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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

1972 Icee Bear: Oscar Robertson, PSA 8!

I recently landed a card from one of my low-key favorite sets. It's actually the second card from this set I've picked up but the first to be posted. I don't collect a ton of basketball but oddball cards of Hall of Fame players is starting to appeal more and more to me. So my first Oscar Robertson was an easy decision:

The 1972 Icee Bear set has so, so much going for it. Here's some info from PSA. The set is only 20 cards deep and is chock full of HOFers. It's a simple set aesthetically-speaking but simple is often better in my mind.

Now that's how you do a card back. One card was distributed with each Icee Bear Slurpee purchased. If I ever put together a basketball set, it would be this one.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Mini COMC Purchase With My Favorite Johnny Bench Card....Back

I emphasize back as the 1969 Bench -- both the Topps and OPC versions -- represent my favorite Bench cardboard. However, the greatest Bench card back resides with the below beaut I recently added to my Johnny Collection via COMC.

1971 OPC! These cards are just fantastic as the yellow back really pops and stands out. '71s in general are great when even just in mid-grade condition, and this card actually presents much better than the VG it is as the surface creases are only visible in-hand. They're hidden so well that the one through his right cheek would appear to not even be there.

$7 and change earned exclusively through COMC challenges was too good a deal.

Next up I decided to do a bit of prospecting on Ben Simmons and picked up a quartet of low-end 2016-17 Hoops RCs. I think Simmons is going to be great and if he becomes a star I can potentially flip a couple of these, maybe even getting them slabbed first. Generally speaking I like guys who possess his all-around offensive skill-set and that 76ers team is loaded with top-end talent.

The final cards for me were the above pair of Kristaps Porzingis RCs. Another guy I enjoy watching and another guy I think is a star or at the least star-bound. They were affordable and the man has a slew of phenomenal nicknames.

I picked up one final card which will be heading to a great blogging friend to complete a semi-long ago trade. I think he'll quite enjoy it.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Adding A Unique George Sisler To My Pre-War PC: 1925 Boguslavsky Cigarettes

It's not a set project but I enjoy adding legendary pre-war Hall of Famers to my collection when the price is right and the card is awesome (the weirder, the better). One card of each guy is sufficient to start and I happened to come across the below George Sisler somewhere. It was really cool and I knew I'd soon have to track down a copy of this 1925 Boguslavsky Cigarettes offering sooner than later.

In briefly researching Sisler for this post I learned he pitched in college -- striking out 20 in just seven innings as a freshman -- and played his college baseball for Dodgers' legend Branch Rickey, who was the coach at Michigan at the time.

Here's the back with an interesting write-up of Sisler.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

My First George Mikan Card: 1952 Wheaties Portrait Variant, SGC 40.

We recently got a handful of 1952 Wheaties cards in at work and while sorting and admiring them I spotted one that piqued my interest. Off to eBay I went to see if I could snag an affordable copy and I quickly stumbled upon the perfect auction. I was surprised to take it down for just under $16 delivered.

This beaut is the Portrait version of George Mikan's 1952 Wheaties offering. I very much prefer it to the Action version of the legendary center and the pioneer of the big man in the game. The card looks fantastic and only received the VG grade due to a pair of minimal surface creases.

Monday, September 11, 2017

When Will McCutchen Hit No. 200?

Is the question Brian at Collecting Cutch is asking. Enter his contest here for a chance to win a sweet autograph of Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.