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Friday, February 14, 2020

Satchel Paige Pickup: 1949 Indians Picture Pack, Action Pose (PSA 1.5)!

Satchel Paige doesn't have a lot of cardboard to chase and what he does have is usually pricier than I'd like to dish out. One item that was within my budget and very appealing to the eye turned up at my old job a while back. I picked it up last year and subbed it at work and after providing some research on the set this beauty came home with me in a sweet PSA 1.5 slab.


Part of the 1949 Cleveland Indians Picture Pack set, Satch has an Action Pose and Portrait Pose in the release and the Action Pose is all kinds of AMAZING. It's a simple shot of Paige in his windup in front of the Cleveland dugout with teammates and fans behind him looking on, but it more than does the trick. It presents so exceedingly well for a 1.5 and it's a one of a kind in some ways as it's the only item from the entire set PSA has ever authenticated and graded.

It's a most fine addition to my Vintage Collection.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Even As A Dodgers' Fan, I Am Still Okay Owning This Card (But Okay Is Where I Draw The Line)

Way back when I found this card in a box full of junk and added it to my collection for free (never a bad starting point). The set has become extremely popular for obvious reasons and it was, at worst, trade bait. Jump ahead to working for PSA and I decided to include it in a small submission of randomness just for kicks.


I was surprised it came back a 10 as I thought it was a 9 at best but I was happy to add a PSA 10 Jose Altuve 2011 Topps Update RC to my collection/trade bait/for sale pile for just the $8 grading fee and some time awaiting its return.

This was prior to the sign-stealing scandal and while I'm not distraught possessing it I would part with it for the right deal more easily now than before.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Jackie Robinson Pickup: 1948 Old Gold Cigarettes "Kneeling" -- Slabbed a PSA 2!

Jackie Robinson would have been 101 on January 31st. I am of the opinion that you can never have enough playing-era Jackie Robinson cards. I don't have much but what I do have I treasure. Recently a couple opportunities to add to the small stack presented themselves and I jumped as fast as I could.


This absolute stunner hails from the 1948 Old Gold Cigarettes two-card offering, both of which are of the one and only Jackie. There's a Leaping Pose and a Kneeling in Dugout Pose and the Dugout variation came up on eBay for a reasonable price. I made the seller an offer and much to my delight he accepted without a counter. I submitted it at work and I was very excited to see it come back in a PSA 2 slab (I would have been thrilled with a straight Authentic).


Here's the back with light damage that does not distract, the best kind of cardboard damage. It also mentions his time at UCLA, a plus on any card of Jackie's.

Friday, February 7, 2020

I Finally Own A Sandy Koufax 1955 Topps Rookie Card (Slabbed a PSA 3)!

There are certain cards every collector should own within the confines of his or her collecting interests. As a vintage collector and lifelong Dodgers' fan, a rookie of the one and only Sandy Koufax is one of those must-have pieces of cardboard. It took me far too long to obtain one but I finally pulled the trigger and landed an eye-appealing copy at a reasonable price.


Considering how much key rookie cards have jumped in price in recent years I find Sandy's rookie to still be relatively affordable in low and even mid-grade. Compare Koufax with some of the other luminaries and it's surprising, although in fairness while the last six years of his career were legendary it's peak and nothing productive before that. The longevity was not there and it took Koufax a while to get to those six years, so maybe it's not all that surprising.

Either way it benefits me and this gorgeous PSA 3 rookie is now mine and the obvious central cog in my quite modest PC of the The Left Hand of God.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back, Slabbed a PSA Authentic Altered!

Today's addition to the ever-expanding Zack Wheat Collection is this absolutely beautiful 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Blank Back card that came into my possession in a strange way. I bought it raw from my old job and submitted it at work to protect it in plastic goodness.


The strangeness stems from the fact that one day when I was back at my old job in LA my boss was talking about a collection he bought from an old client who was selling. He was the son of a famous singer and had collected a ton of Dodgers' stuff (so clearly, a swell guy if there ever was one).

I grabbed the shoebox to flip through and immediately spotted a couple of smaller cards and knew that meant pre-war vintage awesomeness. The Wheat was tucked between a couple T-cards and I believe my reaction was something along the lines of screaming out "OH SHIT I WANT AND NEED THIS!"

My boss, knowing I collect Wheat, had hidden the card hoping I would stumble upon it midway through. He was also nice enough to hold it for me after buying the collection and we were able to work out a very fair deal so I could add another incredible piece to my collection.