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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1953 Bowman Color: Roy Campanella!

My Roy Campanella PC is nearing the point I can say it's almost complete. A few cards are still missing, with that glorious 1952 Topps High-Number the most obvious one I may or may not have any time soon, but 1953 Bowman Color was also noticeably absent for far too long. A recent eBay win rectified that void.

Campy is quite a bit more beat-up than I had thought based on the seller's poor picture in his listing. I had pegged the card to be in good condition when I bought it but it's definitely poor-to-fair now that I have it in front of me.

I generally use the book near mint price and whether or not we have the card available at work to judge if I came away with a good deal from a strictly monetary perspective. Although it's in much worse condition than I had anticipated I still paid less than a third of what I would have had to shell out to grab the card in similarly poor condition from my shop. And damn, it's a '53 Bowman Campy....I will always love this card in any condition!

Honestly, I was at a point where I really did need a copy to feel like my Campanella Collection wasn't entirely lacking in an essential piece of cardboard. Plus I can one day upgrade and I fully intend to when the time comes.


  1. That is a beautiful card my friend.

  2. I'd be plenty happy with that card. '53 Bowman is fantastic.

  3. Greg, I saw in Fuji's comments section that you had a post which didn't show up in the blogrolls for 13 hours. I've had a long-running battle with issues like this, so I thought I'd share some of the things that have bitten me in the butt.

    These issues usually mean there's something with your syndication feeds that the blogroll doesn't like... Syndication feeds are what get used by blogrolls and readers and such to get information about your blog.

    Here are a few things you can check:

    If a "featured image" in one of your recent posts is very large, that can cause the blogrolls to kind of "choke" on your feed. If you're not specifying a featured image, I think the default is the first post in your post. I've never found any sort of definitive answer to "how large is too large?", but I know I once inadvertently used a 300dpi image of a 9-pocket sheet full of cards, and that was apparently "too large".

    I don't know where this is set in Blogger (I use Wordpress), but you can also check to see if there's a setting for the number of posts in your syndication feeds. Apparently you don't want this to be more than 10... but it make sense, because if you're sending out information on your last 100 posts, that's a lot of information to process and maybe something relatively minor can push you over the limit.

    If Blogger has any sort of "feed validation" options for you to do, that *might* be helpful. I've found that even when a feed validator finds problems, the errors it gives you can be cryptic to anyone who doesn't work with this stuff on a regular basis.

    Finally, if you write the text of your posts in another software package - especially Word - and then paste it directly into Blogger, that's a big no-no. There can be hidden characters or hidden HTML in what you're pasting, and that can confuse the blogrolls.

    Hope this helps!