New Additions Part VIII: Old School Meets New School

2008AGBaseballIconsBabeRuthIt’s been a while since I purchased anything on eBay. In fact, it’s been so long that it’s been six months since I’ve posted an official New Addition post, sans the one I wrote a few weeks ago regarding the trade with Night Owl. Anyway, Here are the goodies, one nice card for a set I’m building, and a few others for my collection and for a non-card collecting friend who was in awe over one 2009 card featuring Christy Mathewson.

Might as well start with the 2008 Allen & Ginter  Baseball Icons Babe Ruth pictured on the right. I LOVE this insert set. Ginter+Mini+Baseball Icons=AWESOME. Sorry to sound like a goof ball, but everything I’ve written is tfact. This mini set is probably my favorite insert set in the last decade, if not longer. Ruth, obviously, is the most expensive card in the set, and at one point was selling for $10-$12 cash. I got this one for less than $5 shipped. Very happy.

The next group of cards all came from the same seller. I paid $1 to $1.29 for every single one of these … and I got free shipping. In a nutshell, that’s 8 cards for just over $8. The cash value isn’t very high, but the intrinsic value is off the charts.

We’ll start with  a pair of Red Sox: 2009 Topps Turkey Red Jacoby Ellsbury, and 2009 Goudey Red Four In One Daisuke Matsuzaka, Josh Beckett, Jonathan Papelbon and Justin Masterson. I might already have the Ellsbury — need to double check; I’m behind on updating my Red Sox Collection — but there will always be someone else who can use it should I not. The Goudey card I definitely need.


Being a Red Sox fan, I am not big on buying Yankee cards — unless they are of baseball legends: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Lou Gehrig … and on occasion Derek Jeter. I could have done without this card, but in order to get free shipping, I had to buy one more card. Dude, a Derek Jeter card serial numbered to just 25 copies, essentially for free? I’ll take it … even if it is 2008 Topps Moments & Milestones, home of the 5 bazillion serial numbered subsets.


And now onto some more New School featuring Old School cards.

In February, I purchased a hobby box of 2009 Topps baseball and posted the break. Among the cards I pulled was a Turkey Red Insert of Christy Mathewson. At the time, a friend of mine — who does not collect cards — was jocking the Mathewson as he is his favorite pitcher of all time. Then about three weeks ago we went to a Giants-A’s game (Lincecum pitched a complete game shutout) and this friend again asked about the card. Mind you 1) he is not a card collector, 2) this is now some four months later. Well, I love the card too, so I was not giving it to him. BUT, that didn’t mean I couldn’t find a copy for him. Fast forward to last week. I searched for the card, found it and that’s what started this whole little purchase. Below are some Turkey Red inserts of Hall of Famers, some of the ones I’d been hoping to obtain via trade. I ended up with the Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Pee Wee Reese and two Honus Wagners. My friend also digs Wagner. Then again, who doesn’t.




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