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Friday, June 15, 2018

Sam Crawford T206 Sweet Caporal, PSA 2 MK (My First Net54 Purchase)

I recently joined Net54 after a long stretch of knowing about it but never taking the plunge. I knew it was something I should do but was just lazy about it. After joining I figured I might check it out once a week or so. I was beyond mistaken. I also never thought I'd buy something off of the forums before being a member for a while. All it ended up taking was a day or two.

A guy named Mike had a thread where he was selling off excess T206s, things he had upgraded from. The first card I saw listed immediately caught my eye and the price was more than fair. A few quick e-mails were fired off and within a week the above beaut was in my mailbox. The Monster has caught hold of me and I honestly don't want it to let go.

Sam "Wahoo" Crawford - a HOFer who played with Cobb and was a star himself - sitting at that price was too good a deal to pass up. Add in that it was already slabbed in a very eye-appealing PSA 2 (MK) and the decision was an easy one.

I found Crawford to be a really interesting figure after doing some research on him. He signed contracts with both the Reds and Tigers after a few years in the league and a judge had to rule on who he would play with. The Tigers of course won out but had to pay $3,000 to the Reds for his services.

Crawford and Cobb, while they started out as mentor and student, grew to greatly dislike one another. Cobb would eventually help champion Wahoo for the Hall of Fame, something Sam never learned of until Cobb died.

Crawford also played for the LA Angels in the PCL, was head baseball coach at USC, and later umpired in the PCL.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Congrats Alexander Ovechkin!

One of my favorite non-Ducks (despite the fact that he kills us basically every time we play, and we don't play the Caps very often to begin with) has finally won the Cup. He had a great playoffs and I'm thrilled to see him get to raise Lord Stanley and not get shit on by people.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

How's It Going Grimey?

My friend was back in the shop recently and surprised me with his latest creation after asking who I'd like him to draw. One of The Simpsons' shortest-tenured characters but a most memorable one, and the mortal enemy of Homer J:

Frank Grimes! Springfield adds another exciting role player to the fold.

Thanks as always Davy!

Monday, June 11, 2018

T206 Pickup: George Bell Sweet Caporal, Hands Above Head, SGC 20

A lot of my recent focus has shifted almost exclusively to tobacco and pre-war which is never a bad thing. A recent perusal of eBay turned up a card I couldn't pass up for the price. My T206 Collection is modest but growing and while I'm never going to try and tackle The Monster affordable and beautiful cards in the set will always be targets I aim to hit.

This gorgeous Hands Above Head pose of Brooklyn Superba George Bell, slabbed an SGC 20, presents with great eye-appeal for such a low grade. There's a small bit of paper loss on the back but other than that the card is a very solid VG-EX.

I aim to nab all the Brooklyn players one day and Bell's pose is one of the nicer in that grouping without a doubt. I always love when the Brooklyn B is on full display.

Bell didn't debut in the bigs until he was 32 and he would eventually pass on Christmas day of 1941. Interestingly enough his former teammate and fellow T206er Whitey Alperman would also die on Christmas day, one year after Bell.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Reggie Jackson 1969 Topps Decals BVG 6

While I don't collect Reggie Jackson and he made the Dodgers suffer enough in the postseason to last a lifetime, there was no way I could pass up this sweet 1969 Topps Decals rookie year card of his. Slabbed a BVG 6 EX-MT, it was mine for a measly $10 delivered. Far cheaper than a rookie and honestly, way cooler.

The decal not lying entirely flat inside the holder combined with BVG/BGS holders being difficult to scan in clearly really takes away from how nice this looks in-hand.