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Monday, May 11, 2020

1920-21 W514 Mother's Bread Sam Crawford (with Ghost Image!!!), Slabbed PSA Authentic!

Many moons ago I landed a really tough strip card of a Hall of Famer off of Net54. The set itself is common but the card features a rarely-seen advertising back as well as a sweet ghost image. Presented in PSA Authentic form, here's a truly wonderful 1920-21 W514 Mother's Bread back of one Sam Crawford:


It's my second card of Wahoo, joining a sweet T206 in my Vintage Collection. The W514 set rarely is found with the Mother's Bread advertisement on the back. Combining that fact with the registration shift that gives an amazing ghost image of Crawford and a sliver of another card showing made this a really easy pickup.


Here's the all-important back with the Mother's Bread/Besta Cake advertising. The advertising is either vertical or horizontal with horizontal being exceedingly scarce.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Corey Seager 2016 Allen & Ginter X Rookie Mini: Graded a BGS 10!

I'm fairly positive I've owned this card for a couple of years now. I held back on posting it because I thought I might send it in with good friend Dodger Penguin to see if the corners could bump a half-grade and get me my first Black Label. Those submissions stopped with some Beckett changes and the card wallowed in non-posted purgatory. I've been cleaning through some stuff so, finally, here is this sweet Corey Seager rookie from my favorite product every year.


This 2016 Ginter X mini rookie is slabbed a BGS 10 and was had for a reasonable price when I bought it pre-injury. I love Allen & Ginter and the minis have always been cool. Ginter X is fun and for being black-bordered this has held up quite nicely with no chippy-ness.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Random Vintage Pickup: 1956 Bromide Japanese -- Kozo Kawai, SGC Authentic

Here's the second item I picked up in the recent auction I mentioned in a previous post. It is again a card that really only fits into my Vintage Collection because it's vintage and not for any other reason. It is my first card from this set and I do enjoy adding cards of players who did not play in the states.


This second Richard Merkin Collection piece hails from the 1956 Bromide set which I was entirely unfamiliar with before stumbling upon this copy. It features Kozo Kawai in a simple staged batting pose. This Bromide is blank-backed and while I can't find much info on these apparently Jackie Robinson is in the '56 Bromide release, so there's a white whale item I would love to at least see one day.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Boxing Pickup: Henry Armstrong 1938 Churchman's Cigarettes, SGC 55

Very rarely if ever would I be okay with paying double for a card based on what I valued it at. This is especially true if the card really doesn't fit a primary collecting need/want. However I made the decision to do just that at a card show back in February. I really wanted to buy something and for $10 I picked up a card worth $5 tops despite it being really cool and really old. Here's my newest boxing addition:


This beautiful 1938 Churchman's Cigarettes Boxing Personalities card of Henry Armstrong is slabbed an SGC 55 and was one of the oldest cards at the show that day. A consensus top 5 boxer of all-time, Armstrong was featherweight, lightweight, and welterweight champion during his time and the only boxer to hold titles at three different weight classes simultaneously. He faced 17 world champs in his career and beat 15 of them and had a tremendous nickname which actually ended up selling me on buying the card: Homicide Hank.

Monday, April 20, 2020

A Tough Ty Cobb Addition: 1928 Harrington's Ice Cream SGC Authentic!

Today's featured pre-war vintage goodness is my first card from a relatively hard-to-find food issue that I stumbled upon while browsing eBay. I was completely unaware of the set's existence until it popped up in my search of graded Ty Cobbs. After a little research and internal debate the opportunity to own a rarer Cobb and add it to my modest collection of The George Peach was too much to pass up.


My newest Cobb hails from the 1928 Harrington's Ice Cream set and is slabbed Authentic by SGC due to the almost certain trim on the bottom border (and maybe even on the top as well?). The set itself isn't anything otherworldly from an aesthetics standpoint but I will gladly own any playing-era Cobb I can.

Harrington's are a scarcer issue and tough to find in presentable condition since they're a pre-war food issue so I was very pleased with Ty's appearance. This particular Cobb is also extra awesome due to the fact that he's a Philadelphia A on the card and 1928 was his final season as a player.


Here's a scan of the back with the Harrington's advertisement offering a gallon of ice cream in exchange for a complete set of sixty. If someone just sent in a Ruth they would receive a quart of ice cream and "pictures" of George Herman (whether they meant an actual picture or a Harrington's premium, I haven't deduced) yielded an ice cream "novelty"....whatever that was. According to Google, it is any hand-held form of ice cream.

I would like to think my love of cream would not have prevailed back then....