February 25, 2018

1948-1949 Leaf Baseball Needs List

The 1948-1949 Leaf set is one of my all-time favorites and it offers some of the most beautifully simplistic cards ever made. The set checklist includes the fun problem of skip numbering and so although the set is numbered to #168 there are really only 98 cards in the set (plus some variations). It must had driven collectors of the day absolutely crazy looking for card #2 in the set!

The set also features some of the most valuable cards ever made which makes building a truly complete set probably impossible. So for many of these I will be looking for reprint placeholders, particularly the Satchel Paige, Jackie Robinson, and Babe Ruth cards.

The set also features one of Andy Pafko's earliest cards. It is also one of my personal favorites from his baseball card biography.

Last updated: 2-24-18

1948-1949 Leaf Baseball Reprints Needs List

1 Joe DiMaggio
3 Babe Ruth
4 Stan Musial
8 Satchel Paige RC SP
32 Warren Spahn
38 Ted Kluszewski RC
70 Honus Wagner
91 Ralph Kiner
93 Bob Feller SP
138 Larry Doby RC SP

1948-1949 Leaf Baseball Needs List

1 Joe DiMaggio
3 Babe Ruth
4 Stan Musial
5 Virgil Trucks RC SP
8 Satchel Paige RC SP
10 Dizzy Trout
11 Phil Rizzuto
13 Cass Michaels RC SP
14 Billy Johnson
17 Frank Overmire RC
19 Johnny Wyrostek SP
20 Hank Sauer SP
22 Al Evans RC
26 Sam Chapman
27 Mickey Harris RC
28 Jim Hearn RC
29 Elmer Valo RC
30 Billy Goodman RC SP
31 Lou Brissie RC
32 Warren Spahn
33 Peanuts Lowrey RC SP
36 Al Zarilla SP
38 Ted Kluszewski RC
39 Ewell Blackwell
42 Kent Peterson RC - Blue Cap
42 Kent Peterson RC - Red Cap
43 Ed Stevens RC SP
45 Ken Keltner RC SP
46 Johnny Mize
47 George Vico RC
48 Johnny Schmidtz RC SP
49 Del Ennis RC
50 Dick Wakefield RC
51 Alvin Dark RC SP
53 Johnny Vander Meer
54 Bobby Adams RC SP
55 Tommy Henrich SP
56 Larry Jansen
57 Bob McCall RC
59 Luke Appling
61 Jake Early RC
62 Eddie Joost SP
63 Barney McCosky SP
65 Robert Elliott
66 Orval Grove RC SP
68 Eddie Miller SP
70 Honus Wagner
72 Hank Edwards RC
73 Pat Seerey RC
75 Dom DiMaggio SP
76 Ted Williams
77 Roy Smalley RC
78 Hoot Evers RC SP
79 Jackie Robinson RC
81 Whitney Kurowski RC SP
82 Johnny Lindell
83 Bobby Doerr
84 Sid Hudson
85 Dave Philley RC SP
86 Ralph Weigel RC
88 Frank Gustine RC SP
91 Ralph Kiner
93 Bob Feller SP
95 George Stirnweiss
97 Marty Marion
98 Hal Newhouser RC SP
102 Gene Hermanski RC - Hermansk
102 Gene Hermanski RC - Hermanski
104 Bud Stewart RC SP
106 Lou Boudreau MG RC
108 Matt Batts RC SP
111 Jerry Priddy RC
113 Dutch Leonard SP
117 Joe Gordon RC
120 George Kell RC SP
121 Johnny Pesky RC SP
123 Cliff Fannin RC SP
125 Andy Pafko RC
127 Enos Slaughter SP
128 Buddy Rosar
129 Kirby Higbe SP
131 Sid Gordon SP
133 Tommy Holmes RC SP
136 Cliff Aberson RC - Full Sleeve
136 Cliff Aberson RC - Short Sleeve
137 Harry Walker RC SP
138 Larry Doby RC SP
139 Johnny Hopp RC
142 Danny Murtaugh RC SP
143 Dick Sisler RC SP
144 Bob Dillinger RC SP
146 Pete Reiser SP
149 Hank Majeski RC SP
153 Floyd Baker RC SP
158 Harry Brecheen RC SP
159 Mizel Platt RC
160 Bob Scheffing RC SP
161 Vern Stephens RC SP
163 Fred Hutchinson RC SP
165 Dale Mitchell RC SP
168 Phil Cavaretta RC SP

January 23, 2018

1934 W. D. & H. O. Wills Animalloys Needs List

Check out my longer post on the set as my discovering it was my 2017 collecting highlight.

