Monday, February 14, 2022

Here's Where Card Hemorrhage Currently Sits

Hey everyone - certainly been a while since I made much of an appearance in this space. I'm still collecting the cards, you know, but I had a bit of a reckoning in late 2021 that's sort of shaped how I'm collecting going forward. This hobby, as I'm sure many of you've figured out, can be a bit addicting. One set that needs to be completed begets another set that needs to be completed. One admired player turns into a need to collect that player's entire history of cards. One favored team means that any card from that team needs to be collected. And so on.

Thus, I took stock of it all and pretty much decided to jettison that way of thinking. Here's what I don't collect and accumulate any longer:
  • Player collections from guys not named Pablo Sandoval or Tim Lincecum
  • Any old vintage card not from the years 1965, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 1976
  • SSPC cards
  • Cards from the San Francisco Giants baseball team
  • Random prospect cards
  • Modern cards from dudes I like but that don't serve any greater collecting aim
The focus for me is on those Topps baseball sets from 1965, 1971, 1972, 1975 and 1976. Yes, 1976! I actually added that one, to help make up for all the stuff I subtracted. And I've got a long way to go for all of them. As mentioned in previous posts, I've been inexpensively selling off most everything else in these $5/each packs on eBay - you're welcome to order one or ten here

The mania hasn't gone away, though, and I'm okay with that. I recently went to Average Joe's Sports Cards in Buena Park, CA on a trip to Southern California and burned a deep hole in my wallet filling in some 1972 and 1965 wants. So, so fun. I then dialed them up and had them make me a paid care package of 1975 and 1976 commons to get those collections up and running. And I've been sniping Pablo Sandoval rarities off of eBay, COMC and Sportlots at will.

So I'm still very much in the proverbial game, it's just a different game than it used to be. "Sort of like baseball itself". 

Sunday, January 9, 2022

25-card Vintage Packs for the People

I reckon that every collector needs to make some adjustments and recalibration to their collecting strategy in order to keep their homes from being overrun and their wallets depleted. For me, that's meant backing off from collecting every card from the 60s and 70s that I could get my hands on; stopping the unending push for prospect cards and to quit collecting the cards of 25 different players in order to truly focus on one or two. 

As mentioned before, this has me unloading some cards in 25-card packs. I think it's a hell of a deal, to be honest. Here's what my "25-card vintage packs for the people" include for a mere $5 plus shipping:

  • At least 5 vintage (pre-1978) cards, usually more
  • 1 autographed card
  • Prospect/minor league cards, including guys who went on to the majors
  • SSPC cards from 1975-76
  • Modern cards from Gypsy Queen, Topps, Bowman, Topps Heritage, Allen & Ginter and so on
  • And more - surprise parallels, small-run food issues etc

It's a great way to get 25 surprise cards spanning the 1950s to today at a low price, including stuff that's pretty tough to find. I collected many cards over the years, and am pruning back my collection this way and making sure they get to a good home. And hey, who doesn't like surprises?

Check out my eBay listing here.

Saturday, January 1, 2022

Pruning the Collection - 25-card packs available!

Hey folks - my break from the blog allowed me to figure how I want to proceed with collecting in the new year, and I think I've figured it out. 

My want list has been chopped back quite a bit, and I'm unloading a bunch of cards in 25-card packs full of vintage, autographs, modern and more! Each is only $5, and it's a great way for me to start fresh and focus on 1965, 1972 and a few other things while making sure that some of the cards I've accumulated over the years go to great homes. Take a look!

Check out my eBay listing here.

Saturday, December 11, 2021

Not Playing Baseball Scratch Off

I've had a pretty fun time pulling together the 2020 Topps Heritage Minor League set. I completed the base set - even the short prints - late last year, I reckon it was. But collecting being what collecting is, I knew that wasn't really the end of the story. I'd need to try to get at least some of the "Blue Border" or "White Border" variations, just to say I had some, and of course pull together the full set of those 1971 tribute scratch-off cards.

I have several of the real 1971 Topps "Play Baseball Scratch Off" inserts, and in order to get them at a decent price, I've typically bought ones that some child had already scratched off and defaced with a coin. I'm too lazy to look right now, but I think it's fair to say I don't have any in pristine, non-scratched-off condition.

By contrast, all 19 I've procured of the 30-card 2020 Topps Minor League Baseball "Play Baseball Scratch Off" inserts, made in tribute to that 1971 set, are pristine and in lovely shape. Some even feature guys who've already hit the majors, or who are about to. At least one or two is likely to become a superstar. 

I recently picked up a bunch more of these, which you can see pictured here.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Card Show Hemorrhage, Part Four

OK, so I'm getting back to documenting the cards that I was able to procure at the Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo two weeks ago. As I said in a post last year - if you get a bunch of cool new cards, but aren't able to share them on your dorky card blog - did you really get them at all?

The whole morning and afternoon was such a frenzy that I've already kind of forgotten which crevices I dug these out of. So many dealers had interesting stuff to look at - I mean, the ones selling baseball cards, and not overly-priced Zion Williamson "slabs", Funko Pops and Pokemon cards - that I just kind of bumped myself along, table to table, sprinkling very small bills along the way. 

I found three 1959 Topps cards at good prices - stars of the era, even! Robin Roberts, Hoyt Wilhelm and Early Wynn. Is there something to the trope that people typically don't care much about pitcher cards, at least in terms of book values relative to those of hitters? I really don't pay any attention to book values, but that would seem to be the case. All three of these guys are in the hall of fame, and all 3 cards are in pretty good shape. If I paid any more than $3/each, I'd be surprised (it wouldn't be like me to do that).



