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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.

Monday, January 7, 2019

An Underrated Hall of Fame T206 Pickup: Eddie Collins, PSA 3 (MK)!

I added another gorgeous Hall of Fame T206 to my collection early in December. My boss bought it one day from a regular and after some deliberation I decided I couldn't let a good deal on a great tobacco card pass me by.


Eddie Collins is a reasonably priced but tougher HOFer in The Monster despite being one of the three best second baseman of all-time. Collins might be best known as a member of the Black Sox who wasn't found to be in on the scam but his numbers are insane. Also, his nickname was Cocky. That's tremendous.


The back yields the "MK" designation due to someone putting the initials W.R. plus what is either an e or w below it. I think it's a cool touch and I view this kind of writing in a similar fashion to the stamps many T206s have on their reverse.

Collins, interestingly enough, played one year with my main man Zack Wheat on a stacked (at least in name value) 1927 Philadelphia Athletics team that also included some dudes named Ty Cobb and Jimmie Foxx.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

(Zack) Wheat Wednesday: 1921 W461-1 Exhibits, Slabbed An SGC 40!

The first Zack Wheat Vintage Cardboard to make an appearance in 2019 was a late-December eBay pickup. I'm surprised it stayed affordable but happy as it was a need and Exhibits seem to sell quite well based on my cursory research. Exhibits are not my favorite sets but it's a nice shot of Wheat.


What makes this SGC 40 example even better is that I got it for less than a third of what the previous one in the same grade sold for four months earlier. And by "previous one" I mean the exact copy you see above. Someone bought it on eBay for $150 and eventually it came back up for auction. A deal, I got.

Monday, December 31, 2018

My First Double-Name T206: Admiral Schlei, Sweet Cap Overprint, SGC 1!

As I continue to traverse through the wonderful lifelong journey that is collecting T206s I find myself craving certain oddities in my T206 collection when I stumble across them. Some I am comfortable waiting on but others I make a serious push to acquire as quickly as possible as long as the price is right. One of those oddities to recently intrigue me is double-name Monster cards. A couple popped up on eBay and I did not expect them to stay in my range.


Thankfully I was wrong as the above beaut stayed well within my budget even though it was being sold by one of the larger eBay consignment houses. What caught my eye with this Admiral Schlei Sweet Cap Overprint 350-460 Subjects piece of history is that there's about half a name on both the top and bottom.


Marginally over a blaster was a more than satisfactory amount of cash for me to shell out and I was even able to take advantage of combined shipping with the seller to sweeten what was already a stellar pre-war deal. This is my second card of Admiral Schlei and I couldn't be happier to cross off this need from my tobacco list before the calendar turns to 2019.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Ted Williams Pickup: 1940 PM10 Stadium Pins (No B On Cap) PSA 4!

Today's one-card post was entirely an impulse purchase. I placed a bid thinking I'd get outbid while sort of wanting it and sort of not knowing why I kept bidding. As chance would have it the same item sold 5 days later in the same grade for $30 more than I paid while one sold 9 days earlier for $20 more....so thankfully there's that to cheer me right up! Here's the first Ted Williams item to enter my collection:


The back is rusted which likely accounts for the VG-EX grade. VCP lists these as 1940 although I've seen a range of years. It's a cool oddball addition to my Vintage Collection and every collection should have a playing-era Ted Williams in it.