2007 UD Elements Clear Cut Elements #CCE-MC

I purchased this card on eBay back in September of 2010 for $21 (free shipping and tax free), because it was during a period of my life where I was buying up autographs of current superstars.  At the time I didn't mind that this was a sticker-graphDid I prefer on-card autographs at the time?  Sure, but I could also live with stickers.

Since then, I've acquired several on-card autographs of Miggy... which made this card expendable.

#2Clearing Some Room

2001 Upper Deck Retail Golf Box

2010 must have been a big year for purchases, because in addition to the Cabrera... I also picked up a 12 box case of golf cards from Pittsburgh Sports Wholesale (now Steel City Collectibles) for $119.95.  I opened up eight of those boxes and built several sets... then tucked away the remaining four boxes for a rainy day.

This isn't a new thing for me.  Over the years I've built a collection of boxes with plans to one day have a box busting party.  But something happened.  People began paying ridiculous prices for unopened product.  This box is a great example.  I sold one box of this stuff on Saturday and the sale nearly covered the cost of the entire case.

But the best part about this sale it freed up some space for new cards for my collection.

#3Too Good to Pass Up

2007-08 UD Premier Exclusivity Autograph #EX-KD

I don't have any online records of where or when I picked this card up... but I will say that there is no way I paid even a tenth of what I sold it for on Saturday.  It was by far the largest sale of the day.  Sometimes a deal is just too good to pass up.

The crazy part about this sale is that I actually sold it for less than the market value.  Had I waited until next season, I could have gotten several hundred dollars more.  However... I sold it at a discounted price to a Kevin Durant collectorHe got a deal.  I got a dealIt was a win/win situation.

#4Opening the Door for Future Bargains

2015 National Treasures Player's Choice Signature Die-Cuts #37

Jafronius doesn't buy things he doesn't want.  That makes sense to me.  Most of the time, I wouldn't either.  However after thinking about it, I did come up with one major exception to this rule: bargains.

One of my favorite online dealers was Jersey Coast Collectibles.  He shut down his website a few years ago, but not before hooking me up with hundreds of awesome bargains.  One of those was this gorgeous Mookie Betts bat relic autograph that I purchased for $14.49.

Now I love Mookie, but the fact is I already have another autograph of his:

2014 Five Star Autographs #FSA-MBE

This autographed rookie card was purchased the same day as the other Mookie, but for a few more bucks ($17.65).  Do I need two Mookie Betts autographs?  If I was a Red Sox or Dodger fan, maybe.  But I'm not... so the National Treasures card became nonessential.

By the way, I actually didn't sell the bat relic autograph at the show.  I sold it to my buddy on Tuesday when I returned the two display cases he loaned me.

Ultimately... I'm a bargain hunter at heart and when I hit the flea market or occasional card show... I'm always looking for deals even if they don't necessarily fit my collection.  And if the right situation presents itself... I have no problem getting rid of that bargain in exchange for money that will allow me to purchase more bargains down the road.

I'm sure there are other scenarios where I'd be willing to sell something I purchased in the past, but these are the ones that relate to my recent card show experience.

Thank you Jafronius for being the inspiration for the blog post.  That's why I love reading all of the comments people leave on my posts.

Feel free to comment on any of these scenarios or write about your own personal scenarios down below.  Maybe it'll inspire my next blog post.

Happy Thursday and sayonara!

Extra Innings

By the way... here's the song that inspired the title of this post.