Thursday, April 25, 2024

Some '50s cards including a big One

I got a lot of eight 1950s cards for a little over $4 shipped. I actually won with a $0.01 bid. There is One card in particular that makes it a great deal.

Four mid-50s cards. As you can see they are in rough shape. They were actually worse when I got them, there was a lot of paper stuck to them. However, it was tissue or tissue paper and most of it came off very easily with a little scraping, and did not damage the cards. I already had a '56 Craig, unless some reader wants it, I can probably find someone in OBC who can use a card in this condition.

The best part, however, was the four 1952s. Two Chico Carrasquel cards in one lot is never a bad thing. Jerry Coleman was a war hero and later a key member of five World Series winning Yankees teams. Billy Cox was also a WWII veteran who hit .302 in three World Series for the Dodgers. But the big One is Andy Pafko, card #1 in the set. This card has attained mythic status over the years, as the first card numerically often took the most damage in kids' collections. Supposedly it was very hard to find one without rubber band damage. No rubber band damage on this card, lol.  Even in this shape they often sell for about $50+ on eBay, though I do see one recent sale for $25. Glad to add this One to my collection for a whole lot cheaper.


Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Wood vs Wood #195

Last time 1962 held on for a 5-4 victory. Who will win this time?

Joe Cunningham gets the under-the-brim, avoid the logo look. Topps would take this photo of each player in case they got traded in the offseason. In Cunningham's case, the Cardinals' veteran outfielder, who was an All-Star in 1959 when he hit .345, was traded after the 1961 season to the White Sox for Minnie Minoso. Cunningham had a good year in 1962 but got hurt in 1963 and was never the same. Overall in 1,141 games for the Cardinals, White Sox and Senators, he hit .291 with 64 HR and 436 RBI. After his playing career he returned to the Cardinals organization, and for many decades he worked for the team in a variety of roles, including minor league manager, major league coach (winning a World Series ring in 1982), director of ticket sales and community relations director. He died in 2021 at the age of 89.

Mike Pagliarulo awaits a pitch on a cold day at Yankee Stadium. Pags was my first favorite player growing up. He was a hard-nosed, hustling third baseman with power. His best season was 1987 when he hit 32 home runs. I was very sad when he was traded to the Padres in 1989. In 1991 he returned to the American League and helped the Twins win the World Series. In the postseason that year he hit .308 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in 11 games. Overall, in 1,246 games for five teams he hit .241 with 134 HR and 505 RBI. He is now involved in a variety of baseball instruction businesses and charitable endeavors.

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

They're trimmed, but these Goudeys are good enough

RIP David McCarty, who played eleven years in the major leagues. He shared his thoughts on baseball cards with this blog in 2009.


I got quite lucky with an eBay seller with a bunch of 1933 Goudeys. I ended up with 9 for $27, a very good price considering there were three Hall of Famers. They are all missing the red bar that says "Big League Chewing Gum" but are still wonderful pieces of 90 year old cardboard. In person the colors really pop.

Sam Byrd was one of two Yankees I picked up. The back says he was on the "Yankess". It calls him "one of the best golfers in professional baseball" and he did go on to a long PGA career. In baseball he was known as "Babe Ruth's Legs", often pinch-running for the Bambino later in his legendary career. Chalmer Cissell's card notes that he was bought from the Portland Club for $123,000. I imagine Jon knows all about him. George Connally, one of several of these players born in the nineteenth century, was a soldier and marine according to the card back - "Fought in France during the World War".

Clifton Heathcote was a good-field, no-hit outfielder. He died just a few years after this card was published. Fred Lindstrom's card was in the Dover Reprint book of Hall of Famers when I was a kid, so I was really happy to get an original of the card. On the back of Bing Miller's card it is written "He is well-named. Any time he hits a ball it goes places."
Two more Hall of Famers here. About Sam Rice, Goudey wrote that he was not only a .300 hitter but "boy, can't he go and get 'em in the outfield!" Joe Sewell is now my oldest Yankee Hall of Fame card. He was a star for Cleveland for many years but ended his career with three seasons with the Yankees, winning a World Series in 1932. Tommy Thevenow's career was marred by two serious injuries, as related on the back of his card - first a broken leg during a game, then "he was badly smashed up in an automobile accident".
Even trimmed I am really enjoying these cards and was happy to add them to my collection.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Imitation vintage and real vintage

I worked out a nice big trade with Jerry Straniero of OBC. I sent him a few hundred 1970s cards. Here is what I got in return.

Starter sets for three Topps Heritage sets. 2023 . . . 

