I've been using the increased amount of free time that results from no work commuting and no social events to undertake a massive organization and sorting of my collection. So, while I've been spending more time with my collection than ever recently, I haven't been dedicating as much to blogging.
It's been a couple of days though, so how about a quick five-pack of '59 Topps cards for my set, courtesy of COMC...
The first one is probably the most impressive of today's grouping. It may not be a Mickey Mantle or a Hank Aaron, but it's not every day that I add a new HOFer to this set build. There are close to 70 cards in the checklist that feature players enshrined in Cooperstown I believe, but it's a marathon not a race with this project. For less than $2, I snatched this one up quickly.
Grabbed this Bill Tuttle back in August of 2018 for 63 cents. Gone are the days when I can find needs in this shape for that price. I've probably said this many times by now, but that Athletics elephant logo is simply fantastic.
By comparison, this Don Bessent cost me 57 cents, and is beat to hell. It actually looks better in the scan than it does in hand if I'm being honest. That lower left corner has taken some real abuse. For this project though I'm not overly concerned with condition, and will welcome any and all needs into my set binder.
The last two cards are significant because they're from the tough high-number series. In fact, The Sporting News All-Star subset makes up the tail end of the checklist. You never see these available very cheaply, at least I never do. That's why I was more than happy to shell out $1.15 for this Gus Triandos, even though it's wrinkled, scratched and even missing some cardboard along the top.
The backs of the All-Star cards are simply fantastic. Aside from being rare, you can see why these would be desirable based on design alone. Also of note, at #568 this is the highest number card in my set build so far. In fact, I had to add a new page to the binder just for this one.
Final card doubles as an awesome addition to my Red Sox collection as well. This Frank Malzone was a steal at $1.75, back in 2016. Yep, it takes me that long to get around to featuring cards here sometimes. Hey, with the pandemic going on I'm actually grateful to have such a backlog of great cardboard to feature here.
So, there's another nice batch of five cards in this years-long quest. This group brings me past the 350-card threshold as far as this set goes. That's better than 60%, definitely getting there!
Thanks as always for stopping by, and enjoy your weekend...
60% of a pre-'60 set is pretty amazing! The Roberts and Malzone in particular are great, I love the back of the Malzone in particular.
I used to love finding nice vintage singles on COMC for bargain prices. It's gotten much harder now, but I do have a few sitting in my inventory. Hopefully I'll be able to bring 'em home soon and see if they're as clean as I thought when I purchased them.
Robin Roberts is a joy to collect because his cards are oddly cheap. He's kind of become a forgotten HOFer, if such a thing is possible.
Nice cards, especially the All-Star backs. I think that's Jack Davis' artwork, though it's a little hard to tell since it's a straightforward portrait rather than a caracature.
The SN AS subset is a great looking design from front to back. It's a shame they're rare... because I'd love to add one to my collection one day.
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