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!

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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!

Shriner’s Show Haul

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So Saturday, I finally had put some “me” time on the calendar to head up to Wilmington, Massachusetts for the annual fall GBSCC Shriner’s Show. It would also be a chance to finally meet Mark Hoyle, and in turn a couple other bloggers which I’ll touch on below.

Since I left the show, I haven’t had to time to cross off lists, take pictures, or even really look at my spoils. I left the show and raced home to catch my daughters soccer game and then the usually son’s soccer game on Sunday and a variety of chores kept side-tracking me. I’ll have to go more in depth on more of the haul, but for the time being (stuck in training today), I’m going to try to bang this out this morning while in training.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

1959 Topps Set Needs: 111, including #1 Ford Frick and 8 high numbers cards and then one more high number thanks to Matt over at Number 5 Type Collection.

1965 Topps Set Needs: 78, including some a couple of Hall of Famers (Killebrew, Sphan second year) I was still in need of.

All-Time Red Sox Needs: 23, including four cards from the aforementioned Mark Hoyle.

I certainly saw a number of food issues from the 1970’s I was hoping to grab, but ran out of my budget money and time. My priorities here were to make a bigger dent into my ’59 and ’65 Topps sets and also try to find some Sox for my All-Time Collection. With that, lets jump in …

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I needed these 1973 Topps cards as I had pulled them from my Sox collection and used then in the 1973 Topps set I am also buidling.

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Same here with these 1968 Topps, have another copy of each of these in my ’68 set that I am building. This is Elston Howard’s last card of the one great Yankee backstop.

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Some late 50’s Topps cards I needed for the Sox collection.

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A bunch of early Bowman beauties here! 1949 Stan Spence, 1950 Walt Masterson, 1951’s Matt Batts and HoFer Lou Boudreau, and 1952 Vern Stephens. I absolutely love the artwork on these early 50s Bowman cards … maybe someday I’ll try working one one of those sets, probably the 1950 issue since I won’t have to worry about the Mantle or Mays rookies.

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A well loved 1939 Play Ball Jim Tabor. Nicked named “Rawhide”, Tabor was a five-tool player before that phrase became part of the baseball vernacular. Tabor earned his moniker with his hustle, his win-at-any-cost attitude, and his toughness. The condition of this card fits his nickname quite well as I write this. His best year was 1941 in which he batted .279, slugged 16 homers, drove in 101 runners, while adding 17 steals. Over the course of an average 162-season per Baseball-Reference.com, Tabor was a .270/16/97/11 hitter.

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Next up and my last purchase as I was quickly going around before heading out the door, a 1936 Goudey Rick Ferrell. I already have a graded PSA 4, 1935 Diamond Stars of the Hall of Famer, but that’s reserved in a box of graded Sox greats. I was able to grab this for less than a blaster of box at Target and looks better in person than this close up. For my All-Time Sox album, this card was perfect for crossing off Rick Ferrell. I also didn’t have one of these black and white Goudey, so that was a plus.

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And finally, some collections adds thanks to Mark Hoyle!!! This was the first time I met Mark in person and I’m sure it won’t be the last!! He handed my a couple more 1967 Dexter Press photo cards of George Smith and Hank Fischer as well as some cards I had in my collection years ago but traded them away for something I was collecting more at that time.

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These cards are part of a 24-card set that was produced my a Maine collector. They are cataloged as 1979 Early Red Sox Favorites in the Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards. Measuring a little larger than a standard size card at 2-5/8″ x 3-3/4″, these are printed in black and white. The set depicts players from the 1920s-1930s Red Sox and many of these features feature more than one player. These were just added to my All-Time Sox Collection want list (but still need to post above), but thanks to Mark I can cross off several!!

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Here are a couple of the backs to the cards above. Again, if anyone has some of the others, I’ll gladly trade for them!

Lastly, one of the highlights to the show in addition to meeting Mark, was meeting Joel Freedman from OBC from Matt from Number 5 Type Collection. Matt had picked up a number of off-conditioned 1959 Topps high numbers for a buck a piece and knew I was collecting the set. Out of the blue and he said pick up that you need, so #533 Darrell Johnson was added to my set. Thanks Matt!! Mark introduced me to them and managed to chat for about 20-plus minutes (or maybe it was longer). This was the first time I had met other bloggers at a show like this. It really was a great example of how great this hobby can be! I know I’ll definitely try to hook up with Mark again a local show in Mansfield and there’s talk about getting together some night in Providence (RI) for dinner, drinks, and shop talk.

