I am still working through it and trying to get my haves and wants buttoned down. But, I am pretty close and, as of this moment, I have 123 unique Paul Blair cards in my collection and have constructed a want list of 58 cards. Honestly though, I am not sure it is a real want list as there are several categories on there that I am ambivalent about:
1. Stamped Buybacks - 9
2. Cut Signatures - 7
3. 1 of 1s - 8
I am not necessarily ambivalent about 1 of 1s, but as a practical matter, I am unlikely to ever acquire any of them. So, I don't really count them. I have actually seen one on eBay. But, it was a Four Barrel bat card from 2006 Upper Deck Epic where the 4 subjects where Reggie Jackson, Thurman Munson, Chris Chambliss, and Paul Blair. The seller wanted $5,000. Nah, man. That ain't happening.
Also, have two team issued post cards that I haven't yet been able to figure out what year they are from. So, taking these four categories out, I get down to 31 cards on my want list. As I have worked through this process, I spot checked eBay to see what is available and I've been able to add a few more cards cheaply.
I had been aware of the MCI (remember them?) Ambassadors of Baseball sets from 1992 to 1994. But, I hadn't done a great deal of research and was blissfully unaware of the 1995 set. MCI, an erstwhile telecom company that became part of Verizon in 2006, issued these sets in conjunction with a tour of overseas military bases by retired baseball players. Paul Blair was the only player to appear in all 4 sets.
I swear I had this card. I've been overlooking it on eBay for years. Guess why.
That is why. Multiple, virtually indistinguishable cards issued during a short period of time using the image from Blair's half of the rookie card he shared with Davey Johnson in the 1965 Topps set. I can only imagine how hard it must be for collectors like Night Owl when there are probably dozens of cards using the same image for all-time greats like Jackie Robinson.
I'll probably end up publishing my want list in the next few days, though I don't expect much luck in finding these needs that way. But, we'll see.
What I am listening to: Lady Labyrinth by Ludovico Einaudi