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. 

October 22, 2017

It Was Sort Of Like Bidding Against Yourself


As I have a large majority of Andy Pafko's cards from his playing days, I spend my eBay time looking for those rare items that are effectively one-of-ones. These might be homemade cards or Pafko signed pieces. Pafko was a very generous signer and I'm in no danger of running out of signed items to add to my collection.

A while ago I came across this turquoise ticket signed by Pafko listed on eBay. Back in 1989 it looks like Handy Andy was the "special autograph guest" at a card show in Madison and someone had him sign their ticket.

I ended up losing the auction after a few bids and I figured  it was another piece lost to the internet forever. That was until my parents came down for a visit here in Illinois a few weeks later.

My Dad collected baseball cards as a kid and he sometimes pick up cards for me at yard sales or junk shops and he is well aware of my Pafko collecting bug. He presented me with the ticket and I couldn't quite believe it that he was he was the person outbidding me during the original auction listing.

I imagine this sort of thing has happened to a few of you out there where you know the person bidding against you. I bet it happens a lot with player collectors among the most popular players.  Thankfully there aren't too may Pafko collectors out there so there isn't too much back and forth bidding on items.