Archive for Goudey

Latest BGS order received; Babe Ruth rookie has come home

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I took advantage of the April grading special offered by Beckett Grading Services, which allowed for 20-day service at $7 per vintage card.  I sent seven cards that needed to be slabbed in BGS cases for my collection.

A few of these were previously slabbed by other companies, but I just wanted them in BGS cases, which are my favorite.  Along the way, I got a few grade bumps (Cy Young), and some nice returns on some raw cards (Ron Santo and Hoyt Wilhelm).

But the grand daddy of them all is the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, which previously was encapsulated by SGC.  No grade bump there, but it was nice to re-assure me that it was authentic.  It might be considered “poor” but it looks a hell of a lot better than a lot of 1s I’ve seen.  The issue?  Some paper loss on the back bottom corners and a tiny pinhole on the left border.

1965 Topps Steve Carlton rookie card BVG 3

1957 Topps Bill Mazeroski rookie card BVG 5

1961 Topps Ron Santo rookie card BVG 6

1909-1911 T206 Polar Bear Walter Johnson BVG 1

1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Cy Young BVG 2.5

1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm rookie card BVG 3

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth rookie card BVG1

Thrift Treasures XXXV: A Cowboy and An Indian

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on November 2, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

My wife and I had the good fortune of venturing to Sacramento, Calif., this week to see the Foo Fighters perform again.  This was the second time we’d seen this band play in three weeks.

Well, Sacramento is about two hours from home, so we decided to make a day of it.  When when we decide to make a day of a trip to a new city, one of the things we like to do is venture into thrift and antique stores to to see what odd stuff we can find, and possibly bring home.

Don’t hate.  It’s what we do.

So we wound up in “Oldtown” Sacramento, which if you’ve never visited is pretty classic.  When you think of the Old West and some guys in chaps and spurs walking out of s saloon and into the dusty streets, this is EXACTLY what it is like.

Well, for about a block or so.

We walked the area, the wood creaking beneath our feet with every step. And suddenly we happened upon a tiny antique store tucked  in a store front about the size of a large janitorial closet.  It was packed with mounds of old stuff, some of which was pure crap.  The beauty though was that it really was not sorted.

As soon as I walked in I saw a Ted Williams signed baseball.  The authenticity of which I could not guarantee — or dispute. Nonetheless, the $300 he wanted was about 12 times what I paid for my Ted Williams signature.  Mine is cooler by the way.

But next to the Williams in the showcase was an old card of a well-known American — Buffalo Bill.

Was it a baseball card?  No.  But it was Goudey (1933 Indian Gum to be exact) and after holding it, I was certain the card was authentic.  I own a few 1933 Goudey cards, including Lou Gehrig’s rookie, so there was no mistaking it.

Along with the Buffalo Bill card was one of Native American Chief Powhatan.

The seller stated that they both were $25 in a guide, but he’d take $15 each.

The price had me hesitating a bit.  At one point he looked at my wife and said, “I don’t know why he is staling, he’s getting a deal.”

The term “deal” is all relative.  If you know anything about my cheap ass and my penchant for finding real deals in my hobby, I knew his price was not rock bottom.

But after staring at the cards for a few minutes, one thing rang clear to me:  Not everything has to be THE deal of the century.  Sometimes you buy something just because you like it.

Which is what I did.

The cards are not mint-mint, but they are not thrashed.  Buffalo Bill doesn’t have a single crease, and its corners are pretty decent.  Powhatan has a tiny wrinkle — not a through-and-through crease — in the center but looks awesome.

The one criticism — the Buffalo Bill card looks to be slightly smaller.  Not sure if Goudey had any variance in their cutting. Anyone know for sure?

As for value, I am not sure what these are “worth.” The guy said they were in a guide for $25,  prices are all over the place on eBay and I paid $15 each.  Honestly, it really doesn’t matter what they are worth.  They’re staying in my collection as a memento of this trip to Sacramento.

This Crap Needs To Stop

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on November 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

UDZambranoI’ll keep this short: There is NO reason why I should be looking at two Carlos Zambrano cards two years apart that bear the same image. Seriously, was this image so good on 2007 Goudey that it had to be re-used for 2009 Goodwin Champions? Dear Upper Deck, as you move into a new era of your company, I plead with you: STOP RE-USING POSES.

Celebrating America with Pack Breaks of ’07 Goudey

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , on July 6, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2007GoudeyPacksTarget got a new shipment of “Power Packs” this week, among them were these four 2007 Goudey. Priced at $1.59 a pack, I figured it was worth the “plunge” even though the miniature nature of this set leave me with mixed emotions. Is Anyone still working on this set? Continue reading

Pack Break: 2009 Goudey; 2009 Topps Attax

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 21, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


Catching up on some breaks that are a few days old. Here we’ve got a sampling of single packs of retail 2009 Goudey baseball and 2009 Topps Attax baseball. Enjoy.

Continue reading

Any one still seeking 08 Goudey?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on June 19, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


If you are still looking for 2008 Goudey, leave a note in the comments section about what you need and hopefully we can work a trade out.

Are we card collectors or memorabilia collectors?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 22, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

ramprojectlogodoneFor about a year and a half I’ve been working on my “RAM Project,” one that entails obtaining a rookie (or early card), autograph and memorabilia card of all of the game’s greatest players. In some cases I’ve already made great strides. I’ve got a Babe Ruth bat card, a Willie Mays autograph and Hank Aaron rookie, as shown here.

But either early this week or late last week — all of my days are running together right now — I started thinking more and more about my feelings about memorabilia/game-used cards. Continue reading


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 3,292 other followers