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Thursday, July 19, 2018


I will trade heavily in your favor if any of you out there reading this happen to pull or come into possession of an H. Jon Benjamin auto from 2018 Allen & Ginter. He voices Archer on Archer and I put together a Master Set of Cryptozoic's Archer release back in 2014. However, only two of the main cast did not sign for the product: Aisha Tyler and H. Jon.

So help me out!

On a side note, good god does his autograph legitimately disappoint and depress me. Penmanship is such a dying art.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Stellar Roy Campanella Pickup: 1952 Star-Cal Decals Type 1, PSA Authentic! (Birthday Posting)

I didn't just buy this card or just get it graded. I've had it for some time but now that I have finally gotten around to scanning it in and posting it I figured showcasing it on my birthday would be a nice way to celebrate and might feel like I was getting this on this one-step-closer-to-30-years-old day.

This is one of my absolute favorite Roy Campanella cards as I love the combination of aesthetically-pleasing, super oddball, and bright colors. It's a 1952 Star-Cal Decals Type 1 in the original red envelope these beauties came in. I bought it raw and sent it in to PSA through work. It came back as Authentic and I believe they only receive a numerical grade when they are graded free of the envelope.

Campy shares a Type 2 Star-Cal with Jackie Robinson, but that will have to wait for a day in the future where I have a nice chunk of change burning a hole in my wallet.

Friday, July 13, 2018

1955-57 Brooklyn Dodgers Picture Pack: Roy Campanella Portrait, PSA 6!

Today's post features a beautiful piece of cardboard I've owned for quite some time but have hesitated on posting due to scanner issues with bigger cards and bigger slabs. However, I've finally realized I can't get rid of the line down the middle of my scanner and until I get a new one it's just something I'll have to work around.

So here's the latest addition to my Roy Campanella PC: a 1955-57 Brooklyn Dodgers' Team Issue Picture Pack, slabbed a PSA 6. It was a steal at a bit over two blasters via eBay and is actually the highest copy VCP has ever tracked, which is kind of cool. I believe it's the highest PSA has ever graded as well. I love the simple photo of Roy donning his chest protector and the big smile he's flashing.

Prior to buying this I was going to buy the entire team set from work as I was not convincing enough to get it broken down and sold separately. The team set does have a sweet Jackie Robinson and maybe I'll one day still buy the set. For now I have the most important piece of the puzzle in-hand and safely in my Campy PC.

Monday, July 9, 2018

A 1954 New York Journal American Freebie: Hank Thompson

A guy recently came into the shop with 14 1954 New York Journal Americans to sell. Most interestingly, they all happened to be of the same player: Hank Thompson. While I usually wouldn't willingly acquire Giants' cardboard, I wasn't going to turn one down when it was offered to me free of charge by my boss.

The '54 NY Journals are one of my favorite oddball sets. I have two cards and both are of the one and only Roy Campanella: a PSA 3 and an ungraded Poor-to-Fair.

I do have a small connection to Thompson: he debuted on my birthday (July 17th). Post-career, he was convicted of armed robbery and led a tough life.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Another Hal Chase Pickup: 1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pin (Small Letters) PSA 6!

Here's a recent acquisition from eBay that I didn't intend on making but couldn't pass up because the price was too good. I can't help myself when I spot great deals on awesome vintage, especially pre-war vintage.

For under two blasters this beautiful PSA 6 1910-12 Sweet Caporal Pin was an easy choice to pick up. It's the small letters variation and is my second Sweet Cap pin, joining the Zack Wheat I acquired a while back. It's also my second Hal Chase card that I've added, and it won't be the last Chase cardboard I chase.