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...

January/April/July/October:

Brooklyn Dodgers (all)
1951 Topps Ringside

February/May/August/November:

1959 Fleer Ted Williams
2002 SP Legendary Cuts Bat Relics

March/June/September/December:

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!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The First Card Of 2015



 
No.

You guys.

Seriously.


One of the things that made doing The Year Of Dicks extremely difficult last year (in addition to, well, life) was that I found out about this card, a 1973-1974 Canadian Quaker Oats WHA card, very early in my research, and it put an ENORMOUS amount of pressure on me to acquire it, during a year when I was hurting for cash. It was released as part of a 5 card strip that included Bobby Hull, and generally, singles like this one didn't show up on eBay very often (I got beat to a few of them), so I was looking at $20-30 at minimum to acquire the only card I've been able to find of the great Dick Paradise, who, after my mostly unscientific research, was the best Dick of all the Dicks in all four major professional sports. To not have one in my possession and spend all this time writing about Dicks made me feel like a fraud, a rank amateur. Dicks were a tough subject to begin with, but if I had to use someone else's card to cap off The Year Of Dicks in December, as I wanted to, I would've been heartbroken, because it would've meant that I just wasn't serious enough about Dicks.

About a week ago, I got an eBay watched item notification when I woke up.

It was HIM.

I bolted to eBay, and sure enough, it was still there. about a buck US, with $4 shipping from Canada.

I didn't flinch.

I bought it.

Today, it arrived, rough edges, serious creases, staining, and part of Bobby Hull's card still attached because it was torn at the perforation so poorly.

IT'S GLORIOUS.

Thank you, eBay seller from Canada.

Thank you, eBay.

Thank you, people in professional sports named Dick or with Dick in their names, disappearing breed that you are.
And most of all, thank you, Dick Paradise, wherever you are. (Yes, thankfully, he's still with us. I hope he is well and enjoying life.)

I will probably continue to write about Dicks under the heading of The Year Of Dicks moving forward, but with a great weight lifted off my shoulders, and at my own pace, even if this series goes well beyond 2015. Let's face it, every year is The Year Of Dicks.

(Biographical information on Dick Paradise available in 2 languages on his card back, pictured above, and also on his Wikipedia page.)

A little late with this, but here are The Last Cards Of 2014


These Mars Attacks cards were included with the 2014 Topps Mars Attacks Wall Calendar, which, while functionally useless for a while, is very pretty, and available for $2.62 on Amazon right now (a great deal if you have Prime). Matt from Heartbreaking Cards of Staggering Genius and The Trading Card Preservation Society tipped me off to it. Thanks, Matt!

There's a reason why I bothered to post The Last Cards Of 2014 so late, even if it's a tradition. Stay tuned.