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!!!

A Display of Power

While trying to add to my growing 1959 Topps set, I came across one auction that led me to look at the sellers other items. Low and behold, he had six 1959 Topps star cards I was going to need! I pretty much pounced at the last second of each of these auctions. Sure the condition isn’t top notch, but it’s right in my wheelhouse to complete a set like this. We have four HoFers, plus Maris second year, and a high number All-Star card.

The colors on each of these pop—especially on the Say Hey kid’s card. All had clean backs and speaking of backs—check out these stats …

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These two were absolute monsters as they began carving out Hall of Fame careers in the mid and late 1950’s. Entering the 1959 season, Aaron and Mays had already won MVP Awards, nine All-Star selections, and three Gold Gloves! Moving to the opposite coast Mays enjoyed one of his better seasons as a Giant, the first as San Francisco.

I’m making some great headway in this set, but do have some higher priced cards to track down. Among those, Sandy Koufax (#163),  Bob Gibson rookie (#514), and Mickey Mantle (#564) All-Star card.

Anyone that has even one or two 1959 Topps cards, hit me up. I have many commons and stars from 1954 through the present. I would love to help other collectors cross off some needs on their own sets. Of my 100 dupes from my partial set lot, 63 are headed to Shane at Shoebox Legends as I help him with his own 1959 Topps Set. Thank you for reading.