After having completed exactly zero sets in 2014, I am on fire already in 2015, having just completed my second set in this young year: 1960 Fleer.
There is actually another card in the set, although depending on your perspective could be considered a variation. There are known cards of Joe Tinker, Eddie Collins and Lefty Grove that have the back for card 80 - Pepper Martin. The Pepper Martin card was never issued and examples of the 3 aforementioned players with the Martin back are extremely rare. There are actually two listed on EBay as a Buy-It-Now with asking prices of $5000 or higher. I wouldn't spend that kinda money on a card, even if I had it. So, I am calling this one complete.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Friday, January 16, 2015
In my last post, I alluded that I would be receiving a card that will likely be the most valuable in my collection. It finally arrived today and here it is:
Before you start thinking I've gotten rich or something, I can assure you nothing is further from the truth. In a moment of weakness, I decided to buy one slot (out of 263 total) in a group break over at Net54baseball. For the cost of a bit over $30 dollars, I got a chance to get a card from a number of pre-war sets (1933, 1934, 1938 Goudey and 1939, 1940 Play Ball.) I figured I would just get a common card from one of those sets, but the chance at some nicer cards was enough to get me to enter. The actual break was live streamed on a Sunday night. Alas, I had business in Shreveport starting Monday, so I left home midday on Sunday on my drive to Shreveport so that I got there in time to view the break. I got in with a enough time to grab some takeout chow and catch the show.
I had a great time watching and was tickled to death when I drew one of the big ticket cards in the break. Now I just need to decide what to do. I love this card, but it isn't in my collecting wheelhouse. Right now, in the afterglow of actually getting this, I am leaning towards keeping it. But, PSA 4 versions of this card sell for up to $300. So, I am also considering selling it to finance buying some of the bigger ticket cards in 1956 Topps that I still need (like Koufax or Mantle.) But, that decision will wait for another day.
Monday, January 12, 2015
So, there was over 20 cards in that last lot. There was no one last card, so I thought I would show the biggest of the big ticket cards in 1973 Topps. This was part of that last group of cards I needed.
I think it has great eye appeal. Nice corners and edges, but that surface wrinkle down below Ron Cey's face kept the card in the affordable range.
I should have another post up in a few days that I am pretty excited about. A small hint: it will be the most valuable card in my collection
Thursday, January 1, 2015
That pretty much says it all about my 2014 as a collector. There were a two main reasons for this. First, I was busy as all get-out at work. The first nine months were a great time to be in the Oil and Gas industry and I was consumed at the office. Second, was my self-imposed insistence that I only work on one major set at a time. Sure I work others in the margin, but when it comes to flagship sets, I have only worked one at a time. Alas, now that I am getting into the sets that were issued in series, thus having to deal with rare high numbers, the time it takes to complete a set is elongated (as you will see.)
So, what is the 4-1-1 on my year?
Sets I wanted to complete:
- 1960 Fleer - Nope. Although I only need one more card to complete it (26 - Bob Feller)
- 1973 Topps - Nope. When I reviewed my years goals, I got disgusted with my lack of accomplishment. As luck would have it, someone was advertising a lot of 1973 high numbers for sale on Net54Baseball. I contacted him and was able to strike a deal for all of the remaining base cards I needed, high number or not. Alas, the package is still in transit as of New Years. Additionally, I still need 18 of the 24 unnumbered team checklists. Added note: 1973 was also on my 2013 list of sets I wanted to complete.
- 1975 Topps - Nope. I did start it though. I had taken some birthday money to a local card shop and had started pawing through boxes of commons, when I came across a box of a near complete set of NM 1975 commons. I stopped my painstaking search and struck a deal with the owner for that box. As it stands, I am 43 cards (most stars and minor stars) away from completing this set
- 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game - Nope. I am chosing to ignore the blue parallels, auto cards, and Yankee Clippings insert set, and so only had 4 cards to go from the Forever insert set to call this one complete. I managed to snag two of them. I still have Fernando Valenzuela and Ryne Sandberg still to go.
- 1961 Fleer - Barely. I picked up a few cards here and there, but still am sitting at about 2/3 complete.
- 1972 Topps - Nope
- 2009 Obak - Picked up a few cards, mainly T212 minis. I think I knocked off only 1 of the 10 short prints I needed.
- 1963 Fleer Autograph Project - My one success this year. I wanted to get to the half-way point (33 autographed cards) and I made it to 35. And I still haven't done any TTMs after The Lost Collector sent me a list of addresses for players featured in the '63 Fleer set.
- 1955 and 1956 Topps - Nothing on 1955, but I did find a source for high quality (EX or better) 1956 commons for $4 each. I managed to get up to the 46% complete level before some other collector bought all of the dealers '56 commons out from under me. Jerk.
So, to recap, my 2014 as a hobbyist: