Thursday, November 14, 2019

Cardboard Keepers! Teddy Ballgame

Time for the next installment of "Cardboard Keepers", a thought experiment where I theoretically whittle my entire collection down to just 2,000 cards; 1,000 baseball keepers and 1,000 other keepers.

Tonight I've got just a single card to add to the baseball collection.  It was one of the first really big vintage baseball cards I landed after returning to collecting as an adult, and also an early example in practice of the philosophy I'm continuing to use in my collecting these days.  Behold! 

Pretty sweet, huh?  Aside from being my first vintage Topps Ted Williams card proper, I appreciate this card due to the sheer amount of work that went into acquiring it.  You see, this card was largely funded by the proceeds from the first and only "card draft" I've ever held in the history of this blog.

Back in 2012, I organized a draft of cards I was ready to part with.  I ended up with 7 participants, at $22 bucks a head, with each participant getting 22 cards in the end.  I think the project was a success, and I got positive feedback from most if not all of the participants.  It was a good deal of work, but in the end I mailed out around 150 cards that weren't a strict fit for my collection at the time, and made around $150, which funded the majority of this beautiful Ted Williams card.

Even as far back as 2012, I was in the "condense and collect fewer but more significant cards" mindset.  Well, some of the time anyway...

Nice, clean back on this copy.

I haven't inducted any Red Sox cards into the Cardboard Keepers collection since the very first post, so I'm pleased to get some more Boston representation in the project.  As far as Red Sox cards, it doesn't get much better than vintage Ted!

That's 15 cards down in the baseball Cardboard Keepers collection altogether now, 985 to go.  You can see the virtual album here if you're interested.

I'll be back with more keepers soon, in the meantime thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, November 10, 2019

Many Mannys & Some Stamps

A while back, before I got backlogged due to a busy work schedule and a couple of fun vacations, I received a nice bubble mailer of cards from John at Johnny's Trading Spot that I'm overdue in showcasing here.  Time for this great package to finally see the light of day here on the blog...

As the title of the post indicates, I got a nice injection of Manny Ramirez cards for my Boston Red Sox collection with this delivery.  Manny running...

...Manny posing...

...with a bat...

...looking at himself...

...and back to base-running.

It was really cool to take a tour through the early to mid-2000s with all these different Manny cards.



Every card in this post was new to me.


I'd say this one from Fleer Ultra is probably my favorite.  Love the shot of Ramirez admiring a blast.

Ditto!

There's no way that's Manny's signature, is it?  Interesting to say the least.  This injection of new ManRam cards brings my total up to 87 cards and counting of the slugger, though I have many more I just haven't added to my collection on The Trading Card Database yet.

Manny wasn't the only Ramirez that was found in the bubble mailer though, as I received a handful of Hanley cards as well.




Getting really close to completing a 2017 Donruss team set at this stage.

How about a couple of non-Ramirez Red Sox cards?  From the 2005 Upper Deck Flyball set second baseman Mark Bellhorn (mid-air!)...

...and reliever Keith Foulke.  I think these may have been inserts in the 2005 Upper Deck flagship set, but I'm not 100% sure.

We'll close out the standard Red Sox cards from this package with an SP Legendary Cuts Tom Yawkey.

There was one pretty cool oddball item tossed in the package alongside all these great Sox...

I'd never seen this set of postage stamps before.  Released in 1992, these are actually valid postage in St. Vincent and the Grenadines apparently.  Pretty cool!

There are a dozen stamps in the set, and these are the same size as a standard modern trading card.

The backs feature full career stats for all the subjects.  I won't provide commentary on them all, but here are the other eleven stamps from the set:











Some of the biggest names in baseball history in this cool little set.  What an awesome throw-in to accompany all those Boston cards.

Thanks for the awesome cards John!!!  Now I'm off to scan all the great cards in the package John sent me after this one.  I'll be back with those soon, in the meantime thanks as always for stopping by!

Friday, November 8, 2019

Columbus Day Card Show Blaster

Back on Columbus Day I managed to quickly hit a card show, the first time I've been fortunate enough to do so in years.  I showed off the first $20 worth of my haul a couple of weeks back, let's tackle another $20 worth tonight...

I spent about 20 minutes looking through one dealer's chest of vintage 5-for-$20 cards, before realizing that I could only find one or two cards that I was crazy about.  Instead, I saw that he had some vintage football available at $2 a pop.

I started a small project this year of acquiring one new football card to represent each of the New England Patriots' sixteen games this season.  It's been all vintage so far as that project goes, and one of the sets that I discovered through the project and really like the look of is 1955 Bowman.

I'm a fan of the simplistic design, allowing the player and the great old-school logos to be the focus of the card.  I mean, just look at this helmet!  Pure gold.

I picked up five of these in all, and this one was probably the best of the group.  I didn't realize when I purchased it that Gene Brito was the NFL Player of the Year in 1955!  Sadly, ALS claimed his life at just 39 years of age in 1965.

I still wouldn't call myself a football card collector by any means, but this is a fun little set to accumulate at just 160 cards deep.  I certainly have no regrets about laying claim to these five for an even $10 of my card show funds.

For the other half of tonight's "blaster" though, we'll return to more familiar territory for me with vintage baseball...

From the 1960 Topps set, I've long wanted a copy of this "The Champs Celebrate" card.  This has to be one of the absolute best photographs on any baseball card from the '60s, right?  I've seen quite a few cards that feature a Gatorade bath, but comparatively fewer that feature beer bottles.  $3 well spent here, even though I'm not actively collecting the 1960 set.

Also, in the days before the internet and baseball-reference.com, this back is just fantastic!

The final seven cards here came from the dollar boxes put out by the same dealer as the last card, also the same dealer who supplied all twenty dollar box cards from my post a couple of weeks back.  For starters, I couldn't leave this Claude Raymond behind because I appreciate any reference to the Colt .45s.

Grabbed a trio from the 1961 Topps set in Bullet Bob Turley...

...Bill Stafford, who I picked up solely because, as with a handful of other vintage Topps cards, he appears to be featured in cartoon format...

...and my favorite photo of the three, Vern Law!  Love those stirrups!

Here's another 1960, just because I'm helpless when it comes to the combo cards of the '50s and '60s flagship releases.  Surprised I didn't have this one already, but happy to fill the gap for a buck.

We'll close it out with a pair from my favorite decade to collect these past couple of years, the 1950s.  I have precious few '58s compared to the hundreds of '59s in my collection, so I'm happy to have had a chance to snag Bob Schmidt...

...and Rocky Bridges, with his patented cheek full o' chaw.

So, there you have it, another Andrew Jackson spent at the card show!

Thanks as always for stopping by!
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