Four Vintage Commons And Weigh-In #66

I realize that these weigh-ins are not the most enthralling content for everybody, but I know at least a couple of people look at them and if you just want to look at assorted vintage cards I’ve got posted in here, that’s cool as well.

Posting updates on the organizing and streamlining of my collection gives me a look at the big picture, keeps me honest and helps with motivation and/or guilt. Over the past few years it’s been “guilt” and it still is, but with card shows not a possibility right now, and with my retail buying down, I’ve been doing more organizing. However, I don’t expect my numbers to really reflect that until next quarter.

First vintage card!!!! 1957 Topps Dusty Rhodes

My mom was a NY Giants fan until they moved, and I would make a goal of collecting team sets of the Jints… except there’s this “Say Hey” guy making things expensive.  I’m pondering the idea of chasing the 1957 Topps Giants and just getting a reprint of the Willie Mays card… During some dubious future time when I’m sitting in my house and thinking “Y’know, I don’t have enough goals…”

Changes since the last weigh-in (from 1/1/2020 to 4/2/2020):
Net change in the collection: +481 (562 added, 81 removed)

Net change to the # of cards in the house: +769 (778 in, 9 out)

I went a little nuts at the two card shows I went to in January and February, and I’ve got a couple of boxes of cards bound for Goodwill at some point after things settle down.

Totals since I started tracking on 10/16/2011:
Total # of cards purged from the collection, to date: 13,514
Net change to the collection, to date: +6,559

I’m working towards making that “net change” number become negative, but that will clearly take a fair amount of work at this point.

Second vintage card!!! 1961 Post Cereal Hoyt Wilhelm

Solve for x: Post + Orioles + Hoyt = x * awesome

Totals to date:
Total # of cards which have left the house, to date: 52,593
Net change to the number of cards in the house, to date: -14,505

Size of the collection:
Number of individual cards tracked in my Access database: 69,136
Number of cards that make up the sets flagged as completed in my Access database: 14,669

…which means I’ve got at least 83,728 cards in my collection

Third vintage card!!!! 1960 Topps Eddie “The Walking Man” Yost

Eddie Yost falls into my “1970’s Mets coaches” collection.

Money spent on cards:
This quarter (this does not count money spent on show admission, shipping, supplies, etc): $271.71

Average per month for 2020: $90.57 so far
Average per month for 2019: $80.38
Average per month for 2018: $79.03
Average per month for 2017: $43.63
I didn’t track my spending before 2017.

It seems the more I try to rein things in, the more I spend. A big part of this is because 2019 saw the return of a local card show, which I try to support as much as I can without going crazy.

But the thing is, I usually go crazy in the first couple of months of a year. Compared to the first quarter of 2019, my “New Cards Retail” is down $30.44, my “Repacks and Other Retail” is down $11.58, my online spending is down $31.37 (because I didn’t do any in 2020) and my show spending is down $18.00… So yeah, that average spent is going to come down. Even before the pandemic, I was planning to cut back on spending and work on my organizing.

Fourth Vintage Card!!!! 1963 Post Cereal Milt Pappas

Hand-cut by a child? As long as the photo is largely intact, I DON’T CARE!!!!!

Size of my MS Access card database:
I created an Access database and track my collection in there. There’s quite a bit of work involved in keeping it up-to-date, so I like to satisfy my own curiosity by finding out how much information is currently in my database.

My database currently contains 944 set definitions (up 5 from the last weigh-in) and 234,214 card definitions (up 2,296 from the last weigh-in… 2020 base sets, don’tcha know).

It’s important to point out that this is merely the number of sets and cards which are represented within my database; for example, although I have no cards from 1949 Bowman, that set represents 1 set definition and 240 card definitions.

I’ll wrap up with a song I heard the other day and really like… “Keep Your Head Up” by Preservation Hall Jazz Band


10 thoughts on “Four Vintage Commons And Weigh-In #66

  1. If I didn’t find this stuff interesting, I wouldn’t have survived.

    RE; Milt Pappas. Milt’s wife went missing. Despite the fact that she had at least one prior incident of driving off the road, the local police department never thought of checking a small lake near their home. Years later, that’s where they found her. (By the way, several months after the incident, “grieving” Milt had a live in girlfriend. Source; Milt.) Also, I have heard many people speculate that he killed her, which is cruel.

    Because of his 20 home runs, I used to think this clubhouse lawyer was a good hitter. He wasn’t. :)

  2. Count me among those that enjoy these posts, both the vintage cardboard and the weigh-in process. I’m in awe of the level of organization you have in your database and striving towards the same with my collection on TCDB. I’m getting there but still have many months of work ahead as I’m actively purging as I organize. Best of luck in the next quarter!

  3. I wouldn’t call a 1961 card of a Hall of Famer a common. But I also have less than 1 / 10th the amount of cards you have.

  4. These check in posts are cool… because every time I read them, I’m always in awe that you’re able to keep track of this information and for a brief moment, I’m motivated to do something similar. But then I realize… it’s just not going to happen. I’d have to inventory stuff from three different locations. And one of them is in another state. But it’s always cool to read about how organized you are.

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