There was a card show this weekend that I had been looking forward to for a while. My main goal was to make a dent in the remaining 1977 cards I needed. I have pretty much gone through all the 1977 common boxes at my LCS and was still 200-220 cards away from completing the set. These shows usually have at least one guy with boxes of vintage commons. Roger Nuefeldt, of Sports Memories of Oklahoma is there sometimes. Roger deals in real high end stuff and normally only does shows in MLB cities, but does the local show a few times a year.
Unfortunately for me, Roger was at a show in San Francisco and the other fellow, a young kid from Wichita, wasn't there either. So, basically, my plan for the day was shot to heck right out of the gates. So, I decided to spend an hour or two pawing through the dollar boxes. More disappointingly, there was alot of football dollar boxes, but only one guy that had any significant amount of baseball. So, I spent most of the time at his table. In the end, I bought 9 cards for a total of $10. Slim pickings, but I did manage to find 3 1977s I needed and some other cards that I like real well. So, it wasn't a total loss.
I have posted about this set before. I really like it and have most of the first series (out of two total series). However, I have been completely unable to find a box of the second series. I actually thought that I had located a box twice, but both times the vendor cancelled the order and refunded my money because they were out of stock. I still am looking around half-heartedly, but am mostly resigned to having to finish the set by buying singles. If any of you see a box of 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game Signature Cuts Edition at you local LCS, let me know. I'll pay a finders fee in cash or cards.....
I like this design and might try and put the set together. Might. After my travails with Fleer GOTG, I am a little gun shy regarding this type of set.
I like the design of this card, although the wood detail seems a bit superfluous given that it is just a random piece of wood and not a game relic. But, I am strangely drawn to Satchel Paige. I've come across two of his cards (including this one) and have bought both. I am going to have to read more about him and, at some point, look for an original 1953 Topps card of his, although they appear to be fairly expensive.
Now here are the real jewels of the show for me:
You can read about the cards here. And be sure to visit the Wikipedia page about Renata Galasso to read her story. I really, really like the non-nonsense feel to these cards. I basically decided to definitely put the set together. They are a cool part of sports card history and quite affordable. I have already bought one of the six 45 card series on EBay and am keeping my eyes on auctions for two others. Now, don't any of you scamps go bidding them up on me.