Crossing of a huge set need!

1959 Topps #514 Bob Gibson (PSA 3)

Finally! I had missed out a handful of times recently trying to land this card. In the end, I figured I had a good chance at getting this one as it has a significant miscut along the right edge of the card. However, unlike many ’59 Gibsons’ I had seen in worse condition and more money, this had a strong, vibrant color on the frontside. No scuff marks here or printing blemishes. For my set needs, this was perfect as it was the last big money card (aside from the Mickey Mantle All-Star card) that I needed.

In 1959, a young Bob Gibson was still feeling his way on the mound. He still walked too many batters and really didn’t take off until his All-Star season in 1962. Gibson would go 3-5 in thirteen games — nine of those starts — and compile a 3.33 earn run average. In those nearly 76 innings, he gave up 77 hits, 39 free passes while striking out 48 batters. His WHIP in his first three seasons in the bigs: 1.53, 1.67, 1.44.

It’s too bad that Bob wasn’t able to complete my page. Missing from are cards of Harmon Killebrew (515), Mike Cuellar’s RC (518), and Gary Geiger (521). If you have one of these, maybe we can work out a trade? Hit me up and lets talk!

Holy Bleepin LCS Haul!

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Ok so last Friday I posted the above image from an afternoon at my LCS. Today I have another vacation day as the schools have a half day (too bad I am watching kids this afternoon or I would be back there or maybe Central Sportscards in RI) so I am just finally getting a chance to shoot and post. Alrighty lets jump in ….

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First up, some vintage Topps sets needs. I almost missed the 1959 Topps Mathews as it was obscured by a couple of other cards in his vintage case. The other two 59’s I may upgrade down the road but for right now they work for me. Thought I had the ’68 Topps Frank Roby but nope — card looks like it just came out of pack too!

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More vintage or semi vintage Topps needs — this time a bunch of 1973s including the great Bob Gibson! The Gibson was another card I have seen many times and thought I had, but nope.

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Moving into my childhood years, some 1984 Topps and I am now just a couple of cards shy from completing this set. I still need to track down a partial Traded Set as I have the Gooden RC already. I haven’t checked in a while to see what a complete goes for so maybe that’s the easier route.

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FINALLY! The 1980’s “black beauty” is complete. I thought I was going to be one card shy, but in a large monster box of 1986 Topps was the guy to close it out … Scott Thompson. I have an 800 count box of doubles from recent trades should anyone be tackling this set. Was also able to pick up a few more rack pack Glossy All-Stars as well as some “Traded to …” O-Pee-Chee cards. I know a couple of these guys do not appear in the traded set, such as Mike Stenhouse how is pictured in a Twins uniform but designated as a Red Sox player.

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Next, some miscellaneous interests I collect …
• 1969 Topps Deckle Edge Bob Gibson … he actually also had an OPC version but didn’t grab that.
• I love vintage combo cards and really need to put together a want list.
• Vintage leader cards, same with these — love having a card with 3-4 HOFers on it. List to follow.
• A couple of guys in Newsom and Bender to add to my No Hitters Collection

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A bunch of random Sox here, including an Oil Can Boyd rookie. I don’t have a 53 Bowman B&W so didn’t mind that it’s got some creases. He probably gave it to me for free. The Josh Beckett Opening Day card is cool … it opens up a different bunch of ways. That had been sitting in a Sox box for the last year so I rescued it. The comic issue (help me out Mark Hoyle) is I believe Rico Petrocelli but I think it’s missing the cover or something. Not sure the year.

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Moving along to my current favorite Red Sox player — Mookie Betts. Grabbed some I didn’t have and one of them is a rookie card too (Stadium Club).

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Now onto a whole mess of Kelloggs!!!! First some 1975 versions including a sweet Brooks Robsinson, Gaylord Perry (got doubles if anyone collect Indians or Kelloggs), and the original Fergie. These guys are not too curved so hopefully they stay that way.

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Some major star power in this collection of ’76s!!!! Eck rookie, Joe Morgan, Rose, Yaz, Rice, Brock, Bench Carter, Reggie!!!!! This stack is curved but really want to put into sheets.

