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Rookie Card Upgrade: 1972 Topps Carlton Fisk / Cecil Cooper 

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 25, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Since my last post was a Red Sox rookie upgrade, I may was well follow it up with another. 

Carlton Fisk had one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history while with Boston. Here is the raw copy of his 1972 Topps rookie card, which is also the rookie card of another solid player, Cecil Cooper. Like many of the raw vintage rookies in my collection they were a bit soft.
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For the price of two retail blasters I managed to acquire a gorgeous copy of this card, one that I can now proudly display with my other HOF rookie cards.
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Rookie Card Upgrade: 1960 Topps Carl Yastrzemski

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , on February 23, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

There’s something about Carl Yastrzemski that had always been appealing to me.  Maybe it’s the fact that he’s a legend. Maybe it’s because he played for my favorite team. Maybe it’s because I learned at an early age how to spell his last name and pronounce it. 

Whatever the reason, the 1960 Topps Yastrzemski rookie card has always been high on my want list.  As about a decade ago I acquire a raw copy that I later had slabbed and shown here. 
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I was happy with what I owned … Until recently when I started doing some upgrading of rookie cards. The Yaz in its 3.5 condition wasn’t bad …it just could be a whole lot better.  The corners were soft, the edges were too.  But this example always had decent centering which made it appealing.

Fast forward to about 10 days ago.  I acquired a 1965 Topps Mickey Mantle card from a seller on eBay who also had a nice BVG 7 Yaz rookie in his inventory.  

So we negotiated a bit and I struck a deal for this gorgeous Yaz. The card an obvious ink defect on the bottom border but centering is nice and the corners are fairly sharp.  And after selling the 3.5 Yaz to one of my Twitter followers, the cost of the upgrade was palatable. 
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One of the aspects of the Yaz rookie that I love is that he is listed as a second baseman. 

My trade and want lists …

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

Just a heads up to any of you looking at my trade and want lists, they are out of wack and pretty much useless right now. I’ve got to update some stuff on both lists. As it is right now, I am purging my common boxes and separating them by teams with hopes of doing some team trading — this means that I won’t be listing stuff older than 2009 in my trade lists. If you’re interested in trading YOUR Red Sox cards (or cards of Albert Pujols, Ichiro or certain other stars) for cards of your team, leave a comment below.

So far the following teams have been claimed: Dodgers, Orioles

Brett Favre Used to be a Bad-Ass

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1991UDBrettFavreChecklist2Before Brett Favre became Brett Favre he was a weight room bad-ass, the leader of a crew of New Kids on the Block in Atlanta who was supposed to bring the Falcons back from the dead. OK, maybe I’m reading a bit too much into this image.

I don’t deal at all in football cards these days, but every once in a while I find a straggler while sorting my baseball cards. The one I found today: this 1991 Upper Deck Rookie Checklist featuring Bad-Ass Brett Favre and his Posse — Moe Gardner, Erric Pegram, Bruce Pickens and Mike Pritchard.

There’s not much to say about the card, it’s pretty much worthless, even if it is a Rookie-year issue of Brett Favre. I just love the fact that before all of these Wrangler Jeans commercials and non-retirement retirement press conferences there once was a guy from the south who wore his hat backward and sported Nike flat-footed Astroturf cleats. Word.


Card of the Day: 1986 Topps Bill Buckner

Posted in Newspaperman, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1986ToppsBillBucknerThis card is beyond words. There’s no action shown here, but the expression on Bill Buckner’s face speaks a thousands words. It almost like the baseball gods are talking to him, saying that he will have 2,700 career hits and bat nearly .300, but he will forever be remembered for a defensive play that will take place in the very near future. The result of this discussion: This look on Bill’s face, followed by an uncertain muttering of “Wha- What- What?”

Cardboard Icons is now on Twitter

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on August 1, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I finally gave in. After fighting the urge to even get to learn Twitter, I had to open an account for work, so now I’ve done a personal one. Check me out at I’ve actually come to like Twitter for quick hits. Sometimes I get a thought in my mind and am not in a place to blog it.

Michael Jackson dies; I almost gave in to greed

Posted in Newspaperman, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

109_0801In November I found this box of unopened Michael Jackson trading cards at a thrift store, and today with Michael’s passing, I almost gave into greed.

If you do a search on eBay right now for Michael Jackson items, you’ll see why I almost gave in. And truthfully, I did give in … for three whole minutes. Yes, I posted my box of cards for sale. But I quickly yanked the thing off eBay. Why? Because I felt like a fuckin’ asshole. It’s just not right to profit immediately on someone’s death like this.

I probably lost a good chunk of money by stopping my auction, but at least I feel better about myself. I’m not saying it’s wrong to sell items depicting someone whose died, but it’s defintely in poor taste to do so when his body is still warm.