Monday, January 9, 2017

I Wish I Knew More

One of my favorite pieces that I've written and posted on Bean's Ballcard Blog is a piece titled "Frustration in the Unknown."  It's a piece about how little information there is on collecting vintage racing cards.  There's just not much information on them, even in the interwebz age where you can find "anything" on the web.

These cards were produced nearly 40 years after the ones in the article above, yet I can't find any more information on them than this from Beckett:

"Oversized versions (approximately 3" by 4") of six cards exist featuring the fronts of 12 Hawes Wax cards (#9/26/29/31/33/35/37/38/39/40/43/44) placed back-to-back. Reportedly, the six cards were part of a game produced in Canada that also included additional cards of non-racing subjects. These six cards are valued at approximately $20.00 each."

I picked up five of the six cards in one eBay purchase.

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While I'd not seen these before (and I've been looking for cards from the set for almost a year), two listings of the oversize cards came up within a month.  Unfortunately I didn't get the other one, which did have the sixth card.  While I didn't get it this time, there will be another opportunity.  Patience is key for me when searching for vintage cards.

I planned to slowly piece together the regular set, but last year, I found a complete set at auction for a very nice price and snagged it.  It cost me about 20% of what it was going to cost me to piece the set together.  If you're interested to see the set, I have scanned the pages here.

Now that football season is over, I am getting back into racing mode.  It will be another two months before IndyCar starts, but I have the 24 Hours of Daytona to look forward to.  Before we know it, it will be the month of May and time for the Greatest Spectacle in Racing, the Indianapolis 500.




3 comments:

  1. Those are fantastic vintage oddballs - beautifully simple, bright and vivid colors & the vintage roadsters always rev my interest! It's a damn shame that racing cards are all but ignored in the hobby.

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    1. The positive, though, is that I can collect something fun and historical without breaking the bank. You can't do that in baseball and even vintage football is becoming more and more expensive. I don't have to pay nearly as much for a T36 as I would for a T206.

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