While I haven't been super active this year as far as adding to my player collections, I have made a few pickups here and there. I have added one really cool piece to my Paul Blair collection, I am going to save that for another post sometime in the future.Hopefully soon, but probably not.
Today, I am going to focus on additions to my Johnny Antonelli collection. By way of review for any newcomers here, I have a player collection of Johnny Antonelli because I grew up in Rochester, NY and (at the time) he owned a chain of Firestone tire stores in town. He was something of a local celebrity. I suppose that is a odd reason to have a player collection, but there you have it.
Additions to the collection had stopped for quite a while, but have picked up over the last 6 months or so. so, let's get to it:
This is supposedly a 1950s George Brace postcard, although it may be a 1970s reprint. In a few minutes of googling, I found there is some discussion about how to identify which vintage it is, but I haven't dedicated enough time to actually figure it out. I just liked it and added it to my collection.
My player collections follow a fairly simple rule: trading cards that feature an image of the player in question. That's it. So, all the cut auto cards that come out each year in un-licensed sets don't count. I am starting to come around to adding post cards to the mix. I have certainly been adding post cards, but haven't fully committed myself yet. Speaking of which:
1985 TCMA post card of Johnny Antonelli and Hall of Famer Robin Roberts.
These look like the 1947-1966 exhibit cards, two of which feature Antonelli, but they are not. They are actually 1980 reprints and come in three colors: sepia, blue, and red. I don't have the red one yet. There are several red on EBay, but are priced at around $6 including shipping. These exhibit reprints, which are the same size as the originals, have a book value of less than a dollar. I'm probably being too cheap about it, but I am having a problem paying $6 for it. Especially given the cost of another recent Ebay purchase. But, I am going to wait to see if I can find the red version for $3 or less.
The auction was described as "Old Sport Raffle Ticket, Johnny Antonelli, Pitcher, San Francisco Giant Schedule." I have to love auctions where the descriptions are poorly written, which allows me to buy the item at a fraction of the price I would have paid if it had been better written. If this auction had mentioned "1958 Call-Bulletin" it would have gone for a lot more. Sucks for the seller, but I can't concern myself with that.
Coming up soon: another autographed Fleer and a odd, but historic addition to my Paul Blair collection.
What I am listening to: Nearly Gone by Hank 3