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I’m a set collector, and a new baseball one at that. But even I had heard of Frank Thomas. Apparently whomever I bought my last yard sale box from was a big Frank Thomas fan. Throughout the box there seemed to be more Frank Thoma cards than anything else. If it appeared that their was only one card from a set, chances are it would be his.

Two of my favorites are this Post cereal one

and this Cracker Jack Mini version..

There was a huge trunk of Baseball cards which was filed with boxesof cards and binders and I’d keep finding pages of Big Love for The Big Hurt…

Thomas did play a season and a bit in Toronto, so I may have seen him play live (although by that time his career was pretty much on life support).

I guess if you had to collect someone than you could do worse than a 500 HR club member.

One of the main reasons I got this blog started (along with the fun of writing about sports cards and the occasional showing off of something neat) was the ability to interact with fellow collectors.

The thought of  trading with other people via the mail was the most intriguing part of it. I mean seriously, who doesn’t like to get real mail with something cool in it?

So today I am happy to make two announcements.

1) I completed my first trade. (of which I hope to have a lot more)

2) I set a new record for oldest cards in my baseball collection.

My baseball collection is not nearly as extensive as my hockey collection so the amount of stuff I have to trade is not as deep. The one thing I do have as a benefit is OPC versions of the cards of the late 70’s and early 80’s, so this is what I can trade with.

Thanks to Robert at http://30aweekhabit.blogspot.ca/ for making my first trade so simple and fun.

To see what I sent Robert go here ->  http://30aweekhabit.blogspot.ca/2012/07/late-70s-were-lean-years-in-blue-jay.html

Here is what I got back (which to mean seems like a great deal)

I have no idea who any of these guys are..but that’s what I love. I can now do some research and find out.

Nice simple design, full stats on the back.

Love the sunglasses on Darrell.

Overall I got about a dozen cards for about the same going to Robert. It’s like we were back on the schoolyard making the trade.

I’ve got a long way to go on my collection of Topps Base sets, but every journey starts somewhere.

Thanks Robert for making my first trade so easy and for the great cards.

 

 

I’ve been reading a lot of great sports card collecting blogs over the past few weeks as I dive headfirst into the online collecting community. Lots of people are going for the new stuff, although I don’t really get the appeal of the Ginter issues, especially the inserts and other cards.

For me it’s always been about the base sets, and completing them. I’ve never been swayed by the ooohh-aahh factor of a piece of fabric squished into a card or an autograph. If it is not something that anyone can get easily then its not part of the base set and I’ll pass thank you.

Having said that, it’s good that others covet these as it makes trading easier for me as I get rid of them.

When it comes to base sets of baseball I’m sticking to Topps. I’ve almost finished sorting through the massive box I got at a yard sale which prompted me to start actively collecting baseball a few weeks back. My hockey collection is coming along nicely but with the baseball I seem to be able to make some massive jumps in the size of my collection pretty easy.

From nothing to….lots of junk wax in one easy step.

As of last week I meant to post this showing off my oldest Topps cards.

1983. I know, not impressive for a lot of people who have original Mickey Mantles of cigarette cards from 1918, but you have to start somewhere.

A checklist that is unmarked is always a great way to start a set. And a leader card.

the only other card I have is Bill Buckner

3 years before the moment that would unfortunately define his career. Still with the Cubs. Love the ‘stache.

So that’s it. 3 cards from the 1983 Topps set. 789 left to go on my oldest set.

Admittedly I know very little about baseball cards compared to hockey cards. When I get a lot from a yard sale I usually buy it based on the hockey cards and put the baseball, football, racing, basketball etc aside to deal with later.

But, with my recent change to allowing the possibility hat I collect Topps baseball I’ve had to force myself to learn more about the cards and the players. I don’t want to miss the chance to pick up something that could be a good trader or worth something as i don’t recognize the name.

Most of the cards I have are 1985 and onwards. I do recognize some of the players from growing up. There was always a baseball game going on somewhere and the summer in Ontario did not have much else to follow so by default it was baseball.

What I like about this new system is meeting interesting people (via email) like Josh from http://royalsandrandoms.blogspot.ca/

Easy going, easy to chat with and indulges me when I propose modest trades. They are the trades that make sense and remind me of when I was younger. I’ll send you stuff I don’t want or need and you send me stuff you dont need or want. But what I really like is that it brings up good memories and forces me to research on players and teams which helps me figure out my collection.

Today’s lesson for me is George Brett & preview cards.

Here’s what I knew before. Played for the Royals. Think he may have been on those good mid 80’s royals teams that battled the young Blue Jays of the time (when the won their first pennant and almost won another). And I remember the KC Royals coming back and knocking off the Jays in the playoffs. I think that proves the adage you have to lose before you win as the Jays of 1985 were not ready for a World Series but made it back to the playoffs in 1989 and then went back to back as champions (how soon people forget).

What I have learned since.

Topps issued a few preview cards like the one below in 1993 and 1994. They came in a cell pack of 9 cards or included in factory packs (I think that’s where mine came from). The stats go up to the previous year and they have the “pre-production” label on them. The Front is the same design as the actual issued card, but the back layout is different from what Topps went with.

