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Thursday, February 20, 2020

1972 Icee Bear Project -- # 17: Calvin Murphy, Slabbed A PSA 8!

Towards the end of 2019 I was able to land a much-needed piece in my quest to obtain the 1972 Icee Bear Basketball Set in PSA 8 form. The last few are proving to be quite difficult but patience, as it so often does, eventually paid off.

Here is NBA Hall of Famer and championship baton twirler Calvin Murphy. Murphy was an eBay pickup for $15 and change plus shipping for it and one other card, a price I was more than happy to pay after searching and searching for a long time.

Murphy brings me to 17 of the 20 needed for completion.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Bob Love 1972 Icee Bear PSA 8 Upgrade

I was able to replace the Bob Love 1972 Icee Bear PSA 8 I had acquired back in early 2018 with one that actually fits the parameters of my Icee Bear PSA 8 Project.

For some reason I decided that all cards would not only be PSA 8's but also must be the old-school PSA flip with no hologram of any kind. This has made the project more challenging to be sure but continuity is important to me for this cardboard journey. The replacement Bob Love keeps my total at 16 of a possible 20.

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.