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Friday, April 17, 2015

Set Complete - 1948 Bowman

Please allow me to let this sink in a little bit.  I have completed the 1948 Bowman set.  Wow.  I started this set in March 2010 when I picked up the Bob Feller RC, followed by Warren Spahn and Stan Musial.  Once I got those out of the way, I thought I would have a good chance to finish the set.  I didn't know it would take me 5 years.

So, there you go, I have completed the 1948 Bowman set with card #29, Joe Page.  This card is a short print, so that is why it took so long to get it.  I only paid $10.05 for it, which was much less than what I had shopped it for.

Page (b. 1917 - d. 1980) played in the majors from 1944 to 1950 and 1954 for the Yankees and Pirates.  He was a very effective reliever in his career, leading the league in games finished in 1947, 48 and 49.  He was an All Star three times and finished as high as third in the MVP voting (1949).  He was a member of the 1947 and 1949 Yankees world series winners.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pickup From The Dimwit - 2014 Triple Threads Kevin Gausman Relic-Auto

I completed a trade recently with Sam, the author of the blog, The Daily Dimwit.  I sent him a Colin Moran auto from 2014 Bowman Sterling and in return, he gave me this awesome 2014 Topps Triple Threads Kevin Gausman quadruple relic/auto.  The card is numbered 15/75 and looks amazing.

I sent Sam some additional cards, but I doubt that they measure up in comparison to this card.  I need to pick Sam up some more stuff to send his way.  Speaking of, I have a few other fellow bloggers that I need to hook up, since they have sent me care packages.  I'm getting to them and I appreciate everyone's patience.

Thanks for the trade, Sam!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Vintage Care Package From Bryce

I got a nice care package in the other day from my buddy, Bryce, from Instagram.  I have helped him with his collection a bit recently, and in return, he sent me a nice surprise.  I didn't expect a bunch of vintage to be inside the envelope he sent, but there ended up being a lot.

Most unexpectedly, there was a 1952 Topps Eddie Kazak included.  I don't own a whole lot of 1952 cards, but I do have some of them.  Most notably, I have the Bob Feller and Virgil Trucks from that set.  I also have two Yankee guys.  I have seen a sweet Yogi Berra floating around on Ebay that I have been eyeing, but I haven't been able to pull the trigger on it.  This Kazak card is really sharp, and pops really nice when scanned.
Speaking of cards that pop, this 1954 Topps Paul Minner card is a really nice one.  Included with two other '54s, I chose this one because of the red background; easily my favorite color among the 1954s.  I have quite a few '54s now, and if I could land a few of the key rookies, I would consider this set as one of the sets I would pursue when I complete 1959.
Not pictured were two really nice 1971s (Fingers and a World Series Highlights Brooks Robinson) and a "not quite vintage" 1986 Sportflics Reggie Jackson.  Those cards were nice, but I felt like this 1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC would look nice when scanned and put up on this blog.  I was right.  The yellow of the name ribbom and the red of the Braves header really make this card stand out.  It is very reminiscent of the 1967 Topps Hank Aaron that I have.  Subtly so, at least.  I think it is a really cool card, and I will include it with my Hall of Fame rookies.

Thank you so much for the care package, Bryce!  You have no idea how happy I was to open the package and to see all the vintage goodness inside!

Monday, April 13, 2015

One To Go - 1948 Bowman Pete Reiser

That's right, after this card arrived in the mail today, I only need one card to complete my 1948 Bowman set.  Spoiler alert - that one is on it's way as well.

The Reiser is a really sharp card that I got for $29.49.  That was quite a bit over what I had projected for it, but this card was in far better condition, so I went for it.

Reiser (b. 1919 - d. 1981) played in the majors from 1940 - 1942; 1946 - 1952 for the Dodgers, Braves, Pirates and Indians.  He missed the 1943 to 1945 seasons due to World War II, which seems like it was bad for him, as he was off to a hot start in his career, and didn't really capture any of that magic when he returned.

He finished as high as 2nd in the MVP voting (in 1941) and was an All Star three times.  He finished his career with 786 hits, 58 home runs and a .295 batting average.

The last card I need is Joe Page, and it is on it's way.  I am beyond excited.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

A Disappointing Instagram Trade - Damaged Sonny Gray

I completed a trade on Instagram recently that I was really happy about.  I had this nice Sonny Gray Team USA relic coming in exchange for a Cole Tucker 2014 Bowman Sterling refractor auto.  He clearly won the deal, but I was trying to be nice since we chat quite a bit and he told me how Tucker was his idol and the card would mean a lot to him.

It was really unfortunate that he chose to send the card in a PWE.  The top loader that the card was in was broken and there was a snap case that had some Orioles cards from a mutual friend that was also destroyed.

I am not mentioning his name, because I really don't want to call him out.  I told him the card was damaged, and he offered to send me the Tucker back, but that's not the point.  I wanted the Gray, and it's here, but damaged.  This was only our second trade, even though we talk a lot.  I doubt we will be doing any more trades for a while.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Care Package From Freesecollector614

I got a really nice care package in the mail last week from a guy on Instagram that I have never traded with, but he has interacted on my posts for a long time.  He put a nice note in the package that said that he appreciated everything that I have done in the card community and wanted this Chris Tillman card to fit into my collection.

Boy, does it ever?  It is a 2014 Topps Mini black parallel numbered 5/5.  I didn't have any of these, yet and with it being a /5 parallel, I imagine it would have been really touch to find, had I been searching for it.

I really appreciated him thinking of me, and also the nice note.  I don't do what I do for any kind of attention, but it is kind of nice to be recognized from time to time.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Instagram Trade With Sam - Team USA Relics

I completed a trade with my buddy, Sam, recently that landed me a couple relics of some Team USA players.  I got these because he didn't want much for them, and I thought it would be cool to put them up and see if these guys made the majors some day.

Josh Elander was drafted by the Braves in the 6th round of the June 2012 draft and spent last season at High A Lynchburg.  His numbers are pedestrian, but is still young enough (24) to maybe still have a chance at the majors one day.
JJ Schwarz is a freshman for the University of Florida and actually had a 4 homer night last Tuesday night, which was pretty cool.  He's someone that I will have to remember when his time to be drafted comes around.  It looks like he is around 18-19 years old and is a catcher for Florida.  Definitely someone for me to keep an eye on.

I don't so a lot of prospecting, but I thought it might be cool to take these off of Sam's hands and see what happens.  If anything, they're cool cards.

Thanks for the deal, Sam!