October 29, 2011

My 1971 Topps Collection Takes A Giant Step Forward

While at the National [it's hard to believe that was actually three months ago already] I hit the "90% Off Beckett" bins hard and took a lot of the big cards of my 1971 Topps Needs List from the "needem" to the "gottem" category.  I'm now at 87.5% complete!

#580 Tony Perez
I was hoping to see a shot of Bob sitting in the stands during Game 7 last night but I never saw him. 

#450 Bob Gibson
#640 Frank Robinson
I was most excited to find this card at a really great deal and as you can tell from the scan it is in by far the best condition of all the '71 Topps cards I bought at the National.

#550 Harmon Killebrew
In terms of scarcity, this seemed to be the hardest card to find of this group.  As this was a Hall of Fame manager and also a short print it was also the card I spent the most on: $6.00.

#688 Sparky Anderson
With the addition of this card I now have cards 1-399 with card #400 being Hank Aaron.

#341 Steve Garvey

And here are a few non-star players that I picked up including two high-numbered short-prints.

#556 Jim McGlothlin
#710 Sonny Siebert
#639 Tom Haller

October 28, 2011

Four More Pafkos

More and more my blog is becoming just a Personal Collection update more than the baseball card diary I've written for over three years. With that in mind here are some new additions to my Andy Pafko collection.  The first three cards I received in trades, the forth from eBay, and the fifth...well, the fifth has become one of my favorite Andy Pafko cards in my collection and is the perfect place holder until I actually get my hands on a 1952 Topps #1.

This Andy Pafko from the 1989 Swell set came to me from Baseball Dad of All Tribe Baseball...Although this seems like a so-so card I've only seen it on eBay a couple of times and was ecstatic when BD let me know he had a copy.

1989 Swell #74 Andy Pafko

Here's the reverse with "Boyceville, WI" listed prominently.

I received these next two from reader and writer for A Pack To Be Named Later, jacobmrley.  Pafko's 1952 Topps card is one of the most re-printed out there and I've got a long way to go to get all the different variations.

Left: 2001 Topps Archives #11 [1952 Topps #1 Andy Pafko Reprint]
Right: 2001 Topps Reprints #52R-4
Next, we have a Pafko stamp that is about half the size of a normal card.  It is from the 1955 Gold Stamp set and has no printing on the reverse side.  This was $2.00 on eBay.  

And last but not least we have my first Andy Pafko sketch card from non-other than the Cardboard Junkie.  You may have seen this card highlighted on his blog HERE, and he guessed correctly, I was holding this card back for this post.  I love this card and it's almost as good as the other Andy Pafko gift he's ever sent me.  Thanks Dayf!

October 14, 2011

My Little Cheesehead

I haven't posted in about a month and I wish I had a good reason as to why...but I'm back and I do have two great reason why.  First, let's start with this:

I'm calling her  "My Little Cheesehead" and you get only one guess as to who sent it to me.

It wasn't just a drawing in the package though...along with My Little Cheesehead he also sent a current cheesehead:

2009 SAGE HIT #A69 B.J. Raji Autograph
This brings me to three B.J. autographs and all of them are in this Boston College jersey.

Thanks dayf for inspiring me to get back on the "blogging horse" so to speak.