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Friday, December 9, 2016

1970-71 Topps Wilt Chamberlain, No. 50

I'm not a huge basketball card collector but every once in a while a piece strikes me as necessary for my collection. I recently sold a card to a customer and decided it fit the criteria of a necessary piece. Off I went to eBay and shortly thereafter the below beaut arrived in my mailbox.

For just $13.98 delivered I was able to land this sweet VG-EX copy of Wilt Chamberlain's 1970-1971 Topps Tall Boy card to my very modest basketball collection. Wilt looks ready to lead a jazzercise class with that nifty headband.

Here's the back. The card's biggest flaw is the small crease you see in the bottom right corner of the above scan but thankfully it does not show from the front. The centering's good, the color's great, and you can't go wrong with Wilt The Stilt.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hidden In My Collection: Alex Bregman 2010 Topps USA Baseball RC

I was recently attempting to clean up some areas where I store my collection when the below card popped up in a stack of 2010 Topps USA Baseball cards.

Bregman had a fine introduction to the bigs and I think he's going to be a really, really good player. He's already become one of my six keepers for my fantasy league in 2017 and I'm happy to have stumbled upon this hidden gem. While it's not an official RC I essentially consider it as one. Because if Topps can call 18 different cards a rookie, I can think of this one as such.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Corey Seager PC: 2016 Gold Label RC

Judson from My Cardboard Habit fame has the wonderful habit of pulling Corey Seager cards, and he's kind enough to send them my way. The latest card of the unanimous NL ROY to head into my Corey PC is this 2016 Gold Label RC:

Another beautiful Seager for the collection. What Judson doesn't know is I have a few cards incoming that will head his way that I believe he will quite enjoy. It's the least I can do for his continued generosity. Many thanks as always amigo!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

One Of My Rarest Campy Cards: 1967 Topps Venezuela Roy Campanella "Retirado," PSA 2!

Roy Campanella's last playing days card is his 1957 Topps offering. We all know what followed and Topps made note of that with the '59 card of Roy in his wheelchair. There's also the '61 MVP card but unfortunately Campy's injury led to a shortage of cardboard in addition to everything else. Thankfully one card can serve to rectify that, and it's not even from the good old US of A.

The '67 Venezuelan set, as cursory internet research will reveal, was broken down into three subsets and retailed for six cents a pack (packs contained four cards and gum). Campy was found in the middle series which featured retired players, hence the bold RETIRADO across the front. I love everything about the card, from the action pose to the bright coloring to the simple yet aesthetically-pleasing design. I'd love to one day add the Jackie and Sandy cards from the same series.

The card is always strong as it's not easy to find and I haven't run across a lot of high-grade copies. Recently a PSA 5 sold for nearly $600; a PSA 3 for almost $360; and a raw copy in 2.5-VG range sold for an accepted Best Offer off of a $250 listing. There is also currently a PSA 4 up for auction that already has met its opening bid of $100. I was beyond happy to land my raw copy for a stellar price and send it in for slabbing through work. The front presents as a gorgeous VG-EX with no creases, obviously, and strong color.

So what could possibly downgrade the card into a PSA 2 GOOD holder? As you can see there's a small amount of paper loss on the back in a couple of spots. This matters not one iota to me and in fact is the only reason I could afford to splurge on the beautiful addition to my Campy PC.

For anyone who critiques Topps for recycling the same old poses, it's nothing new for any of the card companies as I assume it's a lot cheaper than licensing a new photo or outright purchasing it. This familiar Campy pose can also be found -- or a pose similar to it can be seen -- on his 1949 Eureka Stamps release; 1951 Bowman card; 1952 Berk Ross offering; and the Action Pose in 1952 Wheaties.

It's a truly tremendous pose, by the by. I love it.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

When eBay Bucks Are About To Expire

I had a solid chunk of eBay Bucks set to expire. As I've been buying less and less over the last year plus they sat around for nearly a month whereas in the past they probably would not have lasted more than a day or two after arriving in my account. I couldn't let them go to waste so I decided to add a card I already own, but one with a characteristic I'll never pass up for the right price.

A Clayton Kershaw autograph for the right price (just over a blaster after using the aforementioned bucks) always catches my eye and has a place in my collection. I landed this beaut two years ago to the day -- well, I posted about acquiring it two years ago -- and now I theoretically have one for both my Kersh and Kemp collections. It's numbered 11/25.