George Brett was really good. 1st ballot Hall of Fame good.

3,154 career hits are the most by any third baseman in major league history . Mentioned in the same hits club as some other pretty good players like Hank Aaron, Stan Musial and Wille Mays (3,000 + hits and lifetime .300 avg)

George Brett was controversial (or at least in a controversial situation) The “Pine Tar” incident of 1985. Although I’m not sure what advantage it would give you to have pine tar on your bat, maybe someone can explain that.

And Brett likes hockey. he is a part owner of the Spokane Chiefs WHL team.

He also did a great 7-up commercial
So Josh, thanks for re-introducing me to George Brett.

 

 

 

 

 

This monstrosity sits in the foyer of my local Canadian Tire. It has been there for as long as I have lived in my new house (about 7 years). In that time I have been to Canadian Tire hundreds of times.

I have never seen anyone ever buy anything from it. I have never even seen anyone stop and look at it. But there it sits..Some of the highlights are

Score 91-92 individual cards (but they are Gretzky!) $1.00 each

Proset Platimun 91-92 Packs $1.00

UD NFL 91 $1.00

Skybox 93-94 Basketball $2.00

Score 91-92 Hockey $2.00

Kayo Boxing  .50$

My favorite are the individual OPC cards labelled as Vintage. Showing is Harold Snepts 7-80 for 50 cents. When you look at it up close it is creased and has rounded corners.

Sometimes I am tempted to buy something, then the temptation passes. If they accepted Canadian Tire money now that would be worth it.

Yesterday was a good day for me. I got confirmation that the second of two packages that I sent out (for my first trades since starting this blog) were received. I’m super excited to see what I get back.

And more importantly I completed another set. The 1980-81 OPC set. One of my favorite sets of all time and chuck full of amazing cards such as the Gretzky 2nd year, and RC’s of Messier, Propp, Liut, Goulet, Bourque, Gartner along with many others including Pete Peeters (part of the amazing Flyers 35 game unbeaten streak) and ex Peterborough Pete Tim Trimper (not seen too often in the same paragraph as the other names).

So which multi dollar card was holding me back? Well I have multiples of everything listed above, but what I was missing was this….

The Detroit Red Wings Team Leader card with Mike Foligno on it.

In an era that was about to give us a 200 point scorer and several players with 50+ goals in a season (Blaine Stoughton anyone?) . Mike Foligno had led the Wings with 36 goals.

Dale Mcourt led the team with 81 total points. (Gretzky tied that year with Marcel Dionne and lost the title on goals scored 53 to 51)

Some great names on the checklist. This is what took me a bit longer to find. An Unmarked version. I’ve had a marked version for a while but finally got off my butt and got an unmarked one.

And now the set is done.

 

I’ve collected Hockey Cards for the past 30 or so years. It’s a fun hobby that I enjoy with a couple of close friends. One of the things I like to do and the way I like to get my cards is buying lots on Kijiji or classifieds, or even just getting my non collecting friends to dig their old cards out of their closets and give them to me.

Up until recently I would parse through the lots I got and dump off the non hockey anyway I could. But recently there has been a switch in the lots I have been getting. As my OPC Hockey collection is getting more and more complete I am finding less and less cards I need.

I recently went to Hamilton (about 45 min drive) with my best friend JP and combined with a recent purchase of a lot from Oshawa I had bought 2 lots with about 200 cards I really needed and about 2,000 extras. So hence my dilemma.

I figured I had 3 options

1) Collect different hockey brands/years

2)Not collect anything else and dump the extras

3) Expand the sports I collect.

After a quick bit of soul searching I went with #3 and have decided to collect Topps Baseball.

As always with a few rules. Most importantly is Topps Baseball BASE sets only. No Chase cards, no inserts.

Here’s the start of my collection

Almost a complete 91 and 93, lots of 90 and 92, and then diminishing amounts back to 1984.

So. I guess after years of denying it I’m also a Baseball card collector. Wish me luck. I have a lot of catching up to do.

One thing I have learned is that my stack of OPC Baseball is kinda rare. So if you need some OPC baseball from the early 80’s let me know and we can work a trade.

Here’s the proposal. I send you whatever you want from my OPC baseball doubles.

When you see what you get and if you like it, send me what you consider fair value in Topps Baseball. But here’s the catch. Start with the oldest card(s) in decent condition (comparable to what I send you) you are willing to part with. It can be a 1967 common for all I care.

The oldest baseball card of Topps (heck oldest of any baseball) I have right now is a 1979. If you think 1 1965 common is equal to what I send then great, or 2 1977 or 3 1970 whatever, I defer to your opinion.

I’d much rather get 1 or 2 old Topps base cards than a bunch of new Topps for a few reasons.

1) This will allow me a reason to write a new post
2) It will force me to do some research on the player just to improve my baseball knowledge.
3) We’ll have completed a trade and I can make it onto your “people I have traded with list
4) I get rid of a bunch of cards that would hopefully make someone else’s collection abit better
5) It gives me a goal to strive toward as I will want to get all the other cards from that set.
6) being from Canada, I just dont see a lot of old baseball in yard sales compared to Hockey

What do you think?

Trevor