. . . 2022 . . .
. . . and 2005. These sets tend to have much better photo selection than the regular base sets.
Jerry surprised me by throwing in a whole lot of really nice vintage too! Eight 1965 Topps Embossed, largely Hall of Famers.
Some 1960s needs.
A dozen from 1960.
Late 1950s.
Mid 1950s Topps..
The 1955 Bowmans have certainly been coming in lately.
Finally a couple of 1954 Bowmans. "Larry" on Joe Tipton's card is an OBC inside joke. Larry "Guru" Tipton is one of the founding members of OBC. If I ever get another copy of this card I'll flip this one to someone else in the group.
Jerry and I had just agreed to the 70s for Heritage swap. All the vintage was a surprise, he thought he wasn't sending enough on his side! Fortunately I found some 50s cards for him and I've mailed them out to even up the trade as far as I'm concerned.

Sunday, April 21, 2024

I don't collect these. Sure I don't.

Like many of you, I enjoyed Johnny's Trading Spot's weekly trade bait posts. I've never done TTM or asked a player for an autograph, and I don't intend to start. Nor do I intend to start regularly buying or trading for autographs. However, I can't deny that autographed cards look really nice, and there is something cool about the player having taken the time to personally sign it. 

Fortunately I had some cards for Johnny even after our big vintage trade, and I was able to snag a bunch of these for my small but growing binder of autographed cards.

I did pick one relic card. I couldn't resist taking a Melky Cabrera card. Melky was a fan favorite on the Yankees' last World Championship team, 15 years ago.

Some more Yankees. Sweet Lou Piniella is the biggest highlight. A couple other Yankees who were on the team when I first got into baseball, and a couple of fun players from recent years.
These three players are in different uniforms, but all three were favorites of mine with the Yankees.
I don't TTM players, but I do like to reach out via email or social media to get them to comment on baseball cards for my blog. I don't have much success with it anymore, but I do try to collect a little more from players who did respond, like these five.
Vintage autographs! I couldn't resist adding two 1960s cards, or another 1960s star on a shiny card, even if the autograph was fading. And a 1978 Dave Lemanczyk was cool too. I didn't even realize it was an OPC until I was putting it in the binder. He owns a baseball school the next town over from me.
Some more miscellaneous cards. Mostly 1980s and early 1990s cards, it's fun to have autographs of cards from different sets I collected when I was young. The Mike Dyer is a neat oversized oddball. I guess it's a team issue though I can find very little about it online. I only saw one other and it had a different back.

Saturday, April 20, 2024

Vintage star cards roundup

 Weekly Greg Morris winnings continue to be fun. Some big names at pretty low prices.

This may not have been my best purchase. I paid $15 for a 1966 Aaron. It's a thinner cardstock, which by itself is not completely a red flag, there was a lot of variety in '66 cardstock and I have others this thin. However the back is blurrier than other '66s I have. I should probably have looked closer at the photos in the listing. I'm just going to assume it's real as I don't have definite proof that it's not, put it in the set and not think about it.

There was another eBay seller who had 1968 Atlantic cards for $5 each. Nobody was bidding on them. I started going alphabetically with Aaron and Brock, then stopped. I could have kept going but that would have been a lot of money for an oddball set that doesn't even look that good. Now I have those two stars with both back versions, and that's good enough for me.

I made a couple of other Aaron purchases that are less problematic. The famous 1975 Hostess that I've seen on a few blogs. Brewers hat but Braves logo.

And a '71 OPC.

Always great to add another Mantle!

A few more star cards, all cheaper on eBay then I'd ever see at a card show or elsewhere.

I cobbled together a few vintage baseball cards at good-enough buy-it-nows, packaging with some other stuff I was getting from this seller. Particularly happy about the two '63 Stengels. I like the all-white Mets script that Topps used in '63.

Finally, another dumb purchase. $10 for a lot of really-bad-shape 1954s. I figured it was worth it because it had Gil Hodges. I forgot I already had a '54 Gil Hodges! I did need about half the commons. Unless someone sees something here they really want, I'll find someone at OBC who needs them. The cards are in worse shape than they look, brittle like they went through the laundry.


Friday, April 19, 2024

Vintage trade with Baseball Card Breakdown

Gavin of Baseball Card Breakdown has relaxed his condition requirements on his 1970s setbuilds, so I was able to send some cards his way to help him on those.

In return he sent me a really fun mix of vintage cards. Starting off with 18 cards from 1980 Kellogg's. Some big stars there. I'm not concerned about the curling, these get packed tightly in a box and straighten out eventually.

1983, the last year of Kellogg's cards. I don't see cards from this set very often.
Some 1970s Kelloggs. Lots of big stars.
1963 Fleer cards don't come around all that often. Too bad they didn't last longer, their photos were often better than Topps's.
Finally, an international oddball mix of some of Gavin's extras for one of his most obscure PCs, Mike Reinbach. Three Japanese cards, from the 1975-1976 Calbee set. I only had one card from this set previously, another Reinbach from Gavin. They really had some nice photos in those sets. If they were cheaper I could see going after them, though the language barrier is another factor. The last item is a 1973-74 Venezuelan Winter League sticker. That's my first from that set, helping to boost my very tiny international vintage collection.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Equipment: 1989 Topps (base set)

When you think of baseball's Wizard of Oz, you probably think of Ozzie Smith. But it looks like Ozzie Virgil was also known as "WIZ".