Last updated: 1-23-18

1934 W. D. & H. O. Wills Animalloys Needs List


1.   ALL
2.     IGA
3.         TOR


4.   ANT
5.      ELO
6.         PE


7.   ARM
8.      ADI
9         LLO


10   BUF
11      FA
12        LO


13   HIPP
14       OPOTA
15            MUS


16   IG
17     UA
18       NA


19   LE
20     OPA
21        RD


22   OP
23     OSSU
24         M


25   PLAT
26       YPU
27          S


28   PORC
29       UPI
30          NE


31   RAC
32      COO
33         N


34   RHIN
35       OCE
36          ROS


37   TORT
38       OI
39         SE


40   WAP
41      IT
42        I


43   WE
44     ASE
45        L


46   WOLV
47       ERI
48          NE

December 31, 2017

Collecting Highlight of 2017: Discovering Animalloys

Another year has come and gone and I feel more and more out of touch with modern card sets. I won't remember 2017 as the year I frantically tried to find Aaron Judge rookie cards. Instead, it will be remembered by my discovery of a set that is more than 80 years old and one that I've become slightly obsessed about.

The set in question is the 1934 Wills Tobacco Animalloys set. These cards were produced by the W. D. & H. O. Wills Tobacco Company which was a part of the larger Imperial Tobacco (which is still around today). 

The set is made up of 48 cards and, as you can see from the example below, each card is a piece of a larger image and there are 16 three-card images that feature some of the most unique animals from around the world. 

Here is card #40 featuring what looks like an elk with "WAP" above it. 

The card backs don't provide any information about the animal featured but it is interesting to see that the card creators highlight that collectors can mix and match the cards to create their own "strange creatures." 

I randomly came across this set searching the COMC.com non-sports listings and most of the cards don't command prices that are too outrageous.  The set has a lot of great art and so I decided to start scooping them up and I've added 13 of the 48 cards so far this year (needs list to follow someday). 

I think that is pretty good progress on an 83-year-old set but so far I've only completed one of the three-card animal images. And here it is! 

The Wapiti! 

What is a wapiti, you ask? Well, it is the Shawnee and Cree word for an elk. It means "white rump" and take a look at the card and there is that white rump on full display. In England, the animal they call an "elk" is what North Americans call a "moose" and so to avoid any confusion they went with the native term. 

Completing this was probably my biggest collecting achievement of 2017 (or maybe it was this) which sort of puts into perspective how my collecting habits have changed over time. I'm definitely getting a lot more enjoyment from vintage and non-sports cards than rolling the dice on new products. 

December 25, 2017

Merry Steve Christmas Everyone!

In what is turning into a yearly tradition, here is a repost of the greatest Christmas-related baseball card ever made: 

Here's my original post which was published 12/25/16:

For my first post of a sports card since the beginning of November, we have a card I bought this summer for the express purpose of posting day. It is of Cincinnati Reds prospect Steve Christmas who is featured as a member of the Waterbury Reds. Waterbury was the team's AA team and a part of the Eastern League which includes minor league team in Bristol, Connecticut and Reading, Pennsylvania. 

Christmas would make it to the majors in 1983 and he would play parts of three seasons with the Reds, White Sox, and Cubs. He would play a total of  24 games at catcher and first base with one home run and seven RBI.

This card comes from the king of minor league card sets,TCMA, and this is from their 1981 minor league set. I like that you can request a checklist on the back of the cards. I'm always tempted to write in to see what happens or maybe who owns P.O. Box #2 in Amawalk, New York.

Merry Steve Christmas Everyone! 

December 24, 2017

Anything Is Possible

The absolutely best and worst fortune a card collector can receive.  

My wife pulled that one so I dodged a bullet there as my collection needs some reorganizing (and trimming) but still each weekend I wish I could find a good card show in central Illinois that had something like the photo below waiting for me. 

That's from a show druing my time in Georgia and those shows were always a lot of fun.

2017 has been an interesting for me professionally as I became a full-time sports reporter for my local newspaper, the Decatur Herald and Review. I had been working part-time there for a year doing their sports stats and also writing top 10 lists for the Cardboard Connection.

It's not an understatement to say I wouldn't have been able to become a professional reporter without this little trading card blog I started writing in September of 2008. We passed 1,000,000 readers this year which is hard to fathom and, as my longtime trading partner Reader Mike D. reminds me, I promised a 1,000,000 reader contest that I never delivered on. I will rectify that shortly, I promise.

Writing had always been a fun thing for me to do in my spare time but continuing to stick with the blog through the years helped me become a better writer. I definitely put in my 10,000 hours as they say and so my advice to people hoping to make something more from posting scans of your favorite cards, stick with it, practice, and remember...

October 23, 2017

Adding Another Burleigh Grimes 1933 Goudey To The PC

I recently added my third 1933 Goudey Burleigh Grimes card to my PC and this one comes to me from eBay, $10 delivered. It has clearly seen better days but that's really the only way I'm able to add a card from a Hall of Famer from the most popular set of the 1930's for a ten spot. 

For the uninitiated, Grimes pitched for 19 seasons from 1916-1934 and he would be elected to the Hall of Fame in 1964 by the Veteran's Committee. He was the last pitcher allowed to throw a spitball after he was grandfathered to use it after the pitch was banned in 1920.

With there being so many 1933 Goudey cards that were essentially reprinted in the 1934 set, it is a shame that Grimes wasn't included in Goudey's second most famous set.