Friday, February 21, 2014

February Card Show - Chipping Away

As I implied the other day, I did make a little progress on my vintage sets at the show.  I had hoped to knock off a whole bunch of the 1973 high numbers, but was not able to since a particular seller wasn't at the show. I did manage to find four 73s I needed.


This leaves me with needing to acquire 53 more cards to complete the base set.  I also need 18 more of the team checklist cards.  At this point, I think I am going to have to start looking on EBay and other online auction sites, as I am getting to the point where I want this set done so I can move on to working 1975.

Two more cards for 1959 Fleer Ted Williams, which brings me to needing 45 cards to finish the 80 card set.  In particular, I love the first card "Sox Lose the Series."  Why? Duh. Because the Sox lose the Series.  It brings a little tear of joy to my eyes.

Three more for 1961 Fleer, leaving me 56 to go to finish the 154 card set.

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And finally two more cards from 1956.  The Berra has surface wrinkles, which explains why I was able to pick it up for only $25.  But, they are hardly noticeable, and this card has great eye appeal.

So, now you have seen every last card I got at the show, vintage or modern.  Not a large haul, but decent enough for me to declare success.  I even walked out with money still in my pocket.

What I am listening to: Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Monday, February 17, 2014

February Card Show - Modern Pickups

There was a card show up in OKC this weekend and I intended to go and make progress on the various vintage sets I have in the works (1959 through 1961 Fleer, and 1973 Topps.)  The hope, once again, was that a specific seller of high quality vintage would be there. The reality, once again, was that he was not.  So, I didn't make a lot of progress, but I did make some.  So, I'll call it a success.

However, this post is about the modern cards I picked up by trawling through the discount boxes.

The five cards above are all inserts from the 1994 Ted Williams Card Company set.   As you may recall, I bought a wax box of that set at a recent auction at Kevin Savage Cards.  I intend to do a review of the set, but have been awfully busy lately and haven't had the opportunity. I still intend to do so, so I won't delve into these cards now.  However, I will say that I think the set was well thought out. For example, all the insert sets, of which there was a few, were designed to have unique cards in multiples of 9.

These two cards are from recent Leaf products (2010 and 2012).  I picked them up because I liked the design concept and figured at some point maybe I'll build the sets.  I''ll throw them in my miscellaneous binder as a reminder in the future.
I didn't need this card for my Obak sets.  It is from 2011 and I only have 2009 to complete. I got thsi card because it is a numbered parallel (10/25) and Banuelos is expected to get his first real crack at making the Yankees major league roster this year.  If he sets the league on fire, I'll see if I can flip it for some cash.  If he doesn't, I'm only out two bits.

Coming up tomorrow, or whenever I find some time, my vintage pickups. I only got 11 cards, but I think it was a good haul.

What I am listening to: The Gummy Bear Song. I am not sure how I came across this and, yes, I do get that it is aimed at a crowd 40 years younger than me.  But, it makes me smile everytime I watch it. In fact, I made the main character my Facebook avatar. Don't hate.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

The Splendid Splinter

I have found a site I enjoy much more than EBay for auctions.  It is Kevin Savage Cards and he always has great stuff up for auction.  Great vintage cards at a wide range of condition/price points,  modern mojo, full sets, and wax boxes.    He usually has 2-3 auctions a week and there is always plenty of things that I would like to get. But, since I don't have unlimited funds, I have to control myself and only bid on things I really, really want and can get for a bargain price. 

Although I am, first and foremost, a vintage collector, occasionally some thing from the modern era catches my fancy.  You can see several of them over to right on my want list sidebar.  This is another:

I am looking forward to opening this box, which mixes old timers and modern players.  But first, someone wants to play.