Friday, December 27, 2013

Topps Type Collection - Time To Pull The Trigger

A bit of Christmas green came my way, so I decided to pull the trigger and finish up my Topps Type Collection.  I know that may disappoint some of you who were wanting to send me something to help me complete it.  There will be other opportunities, my friends.

I visited Check Out My Cards and plunked down some of that cash.  Amazing what one can buy for less than the cost of a blaster.  You might be scratching your head on why I selected some of them.  Mark McGwire?  Sammy Sosa?  I remember having my son come to the television in the fall of 1998 to watch their at bats.  He was just four and I don't know if he recalls it, but it is something that I remember.  I realize now that they were flawed men, but at the time it was exciting.  I'm not here to debate them, or other players.  These are the cards I'm adding to my TTC because I think that it accurately reflected the times.

Don Bollweg?  I met Don back in 1989.  He was living in Carol Stream, IL, with his wife.  They were involved with some apartments and I was involved with doing some disaster recovery for a cleaning company.  I didn't fully realize who he was at the time.  But a very nice man.

1951 Topps Red Backs #10 - Mel Parnell - Courtesy of
1951 Topps Red Backs
Mel Parnell (card # 10)
cost: $2.85
1952 Topps #128 - Don Bollweg RC (Rookie Card) [Poor to Fair] - Courtesy of
1952 Topps
Don Bollweg (card # 128 )
cost: $4.25
1955 Topps #23 - Jack Parks RC (Rookie Card) [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of
1955 Topps
Jack Parks (card # 23)
cost: $0.91
1957 Topps #93 - Hal Jeffcoat [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of
1957 Topps
Hal Jeffcoat (card # 93)
cost: $0.79
1958 Topps #251 - Warren Hacker [Good to VG‑EX] - Courtesy of
1958 Topps
Warren Hacker (card # 251)
cost: $0.71
1960 Topps #392 - Tex Clevenger [Poor to Fair] - Courtesy of
1960 Topps
Tex Clevenger (card # 392)
cost: $0.45
1994 Topps #137 - Steve Avery - Courtesy of
1994 Topps
Steve Avery (card # 137)
cost: $0.39
1996 Topps #368 - Dennis Eckersley - Courtesy of
1996 Topps
Dennis Eckersley (card # 368)
cost: $0.41
1998 Topps #325 - Mark McGwire - Courtesy of
1998 Topps
Mark McGwire (card # 325)
cost: $0.46
2000 Topps #50 - Sammy Sosa - Courtesy of
2000 Topps
Sammy Sosa (card # 50)
cost: $0.75
Hopefully the cards will arrive next week and I'll be able to close out this little experiment. I ordered a few more cards to round out some of my other collecting interests.  I'll be showing them after they arrive.

Now, to find some pages that will hold the cards from the 1950s.  2-5/8" x 3-3/4" fit very snugly in standard pages.  I looked at the Ultra-Pro website and couldn't find exactly what I was looking for.  Any suggestions?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Happy Birthday Steve Garvey

My friend, Art Paul Schlosser, would like to wish Steve Garvey a very Happy Birthday.  So would I.

Why did I select this card of Steve to show?

Well, it is part of my Topps Type Collection.   I was sort of hoping to get a vertical card for that 1974 slot, but Steve is starting to grow on me.  Thanks, Garvey Cey Russell Lopes, for encouraging me to celebrate one of the most fun players to watch in for almost two decades.

More of the Topps Type Collection

I picked up a few more cards for my Topps Type Collection.  Over at listia I bid and won the Ron Kline.  The seller kicked in the Bobby Shantz in for free.  It set me back only 1,310 credits.

1953 Topps
Ron Kline (card # 175)

1956 Topps
Bobby Shantz (card # 261)

In a further effort to get the remaining cards I want I'm going to enter and plug a contest that Garvey Cey Russell Lopes is having to celebrate Steve Garvey's birthday.  Check it out and wish Steve a Happy Birthday.

Friday, December 13, 2013

Travel back in time

Travel back in time with me to 1998.  On a warm night in July the Modesto A's played host to the Lancaster JetHawks.  Thanks to Krier's Cards & Comics it was the Team Set Giveaway night.  The first 1,000 fans got a set.

On the team were future big leaguers such as: Jeff DaVanon, Nathan Haynes, Cody McKay, Adam Piatt, Carl Dale, Kevin Gregg, Tim Hudson, and Luis Vizcaino.

