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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

  

Thrift Treasures 90: The Kid, The Big Hurt, and more

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

It’s kind of funny, for a long time the baggies of cards at my local thrift stores held nothing but base cards. But recently I have been finding baggies with autos and/or memorabilia, even even rookie cards of guys whose legacy’s have been cemented in stone.

  
Earlier this week I found two baggies, shown above, which intrigued me because one had a few Ken Griffey Jr. Cards showing and the other had the rear of 1990 Topps #414 easily visible.

What I found inside was actually much better than I expected.

First, there were three autographs. THREE!  One certified NBA auto, one certified basketball draft pick autograph and what appears to be an in-person signature of former Detroit Tigers third baseman Travis Fryman.

  
Oddly enough there was a good amount of basketbal items in the bag. Here’s a pair of Jason Kidd rookies, and a rookie-year Ultra series 2 card.

  
Here’s the left overs from a Hoops Draft Lottery Redemption Set.

  
And leftovers from a gutted Collector’s Choice Draft Lottery set.

  
Pretty cool to see some of the basketball redemption cards in the Baggie. Here’s a stick of football and baseball stars, including a few 1990 rookies of two-time American League MVP Juan Gonzalez and National League Rookie of the Year David Justice. 

  As a kid growing up in the Bay Area, Mark McGwire was always in demand. The 1989 Upper Deck card has alway been a favorite of mine.

  
Barry Bonds was also a HUGE draw in the Bay Area after he came to San Francisco. Here are some cards from his time before he became a Giant.

  
Remember how I mentioned the 1990 Topps card #414? Yeah, that’s Hall of Famer Frank Thomas’ rookie card.

  
Now, when I saw the Ken Griffey Jr. Cards peaking at me from inside the mag I could see the 1990 Bowman and 1990 Topps cards. What I didn’t see was this 1988 Donruss Rated Rookie rookie card.

  

I know baseball cards aren’t what they were in the 1990s, but I always feel it is my duty to save rookie cards like these, which might otherwise end up in a trash can.

  

Total cost of these treasures: $4.98

You can see more Thrift Treasures posts Here

Collecting Cooperstown:  Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Posted in Collecting Cooperstown, Hall of Famers with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2015 by Cardboard Icons