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Rookie Card Upgrade: 1966 Topps Jim Palmer

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , , on January 14, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Jim Palmer is kind of one of those Hall of Fame players who easily gets overlooked. Palmer also gets passed over quite a bit in the hobby. I once purchased this raggedy 1966 Topps Jim Palmer rookie for under $10, a place holder in my collection:

It served its purpose. But I always knew that it had to be upgraded at some point, preferably a centered copy graded by a BVG.

During a recently eBay spree I managed to find a gorgeous BVG 5 that looked dead center, and was not creased. It came with another card, but for about $40, the pair seemed like a deal, especially since the Palmer was exactly what I was looking for and I figured I could sell the other card for about half of what I paid for the lot.

Welcome home, Jim.


The Home Run King and 4 other HOF autos for $25

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

It’s not hard to find hall of fame signatures on cards these days.  The price of these autographs has been dropping over the years, partly because collectors have so many different ones to choose from.

But fact remains: If you can get them at a budget price, you’ve got yourself a nice little collectible.

Over the last 10 days, I’ve acquired five hall of fame signatures for the low price of $25.

They may not be the most sought after cards of these players, but they are what they are — autographed.

The Hank Aaron shown at the top of this post is from a special 1992 Front Row set.  Some 25,000 sets were created, but 5,000 of them featured a card that was signed by The Hammer.  Problem is though that the cards are not certified.  Before paying $17 for this Aaron I compared it to others that have been slabbed by PSA/DNA and it looks to have the same characteristics.  I have no problem believing this is the real deal.  What I like about this Aaron is that it comes from 1992, a time when Aaron signatures were still relatively smooth.  Look at any of his newer autos, most of them are pretty jittery.

Before finding this Aaron auto, I found a lot of four 1994 Nabisco autographs for less than the price of three 2011 Topps packs.  Nabisco?  As in the cracker company?  Yep.

In 1994, the cookie, cracker and biscuit manufacturer created a four-card set that was part of a giveaway.  In a nutshell, purchasers sent in a few bar codes from Nabisco products along with the cost of shipping and handling, and in return they received ONE hall of fame autograph. I managed to get the whole set for about the same price someone paid for shipping and handling on one card. Awesome.

Duke Snider is a common signature to get through the mail (just add like $10) and he’ll sign whatever you send him.  But it’s nice to have a signature from the early 1990s, one that is not as shaky as his latest returns have been.

Jim Palmer autos can be had for $15 these days, but most of them are on shiny stickers that were produced by Donruss in the early part of the 2000s.  Hard-signed autos are always a plus.

Frank Robinson’s signature might be one of the most awkward looking legible signatures on the market.  I think his autos are more desirable on Reds cards, but there’s no complaining with this hard-signed card.

Gotta love a signature from Bob Gibson.  He was one of the most intimidating pitchers in the history of the game, yet has one of the most gentle signatures.

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.