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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

I'm Still Alive (and Older Than When Last I Blogged) .... i.e. Happy 30th To Me!

Why hello there. I seem to remember writing much more frequently in this space. It's actually something I've been meaning to do for the last five months but an increasingly busy work schedule, an old laptop that is slow, and no scanner have left me with less motivation.

I moved and have been working for PSA since February and absolutely love it. I've made some wonderful new friends and seen and held some exceptionally and exceedingly cool stuff in my five plus months here. I'll be at The National later this month, so swing by the PSA booth and say hi if you're there. 

The lack of posting will be changing shortly. While work is still crazy busy I will be buying myself a new computer and a scanner so I can start working on the massive backlog of stuff I have to share. Because while I have been absent from writing, I have most certainly not been absent from continuing to collect and buy.

A special thanks to Tim and Ryan for having actually known about the blog before meeting me at work. It's the minor amount of internet fame I've always secretly desired and it's served as extra motivation to sit down, work through the painfully slow tech, and get back to doing what I have always enjoyed doing: writing and sharing my love of cardboard with the two or three of you who stuck around and read this far (Tim, that's you buddy!).

Monday, February 11, 2019

An Awesome Vintage Postcard Pickup

I recently made a small but enjoyable purchase from the founder and lead moderator of Net54, Leon Luckey. He posted for sale a postcard and after a little thought I decided it was too cool to pass up. Click to embiggen:

The newest addition to my Vintage Collection is this ~1910 "The Never Wases & Has Beens" postcard featuring baseball in Panama. The color and overall look of the postcard and people within are super interesting.

I've been posting very little due to a recent move for work and being without a scanner for the time being. I've got a lot of sweet stuff to write up and share as well as a job to discuss and stuff to sell.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1913 T200 Fatima Team Cards, Brooklyn PSA 2

I recently landed one of the tougher Zack Wheat items I still needed for my collection of the Brooklyn Hall of Fame outfielder. It's one of the rarer pieces to find in my experience -- I've only ever seen a handful -- and definitely one of the trickier to find in presentable condition as the card was made on thin, glossy stock. It is extremely susceptible to chipping and other damage.

Patience was necessary, although the pickings were so beyond slim I didn't have much of a choice. After missing on a very nice SGC copy the above PSA 2 eventually showed up and I jumped. The price was fair and I couldn't be happier at how nice of a 2 it is. Now if only I could get the card centered in the holder....*

The backs are really cool and discuss coupon special offers.

*I've given up on that venture.

Friday, January 25, 2019

1955 Topps Jackie Robinson, SGC 3!

I recently rectified a major gap in my collection with the acquisition of one of the best Jackie Robinson cards there is: his 1955 Topps offering. I have his '56 Topps but '55 was a must for so many reasons, starting with the World Series title tie-in.

Add in how gorgeous the card is and I couldn't jump fast enough when one ended for a more than reasonable price and looking ungraded by a full grade. It's the "full diamond" version and there's literally nothing about this card that isn't sublime.

I was able to pay for this beaut with my eBay Bucks plus most of a refund from another Jackie item I bought that arrived with a damaged holder. Using what felt like free money only made this new vintage addition even sweeter.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1925-31 W590 Strip Card Hand Cut, Slabbed an SGC 2!

I recently added a tough strip card to my Zack Wheat Collection via a hard-fought eBay auction held by one of the bigger consignors on the site. I didn't really expect to win it as I was sure the final price would be higher than I was comfortable paying. In the end I was able to not only take it down but also combine shipping with my T206 Double-Name Schlei and walk away a very happy camper.

My 1925-31 W590 Wheat is one of just a handful of completed sales tracked by VCP so I knew the price could genuinely end up anywhere along the fair deal to hell no spectrum. It's a nice simple shot of the Brooklyn Hall of Famer and it presents very well for the SGC 2 grade. Also, the new SGC holders are so nice.