That was fifteen years ago.  Now you have to get them on ebay.  About $17 delivered.

I found the yearbook in the free bin at the McKay used bookstore in Chattanooga earlier this year.  I don't have, nor do I want, the cards.

Monday, December 9, 2013

1971 Topps Football Posters Inserts

The other day at Webb's Cards there was a box of oversized cards.  Sell sheets, completed pages, promo cards, posters.  All for a buck each.  These two caught my eye.

1971 Topps Posters Inserts
Joe Namath (# 4)
1971 Topps Posters Inserts
Merlin Olsen (# 25)
I guess I should pick up a few 1971 Topps Game cards so I can play.

1971 Topps Posters Inserts

Oh, and I added another two cards to the Topps Type Collection.  A 1953 that I won on listia and a 1968 that I found stuck in a page underneath a pile of stuff.  I really need to get organized.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Joy of a Completed Page - TTC edition

Here are the 1978 through 1986 cards from my Topps Type Collection.

For some reason Webb's Cards had a mess of Royals, A's, Brewers and a few other teams.  I guess I grabbed three Royals for these years.  I'd like to change that out at some point, but not right now.

Since I don't see much movement on this project right away, unless PatP and Night Owl really want to send me cards, I won't be posting the checklist on the blog, but have assigned a page for it.

I did find a Sports Lots seller that is getting rid of some 'poor' 1950s cards a what I think is a very fair price.

Friday, December 6, 2013

TTC Update - Friday edition

I did make it to Webb's Cards today.  Bill Webb, the owner, let me come behind the counter and pick the cards I wanted.  He wanted a quarter each.  He's been good to me, so I agreed.

Here's what a completed page looks like.  Love the '70s.

Here's the latest version of my Topps Type Collection checklist

1954160"Red" KressCleveland Indians
1958have Carl Erskine
1959485Ryan DurenNew York Yankees
1960have Earl Wilson
1961205Bill PierceChicago White Sox
1962114Howie KoplitzDetroit Tigers
196399Jim UmbrichtHouston Colt 45s
196495George AltmanNew York Mets
1965109Walt BondHouston Colt 45s
19675Whitey FordNew York Yankees
1969642John HillerDetroit Tigers
197014Hank AllenWashington Senators
197155Steve CarltonSt. Louis Cardinals
197226Andy EtchebarrenBaltimore Orioles
1973412Manny MotaLos Angeles Dodgers
1974575Steve GarveyLos Angeles Dodgers
1975407Herb WashingtonOakland A's
197613Johnny WockenfussDetroit Tigers
1977514Cliff JohnsonHouston Astros
197838Willie MontanezAtlanta Braves
197984Greg MintonSan Francisco Giants
1980280Gaylord PerrySan Diego Padres
198154Ivan DeJesusChicago Cubs
1982429John WathanKansas City Royals
1983565Bucky DentTexas Rangers
198452Paul SplittorffKansas City Royals
1985459Charlie LeibrandtKansas City Royals
1986662Bill SchroederMilwaukee Brewers
1987328Bob WelchLos Angeles Dodgers
1988300Don MattinglyNew York Yankees
1989560Rock RainesMontreal Expos
1990119Billy HatcherPittsburgh Pirates
199179Frank Thomas Chicago White Sox
1992275Todd ZeileSt. Louis Cardinals
1993240John OlerudToronto Blue Jays
1994have Orel Hershiser
199586Gerald WilliamsNew York Yankees
1996have Orel Hershiser
1997110Orel HershiserCleveland Indians
1998368Scott StahoviakMinnesota Twinsbadly creased
1999365Raul MondesiLos Angeles Dodgers
200169Manny AlexanderBoston Red Sox
200266Denny NeagleColorado Rockies
200378Jimmy AndersonSan Francisco Giants
2004306Donald LevinskiBaltimore Orioles
2005317Kevin WestMinnesota Twins
200642Reed JohnsonToronto Blue Jays
2007135Troy TulowitzkiColorado Rockies
2008252Dmitri YoungWashington Nationals
20096Ross DetwilerWashington Nationals
2010430Kazuo MatsuiHouston Astros
2011380Jose ReyesNew York Mets
2012279R.A. DickeyNew York Mets
2013306Jerry HirstonLos Angeles Dodgers

I've got a few bids on listia for some of the years that I need. We'll see how that works out.