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Thrift Treasures 62: Oh Baby Hughie Jennings

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on February 17, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

ThriftTreasuresLogoA short, quick Thrift Treasures for you all today.  On Presidents Day my wife and I decided to take a “Date Day” and head to a beach-front city about 40 miles from our home.  The kids got to stay with grandma, who was lucky enough to have all the grand kids on this day.  We decided to grab some coffee and just walk the streets and see what was for sale.  The first store we stepped into was an antique store, which was just like all the others I’d been to over the years.  Lots of display cases packed with small items from pens to pennants.  But in one case the guy had five baseball cards all marked at $25 each.  He had one 1909-1911 T206 card — oddly enough it was one that I already owned; one T-207; and then two other cigarette era cards that I could immediately identify.  The fifth? This …

HughJenningsTwo things immediately popped into my head:  I know that set, it’s not as old as the cigarette cards, but from the early 1900s, and I know that name to be that of a Hall of Famer.  After a few minutes I decided to buy it.

The Jennings is a 1919-1921 w514 card.  It’s not super valuable,  but it’s in pretty good shape considering it’s nearly a century old.  The bottom corner as you can tell is damaged.  It’s actually been torn before but repaired on the back with a small piece of tape.  There also is some tape in the top left corner from where it previously had been adhered to a sheet in an album.  The price point was about right, if not slightly under priced.  I figured it is a nice memento to remember the trip by.  It’s also fun to think that I rescued this from the store in a city where many would rather spend the day at the beach than watching baseball, let along collecting items related to the game.

Jennings is shown here as the manager of the Detroit Tigers.  Jennings played int he late 1800’s and early 1900s before becoming the manager of the Tigers, and later the New York Giants.  He left the game in 1925 after managing his second year with New York and then died less than three years later.  He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1945.

Rookie Card Showcase: 1960 Topps Jim Gentile

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , , , , on December 28, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 19 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

About two weeks ago I obtained a 1961 Topps Jim Gentile card from one of my local card shop’s “Price Friendly” vintage boxes. I purchased the card with the intention of trading it, but later learned a bit about Gentile, including the fact that he finished third int he American League MVP voting in 1961 behind Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, teammates who made a run at Babe Ruth’s single-season home run record. In short, Gentile is the answer to a trivia question that some day could net someone a large amount of money. You can thank me later.

Over the weekend, I stopped at another shop — one of the sister stores for the shop I mentioned in the previous post —  and poured through the cheap vintage boxes there. Lo and behold there was Gentile’s rookie for $2. I’ll take that.

Rookie Card Showcase: 1966 Topps Jim Palmer

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , on December 4, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

It was tough starting a baseball card collection in the late 1980s. This was the time when everyone was investing in baseball cards. These little pieces of cardboard were going to put little Johnny and Suzie through college one day. As a kid I scraped together every penny, nickel and dime I could just to buy a pack of the latest product, which more times than not it ended up being what we now consider to be junk wax. But as many wax packs as I opened, I was never satisfied. Why? Because everyone was talking about the legends of baseball, many of whom were no longer featured on cards.

One such player was Jim Palmer. Palmer was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1990 — three years after I started this cardboard addiction — and like Nolan Ryan, his cards were blazing hot. At the top of the Palmer wantlist was without a doubt this 1966 Topps rookie. There was no way I was going to own this card as a kid, and as I started filling out my collection with countless other iconic rookie cards many years later, the Palmer card was always one that alluded me, which is somewhat comical considering they are not that hard to find.

A couple of weeks ago I found a poorly titled auction on eBay, one that held another object of my desire: 1966 Topps Willie Mays, a card I needed for my Topps Number Ones collection. This Palmer is in pretty bad shape. It’s got some water damage, which pretty much kills any monetary value the card had, but it will serve as a nice filler for my rookie card collection until I can find a better condition one at a decent price. Not exactly a prized collectible, but certainly a nice card considering that I feel like I got it for free.

This is the part 14 of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

Rookie Card Showcase: 1997 Bowman Jayson Werth

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , , on October 13, 2009 by Cardboard Icons
Am I more of a Brandon or Dylan?

Am I more of a Brandon or Dylan?

I know the ladies love him these days, and so do male Phillies fans. But I figured you should know this: Before Werth became a slugging outfielder for Philadelphia, he was an aspiring catcher for the Orioles, a guy who spend a decade in the minors. He also appears to be a real trendy guy.

Look at the image on this 1997 Bowman rookie. He looks like he stepped right off the set for the ORIGINAL Beverly Hills 90210 and onto the baseball diamond. Of course we all know him these days as having the soul patch/landing strip thing and not those awesome sideburns. Way to go, Dylan. Or is it Brandon?

This is the part eight of an ongoing series. To see other parts in this series, click here.

My 2008 Topps Red Hot Rookie has arrived

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on March 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2008toppsredhotloumontanezEarlier this week I bitched about having not seen my Lou Montanez 2008 Topps Red Hot Rookie despite receiving more than two weeks ago an e-mail from Topps stating it was on the way. Well, it arrived today and I have mixed emotions.

Let’s start with the positives.

First off, the card arrived safely. As has been the case in recent years Topps employs the services of Tri-Star Fulfillment — no relation to Tri-Star cards — and the card arrived in a sleeve and top loader inside a semi-stiff envelop. Good shipping method. Secondly, the thing looks awesome. Love the refractor technology.

But in fairness, I must bring up the bad. Continue reading