Archive for the Mail Day Category

The dream Roger Clemens card has arrived

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on December 21, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Ask any player collector what they’re dream card is and it’s likely going to be a signed rookie card of some sorts.  Or maybe a 1/1 featuring a sweet patch or button, coupled with an autograph.


For me, with Roger Clemens being my guy, that dream card is a 1991 Topps Desert Shield, signed by the man himself.

Some people may not understand my fascination with this card. I was a big fan of the photography used in the 1991 set and from the outset, I had my eye on the Clemens card because it features him standing at the base of the iconic Green Monster. I’ve owned probably 30 or 40 copies of the standard card, but always wanted the Desert Shield version. For the uninitiated, the Desert Shield version features a gold stamp in the corner. These were cards that were sent (in pack/box form) to the US troops stationed abroad during the Gulf War. The fact that some of these actually made it back to the States is impressive in their own right.

(Side note: Surely some of the boxes never actually made it abroad as sealed wax can be found if your pockets are deep enough. Nonetheless, the mystique surrounding the product remains.)

When I first learned of the cards, I hoped that one day I could own one card — any card at that — from that special set.  My hopes, obviously, were to own the Clemens card but I figured it would cost me a fortune. Remember, this was a quarter of a century ago.

Over time we as a hobby have found new ways to get the cards of which we’d always dreamed. The internet has made the impossible possible as we were no longer limited to just the cards we had in local shops and shows. Even so, I failed to obtain a Desert Shield version of the 1991 card until recently, when I not only located THE card, but one that had been handled and signed by the legend Roger Clemens himself. The autograph is authenticated by JSA, as noted with a sticker affixed to the back with a matching serial number on the COA.

The term “priceless” gets used quit a bit by collectors, but this one truly is in my mind.

Honus Wagner Leads The Pack Of Latest BVG Order

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , , , on April 25, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Some of you who know me on a personal level know that I’ve been dealing with some  stuff at home, which inevitavlely has affected my time to blog.  That said, thank you for sticking around and reading this regardless of who you are. I’m hoping to write more as time permits.

 photo 68BD5E58-4FC6-4208-8607-6FD87204A013_zps8xrv8xhg.jpgOn Friday I received my latest Beckett Grading order of seven newly slabbed cards and because of the headliner I had to share.

About 6-8 weeks ago I wrote about acquiring a collecting goal, a tobacco-era Honus Wagner. My acquisition of a 1909-11 Colgan’s Chips Wagner was really a highlight of my collecting career.

I began collecting cards in 1987, right about the same time THE 1909-11 T-206 Honus Wagner started to hit mainstream.  Much has been written about said card. And despite the controversy surrounding the grade PSA issued the card — it’s been learned that the card is in fact altered — it is still a significant part of our hobby’s history. The drama has kept the Wagner name synonymous with cardboard icon status.

I digress. Owning a tobacco-era Wagner has always been a goal of mine. And I achieved it in the form of this Colgan’s Chips bubble gum card.
 photo 221BE3E6-F1C0-4A24-B745-029D49A3938F_zpsjuozufuz.jpg
The card was previously a SGC “Authentic” and once in the hands of Beckett Grading I learned that my Wagner was also altered, not unlike THE Wagner. As it turns out, someone had traced some of the words on the back of my Wagner — which likely were damaged/lost when the card was removed from some sort of album — thus earning the “Authentic/Alrered” slab.  I’m fine with this as the goal all along has been to own an authentic Wagner. 
 photo 88306BE2-4681-4D6C-95B6-066616139D61_zpsxwwoi4kz.jpg

There were six other cards in my BGS order, some of which were crossed over from PSA or SGC, and others that were previously raw. I like to have my cards in BGS/BVG holders for continuity.

1948 Bowman Stan Musial rookie, 2.5:
 photo 8C8E62BC-1B15-4341-8BFB-BF8CB31505D1_zpsldgfxsde.jpg

1922 Nielson’s Chocolate George Sisler, 1.5
 photo BB910807-DAB8-46D2-96F8-52EAA9D746C7_zps4xu1deo0.jpg

1922 American Caramels Leon “Goose” Goslin, 1
 photo 3BF2BC38-D286-48C2-8A77-93A7C0390463_zpsl3axjttj.jpg

1957 Topps Jim Bunning rookie, 5:
 photo 79FC7552-6A6A-442D-B341-9E7A9E5048B6_zps8mw62ow4.jpg

1958 Topps Roger Maris rookie, 3:
 photo B63DA065-D19D-4C46-B01E-D4DBD79F9C7C_zpsbu1khyia.jpg

1954 Topps Ted Williams, 1.5:
 photo 70ABFADC-94D5-4C96-9AA1-B068A672A447_zpssaups1hd.jpg

Who doesn’t like a good story: 1921 American Caramel Wally Pipp

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , on October 26, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Everyone knows who Lou Gehrig is. Whether it be for the disease that bears his name, the fact that he was a stud baseball player or simply as the man whom Cal Ripken Jr overtook two decades ago in Ripken’s quest to become baseball’s record holder for most consecutive games played.

Only a true baseball fan knows the name Wally Pipp.  

The legend has it that Pipp, who was a star in his own right, asked for a day off on 1925 due to a headache and Gehrig started in his place and performed good enough to keep Pipp out of the lineup, and Gehrig played 2,130 consecutive games from that point forward. I call this legend because the facts of Gehrig starting instead of Pipp in 1925 are a bit cloudy. The alternative to the “legend” is the fact that Pipp was struggling and the Yankees needed a spark, which Gehrig obviously provided.

