Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sticking To Resolutions

So, remember how I came up with a plan to keep some of my quirkier collections ( moving forward in this post?

It looked a little like this...


Brooklyn Dodgers (all)
1951 Topps Ringside


1959 Fleer Ted Williams
2002 SP Legendary Cuts Bat Relics


2007 Upper Deck Goudey
Autographs of players I like

There's still 2 weeks left in the month, but here's how I did for January...

w00, another Ringside! I will gleefully admit to not knowing who a lot of these guys are when I buy these cards, but the card backs are always entertaining and enlightening.

Dude had to deal with both the Nazis and Jake LaMotta punching him in the same lifetime, and they still condescendingly called him a "French lad"! Cruel world.

I went a buck and a quarter over my original $5-per-item budget for this project, and the corners could certainly be better, but I've been after this one for a while, and I'm very happy to have it. For some reason, even though I've come across a lot of this card and the Preacher Roe card from '54, it took me a while on both. (I think the Preacher was the last '54 Bum I got, though I could be wrong about that.)

Normally, I don't go front-and-back on every card I post, but I felt stingy just giving Laurent Dauthuille the deluxe treatment and not Junior friggin' Gilliam, so here you go!

So, not a bad start to the year on this.

(As if Dick Paradise weren't enough.)

One thing I have been going back and forth on, though, and your input would be greatly appreciated: as you can see, I've got the '59 Fleer Ted Williams set (which I have all of 4 cards from) listed above in the item types I've got in this year's rotation. Now, I love Teddy Ballgame like a really dysfunctional uncle who can hit the shit out of a baseball, and I'm amazed that I've got any cards dating to his playing career, even the '59 Fleers, but I've got another Fleer set that I'm a lot closer to finishing, the 1986-1987 Fleer basketball set, and I do want to work on that some, as it's one of only a few basketball items I'm still working on. I've also only got 4 2002 SP Legendary Cuts bat cards, and I only just admitted to myself that I'm collecting those, but those (despite being much newer and containing relics that are likely not from the bats of any of the players it says they're from) have more variety to them, and I think it's got the potential to be a lot more fun than "Card #28: Ted Goes To The Bathroom Again" (not that there's a damn thing wrong with Ted Williams going to the bathroom). To paraphrase my man Nick Frost in "Hot Fuzz", I'm not asking you which cards to collect. I'm asking you which cards to collect FIRST. Maybe I should leave the Teds in there and spend some time establishing that set a bit this year, because I'm at 77 cards (plus 4 stickers) out of 143 cards/stickers on the Fleer hoops set (and yep, I've got card #57), so I'm much further along there. Thoughts, folks? I know I've got more baseball people than hoops people reading this, so I probably know the answer here, but I have some great memories of basketball in the late 1980s, and for a good amount of the 1990s, too, so keep that in mind.

Onward to February, bat relics, and (probably) Teddy f'n Ballgame!


  1. My two cents. If you've got the Jordan (which you do), I'd put Teddy Ballgame '59 Fleers on the back burner. If you're especially disciplined (which I'm not and you probably aren't either), maybe set up a Teddy Ballgame fund. Put aside $2 a week or something in a cookie jar nearby. Then, maybe come the end of the year, you can actually splurge on a Topps Ted from his playing days. Just a thought. But, day-to-day, I'd work the hoops set. Just sayin'.

  2. My vote is to prioritize anything baseball-related over anything basketball-related, but that could be because I haven't watched a basketball game since before Michael Jordan retired the first time.

  3. That 86-87 Topps Basketball set is iconic and has so many great rookie cards, I would have to go for that, especially with Mike out of the way. I have thought myself about going after the Williams set and for similar reasons you outline, have never pulled the trigger (yet).


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