Bobby Doerr's passing last month prompted me to look him up in the trading card database. My pursuit of Red Sox team sets over the years brought a number of his cards into my collection. The TCDB reminded me about a decision I once made regarding Doerr's 1936 Goudey Wide Pen Premiums card. I had decided not to pursue it as part of that year's team set because he was on the San Diego Padres in the card, or so I thought based on my research.
1936 Goudey Wide Pen Premiums Bobby Doerr
I changed my mind! Since he was in the minor leagues working his was up to the majors with Boston it's close enough for me. I got this one on eBay the other day. Notice the misspelling of his last name.
I recently made a trade with Matt from the blog Summer of '74. He's trying to complete some Topps base baseball sets, so I sent him some from his want list. In return, he sent a couple of his TTM successes and old football cards.
This 1972 Topps Terry Bradshaw is his second year card. Matt isn't sure the signature is actually Bradshaw's, but maybe someone else who signs on his behalf.
2015 Bowman Rookies of Trae Waynes. He's the starting cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings, so he's well known around here.
Also in the package were a number of cards from the 1974 Topps Parker Brothers. I had heard of these before and am glad to finally have some! They look just like the 1974 Topps base cards, except the stats on the back are for 1972 instead of 1973. Here are pictures of just some of them.
These are very typical poses for linemen in the 70's.
First, an update on the bats. Last week the guy I previously mentioned came out and installed some cones in the entrance points on the house's exterior. The cone allows the bats to leave the attic but not get back in. Since they are most likely hibernating now in this part of the country, it'll be spring before they leave. Let's hope this does the trick.
Second, I have a few more cards from a recent COMC purchase which I haven't shared yet.
Manuel Margot from 2016 Elite Extra Edition Future Threads. This is the only Red Sox card of Margot that I could find from 2016. I wish there had been one where he wasn't sharing the card with a Padres version of himself.
Willie McCovey, 1971 Topps
Brooks Robinson, 1971 Topps. I didn't notice when I bought this one that there was writing on it.
Gaylord Perry, 1971 Topps
Jim Kaat, 1971 Topps
Kevin Youkilis, 2005 Upper Deck. This one completes the team set.
I was in Minneapolis this weekend and was able to break away to a LCS on Friday. It's one I went to back in May, Twin Cities Sportscards.
This time I came armed with updated want lists of 1974 and 1975 Topps baseball. For 1974, I was able to knock 19 of the 25 I still needed off my want list.
Goose Gossage, Bobby Bonds, and Thurman Munson were the highlights for me. Here's the ones I still need to complete the set.
Hunter #7, Kaline #215, Schmidt #283, All-Star Left Fielders #336, Fife #421, World Series Game 6 #477
For 1975 I picked up Keith Hernandez and Bill Madlock.
That just leaves Gary Carter and George Brett to complete the set. They had Brett, but wanted too much for it.
Prior to leaving on the trip, I had just bought a big lot of 1973 Topps baseball on eBay. It hadn't arrived yet, but fortunately the seller included the missing cards from the complete set in the item description. So I was able to improvise at the card shop. I bought 77 of them, leaving 53 to go.
Lou Brock and Harmon Killebrew are my favorites. Checklist #588 sparked an interesting conversation on how rare it was. I had no idea a checklist would be one of the more expensive cards in the set. He sold it to me for $5, which I looked up later and realize I got a really good deal. I have some 1973 buried away somewhere at home, so it's probably less than 53 that I need. And I probably picked up some doubles that day; I was trying to go by memory. I have a rough list of what I still need on my baseball card want list page.
In total it amounted to $20 for 98 cards. I'm a happy customer.
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving yesterday. We had 14 people over at our house. I'm sitting in the parking lot of the Empire Mall in Sioux Falls as I write this. It's been a long day of shopping.
So first an update on the bat situation. I wasn't happy with the $1300 quote the local expert gave me. There are two other places in town that claim to remove bats, so I called them on Wednesday. The first guy gave me a quote over the phone of $900. Better, but still way more than I was expecting. So I called the next one and got a quote of $550. Even better. I wish there were more local people to call because at that rate it was going to be free after two more calls. Mr. 550 is coming to take care of it next week. Then I can move my cards back into their closet. I'm trying to think of a more organized way to put them in this time. Any ideas???
Here are some 1955 Bowman Red Sox I picked up recently.
Yep, we've got bats in the attic. It's not bad, though, he said. Does $1300 seem pretty steep for the price to get rid of them? That pays for a temporary installation of four bat cones and another visit in two weeks to seal up four possible entry points. It seams really high priced. Does anyone have experience with this?