Now, about this card.  This is not Pipp’s first card. It is a 1921 American Caramels release, but is one of the early cards to have a picture of Pipp instead of some wacky drawing.  I purchased the card on eBay about two weeks ago and watched it ship from Pennsylvania to California in just a few days.  And then it got stuck, only about 50 miles from my home.

This was the update as of Sunday morning.

  
It bounced around Richmond, Calif., and then San Francisco for a few more days. And then Monday it arrived like this.

  
Yes, the envelope tore open while it was in transit to me and the card was exposed to the world  This is likely the cause for the delay in delivery.

The funny thing is someone probably took a peek at the card and said, “Who the hell is Walter Pipp?” Thankfully, due to the circumstances, the name was not more recognizable.

That being said, there is a lesson to learn here.  If you’re going to use re-purposes bubble mailer — which I AM in favor of — tape ALL edges to ensure a more rigid package.

And in case you’re wondering the case was cracked in the mail. But that’s a moot point as I will likely have is crossed over to a Beckett Grading slab.

You don’t go to the post office at 6 a.m. for just any card 

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards, Hall of Famers, Mail Day with tags , , , , on October 14, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Yesterday I posted about my 1933 Goudey Jim Bottomley card that arrived in the mail.  There should have been a second card as part of that mail day, but no one was home to sign for it.

So the postman left a note saying so could pick up the item anytime after 6 a.m. the next day.

I was there 15 minutes early.

Behold, perhaps the best looking low grade t206 you may ever see, the newest addition to my collection, a 1909-11 t206 Tris Speaker.

  
One look at this card and you may wonder why it graded a 1.5. The front is drop-dead gorgeous. Fantastic centering and bright colors. Decent corners for a century-old card.

The back is why it graded so low.  But even with the paperloss, the back isn’t that bad and when this thing is in my showcase, no one will be looking at the back.

  

Mail Day: Don’t ship graded cards in PWEs …

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards, Hall of Famers, Mail Day with tags , , , , on October 13, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I was elated to learn via the eBay app that I had received a package in the mail today, one of the vintage grades cards I recently bought off the site.

When I got home I found this … 

  
… A PWE (plain white envelope) containing a rigid item — which was obviously my graded card.

Luckily the case and card are still in good shape.  Honestly, if the case in this instance had been damaged I wouldn’t have been too upset, because the card is headed to Beckett Grading in the near future.

This 1933 Goudey card features Hall of Famer Jim Bottomley in an iconic pose that features Bottomley and his crooked hat.  A must-own rookie card for vintage collectors.  

Cardboard bucket list item acquired; Welcome Michael Jordan auto

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

  
 There are few players who played their respective sport at the level at which Michael Jordan did. And when it comes to the hobby, there is probably no other name who commands the premium that Jordan does.

When it comes to Jordan, I never tried to compete with other collectors to get his cards. Yes, I own his 1986-87 Fleer rookie.   

I own his Nike postcard “rookie”  

I also recently added a Gem Mint 1994 Collector’s Choice baseball rookie to my collection.  

I also own a dual-relic baseball card.  

But the one glaring hole in my collection — not just Jordan collection, but my entire card collection — has been a Jordan autograph.

Well, that problem has been solved.

Let me introduce you to my newest addition. The latest bucket list card marked off the list. Here is the 2013-14 UD Black “Old School” Michael Jordan autograph, limited to just 23 copies.  

Jordan autographs are readily available, but they are pricey.  And they come in so many variations that I wanted to make sure that when I acquired one it was one I actually wanted to hold onto.

The price point for this one was on par with what one would expect to pay for a Jordan auto. And while I would have preferred a Bulls card (always two to three times what I paid for this one) or a White Sox card (doesn’t exist) this on-card example is far superior to the signed floor cards that are all over the market.

And so, my Jordan auto has arrived and taken its place in my collection. It might be times to settle down on the big purchases and start purging again, just as I did in 2010 after I acquired my 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card.

Look at that girl with the Daisy Dukes on …

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Long before the 69 Boyz made this smash hit “Daisy Dukes,” a classic song from the 90s celebrating women wearing short shorts, there actually was Daisy Duke — the television character for whom the shorts were named.

  Catherine Bach played the iconic character on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” This show was a hit when I was growing up and was one of my favorite shows.

Everyday I sat and watched the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, fight crime in Hazard County (and sometimes nearby Chickasaw County), and then escape the chase of Roscoe P Coltrain. Their efforts were often aided by a scantily clad (for 1980s taste anyway) Daisy whose beauty often sidetracked Roscoe, sidekick Enos, and of course Boss Hogg.

It was good, cheesy, solid television for the time. The story lines were often lame, but who could resist the show, especially that iconic car, the General Lee.(*side note: The episodes with cousins Coy and Vance instead of Bo and Luke were unwatchable.)

The show has been back in the news recently because of the car and the Confederate Flag that was emblazoned on top. If you’re looking for a hot political take, you can stop reading now.  You’re not getting it here.

In 2014, trading card makers Panini released a line of cards called “Golden Age.” It was a mix of sports and pop culture cards. In the set were autographed cards of John Schmeider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke) and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke).

I managed to get the signed cards of Schneider and Wopat pretty early, but as you can imagine there was quite a demand for the female star of the show. I waited a year, but managed to acquire the Bach autograph recently to finish the signed trio. Yeeeeeeee-Hawwwwww.