Tuesday, May 12, 2015

New Player Collections

I am primarily a set builder, but I am getting to the point where that is going to be a struggle.  I have three sets underway right now: 1956, 1975, and 1979 Topps.  The latter two are the final vintage sets I intend to collect that were issued in a single series.  Everything I do from here on out will involve multiple series. Which means I can look forward to scarcity and, consequently, high prices and long waits.

I need something to keep me active in the hobby in those long dry spells that set builders face.  I could go after some oddball sets, like the 1970s SSPC and TCMA sets, but as much as I like those sets, they aren't catching my interest at the moment.  My two player collections, Paul Blair and Johnny Antonelli are far enough along that I only add a few cards a year to either (and maybe not even that going forward.)

What to do? What to do?

Well, I decided to start another player collection. Actually, two player collection.  As a non-native, but proud, Oklahoman I have toyed with the idea of PCs of famous Oklahoman ballplayers not named Mantle.  Three candidates have come to mind: Lloyd and Paul Waner along with Allie Reynolds.   All three offer the benefit of a mixture of both vintage and modern cards to collect, but I thought 3 would be too much to take on.  So, I am going to focus on the Waner brothers for now, since their cards seem to travel in pairs.

So far, I have compiled what I think is a fairly comprehensive list of cards issued of Lloyd Waner, which total 239 cards.  The breakdown by decades is as follows:

  • 1920s - 13
  • 1930s - 37
  • 1940s - 3
  • 1950s - 2
  • 1960s - 3
  • 1970s - 13
  • 1980s - 21
  • 1990s - 14
  • 2000s - 36
  • 2010s - 97
These cards are also a mix of brand names and oddball sets, so it should be fun. I am still compiling the Paul Waner list. I expect it to be fairly similar although I expect less of the cut-auto cards since Paul died in 1965 while Lloyd carried on until 1982.

Anyways, enough said.  Here is the start of my collection: those Waner cards that were extant in my collection:

Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Fleer Autograph Project - Part 45

I got nothing to say here.  Haven't located my cheat sheet saying what I wrote to the players about and I am tired after a long night last night keeping my eye on the Oklahoma weather. Sorry.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Card Show Haul

Last weekend, I went to my first card show in a while.  The OKC show that was generally held every other month had disappeared since last fall, but was recently started up again with a new promoter.  I didn't have a lot of time at my disposal as the farrier was out in the morning and I was going to see the OKC Dodgers play in the evening.   So, no discount boxes or aimlessly wandering to see what was around.  I went straight to to the two sellers I knew had the type of cards I was looking for.

One had a huge box of late 1970s cards, so I sat down and started working through the 1979s. I had previously bought an 800 count box of 1979s, but the duplication was so bad that I only ended up with about 200 unique cards.  This box, though, seemed better. I started going through it and it seemed to have less duplication. So, in the interest of time, I made an offer on the entire lot of 1979s (about 800 cards), and he accepted. 

So, how did it turn out?  There still was a lot of duplication, and my hope of completing the common portion of the set was dashed.  As it stands, after this box, I have 513 out of the 726 cards in the set. Quite a ways to go. Alas, now I probably have over 1000 duplicates to deal with.

The second seller had a binder with about 70 1956 commons in it. I went through it and needed over half of them for my '56 set.  We talked a bit about it and his offer was more than I cared to spend. I told him I wouldn't insult him by offering what I could afford. However, he got the number out of me (a bit over $2 per card) and, surprisingly, took it.

I am pleased to report that, with this pickup, I finally crossed the halfway point on the 1956 set. In fact, I am just about to the 60% complete level, having 203 out of the 340 cards. 

While I prefer to spend my time at a card show, as it is supposed to be leisure time, I am rather pleased with my productivity in the face of time constraints.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Coming Off-Hiatus

A number of weeks back I was contacted out of the blue by Tony over at Off-Hiatus Baseball Cards asking if my want lists over there on the right sidebar are up to date. Even though I am an infrequent blogger, I do keep those want lists up to date.  As it was, Tony had 4 of the 8 cards I needed to complete my 1991 Kellogg's Sportflics set.

I really have a soft spot for these 3D cards.  They are, for the most part, ugly as sin. But, they do have a certain charm.  I have considered that it would be fun to collect the entire run of Kellogg's 3D cards.  However, I have too many open projects at the moment, so I am going to resist taking that on. 

Anyways, thank you, Tony!  I found a little something to send back to you.  The envelope will be thin, but I think you will like the contents. I will try to get it mailed out this weekend.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Do-It-Yourself Success

What, you say?  That isn't a baseball card!  You are, indeed, very observant.  That is an alternator on a 2006 Ford F350.

I have been having problems recently where every time there is damp weather, the batteries on the truck drain and it has to be jump started.  I finally took it into O'Reilly's and had the batteries tested.  The batteries, as it turns out, were fine, but the voltage regulator on the alternator was shot.  But, rather than take it in to the repair shop and spend $500-$600 to get the alternator replaced, I plunked down $175 for a new alternator and did the repair myself.  It took some time to actually figure out how get the tension off the drive belt, but once I did replacing the alternator was a 10 minute task.  So, after having saved myself $300-$400 dollars, a opportunity presented itself to put that money to good use.

This all happened amongst my renewed interest in working on my autographed 1963 Fleer set, Iand the opportunity was right in that wheelhouse.  Off the card went.  Today, after nearly two months my shipment was on it's way back to me.  Alas, this is what greeted me:

After I restarted my heart, I opened it up and found that the consigner had packaged my card well and it was in perfect condition.  So, without further ado, after the jump is the 44th autographed card in my 1963 Fleer set:

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sneak Preview

I went to a card show today for the first time in months.  Here is a picture of my haul.

A sharp eyed observer may not that there are some other things in that picture and may guess there is some foreshadowing going on. They would be correct.    The bubble mailer is a trade pack.  The UPS email is the tracking for something I am super excited about: the crown jewel of my 1963 Fleer autographed set.

Alas, the UPS screen on the right is not good news. I sent two 1963 Fleer cards in to consigners at SportsCollectors.net for signings. The screen is supposed to be tracking for a return shipment.  There is no tracking and it gets worse from there.  But, more about that later.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fleer Autograph Project - Part 43

For the life of me, I cannot remember what I wrote in the letter I sent to Jim Landis with the TTM request. I had it written down, but cannot find the sheet of paper.  I am too tired to look for it.  Sorry.  It will have to suffice to say this the final card back out of the second set of three cards I sent out.  I still have one out from the first set of 4, 3 others out for other signings, and one more going out tomorrow.