Saturday, December 31, 2011

One more order of business...

Can anyone tell my local shop and I more about this Aparicio card, before I bug Bob Lemke with it?

The Last Packs Of 2011, And The Last Flea Market Stuff Of 2011!

First video, be kind to me on the production values.

Lindsey Buckingham's new one is called "Seeds We Sow", by the way. Had a senior moment while filming this, couldn't remember the title. Seriously, if you like Fleetwood Mac, his solo stuff or music that doesn't suck, check it out, it's kinda brilliant.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

2011 In Review Part XI: 1961

2011 In Review Part X: 1960

2011 In Review Part IX: 1959

Offered without comment, but feel free to comment and we'll discuss 'em. Wanna get these out before the end of the Mayan calendar.

(OK, one side note: I have an extra of this card for trade.)

(links to "other cards from this year" section discontinued, because it takes a long time to look for 'em)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Two more of the greatest cards ever made.

One more to make Play At The Plate happy...

Yep, got this with the money I saved on Jackie (which I got for an absolutely ridiculous price). Campy vs. Yogi in a no-holds barred grudge match for the plate!

OK, one more after this, too.

Yep, it's got a pinhole in it, but it looks pretty darned good otherwise! And yes, I seriously got these two cards and the '56 Jackie, shipped, for a good deal under $100. Timed it right, finally, after a couple years of swinging and missing on auctions, Buy It Nows I waited too long on, card stores I waited too long to pick stuff up in and a few card shows' worth of the same. Only tough/expensive one left in '56 is the Koufax. After that, it's the likes of Don Bessent, Charlie Neal, Roger Craig, Randy Jackson and so forth.

I'm a pretty happy broke guy right now.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

A few things...

1. I have been scanning. I'm done with '58-'60 Topps, working on '60 Leaf and Fleer right now. Regular service will be resumed soon.

2. Do any of y'all like numbered insert cards? I kinda have a lot of 'em.

3. I'm strongly considering doing some video updates here. I'd be able to get a lot done in a single video clip, I think, even if the process would probably be horribly amateurish at least for starters. Thoughts?

4. If anyone needs anything from '86-'92, Topps, Fleer, Donruss, Score, Upper Deck, etc., now's the time to speak up. I've got plans in the works for what y'all don't need.

Today's Mail

I can basically die happy now.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Here he is again, folks, my scan this time...
I never see the '54 Bowman Hodges, for sale at shows or shops, on eBay (there could be some up right now, but they usually don't cross my radar), ever, so I jumped at it when this nice example showed up, and netted it for around $20.
I'm happy for Ron Santo and his friends, family and loved ones this week, as he deserved to be in the Hall, but it's bittersweet because Gil still isn't in there, and as the voting is set up right now, he won't be in for at least another 3 years (with Jim Kaat getting 1 more vote than Gil or Minnie Minoso this time out, it might not come next time around for him, either). I keep my fingers crossed, though, as all of those guys should be in the Hall already. If we're still talking about whether or not they should be in the Hall after 25 or so years, yes, they're most likely a deserving Hall of Famer.

Monday, December 5, 2011

While I'm awake and in front of this: Topps Diamond Giveaway stuff!

Folks, even after ordering my set, my die cuts and my older cards, I've got somewhere around 390 cards on the Topps Diamond site, and surprisingly, a lot of them don't suck. It's just stuff that I've got at home already, or am not 100% convinced I need to have shipped to me. I keep trading with people, and the pile keeps building. Has this happened to any of you?

Anyway, despite how difficult it is to make a deal with someone you know unless you're right in front of the damn thing and both on instant messenger, I'm up for doing what I can for people. 130 of my cards (and I've got a few doubles in there, too) are pre-1980! I've got Pete LaCock and Dock Ellis for miles! Get ahold of me, and we'll arrange a time to get silly, if you're so inclined.

And yes, after the last round of maintenance, the site works like a charm. It's never been faster, this year or last with the MCG. Very impressive, hopefully the backend code fixes get carried over to next year's attempt at this.

2011 In Review Part VIII: 1958

Oisk! Always good to see 'em. Blanking on where I got this, but I think this was an eBay pickup, as was the next card...

"I had to be pretty good for them to keep sending me out there enough to lose that many games."

This is my first playing era card of Roger. Gotta remedy that, as there's a couple Brooklyn cards of his that I need.

And, to round things off here (until the Snider arrives), the last base Topps Carl Furillo I needed (still need the '60 World Series card, and he may have showed up on some other Topps cards during his career that weren't the Dodgers Sluggers card or team cards, but I'm not sure). Got this at White Plains for a few bucks. 

Airbrushing (and Dodgers uniform) experts: were these airbrush jobs, or was the "LA" on the caps just a little different in '58? This is the first I've noticed it on the cards. I'm assuming that, if they weren't airbrushed (and that didn't seem too widespread in photo-based Topps cards until sometime in the '60s), Topps did shoots with the Dodgers as soon as they confirmed that they were leaving and had the new caps, but yeah, something's definitely different about those initials here...

To finish up, and break up the Dodger monopoly on this post, here's the oldest, and probably the best looking vintage card I got from the Topps Diamond Giveaway. Really cool card of young Bill Virdon, his whole life ahead of him. Nice view of the Pirate flannel vest. Not so sure about that Pirate logo in the corner, though.

Some other stuff from this time period that you've already seen, most likely:

'59's coming soon. Already started scanning cards for it, but it's the first "big" year, so I've got some more to go...