No, it’s not a Jeopardy post, but one along the lines of the Jeopardy “Potpourri” category; just a bunch of scattered, largely unrelated cards. We’ll see how many cards I can write about on the fly before I need to go to work.
At a show I went to recently, one dealer had these hand-made repacks that were 98% junk wax, but had a cheap price plus a card or two on top to entice the buyers. I bought a bunch of these, and easily the best of the “go on, buy me!” cards was this 1978 Kellogg’s Willie McCovey.
If you divide the price I paid for the repacks by the number cards I kept, I still paid under a quarter for this beauty. 1978 is not a Kellogg’s set I’m currently working on, but it’s on my “theoretically working on it sometime in my lifetime” list.
Speaking of repacks, I bought one of those “10 packs for however much money” repacks at Target, and an unopened pack of 2013 Pinnacle got me this acetate beauty:
Because the acetate-iness of the card isn’t completely apparent in a scan like this, I scanned it again with my red cellphone case behind it:
This card wouldn’t normally be one that I’d seek out, and it doesn’t fit into any kind of collection of mine, but I’m keeping it just because it’s cool.
I’m thinking I should start a “Just because it’s cool” binder. I know I’ve got a bunch of scattered cards which would fit into that category.
I almost never run across Hostess cards when I go to card shows, not even Twinkie-stained cards like this Jim Hughes.
After seeing other people posting about Hostess cards *they* get at shows, it’s got me wondering if it’s something about the show I go to, or if it’s something about how I look for cards at shows.
BTW, as a 23-year old rookie in 1975, Jim Hughes won 16 games for a mediocre Twins team and went 6-0 with 2 shutouts in May of that year. Arm troubles kept him from approaching that kind of success again.
I’ve lately become mildly fascinated with badly-miscut cards from 1975 Topps. A few years ago I got this card from a dime box:
And recently when trying to fill out wants for a trading partner, I found this in my doubles box, and that re-ignited my fascination with these miscut “beauties”:
Normally cards that are this poorly miscut are only appealing to me when they feature a HOFer I couldn’t otherwise afford , but for some reason I find these 1975 cards very appealing… I suppose it’s the color borders which make it more interesting. Whose sandy-topped Padres card is that under Larvell Blanks? Randy Jones? Glenn Beckert? I’m sure I could find out if I tried. And the Darold Knowles card with the edge-of-printing-sheet markings just gives a little “behind the scenes” tease, just a hint of what an uncut sheet would look like.
I would never go so far as to try to collect a set of badly-miscut 1975 cards, but at my last card show I admit that I spent a minute quickly shuffling through my favorite dealer’s lesser-condition 1975’s. One thing about trying to find this type of card is that it’s extremely easy to thumb through a stack and look for them.
As many of you know, I have a long-running project of accumulating 1972 Topps cards without actually having set completion in mind; I’ve just given in to the idea that I’m too cheap to shell out for the 5th Series Nolan Ryan, among others.
I had been trying to complete each series in the set, but my metaphorical ship kept getting washed up on the same metaphorical rocks in the form of six 3rd, 4th and 5th series HOFers that I can’t find at a budget-friendly price… and quite honestly, outside of working towards a complete set, I would be just as happy to add Rico Carty to my collection as I would Nolan Ryan.
But if I’m going to take a different approach to this, then what should it be?
Then as I was organizing my cards the other day, I had an idea…
“In Action” cards are sort of like a team set in that they’re easy to visually differentiate them when going through a box of 1972’s… and once I complete that “team set”, I can easily ignore any “In Action” cards when going through a box of 1972’s. There’s also the benefit of being relatively non-harmful to my budget, even for the HOFers.
Along with that, I can also figure out which actual teams I’m close to completing and see if finishing them off is achievable (i.e only commons high #’s left).
Has anybody collected sets using this kind of approach?
OK, I’m out of time… if I want to find parking near work and not get scolded by my team lead, anyway…