Sunday, March 26, 2017

Cards with a Story, Part 2

I think I've mentioned before that I spent my early years living in suburban Minneapolis before my family moved to South Dakota. One of my best friends in Minnesota was my backyard neighbor Brian. He was a year older than me. We had some really good times playing together. After we moved our parents tried to get us together whenever one of us was in the other's area. As we were apart longer and longer those meetings would get more and more awkward with less and less to talk about. But even as most of our interests drifted apart, we still both shared a love for baseball cards. One time when we were visiting him and looking at each other's cards, I came across this one that he had that I really wanted, the 1977 Topps Carlton Fisk.

But the problem was I didn't have anything that interested him enough to part with it, so that was that. Later we were climbing a tree in his front yard. Being used to the tree he could climb way up in it, but I was more hesitant. In an effort to motivate me to climb higher, he decided to put this Fisk card way up in the tree. He told me I could keep it if I could get it. Well, you know how the story ends as I have it now. What I remember was being really afraid as I got higher and higher, but the desire for that card helped me overcome the fear. Brian encouraged me the whole way.

Looking at the card now, I think the Yankees player sliding into home plate is Willie Randolph. Judging by the position of everybody my guess is that Randolph was safe, and by a ways.

All the photos in my previous blog posts were taken on my phone. This one, for the first time, I scanned in on my scanner. I think it turned out a lot crisper and more colorful. I don't hardly ever fire up the PC anymore, but perhaps I'll try to more often for card scans. But don't hold me to it. ;)

Saturday, March 25, 2017

In Today's Mail - Yaz

I was starting to worry about this one. It was over two weeks ago that I bought it. I bought and received several other items on ebay since. Well today my first ever Carl Yastrzemski jersey card arrived. It's the 2001 Fleer Platinum National Patch Time. It doesn't indicate when in his career he wore the jersey the swatch is from. It's really sharp looking! I'd like to trade for more of his jerseys if the opportunity arises.

I've been sorting more of the Dallas Stars lots I've purchased recently and am up to 2001 now knowing what I have and still need. Here are shots of 1994-95 through 2000-01. I started a Stars want list page. It's not complete yet, but it's a start to hopefully generating some trades.

These were the years the Stars started getting really good and I started getting more interested. They had some great players these years like Hull, Zubov, Modano, Belfour, etc.

Friday, March 24, 2017

In Today's Mail - T207s

I was pleasantly surprised to find these in the mail today. I wasn't expecting them this soon after the auction.

Both are 1912 T207's, the first Smoky Joe Wood and the second Harry Hooper. Neither card is in good condition. Wood has a big crease and tape on the back. Hooper has paper loss on the back. I'm still happy to add them to my collection. They were both on my want list. Wood's career was short, but he produced some of the best seasons a Red Sox pitcher has ever had. An interesting thing about him is that he lived to be 95 years old. Hooper played 12 solid seasons with the Red Sox and is enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Both of these players won multiple World Series championships with the Red Sox.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Random Thoughts

Has anybody had any luck selling cards on a garage sale? Garage sales are big here. Entire neighborhoods will have them on the same weekend. Our neighborhood has one annually and it's the largest one in town. I've thought about setting up a table or two with cards for sale. But it would be a lot of work organizing, moving, and pricing them all. I'm just not sure if it would be worth it. 

I estimate I have somewhere between 200,000 and 300,000 cards. About three-fourths of them are baseball, and about half of them are doubles. I don't want all these doubles taking up all this room. If you're hunting for anything between 1979 and 1993, team sets, partial team sets, singles, or whatnot, let me know and I'll see what I can send your way. They're mostly Topps, but there's a fair amount of others as well. I haven't gotten to know many of you yet, otherwise I'd just start sending things off your want lists. 

Has anybody had luck selling cards on ebay? It seems like a great idea, but most cards go for really cheap. After shipping and fees, I can't imagine getting enough to make the listing, packaging, and mailing worth it. 

And finally, here are a couple more of the Dallas Stars team sets I'm putting together with purchases from Triple Play and ebay. 

They are from 1993-94 and 1994-95, mostly Topps Premier and Upper Deck. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Here Come the North Stars

This'll be short on words but long on pictures. Between cheap deals on ebay and another trip to Triple Play, my Stars collection is starting to take shape. Here's what I have so far from 1984-85 to 1992-93 (the last year the cards said North Stars) It's a mixture of Topps, O-Pee-Chee, and Upper Deck. I'm trying to obtain one of every player each year.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Some of my Favorite Cards, Part 2

I've always been a total stats geek. That was, I must admit, one reason I enjoyed card collecting as a kid, the stats on the back. And back when Total Baseball was in print, I would always buy the latest edition when it came out (2500+ pages of statistics, wow!) As I looked through the all-time leaders in various categories, those early 20th century names seemed almost mythical. Ty Cobb. Honus Wagner. Sam Crawford. Nap Lajoie. Tris Speaker. Hey wait a minute...Tris Speaker...he actually played for the Red Sox for a while. Granted his best years were with Cleveland, but he put up some great numbers for several years with the Red Sox.

A few years ago when I started on the Red Sox T206 team set, I figured Speaker would be the one I may never get. Since fakes are common for the stars in that set, I wanted to make sure I got one that was graded. After many months of patience this one finally showed up on ebay. It is graded in poor condition, but I didn't mind at all. Inexplicably, hardly anyone bid against me, and I won the auction for a very reasonable price. It's one of my favorite cards because it's a glimpse into the past, into an era that was only known to me before through stats in books or on web sites.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

In Yesterday's Mail - North Stars

I've been learning a ton about the world of hockey card collecting this weekend!  From the start Topps has been in and out of hockey cards. Same with Upper Deck. O-Pee-Chee has been a constant for a long time, first aligned with Topps, then later with Upper Deck. Sometimes OPC has their own design, but other times the pictures are exactly the same as Topps. Even when they have the same pictures, they sometimes have cards of more players than the "copied" brand. Well known baseball card brands like Donruss, Bowman, and Score have all produced hockey sets here and there as well. Since I'm starting out as a team collector, the Dallas Stars, I'd prefer a nice long run of sets from the same brand. That's not going to happen with hockey. At any rate, yesterday I received a package with my first Stars team set. It's the 1990-91 Topps version. Modano is obviously the biggest name in there.