Friday, May 29, 2020

Card Collecting 17: Baseball Card Dream Team

Taking a break from talking about my collection to look at cards that are not in my collection.  Most of these never will be.

Modern era only, so let's say 1950 or later.

Base cards only, so no autograph or relic trickery.

Cards for my dream collection, so my own personal preferences > market value.


1969 Topps #95 Johnny Bench Front
1969 Topps

1962 Topps Venezuelan #50 Stan Musial Front
1962 Topps Venezuelan

1953 Topps #1 Jackie Robinson Front
1953 Topps

1974 Topps #283 Mike Schmidt Front
1974 Topps

1958 Topps #310 Ernie Banks Front
1958 Topps

1957 Topps #1 Ted Williams Front
1957 Topps

1957 Topps #10 Willie Mays Front
1957 Topps

1957 Topps #76 Bob Clemente Front
1957 Topps

1964 Topps #300 Hank Aaron Front
1964 Topps

Musial's playing first. The card lists him as an OF, but it's a Spanish language card which includes an El Hombre reference.  So I made an exception.

Aaron at DH, after I loaded up on National Leaguers.  Ha.


1957 Topps #302 Sandy Koufax Front
1957 Topps

1972 Topps #751 Steve Carlton Front
1972 Topps

1961 Topps #211 Bob Gibson Front
1961 Topps

1961 Topps #417 Juan Marichal Front
1961 Topps

1972 Topps #595 Nolan Ryan Front
1972 Topps

 Greg Maddux is kicking himself for playing in the junk era.


1992 Bowman #302 Mariano Rivera Front
1992 Bowman

1976 Topps #98 Dennis Eckersley Front
1976 Topps

1973 Topps #174 Rich Gossage Front
1973 Topps

1970 Topps #502 Rollie Fingers Front
1970 Topps

1961 Topps #545 Hoyt Wilhelm Front
1961 Topps

Mo's a party pooper.


1957 Topps #2 Yogi Berra Front
1957 Topps

1970 Topps #290 Rod Carew Front
1970 Topps

1964 Topps #125 Pete Rose Front
1964 Topps

1979 Topps #116 Ozzie Smith Front
1979 Topps

1958 Topps

2011 Topps Update #US175 Mike Trout Front
2011 Topps Update

Check that positional versatility with Carew (first and second) and Rose (first, second, third, and OF).

I wanted Rickey's speed, but I don't know who he'd replace.  Not Williams or Mantle, so I guess it would have to be Trout.  The 1980s just isn't a good decade for dream cards. A lot of suckage followed by the junk era.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Card Collecting 16: Repack Adventures

Big news in the repack world: the Fairfield football boxes are no longer 75 cards and a pack, but are now 50 cards, a pack, and a "bonus".  The baseball boxes are still 100 cards and a pack.

I bought three football boxes and two baseball boxes.  So let's take a look:

2013 Topps #229 Lance Briggs Front       2013 Topps #221a Clay Matthews Front

1983 Topps #164 Dwight Clark Front      1988 Topps #151 Anthony Carter Front 

1990 Fleer #113 Jim Kelly Front     1990 Fleer #133 Warren Moon Front

2013 Topps had several representatives.  A couple happy defenders here.  1983 Topps was the oldest, with a few inclusions.  1990 Fleer brought me a couple of Hall of Fame QBs.

       2014 Finest #42 Roddy White Front 

That's a Joe Flacco swatch card, image courtesy of COMC.  Roddy White helped a few of my fantasy teams back in the day, so he fills out the row.  The packs were all 2020 Leaf Draft.  I got a Ceedee Lamb, an Isaiah Simmons,  and a Jonathan Taylor.

The bonus in each box was a plastic key chain with a mini squishy football player attached to it.  I got Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Adam Thielen.  They're about as tall as a typical trading card is wide, so 2 1/2 inches I guess. 

2019 Topps Opening Day - 150 Years of Fun #YOF-22 Derek Jeter Front   2019 Topps Opening Day - Mascots #M-20 Mr. Met Front

2017 Topps #649 Manny Machado Front   2017 Topps #518 Christian Yelich Front 

The baseball packs were 2019 Topps Opening Day.  A couple batsmen from 2017 Topps.   

1993 Upper Deck #245 Barry Larkin Front   1995 Fleer Update #U-27 Andy Pettitte Front 

1988 JALFCO 1954 Wilson Franks Reprints #NNO Roy McMillan Front     1994 Ted Williams #115 George Wilson Front 

1981 Topps #191 Rick Sutcliffe Front   1989 Sportflics #157 Harold Baines Front

The gall of some catchers - thinking they can throw out Barry Larkin.  A pack of hot dogs. A Negro Leagues star.  There were a few 1981 Topps.  There were several Sportflics, with the photo changing when you move the card. 

Thanks for reading.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Card Collecting 15: Favorite Basketball Cards

Another post suggested by Tim, from Cardpocalypse.  Favorite basketball cards in my collection:

1972-73 Topps #44 Rick Barry Front   1971-72 Topps #2 Bill Bradley Front

1990-91 Fleer #26 Michael Jordan Front   1992-93 Hoops #442 Shaquille O'Neal Front 

1977-78 Topps #120 Bill Walton Front   2004-05 Upper Deck R-Class #13 LeBron James Front 

2001-02 Topps Heritage - Articles of the Arena Relics #AA3 Jason Kidd Front 

A couple of stars from the early 1970s.  Every basketball card collection should have a dunking Jordan.  One of two Shaq rookie cards I own.  Walton's too much fun to not own a card of him.  Second-year LeBron.  The print is small, but the Kidd relic is a piece of the Boston Garden court.   


Monday, May 25, 2020

Card Collecting 14: Favorite Football Cards

This is another post suggested by Tim, from Cardpocalypse.  Favorite football cards in my collection:

 1971 Topps #1 John Unitas Front   1970 Topps #30 Bart Starr Front 

1970 Topps #59 Alan Page Front   1964 Philadelphia #136 Pete Retzlaff Front 

Two members of the Holy Trinity.  Page's rookie card.  A 1964 Retzlaff - the oldest card I own of a notable player. 

  1999 SP Signature - Autographs #OZ Ozzie Newsome Front      2007 Donruss Classics - Significant Signatures Gold #131 John Mackey Front 

Autographed post-retirement cards of Hall of Famers.

I also own an autographed Miles Sanders SN10 and an Emmitt Smith swatch card SN5, but they're Panini Black Friday so the pictures aren't up on TCDB.