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Some 1977 Kelloggs including The Bird’s rookie card and a sweet looking Dave Winfield.

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And the last of the cereal goodies, a 1973 Billy Williams, 1978 Reggie and NL MVP Dave Parker along with a few 1979 versions.

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Next we move onto the other 1970s food issue — Hostess cards!! We got the super-fro Oscar Gamble leading things off with some 1975s.

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Next a start on a partial set of 1976 Hostess. Some better stars here with Morgan, Niekro, Perry, Parker, and a poorly cut Nolan Ryan.

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Some 1977 Hostess above and it’s too bad that the stack the owner had was even larger but they were all trimmed TOO much (see the Vida Blue) that I passed. So, only a couple here that I chose.

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A couple of 78’s and I’ll be trimming up Boomer so he’s got a cleaner cut.

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And lastly, a handful of 1979 Hostess cards. Man, could the Mariners PLEASE bring back the trident!!! Between the two Bill Steins cards, it really is a classic look

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Next couple of images are some cards I find appealing so I try to grab when I can. The above are some Topps Archives inserts including my first “1972 Basketball” and “1969 4-in-1” cards.

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Next some Panini Golden Age inserts — all of these are my firsts. I love the Tip Top Bread cards and I think there’s a couple more Pre-Wars players I need.

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Up next, we go round and round with some Colgan’s Chip discs. I could have grabbed some other current players but this is early 1900s era set that I wanted just players who played during that time with the exception of a couple of guys like Satchel Paige and Jackie Robinson.

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And lastly, we close with one of my favorite vintage sets of all time — the 1955 Bowman set. I have a couple of others so this will be a set I will try to work on here and there. As you can see, this is a collector’s grade looking collection and that is fine with me. I would love to trade for any similar condition cards to help me build this set. The Yogi cost me a buck, and the lot probably five bucks total. So if you can help me out, please drop me a line.

As you can see, I hit on a wide variety of needs on this trip. I must have easily killed four hours and with then exception of a couple people towards the end, I was the only one there. It truly was some well deserved “me” time.

 

More 59s from the Shriners

So going to try to bang out a quick, long-awaited post as I have absolutely had no time lately. I feel as the last two weeks have been barely sleep, work, eat, freelance, barely sleep, feed the dog, let out the dog, feed the cats, pick up the kids stuff, soccer games, practices, and on and on and on. So before I start what hopefully will just be an hour of freelance, here are the 1959 Topps I was able to grab at the Shriner’s show a couple of weeks ago.

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First up, several cards that I found to be favorites of mine. The set’s opening card Ford Frick, the Commissioner of Baseball. Frick was the National League president from 1934 to 1951, and then became the third Commissioner of Major League Baseball from 1951 to 1965. The Blasingame and Bolling cards are classic fielding poses from the 1950’s sets. Something about those cards and the ballparks in the background always get my attention. Don’s is set in Wrigley and there’s no mistaking the classic facade of Old Yankee Stadium on the Bolling card. I found Tex Clevenger’s card interesting as it has (maybe that day’s starter) a pitcher warming up with the catcher in the background.

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Next up, some miscellaneous stars and well knowns. Bobby Thomson was winding down his career and would move onto Boston in the 1960 Topps set. Billy Martin had drunk himself out of New York and Billy Pierce was one of the top American League hurlers of the 50s. Cool to see the LA Coliseum in the background of Gil Hodges’ card. Gil would complete a three-year run of Gold Gloves at the conclusion of 1959. It was also his last year he would hit for double digits in home runs (25).

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More semi-stars and no I didn’t mean to segregate so my apologies, completely random. 1959 was Larry Doby’s last card. The former 7-time, American League All-Star would split his last season between Detroit and the Chicago White Sox. In only thirty-nine games, he would 26-113, 0 HRs, 13 RBI, and hit only .230. At age 35, he would out of baseball. Here’s an interesting fact about Minnie Minoso that I just learned … he led the American League in hit-by-pitch TEN TIMES!! Including a streak of six years from 1956-1961.