My apologies for any typos, run-on sentences, and the like, but wanted to post with the short time I had this morning. Thank you guys for making a great day even better!

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Also of note, I have some trade packages I need to get out the door in the next couple of days (Brian, Bert, John Miller, and Tony. Scott Crawford, still working on yours and probably close to an 600-800 count box at the moment). Also need to post a recent trade from Brian as well so a busy week ahead here at Off the Wall.

A Whole Lotta Stuff in the Shoebox

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A couple years ago when I was blogging over on my Blogger page, I had remembered reading the Shoebox Legends blog often. I’m not why I never reached out to trade, probably as both of us are Red Sox collectors, maybe I felt we wouldn’t be a match.

Fast forward two plus years, and through a trade with the great Mark Hoyle, he said I should reach out to Shane at the aforementioned Shoebox Legends. He said he was a great guy and trade partner and also lived in the area.

As noted on Shane’s great blog last week, I sent him a bunch of 59 Topps for his set that he is working on and this week I received the above package so lets dig in.

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First up in the package was some vintage: two 1959 Topps, two 1965 Topps, one of which completed a page and nice Pete Rose/George Foster NLCS Playoff card.

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Some awesome vintage Kellogg’s cards: 1970 Ray Culp, and 1972 versions of Joe Coleman and Bill Parsons. These cards are in great condition with no cracks! I already have a Willie Mays and Tony Perez from the 1972 set.

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A little retro vintage sampling here from the 2012 Topps Archives set. These are my first insert cards from this set.

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And finally some Red Sox cards including the signed Clay Buchholz card. I don’t have an autographed card of Clay so that will go into my Sox odd ball album. I didn’t do any individual scans, but you can see in the first image a boatload of 1984 Topps flagship. Shane easily cleared what seemed half to two-thirds of my needs list for this set.

Thank you again for the trade Shane and I’m sure we’ll trade again down the road. Speaking of down the road, I’ll have to meet up with you and Mark Hoyle the next time you’re in Providence!!

Mail Day from Baseball Card Breakdown

Last week, in the wee hours, I was poking around on Jay Bee’s (cough, cough please re-add my blog …) Sportscard Blog Roll when I was reading Gavin’s Baseball Card Breakdown blog on his pursuit of completing his 1971 Topps set. I didn’t have any of those cards, but did cross off some of his 1964 Topps needs along with 3 or 4 cards from his top ten needs. A couple emails backs and forth and in less than a week, I received these awesome cards!!

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First up, a ’59 Topps that I needed as well as five 1965 Topps, including Ken “Hawk” Harrelson’s rookie! Four of these cards fills in some gaps I have in my set in which I am light on Series 4–6.

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Next where a bunch of 1973 Topps. I didn’t scan all but these were some that stood out to me. I already have a ’73 Rico, but that one is autographed so not in my set binder. I’m happy to have another “ROOKIE” card—this one Steve Busby, author of two no-hitters. I am missing a bunch of these “ROOKIE” cards but have the biggies in Schmidt, Dewy, and Lopes.

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More 73 Topps, this time a collection of ex- and future Red Sox. Poor Romo, that is one serious airbrush hack job. Jim Lonborg would have a couple of solid years as a Phillie, but was never the same pitcher after the 1967 pennant.Gavin’s pile of ’73 Topps help me complete five pages, those I’ll save for another post this week.

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I love these 1973 Kellogg’s cards!!! The ’73 set was different in two distinct ways. It was the only year that lacks lenticular 3-D, and second, Kellogg’s offered collectors a way to get the entire set in a mail-away offer, instead of just through boxes of cereal. This makes the cards more common and much more affordable than previous years. For some reason, I have always liked this set. The colors are bold, it has a great checklist, and the picture and print quality far exceeded the Topps set. Heck with these twelve cards plus the Fisk I have that puts me at a quarter of the set. I might be pursuing another set!! Thanks a lot Gavin! Serious though, if you have some of these, hit me up please as this set is from my birth year so might as well go for it.

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Some well-loved Hostess Red Sox that I didn’t have. These are the types of cards I wonder where the hell they have traveled since some little kid cut them from a box of chocolate food cakes.

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Next up, some love for hopefully the 2016 American League MVP, Mookie Betts!! Didn’t have any of these in my collection!

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And lastly, some pretty cool (especially the Betts Hostess) custom cards by Gavin himself!! Nicely done there!!! Thank again Gavin for a great trade!!!