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Thrift Treasures 111: Best Wishes … who?!

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on February 20, 2017 by Cardboard Icons

As far as thrifting goes, Sunday nights are probably the worst time to head out and look for collectibles. Why? Well, basically most of the good stuff has already been snapped up by the “weekend warriors” who get after it every weekend at the crack of dawn and keep going all weekend.

Nonetheless I decided to make a stop Sunday after work and headed to a thrift store that’s out of the way a bit. It was worth the trip.

Due to the day and time, I figured the best place to start might be the books section as I might luck my way into another book signed by a president.  I checked book after book but found nothing. 

I then headed to the “collectibles” counter and saw a signed baseball sitting in a Ultra Pro ball cube. It read “Best Wishes … Willie Mays.”

Yeah, the Willie Mays.


Now, unless you were an active collector of autographs or have experience viewing Willie Mays’ signature you’d have no idea what name is scribbled on this ball.

Luckily no one who’d laid eyes on the ball was able to make out the Baseball Legends’ autograph.

From a distance I couldn’t immediately tell if it was a pre-printed ball.  When the clerk handed it to me I could see right away that it was indeed some sort of black marker pen on a Wilson Dura-Lon cover “Official League” baseball.

The price tag said $19.99 and the clerk immediately told me that it was not part of the half-off sale. 

Well, that’s good because I suspect someone would’ve taken a chance at $9.99, but would pause at $19.99.

Me? No delay.  I’ll take it.

When I got to the counter to pay the clerk asked if I had any coupons.  As it turned out I had a 30% off coupon for donating a few boxes of base cards. Perfect timing.

And so for $13.99 I walked out the door with a baseball signed by one of the finest players to ever play the game.

Now, this isn’t the ideal signed ball. We’d all agree that we’d like a   non-greeting blue ink signature on the sweet spot of a Rawlings Major League Baseball or Rawlings National League Official Ball. And of course we’d like some sort of certification to ensure authenticity. But c’mon, we’re dealing with a thrift treasure. You take what you find.

So, is it real?  I think so. I’ve seen enough Willie Mays signatures — on balls and flats — from the early to mid 1990s that made me lean toward the affirmative.

And later I did a quick search on eBay for Willie Mays balls signed with “Best Wishes.” Here are two comparisons.

It looks pretty spot-on in my opinion.


Total cost of this Thrift Treasure: $13.99.

You can see more Thrift Treasures posts Here.

A dozen new HOF relics added to collection; Jackie Robinson for trade/sale

Posted in Hall of Famers, Newspaperman with tags , , , , , on August 2, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Yesterday I stated a new page on this site called the “Hall of Fame Hits.” The page is designed to house the relics and autos of baseball hall of famers in my collection.  One reason is to show them off; another reason is so that I don’t obtain too many duplicates.  RobinsonJackieNTUNISome sets I really like and will acquire the relics from that set regardless of whether of not I already have a game-used card of that player. The same goes for cool-looking swatches. I added another dozen to the site this morning — highlighted by 2001 UD HOFers Frank Robinson auto relics and a sweet National Treasures Carl Yastrzemski swatch featuring stitch holes from what looks like his jersey number — and I should be all caught up until my newest shipment from CheckOutMyCards arrives. As the title of the page suggests, autographs will also be shown here, but they are not ready to be uploaded quite yet.

On a side note, while uploading I realized I have a second Jackie Robinson relic card that I’d be willing to move for something nice for my collection.  The one for trade hails from 2015 National Treasures and is serial numbered 25/99.  The card is somewhat unique because it features a swatch of flannel whereas most of the other Robinson’s feature a slick blue fabric presumably from a jacket worn by Robinson.

Have something to offer? You can reach me via e-mail at cardboardicons@yahoo.com or on Twitter @cardboardicons

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1909-11 t206 Nap Lajoie

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on March 10, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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One of the first authentic t206 cards I ever purchased was a Piedmont back portrait post of Hall of Famer Nap Lajoie. This was in 2009, I think. The card was in a PSA case and then I cracked it and had it merely authenticated (my request) by Beckett Grading Services, Vintage.  It sat in my display case for years but I always wanted to upgrade it.  And so I did.

Presenting a better looking, tougher back, different pose and old-school BVG with subs: a Polar Bear back Lajoie with bat! photo 5BAC6BF1-17AC-4342-A5D1-23AF10BBC9E8_zpsq2q0qn7h.jpg

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1965 Topps Joe Morgan

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 26, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

The latest in a series of recent upgrades.

The raw copy that I used as a place holder:
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New BVG slabbed copy:
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1965 Topps is a classic set, but fonding nicely centered copies of key cards from the set is a problem, which was partially why I jumped on this slabbed Morgan when I did.

With all the recent added slabs to my collection it might be time for me to invest in a second display case.

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1959 Topps Sparky Anderson

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , on December 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

The old 1959 Topps Sparky Anderson rookie card has been in my collection for almost a decade. The card is centered nicely but features creases consistent with being stepped in by a bare foot.

  
The new Anderson in my collection, obtained recently during a great sale at COMC.com, is centered nicely, doesn’t have the scuff marks in the black area of the design and isn’t creased. It is a candidate for grading in the future. 

  

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.  

1909 T206 Hughie Jennings: 106 years old, 3 rounded corners and 2 sort of sharp ones

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards with tags , , , , on September 17, 2015 by Cardboard Icons