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And then … there was one. Another big 2000 GOTG SP Auto acquired

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , on March 23, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Never did I ever think I would get so close to finishing one of the greatest sets of all time. The 2000 Greats of the Game autograph set has been one of the top sets I have ever seen and over the last two years I have spent time and money trying to finish this thing.  I have bought cards locally, I have purchased cards at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland in 2014, and I waited nearly a month for a card to arrive from New York after some snafu with the Postal Service. And now … I have brought a card back to the United States of America from Tokyo, Japan.

Behold, the second to last card for the set, the George Brett certified autograph from Fleer.

IMG_0819I’ve noted before that the George Brett autograph was one of the hardest to acquire and over the last few months a few have popped up on eBay with Buy-It-Now prices that would make some heads spin. And even though some of those sellers take offers, none of them would come down to a price range I was happy with.

And then IT happened … one was put up for auction by a seller in Japan.  After a week of bids, and many last-minute ones, I managed to win the card and today it arrived at home in less than two weeks from the date of purchase.

This acquisition leaves me ONE card shy of the set.  You can see 91 of the 92 cards here.

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1975 Topps George Brett

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

A few weeks ago I posted this ridiculously awesome Icon-O-Clasm picture of my 1975 Topps George Brett rookie card. To say I needed an upgrade would be an understatement:


Well, thanks to some good luck via the eBay I managed to snag a beautiful Brett rookie already slabbed by Beckett.

1975BrettAs you can see, the card is actually slabbed under the Beckett Grading Services (BGS) standards and not the Beckett Vintage Grading standards, which adds some intrigue. Aside from the centering, the card is gorgeous. No creases, little to no chipping, and sharp corners. All of this for less than $50. That’s a hell of an upgrade and minimal cost.

**Addendum: This card was graded in 2000.

A Mint Condition 1975 Topps George Brett rookie card

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , on February 20, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


Thrift Treasures Part XXX: Scratch That Itch? (Factory Sealed Vintage Topps Odd Ball Find)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on January 7, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

I’m telling you, if you’re not checking your local thrift stores for sports cards, you’re missing out.  Sure, there will be a fair share of junk from time to time.  I’m talking mounds upon mounds of 1988 Topps and Donruss, 1990 Score commons, and of course various years of Pro Set football.  All of the aforementioned are items you can just leave there for someone else who believes that just because a card is now 20 years old it is worth something.  But every once in a while you’ll unearth some good stuff, or something just so odd that you can’t possibly pass up.

During a lunch break last week, I stopped at a thrift store I had not visited in two months.  I’ve hit gold here before, like this uncut 1961 Post Panel featuring Hall of Famer Hank Aaron. But in my last few trips there has been nothing for me.  And then last week, from beneath the carnage that is the display case of all things glass and tattered books was a stack of sealed baseball cards.  The price tag $10.

From my vantage point, all I could initially see was a bunch of black dots.  There were no obvious identifiers that this was some sort of baseball card.  The faces shown on the front of these were obscured by a copy of some old book that had been chucked on top.  But from my experience in cards, I knew that this field of un-scratched black dots looked familiar.  As it turned out it was a stash of factory sealed 1981 Topps Scratchoffs game cards.

In 1981, Topps created a game that consisted of 108 player cards — 54 from the National League and 54 from the American League.  The cards were issued in three-card panels that are perforated for separation.  Each individual card had a player’s name and face and then a field of 24 scratch-off dots which I presume conceal some sort of baseball term (i.e. strike out, hit, home run, etc.)  The idea I believe was to have two players square off in a game.  Remember, this was before home video games.  This WAS cool in 1981.

I digress.  These cards were typically issued in six-three-panel packs which gave the buyers the equivalent of nine American League player cards (when separated) and nine National League player cards per pack.

Are they worth much? No.  Beckett Baseball lists the entire set (with the cards separated) in the $4 to $10 range.  The Beckett Almanac states that the cards are worth 20 percent more of they are still attached to their panels.  On the “real” market, most of the individual cards or panels can be had on eBay for less than $1 and no more than $5.

But here’s what made this find special:  The cards/panels are in bricks and appear to be sealed in a factory form.  Each brick looks to contain roughly 50 three-card panels.  And judging by the striations on the side, there appears to be an even number of American League and National League panels in each brick.  The bricks are wrapped in plastic and then folded over and sealed with tape.  This appears to be consistent with the way factory sets would have been sealed in the 1980s.

This is a prime example of where rarity and oddity supersede what any pricing information that any price guide would show me.  I had to have it.

What I particularly love about this find is that one of the stacks has George Brett — one of the best cards in the set — showing on the front, and another has Brett showing on the back.  Additionally, one brick has Dale Murphy and Andre Dawson showing on the front; another has Rod Carew on a back panel.

What would have made this even better?  If Rickey Henderson’s card were showing somewhere.  Then again, if Henderson were showing, I’m certain this stack would not have made it into my collection.  Remember, I live in the San Francisco Bay Area, not too far from Oakland, where Rickey is a legend.

See the entire 1981 Topps Scratchoffs checklist here at

Random Rookie Recap: 1975 Topps George Brett

Posted in Random Rookie Recap with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1975toppsgeorgebrettDon’t ask. I wish I could tell you what happened to this card, but I can’t — it was like this when I obtained it a few weeks ago for about $5. This is the definition of a filler, a card in such a condition that its sole purpose is a place holder in a collection to be upgraded at some point in the future.

I’ve got some big name rookies in my randomrookierecapcollection, but one that always eluded me for some reason was Brett. Maybe it’s because he’s got a huge following and it’s tough to find a bargain on his rookie. Maybe it’s because I’m too cheap to spend $20-30 on a decent-looking copy; the cards book at $80. Nonetheless, I decided to pounce on this nasty copy; I figured at least I could have one in my collection until I had a change of heart. Continue reading