Thursday, May 13, 2021

'66 lot

 First off, RIP former major leaguer Adrian Garrett. He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2011.

Those of you who use eBay may have noticed that they have messed around with how sellers can list cards. Looks like now there is mostly a focus on whether a card is graded or not. However they have taken away some other fields, including the "era" field in baseball cards, which is a disappointment for a vintage collector like myself, it was an easy way to get to the kind of lots I look for. From what I've seen online this has been a big disruption for sellers, which makes me glad I haven't gone down that route with my duplicates.

Here is an example of a cool vintage lot I picked up. There were no other bids on it probably because the title said it was 63 1961 cards but it was clearly a lot of 1966 cards. I did see a Harmon Killebrew in the pile in the photos so I took a gamble. (He ended up being the only big star in the lot.) When I got the cards, I realized the seller not only goofed on the year but the amount of cards - there were 80 in the package. No other big stars but I got 31 cards I needed which was great.

Cards I needed Part I. I already had a Dick Groat but this was the rare "no trade mention" on back. Ther is also a version of Uecker like that, the one I got is the more common version but I didn't have any '66 Ueckers yet.

Cards I needed part II.
From the 49 dupes, I've already set aside a few for a couple of trades. Here are the remainder that are still available. '66 isn't as popular a setbuild as '65 or '67 but maybe you are working on a set or need some for a team collection.

Part I
Part II
Part III

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Covering all the bases

 I got a really nice trade package from Dime Boxes this week that covers all the bases of the kinds of cards I like to collect. 

Lots of Yankees cards, including some oddballs. My favorite is the "vintage" Starting Lineup card - I've never seen one of those before. Also some shiny cards on the bottom row, though the shine didn't show up well in the photo.

I love minor league cards, cards of vintage players, and oddballs, especially consumer brand/retail oddballs like Kellogg's, Coca-Cola and Burger King. Nick even threw in a Babe Ruth postage stamp!
These were two of my favorite oddballs. Alfonso Soriano is one of my all-time favorite Yankees, so it was cool getting this Chicago Tribune card with a mashup of the '72 and '73 Topps designs. And while Bubba Trammell had only a very brief Yankees tenure, I actually got a few cards from this McDonald's set at a McDonald's in 2004, so it was fun to get another.
This was my favorite of the oddballs, though. It is from the 1986 True Value set. It's similar to an A&G rip card - there is one card with more on the inside!
Here's the whole thing opened up. The Rinse'n'Vac ad is as much fun as the cards to me. I can't decide whether to detach the cards or leave it intact.
Unfortunately I did not win a trip to a 1986 postseason game. 
And of course there was plenty of vintage! Lots of '60s Cubs, plus a '75 mini.
More vintage! That Whitey Ford card is well loved - well, I love it too. Moose Skowron and Clete Boyer are awesome pickups. The '70 Rose is a great card but I did have it already, so it's up for trade if anyone wants it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

ASA sets Part III


The J. Roy Stockton Award was given to the best combover in each league.

Great action shot from Shea Stadium in the 1969 World Series
Great photo from the '71 All Star Game. Maybe not Clemente-Aaron-Mays but a great combo shot. A rare AL win in the 1970s.
Another great shot from the '69 World Series, this time in color!
Lots of rarities in this card - not too many cards with Mike Strahler, not too many American cards of Puerto Rico Winter League teams, and I'm pretty sure I've never seen Robinson with a mustache before.
Rochester Red Wings uniform here.
Here's a much better Dodger card for Robinson than the one he got in '73 Topps, showing him greeted at home plate by that guy who was in McMillan & Wife and The Six Million Dollar Man.
Somewhat less common uniform here, though there are a few Giants cards of him out there.
It's a shame Topps didn't use photos like this in the '50s. (I guess '56 is the closest)
These kinds of photos are always fun. Probably won't see new ones like this anymore.
Other than '64 Topps you don't see Duke in a Mets uniform very often.
But seeing him in a Giants uniform is even rarer.
Love the sign - "I use LIFEBUOY daily . . . like this. GETS SKIN CLEANER, STOPS B.O." Lifebuoy soap was sold in the US until 1973 and is still marketed in other parts of the world. Per Wikipedia, in the 1930s the Baker Bowl had a sign that read "The Phillies Use Lifebuoy" and a vandal added "And they still stink." This looks like a low minor league game but this what the World Series looked like in 1948. It's my personal favorite card of all these sets.
Great photo of the Braves getting off an American Airlines flight for the 1958 World Series. Hank Aaron immediately caught my eye.
This would have been a great card if not for Spahn's head being cropped out of the first shot.

You don't often see Spahn as a Met, other than '65 Topps.

But Spahn as an Indian is even rarer (I guess there's '75 SSPC). Looks like Mark Fidrych talking to the ball.

Monday, May 10, 2021

The ASA sets: Part II


Gene Tunney was a famous boxer who served in both WWI and WWII. The man on the right didn't get in the caption; he is Cmdr. David Goldenson, who was in charge of recruiting for the Navy in the Chicago area during WWII.

Bill Veeck's leg was smashed by an anti-aircraft gun while serving in the Pacific during WWII. His leg was finally amputated in the Winter of 1946 and he received an artificial leg shortly after; this photo must have been from some time in between.
In my recent write-up on Feller for his Sportflics card I mentioned the barnstorming league he created with Satchel Paige, so it was cool to get a card with this photo. Feller's admiration for Paige is clear in this shot.
Not the earliest night card, but probably one of the earliest night baseball photos to appear on a card?
My eye was drawn to the two older men, probably both born during the 19th century, in this photo.
There are two cards of Marichal on the Dodgers, which matches the number of games he pitched for them. Walter Alston appears on both cards.
Marichal in a Dodgers uniform is rare, but in an Old-Timers uniform is maybe even rarer.
Rare photo of Mays on the minor league Minneapolis Millers.
There is so much going on in this photo. It's Willie Mays Day at the Polo Grounds, August 8, 1954. Mays was given many gifts including a TV, and air conditioner and "a plot of land in the New York suburbs". The young girls in the photo were models recruited for the event. Audrey Smaltz, one of the models, mentions it in this article. But that sign - "Say Hey - Willie is our boy!" It's an important snapshot in time for baseball history and US history, but I don't think this card would be printed today.
1954 was Mays's triumphant return from the Army, leading the Giants to the World Championship.
Were there ever two rookies from the same season who went on to better careers?
Very bittersweet card.
And were there ever three better players on three different teams in one league at the same time?
Another awesome old-timers day shot. Four out of the 12 Mays cards had him in a Mets uniform.
Bet you didn't expect to see minor league Johnny Mize on a baseball card today.
Great photo of Wrigley Field before the outfield seats were constructed.
OK, maybe you expected to see minor league Mize on a card today. But how about the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson)?
Lots of hair mussing photos in this era. Mize's two-out, two-run pinch-single in the top of the ninth provided the margin of victory in 1949's Game 3.
What pressure? Another unusual card from this set.
Does this kid look happy or terrified?