Thursday, November 20, 2014

Awesome Mail Day From Michael S.

I got a sweet mailday today from my friend, Michael S. off of Instagram.  He and I worked out a deal for a Jeff Bagwell jumbo relic that I had finally gotten in from a kid who almost got away with not sending cards to me.  Luckily, I got the relic and in turn flipped it to Michael in exchange for a card that is shown lower on this post.

That's right, Michael included this Brooks Robinson 2005 Fleer cut auto (at least I think it's a cut auto) that is numbered 21/25 to me for free.  He made a point to tell me that it was very difficult to part with the Brooks because it was a gift to him from his father, and being the family man that Michael is, he really values anything that has that kind of connection to him.

Michael told me that he sent me the card because of all of the things I have done for him and others in the trading community.  While I don't feel like I'm all that special (one of my favorite quotes from another friend of mine is "You ain't special"), the gesture is most appreciated.
As if the Brooks wasn't enough of a gift, Michael shifted his generosity into overdrive and sent several other Orioles autographs, including the above Frank Robinson auto.  I feel like this Frank is a TTM or IP auto, but it is legit.  These Topps Stars cards look really nice signed in blue Sharpie.
Here is the actual card I traded for.  This is a 1963 Topps Gaylord Perry "Rookie Card."  I use quotes around Rookie Card because his true RC is 1962 Topps, even though this one lists him among Rookie Stars.  The card is still really cool and I was glad to be able to pry it away from Michael.
Back to the Orioles autos, Michael sent this nice Merv Rettenmund auto.  Rettenmund has a really nice signature.
Here is another Orioles legend, and former manager, Davey Johnson.  He's someone whose auto I have been wanting on a ball for a while, since he was a former O's manager, but for now, I will settle for this card.
Finally, I got this Boog Powell auto.  I have met Powell twice now and he is such a nice guy.  I wish he could have had a longer career so there would be more Hall of Fame talk for him, but sadly, he just doesn't have the numbers to back up his candidacy.

Thank you so much for the deal, Michael!  The autos and extra Orioles cards really were a surprise.  I appreciate the gift and the kind words!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Ebay Pickup - 1959 Topps Ernie Banks All Star

Continuing a string of 1959 Topps cards that I have picked up recently, I am showing this 1959 Topps Ernie Banks all star card that I got off of Ebay for $11.00.  The card has a little bit of scratching on it, but thankfully, it isn't too noticeable.  Also, the corners are a little soft.  I got a sweet deal on it, and I now need 90 cards to complete my set!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Instagram Trade With Noah - 1959 Topps Warren Spahn

I completed a trade recently on Instagram and Skype with a guy from Michigan named Noah.  I sent him a few Tigers relics (of note, one was a Torii Hunter Golden Moments relic numbered 1/99) and a Nick Castellanos Finest auto.  In return, Noah knocked this Warren Spahn off of my 1959 Topps set.

This is the "1921" version of the card.  There is an error version that has Spahn's birth year as 1931.  Another version has 1931, but the 3 is obscured (thanks Rob).  This version of the card is in pretty good shape, with a little bit of damage on the right site.  Not quite a crease, more of an indentation. It fits right into my set, though.

Noah also hooked me up with the Orioles Wild Card win card from 2013 Topps; an emerald parallel version for my set.  I can't believe I didn't have that one yet!

Thanks for the trade, Noah!  I'm glad we have this one complete, now we can work on more deals!  Check out Noah's blog here and also his YouTube  +NoahJohns _INC.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ebay Pickup - 1959 Topps Roy Campanella

I knocked out a really cool card for my 1959 set today when I got this Roy Campanella card in the mail.  Campanella was paralyzed in a car accident on January 28, 1958,thus ending his playing career.

I had forgotten this card was part of the 1959 set until I saw this listed among a few other '59s in some suggestions from Ebay (thanks Ebay!).  I'm glad I picked it up, and I got it for a good deal.  I will now need 92 cards to finish the 1959 set and I have a few others on the way.  I've got to keep pushing on this one, so I can get it finished soon!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

So, What is a High Number?

I have been asked numerous times  about what it means when someone refers to a "high number" when building vintage sets.

High numbers refer to those cards from vintage sets that were issued by Topps prior to 1974 that are toward the end of the set.  When Topps used to issue card sets, they would issue them in several different series throughout the season.  By the time the later series would come out, they would be issued toward the end of the year when other teams had been eliminated and only a select few were still in contention.  This would cause kids' interest in collecting the cards to wane and not as many packs of cards would be sold.  Not wanting to be stuck with all of the unsold inventory, Topps would gather up the unsold boxes and packs of cards and they would destroy them.

Many folks are familiar with the fact that Topps dumped a bunch of 1952 Topps cards in the Hudson River.  This is one of the many reasons why the 1952 Mantle is so expensive.  It can be chalked up to simple supply and demand.  The card is really sought after and due to the limited supply, the value of the card has gone through the roof.

This high number issue affects all set builders who enjoy vintage sets.  The problem stops following the 1973 Topps set because, in 1974, Topps only issued the cards in two series, and some times, one series (like 1988 or 1989 Topps).

Hopefully, this helps explain, somewhat, about the high numbers.  You can tell which cards are the high numbers in a set by checking a beckett checklist, or checking online on

****By the way, today marks the 6th anniversary of my blog. if you want a fun read, travel back in time by clicking this link and read my first entry.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Instagram Trade With Scott - Major Set Needs

I completed a trade with my new friend, Scott F., when I sent him a nice Madison Bumgarner auto from Tristar Prospects Plus in exchange for 31 Topps Chrome cards I needed for my set and also 5 2013 Topps emerald parallels for that set.

The 2014 Chromes made a huge dent in what I needed in order to complete my set.  I'd like to get that one complete pretty soon as well.
Completing the 2013 emerald set is another matter in itself.  This one has slowed down quite a bit.  I need to find some dealers at shows who have these available, but I haven't been all that aggressive in looking.  I'll get it done sometime, though.  When I do, I fully intend on putting these in an album, as opposed to how I normally store my sets, in long boxes.

Scott also sent some nice parallels and a couple autos, one of which will be sent to a friend of mine soon.  The other cards he sent, I'll put them aside and show them in a later post.

Thanks for the trade, Scott!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Instagram Trade With Caleb - 2009 Upper Deck X Nick Markakis Auto

I completed a trade with a new trade partner from Instagram recently when I picked up this 2009 Upper Deck X Nick Markakis auto in exchange for a Chris Johnson orange die cut card and a few other cards.  The person I traded with was a kid named Caleb who goes by the Instagram name  @cardman102_youtube and also is on Youtube as +CardMan102 .  Caleb is from NC, just like me, and his package got here really fast.

Upper Deck X wasn't one of the best sets around, but wasn't nearly as bad as Upper Deck Biography or Topps Moments and Milestones.  I don't have a whole lot of Markakis autos, so this one definitely fits well into my PC.  I'm hoping Nick signs with the O's soon, and I think he will.  I can't imagine him in another uniform.

Thanks for the cards and the deal, Caleb!  Everyone, go and check out Caleb's Youtube channel and his Instagram account.