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Latest BGS order delivers a pair of Gems

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

The last few weeks have been pretty hectic here.  Surely it’s nothing compared to what the folks on the East Coast are dealing with these days thanks to “Superstorm” Sandy.  But nonetheless, life has been hectic.

I’ve had little time to document much of my hobby achievements.  So I will do my best to post a few things here this morning before I return to my duties.

First off, here are the results of my latest Beckett Grading Services order.  I sent these cards in two months and they came back a few weeks ago.  But I’ve yet to share them, partially because my regular computer decided to take a crap and the scanner attached to it has been relegated to paper weight status.

Anyhow, here are the results.

When I went to The National in August, one of the cards I wanted to track down was a 1959 Sadaharu Oh rookie card.  And as I documented here, I managed to find one at a GREAT price.  Well, it’s finally slabbed.  It’s the first one graded by Beckett Grading.

About three weeks after The National, I managed to swing a deal in which I was able to acquire a 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige rookie card.  At the time of the acquisition, the card was slabbed by SGC and was graded “poor.”  I’ve said it before, I like the SGC holders — that black mat inset does look good with vintage —  but the majority of my cards are slabbed by Beckett. So yeah, I cracked the Paige and sent it to Beckett. Now it’ll fit in perfectly with the rest of the cardboard icons.

I bought this 1954 Bowman Don Larsen rookie on eBay a few years back and always thought it was in nice shape.  The one flaw is a surface wrinkle ON THE BACK OF THE CARD.  Really good-looking copy if you ask me.

About a week before I prepared my BGS order, I scored a 2005 Bowman Chrome Refractor Matt Kemp signed rookie year card for about half of what they were going for in May — you know, when he was the greatest baseball player on the face of the earth. It was raw when I got it.  Now it’s a slabbed  … as a mint 9.  I believe Mint copies of this card were about $500 in May.  That’s a win.

The last four cards in this batch were all cards I purchased over at Check Out My Cards.

Here’s another chrome rookie-year auto card from 2005.  This Jay Bruce Topps Update Chrome Refractor was sitting on the COMC ungraded and was made available to me for $40.  Seriously?!  I paid more than that for my regular version.  And given the Gem Mint grade that the BGS case now bears, I’d say I hit a bargain.

Sometime last year I acquired a 1957 Topps Frank Robinson rookie card on the site that was graded a 4.5.  I was content with the grade, but it should be noted that the card had been graded in 2000 and in my opinion, the card appeared to be a bit stronger that the grade on the old BGS label.  I was right … a slight bump.

This 1952 Topps Billy Martin was on the site in raw condition and was obtained for 10% of high book … solid buy and addition to my rookie card collection.

And we’ll save the best for last.

It’s hard to top some of the cards already shown in this post.  But let’s consider this.  This 1981 TCMA Pawtucket Wade Boggs minor league “pre” rookie card was the only one available on the COMC site and I snapped it up for $10 seconds after it became active.  I bought it and it sat in my inventory for months; then I had it delivered and it sat in my house for months.  Literally minutes before I sealed up my BGS order I figured I’d sent it in.  Why?  Because it looked perfect. Well … I was right!  Only SIX of these have been graded GEM MINT by Beckett.  Awesome.

Rookie Card Showcase: 1949 Bowman Satchel Paige

Posted in Rookie Card Showcase with tags , , , , , , on August 29, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

This is part 21 of an ongoing series. To see the rest of this series, click here.

There are good pitchers.

There are great pitchers.

And then there are legendary pitchers

Satchel Paige fits into the latter category.

Paige is a historical figure in the sports world.  He cut his baseball teeth in the Negro Leagues during a time when sports — like the rest of the country — was segregated.  He did not join Major League Baseball until he was age 42.

He is a World Series Champion, two-time Major League All-Star and a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  In fact, he was the first Negro League player to be elected to The Hall.

One look at his Major League resume, which only spans six years, really does not do Paige justice.  This is where the legend kicks in.

He’s credited with hurling 64 straight shutout innings and 21 straight victories.  He also tallied 31 victories in 1933.

He’s revered as one of the bet pitchers of all time — Joe DiMaggio called him the best he’d ever faced.  One always has to wonder how well he could have fared in the Major Leagues during his entire career.

Anyhow, there are two things I learned recently about Paige.

1) According to, Paige has TWO Topps cards (during his playing days) — 1953 and a 1967 Topps Valenzuela — and only ONE Bowman card — his 1949 Bowman rookie featured hee.

2) He last pitched in MLB in 1965 as a member of the Kansas City Athletics.  He started at the age of 58 against the Boston Red Sox. He tossed 3 innings, faced 10 batters, struck out one and allowed one hit — a double to Carl Yastrzemski.

Card of the Day: 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter John “Mule” Miles autograph*

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 17, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

johnmilescardWhile busting numerous blaster boxes of 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter, I managed to pull a short printed autograph of John “Mule” Miles. At the time, I did not know who he was. But I later learned that he was a star in the Negro Leagues, and the signed card I pulled was limited to a mere 200 copies.

I’d planned to keep the card, but shortly there after, I learned that Miles was signing cards through the mail. Knowing this, I decided to sell my certified copy and pen a letter to Mr. Miles, showing my appreciation for his playing days and sharing my thoughts of the trials and tribulations he and other black baseball players faced. Continue reading