Scratch ‘n Play

Scratch ‘n Play The 2019 Topps Heritage set is based on the 1970 design.  As with past sets, there are limited number of bonus products that match the wax pack inserts from the featured year.  Thus, collectors might find a poster, a story booklet or a scratch-off, baseball game folio. The “Scratch-Offs” are one of…

Cards of Cards of Cards

Cards of Cards of Cards As a kid few things sucked more than being dragged to Kmart by my mom. All that changed one day in 1982 when I saw these on the shelves by checkout. I don’t recall the price, but it was damn low for a set that included Mantle, Mays, and Aaron,…

Curiosities

Curiosities Have you ever looked at a baseball card? Sure, there’s the players name, their position, the team … all the basics. On the back there’s the usual stats (batting average, RBI, HR, OBP, etc.) along with some of the players’ vitals. That’s what you see when you look at a baseball card. If you…

A Little Gem

A Little Gem COMC has been a great resource for me as I plug away at older sets. These days, I’m filling the gaps on some football sets that I didn’t have – 1968-1971 Topps. COMC dealers usually have good prices, predictably liftable offers (that’s the old options trader in me – bids get hit,…

The ghost of Gaylord Perry

The ghost of Gaylord Perry As an eight-year old collector it was a thrill to pull this card (or any Record Breaker) from a pack. Trivia question: Who were the two American Leaguers referenced in the card back’s final sentence? An obvious thing the card had going for it was that it was of Brooks…

Under Construction

Under Construction As a team collector I’m spared a lot of the worries that set collectors have because my search list is quite a bit more focused. I don’t need ~700 cards, I’m only looking for ~30. Sometimes though I’m jealous of the set collectors. Where my albums tend to consist of three to four…

Bowman’s encore performance

Bowman’s encore performance The first Bowman baseball card sets might technically be considered the 1939-41 Play Ball sets produced by Gum, Inc. However, the first baseball cards to use the Bowman name were released in 1948. The 48-card set used black and white photographs and looked very much like miniaturized versions of its 1939 Play…

Non-sports? Look for the Toehold

Non-sports? Look for the Toehold There are lots of great collectors on Twitter. Their posts are nearly always cool, but there are some that cause me to act. Kevin Lutes (@klutesphoto) always mixes in non-sports cards, which I love. When he shouted out about the 1976 Topps Happy Days set (44 base cards and 11…