So back to cards. I bought the following Red Sox Bowman cards on COMC recently. These players weren't in the Topps sets these years, so Bowman is how to get them.
I've been hearing some faint scratching noises coming from the attic for the past few weeks. Back when we bought the house, the home inspector found evidence of bats in the attic. We asked the sellers to have them removed before we'd buy, and they did. Now five years later I think they might be back.
On a related note, here's a picture of the closet where I keep my cards. I always find it interesting when other bloggers show pictures of their collections, so here's mine. This bedroom is technically the guest bedroom, but we've always called it "the card room". Those rows of binders on the floor are Topps baseball, football, and basketball sets. The boxes on the shelf are mostly empty, their contents now in the binders. But some are full with duplicate sets. (See my trade bait page for sets I have available.) There's also some random boxes and envelopes stacked on the binders containing recent purchases or trades that need to be organized yet. You can also see some loose filled pages for which I don't have binders yet.
And here's a picture of the ceiling in that closet where the access to the attic is. See a problem here? I called a local bat remover yesterday and he's coming out to inspect the attic on Monday. For a man and his ladder to fit through that hole into the attic, I have to empty out that closet. I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend.
I've liked refractors since Topps Finest first came out with them in 1993. I could piece together the team sets of the Lakers, Steelers, and Red Sox each year and that was a lot of fun. Basketball refractors with action shots on them look especially good with the reflective rainbow surface. They often have opposing players in the backgrounds. While the featured players are bright, background players look almost ghostly, as if they're in a state of temporal flux or a thick mist. Finest stopped making basketball refractors after 2007-08. The two previous year's sets were paltry, so it wasn't a complete shock. So for 2008-09 I switched to Bowman Chrome Refractors. But alas, they too discontinued after one more year. It wasn't until just a couple years ago that I learned Panini had picked up refractor-like cards again back in 2012-13. And while the name they gave them is quite a mouthful, half tongue twister if said fast, Prizm Prizms Silver were welcome to me. I've been playing catch up with Lakers ever since. A recent COMC order took four more off my want list.
The great Red Sox legend Bobby Doerr passed away a couple days ago at the age of 99. He was the oldest living major league baseball player, and last player from the 1930's. As a small tribute to him, here's a look at his cards that I have from his playing days.
It's hard to make mistakes in card collecting. I suppose you could overpay or overtrade for a card. Maybe you prospect on a rookie player and he winds up being a bust so the cards don't go up in value like you'd hoped. More common perhaps is buying or trading for a card you didn't know you already have. I've done that for sure. But none of those things are really that devastating to a collector who's in it just for the fun of it.
One of my biggest mistakes in collecting has to do with the Topps basketball sets from 2000-01 and 2001-02. I found them at Rainbow, a LCS, for a really decent price. The catch was, they didn't contain the draft pick rookies. No big deal, I thought, at that price I can pick them up separately and still get a good deal. Yeah, that's what I thought. I figured Topps was Topps and their flagship cards would be in abundance. Nope. Fifteen years later, I still can't find some of them. Those sets must of been severely short-printed or something. Here's one I picked up on eBay recently.
This is the 2001-02 Topps of Kedrick Brown. The search started way back then with 18 rookies needed for the 2000-01 set and 27 needed for the 2001-02 set.
I still need the following from 2000-01. Any helpers out there?
#128 Marcus Fizer
#135 Jerome Moiso
#138 Mateen Cleaves
#145 Donnell Harvey
#148 Erick Barkley
#280 Hanno Mottola
I still need the following from 2001-02. Help please!
#225 Jason Richardson
#242 Jeryl Sasser
#245 Samuel Dalembert
#248 Trenton Hassell
This past month I've been focusing on 1974 and 1975 Topps baseball. My complete sets go back to 1976, so these are the next logical ones to go after. I picked up some common lots on eBay and some stars on COMC. Here are some of my favorite additions this month from 1975.
Please see my want list for the cards I'm still needing in the set. I'd appreciate any help you can provide!
My wife surprised me yesterday with a couple of packs of cards she picked up for me while at Target. One pack was Topps Bunt and the other was Stadium Club. Everything here is available for trade. Let me know if you want something.
He's missed a huge part of the season due to injury, but Mike Trout has always been a darling of the new advanced stats based on averages. On-base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS are all career highs this year for Trout.
Andrew Benintendi had a great year for a rookie, but will be completely overwhelmed by Mr. Judge when the Rookie of the Year voting takes place.
Jose Altuve reigns when it comes to the best hitter measurements of my youth, batting average and hits.
I think this is the Sepia version. Bogaerts is either giving the safe sign or doing the butterfly stroke.