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Rookie Card Upgrade: 1965 Topps Steve Carlton

Posted in Newspaperman, Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , on February 11, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

It’s been a while since I’ve posted something here.  I honestly had tried three posts in the last two weeks but I could not get them uploaded.  It took me a little while to realize that in my near eight years since I started this blog I managed to use up all the space they allotted me for images. I had to figure out an alternative plan.; now I’m using Photobucket to host my images.

So here we are, back in business.

We’ll start with this awesome Rookie Card Upgrade.

Steve Carlton’s 1965 Topps rookie card is one that I have owned for quite some time.  And a few years ago I decided to have my copy graded so that I can add it to my showcase, It was slabbed at a 3.5 by Beckett Vintage Grading. I was content with that for a while.

974bb813-721c-4145-a738-a385409fac01_zpsovpo7q7dThen of course I managed to find a fantastic higher graded copy that was at a pretty decent price that I decided it was worth the upgrade.

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So now with this acquisition, that 3.5, which is well-centered, is available. $50 delivered to if you’re interested. Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons

Latest BGS order received; Babe Ruth rookie has come home

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 5, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I took advantage of the April grading special offered by Beckett Grading Services, which allowed for 20-day service at $7 per vintage card.  I sent seven cards that needed to be slabbed in BGS cases for my collection.

A few of these were previously slabbed by other companies, but I just wanted them in BGS cases, which are my favorite.  Along the way, I got a few grade bumps (Cy Young), and some nice returns on some raw cards (Ron Santo and Hoyt Wilhelm).

But the grand daddy of them all is the 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth, which previously was encapsulated by SGC.  No grade bump there, but it was nice to re-assure me that it was authentic.  It might be considered “poor” but it looks a hell of a lot better than a lot of 1s I’ve seen.  The issue?  Some paper loss on the back bottom corners and a tiny pinhole on the left border.

1965 Topps Steve Carlton rookie card BVG 3

1957 Topps Bill Mazeroski rookie card BVG 5

1961 Topps Ron Santo rookie card BVG 6

1909-1911 T206 Polar Bear Walter Johnson BVG 1

1909-1911 T206 Piedmont Cy Young BVG 2.5

1952 Topps Hoyt Wilhelm rookie card BVG 3

1933 Goudey Babe Ruth rookie card BVG1

Flipping Michael Pineda for … Pineda and more.

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Interesting news broke Friday night when the Yankees and Mariners swapped a couple of youngsters including headliners Michael Pineda and Jesus Montero.

There was a lot of card action on both sides.  TONS of people swooped in on Pineda rookies and rookie-year autos while the groans of many invested in Montero could be heard across the nation.

Me? I was a seller and a buyer.

I sold my sole Michael Pineda auto, a 2011 Bowman Prospect auto card featuring a signed sticker for $60.

It’s a card that had been depreciating in value ever since I pulled it from a pack earlier this year.  The card had two things against it:

1) It’s a sticker auto.

2) Pineda has signed a crap load of cards ever since the Bowman release, many of which are nicer and feature on-card autos.

So, what did I do with the $60?

I bought the Pineda card I really wanted: 2011 Topps Chrome autograph (on-card)

and added these vintage to my collection:

1955 Topps Harry Agganis rookie card

1959 Topps Roberto Clemente

and … a Hall of Fame auto:

2001 Donruss Classics Signifficant Signatures Steve Carlton

That, my friends, deserves one of these…