Wednesday, March 22, 2017

DBBD: 1994 Sports Illustrated For Kids II #254 Joe Carter

I picked up a few of the SI for Kids cards from the ol' dime box.  I guess I was too sophisticated at a kid.  I just got the normal Sports Illustrated magazine.

1994 Sports Illustrated For Kids II #254 Joe Carter

1994 Sports Illustrated For Kids II #254 Joe Carter (back)

Blog Bat Around: The Toughest Set I've Built.

Context clues tell me that when Nachos Grande asked bloggers to write about the toughest set they've built, he was thinking baseball.  He's a baseball guy.  It has "bat" in the title.  He mentions baseball season.

I don't collect baseball and when I did, there was no project I took on that was much of a challenge.  About a year ago, I was perusing the Beckett website and found their listings of sets.  A few caught my eye and I will work on them in time.  However, the one that I decided immediately to take on was the 1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers (also known as T36) set.

Per Beckett.com:

"This 25-card set was produced for The American Tobacco Company. Each card includes a small ad for either Hassan or Mecca Cigarettes on the cardback. All 25 cards were produced with both ad back variations. The cards measure 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 and came with square corners. The cards are unnumbered and feature top race car drivers of the day from both North America and Europe representing all types of auto racing events. They were packaged one card per 10 cigarette pack and two per 20 cigarette pack. The cards were inserted in cigarette packs starting on March 27th, 1911 and ending on March 31st, 1911. Special thanks to Jon Hardgrove for providing much of this information."

I apologize if some of this seems familiar.  I wrote on my old blog in October a post that was pretty in-line with this Bat Around subject matter.  You may have seen it, but I'm not going to copy and paste that post into this one.

The set is considered "complete" having one front of each cards.  This is a 25-card set.  I mentioned in the prior post that I wasn't sure if there were four back variations of each, but suspected there are.  A few weeks ago I found a thread response from Jon Hardgrove (mentioned in the blurb from Beckett) that it is a 100-card set and that it took him 30 years to complete it.  I believe that means this will be a very long-term project.

All sets have variables that can make it difficult to assemble the complete set.  The famous T206 set is referred to as "the monster." The difficulty with this set is the cost.  Most everything can be found, you just need the money to buy it.

The difficulty with the T36 set is simple.  There's just not much out there.  The set was only printed for a matter of days.  In the year since I found out about the set, I've only picked up seven cards.  If memory serves me correctly, I've missed out on less than five that were auctioned on eBay.  Currently I can find eight listed on eBay and two more in the sales history (I won one of those two).


I have searched via Google in attempt to find more of these for sale.  Those efforts have been fruitless.  I've found a handful of old auction house listings that have had some of these in them.  Most of those have been just a handful of cards inside a lot of hundreds of others.

It appears my long-term option is to get money together and have for when a nice lot comes available via an auction house.  Other than that, I'm just going to keep trying to pick them off one-at-a-time.  If you have any suggestions or leads, I'd love to hear from you!

Happy collecting!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

DBBD: 1981 Topps #331 Dennis Lamp

There's a good chance that this will be the only Dennis Lamp appearance on the blog.  Just being brutally honest.  You know what, though?  Dude had a 16-year MLB career!

1981 Topps #331 Dennis Lamp

1981 Topps #331 Dennis Lamp (back)

Monday, March 20, 2017

DBBD: 2000 Upper Deck Legends #28 Sandy Koufax

I truly enjoy posting the dime box acquisitions.  It's just an added bonus when you learn something from that card.  I've long known that Sandy Koufax is considered to be one the best ever.

I didn't know that he was dominant for such a short amount of time, just his final five seasons.  His first eight seasons, he was average.  Check the stats on the back.  I guess there's something that I'm missing here.

It makes me think about the argument that some borderline Hall of Famers weren't dominant long enough.  Hmmmmm...

<Dale Murphy>

2000 Upper Deck Legends #28 Sandy Koufax

2000 Upper Deck Legends #28 Sandy Koufax (back)

Weekend Card Show Acquisitions

I didn't even plan to go to a card show this weekend.  Late Friday evening, I was perusing the Net54 boards and came across the post about the show.  I saw that Leon (owner/operator of Net54) was setting up on Saturday only.  He sets up with exclusively vintage, so I decided to make the almost-hour drive.

I didn't come across anything at Leon's table that both did it for me and I could afford, so I didn't pick anything up from him.  However, two was my number of the day.  I picked up two boxes and two singles, off two different sellers and spent only $22.  Walking out without much isn't an issue for me.  I have often been guilty of buying stuff that doesn't necessarily fit into my collection just because I have the money.  No mas!

1972-73 Topps #56 Stan Mikita

I already have at least one copy of this card, but for a buck each I wasn't passing up more.  These may also be in better shape than the one(s) I have.  The seller stated everything was 20% off the tagged price, but I didn't need him to make change.  I left the table happy.

A year or so ago I picked up a box of 1991 Stadium Club Series 1 and a few months ago opened it.  I came up just two cards short of completing the set.  If anyone out there has numbers 181 (Dwight Smith) and 272 (Danny Tartabull) that they'd like to drop into a PWE for me, I'd be eternally grateful!  I don't know what's in series 2, but my hope is that I can complete the set or come very close.  Not sure if there was a third series that I need to be on the lookout for.

To be honest, I'm not even sure who is in the Line Drive set.  What I do know is that I need some minor league Russ Davis cards that people are asking $2.50 for on COMC.  He's a common and shouldn't be that much.  While he's not in this set, there may be a few cards that I can send in.  A couple of weeks ago I read a post on The Greatest 21 Days blog about a player that played his college ball at my alma mater, West Virginia University.  I'm hoping maybe I can find a hidden gem in this set.  If I don't find either of those things, I'm sure there are some bloggers that would like some of the cards, so it's going to be a win no matter what.

The boxes will go onto the rainy day shelf with the 20 or so other unopened boxes I have.  I have so many projects that I want to get done.  I've started a page on Collector Focus, so I have a lot of scanning and organizing to do. I also have boxes on boxes in my closet to organize and enter into my Sports Card Forum inventory.  It may be while before I open these two boxes.  It may be next week.  Who knows?

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Happy collecting!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

DBBD: 1982 K-Mart #10 Roberto "Bob" Clemente

Really, Topps?  Almost ten years after the passing of one of the greatest ever and you still can't use his real name (see back of card)?

1982 K-Mart #10 Roberto Clemente

1982 K-Mart #10 Roberto Clemente (back)

Guns of the Young Variety

Love ePack or hate it, it has some advantages if you're working on sets.  I was able to pick up a bunch of the ones I needed for my set as well as Blackhawks for my collection.  I could have waited.  Prices are even cheaper now (it's a great time to buy on COMC) and then there's the whole part where I'm not looking to finish off the set any longer.  OOPS!

Nonetheless, I figured I'd scan 'em and make a post out of them.










 I picked up nine copies of Tyler Motte at good prices.













I thought I'd picked up a few more of these than I had.  Right before putting this post together I picked up three more.




What I'll likely do is put most of these into the set and look to sell of the almost complete set the next time that I set up at a show.

Happy collecting!