Tuesday, October 5, 2021

More Gems From My Local Card Shop

Talked last week a bit about my very recent trip to Lefty's Sports Cards in Burlingame, CA. I didn't just pick up 1963 San Francisco Giants cards. No, I made my way through as much as they'd allow me to, and found some stuff that I thought might look better in my collection than it did just sitting in their store. Generally, that's how I feel about most cards.

Frank Robinson is a player I collect. It's nice to see that his cards can be had for not too much $$. It's weird - I'm not really collecting Willie Mays, except as someone whose 1960s cards I need to eventually get to complete my SF Giants team sets, but the price differential between a Mays 60s card and a Frank Robinson 60s card is like 30:1. Every time I put a $15 bid, say, on a Mays 1969 card, it ends up selling on eBay for $80 or $90. I think this Robinson here was $3; the 1972 Topps was probably $4. I daresay that Willie was not thirty times the player Frank was.

I have found myself overly excited by young players who are excelling in the minors or in their early majors seasons, and when I see their cards available at prices I like, I tend to strike. Here are a few guys I picked up who definitely fit that category:

Fried, as I'm sure I've mentioned, is a player I collect. I did some serious damage to my Fried needs in a recent CardBarrel order, so other than relics and numbered cards and such, I'm already more than halfway there with this guy.

Here are two Orlando Cepeda cards that I knew would also be important to have in my collection:

How about these two young fellas? I had to get a card of #1 pick Mark Appel, the pride of Stanford and one of baseball's great draft washouts, in my collection:

I know we're jumping all over the place here, but did you know that Jack Sanford was 24-7 for the 1962 San Francisco Giants - the NL champs - and finished second in the Cy Young voting that year?

Finally, a card from 1970 Topps that felt like a good one to add to that slowly-accumulating group of 1970 Topps cards I'm putting together. Until next time!


  1. Hmm. I wonder if switching teams in his prime hurt his card value.

    Not just deep fried, but Max Fried.

    First reliever inducted into the Hall.

  2. Mays was however, probably 30 times more popular than Robinson.

  3. Nice variety there! I’m with you on collecting Robinson, most of his cards can be had for a nominal fee while you’d have to take out a second mortgage in order to get a Mays card from the same era.

  4. The Robinson and Mays card value thing is an interesting topic. At the last card show, I was talking to some friends about how Tim Duncan's cards don't receive the same kind of appreciation that MJ or Kobe receive... yet he's a Top 15 (maybe Top 10) player of all-time. Some people would argue he was better than Kobe. But his cards are worth only a fraction of their prices.

  5. Everyone always says that Frank's cards can be had on the cheap, but I have yet to see it with my own eyes. Every time I go looking for his cards, they're priced just as high as most of the other big names from his era.


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