Sunday, May 5, 2019

HOBBY FAMILY – HELP OUT MILITARY MISSIONS IN ACTION

Yes, I'm still alive and kicking.  It's been a busy start to 2019 and I don't see the rest of the year being any different. 

I've written three posts on Bean's Ballcard Blog in the last few days and that's where most of my writing will happen.  Please subscribe, add to your blogroll or whatever it is you do if you'd like to read my ramblings. 

If you're on Twitter and don't already follow me, please do!  That's where I spend the bulk of my hobby time.  My handle is @beansbcardblog.

The point of this post, though, was to direct you to a post I just wrote.  Some in the community are running eBay auctions to benefit Military Missions in Action.  Please take a look at the post and if you can, help out! 

Oh, if you're interested, I now have a monthly segment on the Fat Packs Podcast.  I say segment but for the first two, I've been the color commentator (co-host) for the entire show.  If you're interested in listening to the first episode of INSERTED, you can click here

I hope that everyone is well!

-kin

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Better Than a Blaster at the LCS

I know that I'm stealing the "Better Than a Blaster" from another blogger.  In this case, imitation should be considered flattery.  It's a great title and I couldn't say it better myself.

I went to a "card shop" near my office on lunch today.  I put card shop in quotations because it's actually a business in an industrial park and the owner had put three display cases and a table into the front of his "real" business.

I walked out spending exactly $20 and I'm confident it was better than any blaster I'll ever buy.  Take a look and leave some comments with what you think!




Alright, have at it!  Happy collecting y'all!

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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Would You Rather...?

It would be impossible to put together a complete list of the way that collecting vintage cards is different that modern.  One of the most fascinating to me is how differently vintage collectors can view the same card.  If the card is highly graded, most collectors will want to add it to their collection, if the price is right. 

If it's a low grade copy, opinions vary much more.  Some will want one that is perfectly centered and will sacrifice other aspects.  Some are more interested in the color and how it pops.  Some care more about size.  Some won't take a card that has ANY paper loss or writing. 

None of the above are serious concerns for modern collectors.  It doesn't matter how shiny your card is, there's likely another ten thousand of them available.  If it's a card of manufactured scarcity, your options are limited and maybe you elect to purchase something you otherwise wouldn't just so you can complete that rainbow! 

I've seen copies of some T206 cards that I own up for sale, in somewhat similar shape and also at different prices than I paid for my copies.  So, that got me thinking...am I happier with my copy or would I prefer one of the copies for sale. 

However, I'm bringing the question to you...which copy would you prefer if the cost was the same?  Any of course...why?  Please leave comments, I'm interested to know what y'all thing! 

Below are two copies of the T206 Christy Mathewson portrait.  Which one would you rather have in your collection?



The second card I'd like to hear your thoughts on gives you THREE options.  Which T206 Tris Speaker would you prefer to own?




Alright, have at it!  Happy collecting y'all! 

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Sunday, January 27, 2019

My First Card...and it's a 1/1

Many of you already know, but in less than 48 hours I will both turn 40 years old and become a married man.  Why would we get married on a Tuesday?  Because my beautiful bride-to-be and I share the same birthday.


She had a girls' day yesterday with some friends and afterwards we all met up for dinner.  Much to my surprise, Miss Crystal had a gift for me.


Now, she has told me repeatedly that she doesn't think she is a good gift-giver.  I completely disagree.  I posted about her gift from Christmas 2017 and how it was the most thoughtful gift I'd ever received.  This past Christmas we decided to give each other just one gift and she gave me a watch that is partly made of wood (I love me some 1987 Topps, y'all).  Needless to say, I disagree with her on her gift giving.

What was the gift she gave me yesterday?


It's an sketch card, drawn by Ken Karl.  I didn't realize it until I opened it that this is Miss Crystal's favorite of our engagement photos.  She said she loves the way that I look in it.  I'm happy that she is happy.


Obviously the card is a one-of-one and is priceless.  I honestly can't even put into words how much I love it.  Thank you to my lovely bride-to-be, my good friend Eric (who put her into contact with him), and Mr. Karl himself.  I know the timeline was short, as we just had our photos done in November. 

You can find Ken Karl multiple places, including his website, Facebook and Twitter.  Miss Crystal told me that he was great to work with and gives him nothing but praise. 

