Thursday, January 18, 2018

1973 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

Here they are - the Topps All-Star Rookie Team, selected "by the Youth of America" following the 1973 season and featured in the 1974 Topps set. 

I have completed the run of these up through 2017 Series One, at least all regular issue cards that bear the All-Star Rookie Trophy. 

Well, This is embarrassing. Missing trophies this year are 1B Gary Thomasson, C Bob Boone, 2B Davey Lopes, 3B Dan Driessen, SS Jerry Terrell, OF Rich Coggins, OF Johnny Grubb, OF Gary Matthews, RHP Steve Rogers, and LHP Randy Jones.

That's the whole team! 

The great custom card maker on Twitter, Bottomms Cards, tried to correct this travesty:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

But Wait- There's More

My shopping spree at COMC continues - it's been hard to get out to the local card show, so I had to scratch the collecting itch somehow!

I added a nice stack of mid 80s cards to go along with the early 80s cards I posted yesterday. I think Al Holland is posing after striking out three batters in the last two innings of the 1983 NLCS to clinch a trip to the World Series. I couldn't find another reference to Al Holland and the number 3.

The 80s had a ton of sets that commemorated the 1950s and 1960s, I am a fan of these sets because they make a point of featuring photos never before seen on cardboard, as well as some unique combos like Billy Martin as a Cincinnati Red.

A little Leo "The Lip" during his days as Giants skipper, and a fun shot of Everyday Eddie Guardado in a Washington Senators throwback uni at the Metrodome.

Good news everyone! I am never going to mention how irritated I was with Topps over their rookie cups in 2017 again. I have a page that mixes Series 1 and Chrome, and if I want to include Tommy Joseph I'll have to switch over to Topps Heritage.

I finished the 1956 Set in 2017, so this year I thought I would start on a different set. I haven't updated my want list for this set, it still is the stripped down version that just lists a handful of cards I'd like to have. I have a decent head start on the 1959 set because I was already working on a 1959 Reds team set.

Hall of Fame guys tend to be the last guys to be added to a set build, but I decided to add two guys based on the best two deals I could find.

Baby Bull!

I picked up everything in the post for roughly the cost of a blaster! I'm looking forward to getting back to a card show so I can take a big bite out of this new set quest!

Monday, January 15, 2018

COMC - Checking Off My Checklists

Channel 10 wants to know which 80s cards Willie thinks I still need from my wantlist.

Willie is partial to the 1980 playoff run of his own Royals - I certainly did need to add these three.

Willie said I'd have to look closely to improve my vision - or just get two pairs of glasses.

Action shots are great, but sometimes there are great moments just outside the lines as well. Larry doesn't want to share his helmet with anyone.

Add in a few Hall of Famers and a Hall of Fame moustache, and that should be a nice group of cards for one shipment.

Willie also thought it was worth looking a little further into the future every once in a while - as great as 80s cardboard can be, the 90s can surprise you sometimes as well.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Letting the Chips Fall Where They May

Every once in a while, I like to head over to eBay and browse the auctions with no bids. I'm not a big fan of sniping, but it is what it is. I placed bids on about 10 vintage cards and then waited for the big hit to my wallet. Well. Steve was the only winner! The card was in very nice shape, especially in comparison to the beat up cards I usually bring home from the bargain bins. A little bit off center and the two bottom corners have some dings, but this might be the sharpest card in my collection from the 1969 Topps set.

I placed a bid of $10, and no one outbid me, so I was able to have this one shipped to me for single digits. Not too shabby for a hall of famer!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Wallet Card 2018

It's a new year, which I love because it is a highly subjective and completely arbitrary division of time, and that means time for a new wallet card. If you recall from 2017 (how could you forget?), I rocked a 1988 Donruss Keith Atherton in my wallet. He had a very important PSA for everyone, but other than that he didn't really get out much. 

Here's what he looked like when he was added to the wallet...

And Here's Keith today... I'm actually a bit disappointed by how little damage the card suffered!

Say Hello to the 2018 Wallet Card!

I went with a 1981 card - 81, 18, I liked the symmetry. And of course, I love the Padres' uniforms from that era. I thought it was time to class the place up a bit too- Ozzie is the first Hall of Famer added to the wallet card crew.