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Rookie Card Upgrade: 1963 Topps Pete Rose

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , on March 15, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I wasn’t exactly expecting to upgrade my 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card, but it had been on my mind. About five years ago I acquired a Rose for my collection and decided to have it graded as “authentic” by Beckett Grading. This “grade” isn’t a grade, it’s merely a means of pointing out to everyone that the card was authentic. It hasn’t been altered. It it had, the slab would say “authentic” AND “altered.”

But Friday night while I was at a annual card show looking for deals I can across a seller with a BVG 5 Rose rookie in his showcase. And without any real negotiation he knocked off $50 making the deal one that I could not refuse.

So, here’s the latest Rookie Card Upgrade:

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Tales from the Vintage Bargain Bins: 59 Topps Mantle, 68 Bench RC, more

Posted in Newspaperman, Vintage Bargain Bins with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

So in my previous post, I documented a sweet pull that came from a 2012 Panini America Signature Series pack. That pack came as an impulse buy after I spent an hour digging through the card shop’s Price Friendly Vintage boxes. It’s a great shop for vintage, and I used to go through these boxes more often. But in recent years I’d slowed down this hunt.

But there I was on Wednesday going through the boxes that I had not gone through in more than a year.

There were a couple high-dollar scores, some not-so-significant rookie cards I (think I) needed for my collection, and a few “different” types of cards that caught my attention.

On that note, let’s start with the “different” items.

I’m sure you’ve seen these before, but this is a 1965 Topps Embossed card of Ernie Banks. These were inserted into regular packs in 1965 and offered collectors a “different” type card of star players. There was a badly cut Roberto Clemente in the box for $5, but I liked the value on this Ernie Banks at $1. The card is scuffed and has a pin hole at the top, but it’s still worth 100 pennies to me.

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Here are a pair of 1969 Topps Sticker Albums. These also were inserted into packs and basically served as a place to put the player stickers that were also included in some packs. The albums are separated by team and show players inside with their stats. The albums I got are of the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs. The Astros one doesn’t have any stickers, but the Cubs has a few, including Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins. One a side note, the back side of these albums showcase facsimile signatures for players on the team. Surely that was a nifty idea for the time. These were 50 cents each.

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IMG_6901IMG_6900IMG_6903And here are a pair of 1970 Topps Booklets, one of Pete Rose and one of Ernie Banks. These are essentially comic books telling the career story of the depicted player. Kinda neat. Banks cost me $2; Rose was $2.50. Pretty good shape considering the card stock is thin like paper.

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IMG_6907IMG_6908And now some rookies:

We’ll start with a PSA 7 1981 Topps Jari Kurri rookie. I’m not big on hockey cards, but a PSA 7 for $3 seemed like a goo deal so I nabbed it.

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Speaking of graded. Here’s a 1981 Topps Harold Baines BGS 6 for $2. The grade is lower, but looking at the breakdown, the reason this got a 6 is because of the centering. Either way, I’ll pay $2 for older solid rookie cards in BGS slabs.

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And lower grades … here’s a creased 1992 Topps Derek Jeter rookie card for $2.50. Not exactly vintage, but it was in the box. I’ll bite at that price. It still presents nicely.

IMG_6913How about a 1967 Topps Sal Bando rookie card. I own one already, but this one looks a LOT better than the one in my collection.

IMG_6904Here’s the rookie card of 1970 American League batting champion Alex Johnson, 1965 Topps.

IMG_6905And the 165 Topps rookie card of Cleon Jones, a key member of the 1969 New York Mets championship run.

IMG_6909So, I went a good five years without acquiring a Bobby Cox rookie. And about a year or so ago, I found one in an antique store for just a few dollars. It’s a gorgeous card. During this trip I located another Cox rookie and it was $3. I like adding those kind of cards to my collection for the price of a pack of cards.

IMG_6906And now the three big purchases of the day.

We’ll start with a 1948 Bowman Marty Marion rookie. Truthfully, I have never seen one of these. This one is in good shape aside from the centering. Price $16. Not bad for a Hall of Famer.