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Next were a bunch of Red Sox I still needed for my set. Ike Delock pitched all but 7 games in his career for Boston. If you happen to be a Sammy White super collector, you better be ready to spend some dough! He happens to be in a number of tough food issues from the 1950s. 1953 First National Supermarkets (Stop & Shop I believe), 1954 Red Heart Dog Food, 1954 Wilson Franks, 1955 Wilson Franks Booklets, and if those aren’t tough enough, he’s in the 1952 Topps high number series. Yikes!!!

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A handful of ex-Red Sox. Bob Smith is another (and not the same Bob Smith pictured as a Red Sox, 1958 Topps) guy I need to create a custom card for my All-Time Red Sox collection. Add Marv Grissom to that list. I do have a pretty decent B&W photo and where he played for the Sox in 1953, makes it easy to create a custom 1953 Bowman B&W card.

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Team cards galore!!! All but the Red Sox is marked but I got these for fifty cents apiece. I do wonder as it just caught my attention, why the Cubs card has “Cubs Team” and the other team cards do not. And why were the Cubs in all those team cards from the 1970s just their little heads ala 1963?? I always wondered why, why, why????

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Next up, some nice high numbers, one in particular Darrell Johnson was given to me for free by Mathew at Number 5 Type Collection who I met via Mark Hoyle at the show.

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And lastly, more cards from the high number series—the All-Star variety!! This batch of high number cards brings me to only nineteen more I need in the tough series. Of course, of those include the Bob Gibson rookie, Campanella, and All-Star cards of Mantle and Mays.

All in all, I ended completing eight pages in the 59 album, including one in the high series. And with that, off to do some freelance work and hopefully I’ll have some time to bang out a couple of quick custom cards that won’t need much work (ie; 1968 Floyd Robinson).

A Trade with Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary

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A couple weeks ago, while blog hopping, I came upon Brian over at Highly Subjective and Completely Arbitrary. A couple of emails later, and the above package arrived. He will have a nice return coming back his way in the form of some vintage 60’s HoFers as he’s working on a bunch of sets. Without further ado and since many will be looking for a distraction tonight …

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Brian sent along a bunch of clean, sharp 1959 Topps cards for my growing set! These cards are absolutely beautiful and helps boost the appearance of my set. A couple of former Red Sox in the form of Mickey Vernon and Gus Zernial. Sal Maglie tossed a no-no with the Dodgers in 1956 and I love the classic baseball pose of one Harry Simpson.

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All in all, I was able to cross off nineteen numbers with this trade—that’s a great mail day!!! Billy Muffett would be appear as a Red Sox in the 1961 and 1962 Topps sets.

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And I have always liked these Sporting News Rookie Stars. This handful contains the Ron Fairly rookie and future Red Sox Willie Tasby, who would appear in the 1961 Post Cereal issue.

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Next up V-I-N-T-A-G-E SOX!!!!! A couple of Pre-War issues here to boot—all three will go nicely into my All-Time Sox album. On the left, is a 1934 Diamond Stars issue of Max Bishop. This is the first ’34 Diamond Stars card in my collection. Bishop had one particular notable game that year — on July 8, 1934, when he walked eight times in the doubleheader in Boston, tying his own major-league record.

In the middle is a 1940 Play Ball card of Denny Galehouse. Denny actually pitched for the Red Sox on different occasions. His first stop during 1939–40, he went a combined 15-16. Returning to the Hub in 1947–49, he would finish winning 19 and losing 15.

And on the right, a 1949 Bowman Jack Kramer. Before coming to Boston, Kramer was a two-time all-star as a St. Louis Brown. In 1948, Jack led the American League with a .783 winning percentage as he finished with 18 wins (AL-6th).

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And lastly, two more Sox cards. Don Buddin adorning a 1961 Post Cereal and a 1965 Topps Rico Petrocelli rookie card for my Sox rookie card collection. Both are welcome additions, especially Rico where I have a dupe of this card, but that one sits in my 1965 Topps album.

Brian also included a nice stack of 1984 and 1986 Topps cards. In the last week plus, I have made a serious dent in both of these sets thanks to a couple of bloggers. Thank you again Brian and I’ll be sending out your cards on Thursday morning—hope to trade again as your list is pretty lengthy!