I was able to find a couple of 1962 winners in a pile somewhere as well:



I had totally forgotten that John Elway had attempted to be a baseball player at one point. The 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites series didn't, however, and I couldn't resist picking this one up:


Also, these guys. They're Dodgers, but I'll let it slide for 25 cents or whatever this ended up costing me:


I thought these two Allen & Ginter relics were lovely and affordable:



One of my all-time heroes, Juan Marichal, was one of the 24 Topps Baseball Scratch-Offs in 1971. Mine is clearly mis-printed (well, not clear to you, because I edited my scan a little) and was scratched off on the back, so I got it for a song:


Finally, I think this is only the second 1954 Bowman card to make it to my collection, after a Johnny Antonelli I got some time ago. I'm happy that it's Minnie Minoso, a guy whose cards I'm hoping to collect in full someday. That's it for now, until the next batch of scans.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

My First 1960 Leafs

I hadn't been aware of the 144-card 1960 Leaf baseball set until just a month ago. The cards are, as I'm sure you can see, black and white, and each contains well-written biographies on the back along with 1959 and career stats. I happened to have liked what I saw online when I first encountered them, so put in a small bid for a lot of 3 on eBay, and....I won! I won!

Here's 3/144ths of that 1960 Leaf set!



Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Some Texas Leaguers & More Trade Fun

The other day a kind gentleman from up Canada way named Derek reached out to Card Hemorrhage; said he'd been reading the blog and whatnot, and what say he and I make a trade of some kind? 

Why, I jumped at the opportunity to do a little bit of commerce with Derek, and off we went. Now, him shipping to me and me shipping to him - well, it gets mighty expensive. So he and I did what two traders do when faced with such a conundrum, and we swapped the proverbial "PWE" in order to set things straight between us. He got a few Phillies and a few Blue Jays for his part. Me, I got me some 1987 Texas Leaguers!

I'll always get excited about minor league cards of any kind. As I may have mentioned a half or so dozen times, I even like the fellas who never made it, but let's admit it - it's a little more fun when they did, am I right? Like Kirt what-is-that-Manwaring, a legendary SF Giants catcher of yore! Here he is in his Shreveport Captains duds, donning the tools of ignorance, and happy in the comfort that he's a Texas League All-Star, by gum.

Here are a few more that Derek sent me:






Derek didn't stop there - though he could have! Nah, he also sent me a couple of 1960s wants for my collection, plus this other ephemera to boot. Gracias and thank you kindly from your neighbor down south, Derek!






Monday, November 29, 2021

Card Show Hemorrhage, Part Three: Giants Prospects Edition

As I was finally getting ready to exit last weekend's Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo, I spied something in the corner of my eye that was calling to me.....Jaaaay......Jaaaay......and I therefore slowed my walk. It was a large cardboard box with multiple rows that said "25 cent Giants". This was, in fact, something worth stopping for. It was packed stern to stem with recent shiny prospect cards for my favorite team, Topps and Bowman and Panini, and most of 'em each things that I'd normally pay a couple bucks for.

I mean, this table had tons of them. For every card you see listed here, there were at least a dozen more of that card available at the same low low price. What's the deal? Do dealers just buy a hundred hobby boxes, "break" them, yank out the Wander Francos and the inserts and autographs and whatnot, and then sell off the rest? That's what I assume this dealer was up to. It certainly worked out for me, as I'm big on collecting all the prospects the pundits are yammering about, like Marco Luciano, a shortstop who's likely the guy taking over for Brandon Crawford in a couple of years:


Naturally, Joey Bart, next year's likely starting catcher now that Buster Posey has retired, was well-represented, and I was pretty psyched to pick up these 6 cards of his that I didn't have:






There's also another catcher in the mix, a first-round draft pick named Patrick Bailey who is sitting there right behind Bart on the depth chart:


There's also Heliot Ramos, who may actually be on the team this next season and whom I've actually developed a surprisingly nice collection of so far without him touching the bigs:



Here are a few others that were in the mix as well:




Saturday, November 27, 2021

Card Show Hemorrhage, Part Two

As discussed in my most recent post, I spent several hours last weekend at the Bay Area Sports Cards & Memorabilia Expo in Fairfield, CA. I went a little overboard, as one does. If you're okay with yet another "look what I got" post on this blog, I'll scan up & show ya a little bit of what I got.

My big goals for the show was to try and make a dent in the two sets I'm most rabid about collecting: 1972 and 1965 Topps baseball. It makes sense financially for me to fill these in with as many of the commons as I can, and when I'm left with the big-money Mays, Rose, Mantles etc. I'll cross that bridge when I come to it. But since condition isn't a big factor in my world, I did okay with the five 1972 cards I picked up this time.

There were plenty of vendors selling vintage cards and honestly, "I could have spent all day", but I didn't, and kept my sanity as well as my mortgage with just Vida Blue in Action and these four:





Now as it turns out, I'm also going pretty hard after the 2021 Topps Heritage set that mimics this set, and found a place that had a few of the high numbered short prints I need, plus this relic card:






Honestly, though, I spent more time digging through the boxes of one vendor near the front doors who had just a ton of the 1965s I was looking for. I picked up 20-something cards from this set, and it's what I enjoyed the most. I didn't scan all of them for you, but picked out some of the more well-known players I scooped up this time around.