We get a nice helmet rack shot for Sparky Anderson's card. #9 was Fred Lynn. #19 was pitcher Doyle Alexander, so it is a little strange that he had a helmet. Maybe it was a spring training game in an NL park? If the photo was from 1986 it might be Darnell Coles's helmet (in which case #9 was Doug Baker).
Juan Castillo, #3 on the Brewers, appears to have the bat of Hall of Famer Robin Yount, #19.
Luis Medina is holding bat #65 in this spring training shot. When he finally made his big league debut in September, he wore #69. If baseball-reference is correct, he was the first player to wear #69 in a major league game. (You can see him wearing the number in this video, about 33 minutes in.) (Baseball reference list Alan Mills as wearing #69 for the Yankees but it was only a spring training number for him.)
Finally, I had to include the card with Oddibe McDowell's personalized Rangers jacket. This is a great, underrated junk wax card.


Wednesday, April 17, 2024

The Straits Echo: Times of Malaya & Pinang Gazette, May 27, 1969

This was by far the most unusual newspaper in the stack of papers I bought at the flea market last year. This was an English-language newspaper for Pinang, one of the largest island provinces in Malaysia. The audience was primarily English, Australians and Americans who were living there. This newspaper, which as it's title indicates was a merger of two separate papers, operated from 1946 to 1972.

Two weeks earlier, the capital city of Kuala Lumpur was rocked by widespread violence, with post-election tensions between Malays and ethnic Chinese leading to riots, leaving hundreds dead. Pinang saw some minor violence, and presumably that is what caused the implementation of curfews.

Otherwise things were pretty much business as usual, including lots of movies. No late shows of course, but you could catch everything from a Jacqueline Bisset film to kung fu films to a Bollywood comedy that will "steel your heart and make you crazy".
A lot of this newspaper had a tabloid-like feel with lurid crime stories and profiles of young ladies like the "Perfect Dream from Taiwan".
Everything from a reminder to register your children for school, to a turkey thief, to Andy Capp.
Yes there is a sports page! No baseball of course - the headline sport is high school water polo. Cricket, soccer and tennis are also covered.

Tuesday, April 16, 2024

TCDB/OCB roundup

A few incoming cards this week. 

Starting with a PWE from a very nice trader on TCDB, someone whom I've traded with before and would do so again. I am keeping him nameless this time, to show how pointless some of the things are people do when trying to "protect" cards in a PWE.

The cards arrived in a nine-pocket page with the superfluous cereal-box cardboard on either side. I find the cardboard doesn't add extra protection (that is what the plastic pages are for), but the corners of the cardboard are great at poking holes in the thin paper of an envelope. The sender also stamped "Photos - Do Not Bend" on the envelope. The post office clearly took that as a challenge and the whole thing had been folded lengthwise - across all three pockets - at some point in the process. Whether it was a human that read the stamp and didn't care, or a machine that had no way to recognize the stamp, who knows.

Fortunately I don't care about condition so I don't mind that every card in the envelope arrived with some creasing in the middle, some more than others. I just wanted to note that the so-called "correct" way to pack a PWE doesn't actually work the way some people on TCDB seem to think it does.

Luis Robert and Jake Cronenworth are both set-killers. A great Maury Wills photo and a random building in downtown Manhattan are other highlights.

Two great vintage cards as well!
On the other end of the condition scale are these cards from Tscastle. He doesn't even care about condition of his cards; he saw my recent blog post with the low-grade vintage HOF cards and wanted the '68 Topps Game Frank Robinson. I traded him that and a few more vintage needs and modern Orioles. The cards he sent back are some of the best-conditioned vintage I've ever seen. Good enough that I was a little afraid to handle them.

As you can see there was one 2024 card snuck in there. The opposite was the case for this trade with Hebron Reds Fan, sneaking in a 1983 Fleer sticker with these 2024 cards.

Seven more from '24, thanks to bplay24. How appropriate. I'm down to four cards left for Series I. All rookies - Elly De La Cruz, Evan Carter, and two guys I'd never heard of.
From OBC, Dan Angland keeps sending me 1982 Topps football cards. He sent these . . .

. . . and separately, this card. Mark Gastineau was a very big deal when I first started following football in the mid-1980s.\

Finally, some cards from Canada from a collector in Canada, Andrew Goguen. A couple of vintage hiding among the '80s cards.