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Thrift Treasures Part XIV: Homemade Vintage Baseball Cards

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

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Fake baseball cards suck, period. No one likes to buy something and then realize that they had been fooled or bamboozled. But what if you know they are fakes when you buy them, and the price was next to nothing: Does that make you feel any better? Sorta.

I recently unearthed two baggies of baseball cards at a local thrift shop, one containing a about 20 cards in late 1980s LARGE penny sleeves, and the other containing a small stack of early 90s food-related baseball cards. Don’t believe me when I say large penny sleeves? Look at size of this monstrosity.

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Anyway, the one with the penny sleeves immediately caught my eye from a short distance away because it was obvious that the cards were in some sort of protector. And even though the first card in the back was the pictured 1988 score Larry Sheets (worthless), it still made me smile because it reminded me of my early collecting days. I remember buying those type of oversized sleeves thinking those flimsy pieces of plastic alone would protect my million dollar collection of 1987 Topps and 1988 Donruss.

TT14TedWilliamsI digress. It was clear that the cards in the baggie were pretty crappy. But toward the bottom I could see what appeared to be a 1954 Topps Ted Williams cards. I knew this was too good to be true, but it made me laugh. The cards had to be mine, if for no other reason so I could write about them.

After paying for my two baggies (total cost: $2.14) I finally got a chance to see what was in these bags. Well, much to my amusement, there were two of these Ted Williams, as well as (2) 1952 Topps Willie Mays, (2) 1953 Topps Satchell Paige, (1) 1954 Topps Jackie Robinson, (3) 1954 Topps Billy Martin and a Red Sox common from the 1953 Topps set. Again, let me be clear: These are NOT REAL. If they were real — or any chance that they were even close to being real — these would have been promptly placed by store personnel behind a class case. Right now, this store has a stack of early 1990s cards (in top loaders, no penny sleeves) in a glass case with a price tag of $3.98 each. Trust me, they suck. Anyway, back to the “vintage.”

Upon further inspection, I have determined that these homemade cards are actually images of cards that were cut out of a magazine and then pasted to pieces of a cereal box and then trimmed with a pair of scissors. Pretty amusing.

The second baggy had what appeared to be a dozen or so “odd-ball” cards mixed in with a grouping of commons. The odd ball cards included:

1992 Post

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1994 Post

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1994 Tombstone Pizza (Score)

1994TombstoneFront1994TombstoneFor the time period these were obtained by the original owner, I’d say they did very well — they got the Jeff Bagwell from each of these sets, and two Frank Thomas.

Although the odd-ball cards are not endorsed by Major League Baseball, I actually find them kind of neat to own. The Tombstone design is pretty nifty, and I love the 1992 Post Jeff Bagwell card. Also, I really liked the inclusion of the facsimile autos on all of these cards. While faux autos are a staple these days, they were not too common in the early 1990s.

Card of the Day: 1990 CMC (ProCards) Jeff Bagwell

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , on April 22, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

procardsjeffbagwellJeffrey Robert Bagwell has always been one of my favorite players. I absolutely loved watching him crush pitches when he was in his prime with the Houston Astros. In fact, when I was a kid I liked to emulate his batting stance — I also copied lots of guys, and this was before The Batting Stance Guy — but his was pretty neat.

Of course he showed the world how neat it was when he constantly got drilled on his left hand. This act always ended with some broken bone and a trip to the disabled list. But if you think about it, Bagwell’s list of injuries may have actually started the “armored batter” trend. After having his hand broken several times, Bagwell learned to wear some sort of guard to deflect direct contact. This guard then lead to big shin, ankle and foot covers, followed by massive elbow padding like the one that Barry Bonds wore. There could have been players before Bagwell who donned the plastic military grade body armor, but for some reason Bagwell seems to stand out to me as being the first. I know Kevin Mitchell wore one on his left leg, but that looked more like a soccer shin guard.

I digress. The reason I really pulled this 1990 CMC/ProCards Jeff Bagwell card from the archives is because every time I think about Bagwell, I think of The Trade (See No. 2). If this rant sounds familiar, it’s because I mentioned it late last year when writing about Bagwell’s 1991 Leaf “Gold Leaf Rookies” card. I’ll spare you the dramatics of that ordeal, and just say that this card — as well as one other Bagwell minor league issue (1990 Best) I own — is a constant reminder of what could have been. Damnit!

Card of the Day: 1991 Leaf “Gold Leaf Rookies” Jeff Bagwell

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

bagwellgold1In my mind, this is the card that started the insert craze. Chase cards have been around since the 1980s — see all of the Fleer and Topps All Star cards — but until the early 90s, they were nothing more than an afterthought, a bonus when buying a retail cello or jumbo pack.

But in 1991, Leaf hit the market with a bang, offering the “Gold Leaf Rookies,” some of the slickest looking cards in the world. Continue reading

New Additions Part VI: Kickin’ It Old School

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

92carter1As noted in my earlier post, I’ve lived up to my personal goal of abstaining from buying packs of cards in recent weeks. So instead I’ve put my PayPal funds toward items I know I’ll enjoy, cards I’ve always wanted, and those I’ve been meaning to replace in my collection for more than a decade. Let’s have a look at what’s arrived in Newspaperman’s mailbox recently. Continue reading