IMG_6914 Creased cards get a bad wrap in our hobby. It’s almost the death of a card if it has been bended. That said, I can’t let a 1968 Topps Johnny Bench rookie card sit in this box for $9. Surely someone can appreciate just owning a Bench rookie. I already have a graded one, so this one will be made available at some point.

IMG_6898And now the main attraction. Remember what I said about creased cards? The crease in this 1959 Topps All Star Mickey Mantle card killed it’s value. But for $15 I cannot — nor shall anyone else — leave an authentic vintage card of perhaps the hobby’s biggest name in a box.

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OK, Maybe THIS is the ugliest $1,000 rookie card?

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on January 14, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card

Yesterday I made fun of my recently acquired 1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm, calling it the ugliest $1,000 book value rookie card I’ve ever seen.

I mean seriously, a high-dollar rookie card showing a guy with his eyes closed? Ugh …

And then a commenter reminded me of this ugliness.

Floating heads galore!

Make no bones about it, the 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie is an important card no matter how many other unimportant heads are floating around his dome. Hall of Fame or not, the card is a must own.

But this is one ugly duckling! It just looks like a  bingo card, some kid’s potty chart, or a square Lego block that has been decorated with little faces.

But this begs the question … which of the two is worse?  And is there another $1,000 high book value rookie card we should add into this little debate?

 

A “Swell” vintage haul from my LCS

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on February 11, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

My affinity to old, smelly cardboard is hard to describe.  The aroma is intoxicating (perhaps literally?) and their sight is captivating.  If it’s old, features a player I like and the price is right, then the card is one I shall own.

I made a trip to one of my local card shops this week to dig through the dozen or so boxes of price-friendly vintage baseball they’ve got sitting around.  It had been about eight weeks since the last time I’d dabbled in these boxes, so there was bound to be something new.  When all was said and done, I spent about 90 minutes and $40 (after a 20 percent discount) on seven oldies but goodies that are now part of my collection.  Enjoy:

1969 Topps Deckle Juan Marichal -- Sticker Price: $1

1969 Topps Deckle Willie McCovey -- Sticker Price: $1.50

1969 Topps Deckle Pete Rose -- Sticker Price: $4

1969 Topps Deckle Roberto Clemente -- Sticker Price: $7

1970 Topps Johnny Bench -- Sticker Price: $5

1969 Topps Hank Aaron -- Sticker Price: $12

1969 Topps Willie Mays -- Sticker Price: $15

1948 Swell Sports Thrills Bob Feller -- Sticker Price: $8

Baseball Cards On Television

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on February 15, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

gehrigrc2Since I started collecting in the late 1980s, I’ve always been intrigued whenever baseball cards are discussed or shown on television. One of my fondest memories was watching Kevin and Paul on “The Wonder Years” try to hash out a trade for a Willie McCovey rookie card, something that eventually turns ugly and ultimately causes a temporary rift in their friendship — what’s new, right? This episode is great for many reasons — I wish I could find this on You Tube but the entire episode is not there — but the baseball cards makes it a classic for any collector. And for the record, neither character is actually seen handling a 1960 Topps McCovey rookie card, both are seen with common cards from 1989 Topps.

But that episode also reminded me of an episode of MacGyver I watched about a decade and a half ago. I remember distinctly there was tie-in with counterfeit baseball cards and Pete Rose. Well, after some simple searching this morning, I found the MacGyver episode on YouTube. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1985 Topps Pete Rose autograph

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1985toppspeteroseautographGotta give a shout out to two people for making the acquisition of this card possible. First to Mario at Wax Heaven, who brought attention to a lot of 10 Pete Rose sets for sale on eBay, which a bunch of bloggers decided to split. And secondly to Chris G. from Project ’62, who bit the bullet and bought the lot to distribute to those expressing interest. Thanks to you both.

Now, about the card … Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1985 Fleer Sticker Philadelphia Phillies

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Neglected. Used. Unappreciated.

If I was a old school Fleer baseball sticker, that’s how I would feel. I would have been inserted into packs, just like the sticks of gum that Topps used to put in their products, but no one would ever talk about me with the same sentiment that adults express for the relationship between baseball cards and sticks of gum. Continue reading