Not that I expect it, but if anyone's interested in watching the live stream of our little wedding, it's 1pm (central) on Tuesday and you can find all the info on our wedding website.


Happy collecting, y'all!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Poor Timing, Or Would It Even Matter?

As many of you know, two weeks from now I'll be a married man.  Even though we're doing a private ceremony (my bride-to-be, her son and I), it still costs money, and it's money well spent.  I plan on this being my only wedding. 

This morning I saw a post from Sports Collectors Daily about another prewar find.  Of course a very rare card that I want is a part of it.  It's poor timing because I likely won't be a serious player for it.  Even without the wedding, it's still one that'll likely command a price out of my comfort zone. 

photo from Sports Collectors Daily
Row 1, column 2 (I obviously work with Excel a lot) is the Scoops Carey Breisch-Williams E107 card.  I've completed Carey's T206 "rainbow" (back run) and this is the only other card from Carey's playing days. 

Even in a condition that appears will come back from SCG just a 1, it'll likely be out of my comfort zone.  I don't have a VCP subscription to see any realized auction prices, but I looked it up before and if I remember correctly it was just one sale, at maybe $600-700 and not in my wheelhouse. 

If you read the article I linked to, you read about the scarcity of these cards.  I wouldn't be competing against just collectors that want Scoops Carey, but also against set collectors and collectors that just want to own one card from this set. 

My card grading company of choice is SGC and they've graded just ten copies of the card.  I don't see any graded by PSA or BGS.  So, yeah, much more demand for any card in the set than supply. 

They do say miracles can happen, right?

Sunday, January 13, 2019

OCAAT: Mean Gene Autograph

As much as I can, I'd like to keep the OCAAT posts relevant with current happenings.  As many of you may know, "Mean" Gene Okerlund passed away on January 2.  As a guy that always loved GOOD announcers, and went to school for TV & Radio Broadcasting, Okerlund was one of the voices of my youth.  He was an icon to all who watched wrestling in the 1980s and 1990s.

Almost two years ago, I was fortunate enough to receive back a TTM request I had sent out to Okerlund.  I was much more active sending then and more than a handful of the men that I sent to during that time have passed away.  One of them, one of Okerlund's best friends, Bobby Heenan.  This is about Mean Gene, though.




Because of how the wrestling industry has changed, there will never be anyone that can hold a candle to Gene Okerlund.  There just won't be the opportunity.  Even if there was, Okerlund would be the best, ever. 

Okerlund was 76 years young.  Per Wikipedia (always there, sometimes accurate), his son has stated that he recieved three kidney transplants and suffered a fall that caused his health to deteriorate in his final weeks. 

He is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren. 


Thanks for the memories, Mean Gene. 

Saturday, January 12, 2019

OCAAT: T206 Tris Speaker


If you liked yesterday's OCAAT, I think you'll like this one as well.  Originally this was going to be the first OCAAT post, but I added yesterday's card to my collection first and decided to post it first. 

I picked this T206 Tris Speaker up from a Facebook group in the fall.  By happenstance I was on my laptop, saw the notification and quickly pulled the trigger.  I actually passed on it initially but thought about 15-20 seconds on it and changed my mind.  I'm so happy that I did. 

1909-1911 American Tobacco Company (T206) Tris Speaker

After I claimed it, there were multiple comments on the card.  The consensus in the room was that I got it for a steal of a price.  Since I made this decision without consulting any of my experts, that was reassuring. 

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, you buy the card and not the holder.  Fellow group members commented about the awesome color of the card and how it might be the best looking PSA 1 you'll ever see. 

LINK:  See other "One Card At a Time" posts

Obviously the color is so great because this was in a scrapbook for years and likely decades.  You can see the indicators - staining on the front corners and the paper loss on the back.  That paper loss "doomed" this card to be graded a "1," but it also is the only reason I was able to get this card at the price I did. 

The amount I paid for it is the second most I've ever spent on an individual card.  Given the option, I'd do it again. 

If you shop online and haven't signed up and used ebates yet, you're missing out on free money.  There are times you can use it and get cash back on eBay purchases.  Between referrals and cash back, I've gotten over $300 in two years.  FREE CARDS!  I promise you it's legit and easy to use.