Saturday, December 7, 2019
#314 Roy Campanella
Progress: 1st of this card
310 of 407 76.2% complete
How acquired: Sent as an extremely generous gift from a reader
This Campanella was sent to me by a reader of this blog, who only asked for a few '73 Topps set build needs in return. I'm a little blown away by the gesture. It's also my first high number card from this set, even if you can't tell just by looking at it, due to the three in "314" no longer being visible on the back. I'd be lying if I said I don't get a little bit of an extra thrill from having a high number in hand. So a huge thank you to the individual who sent it. I have been embarrassingly slow in getting out a package of '73 Topps to him, really a trivial return for a card like this, but still have a mounting stack that will eventually find their way into a mailbox.
I don't think "Campy," needs much of an introduction. On the short list when it comes to the subject of "Greatest Catcher of All-Time," the three time MVP helped lead the Brooklyn Dodgers to five NL Pennants and a World Series title before having his career cut short by a tragic automobile accident. While his career is pretty well documented, I was somewhat surprised to see that in his lone pitching appearance in the Negro League, Campanella threw a complete game and picked up a win. Also worth noting for it's absurdity, "Campy" wasn't let into Cooperstown until his 7th year on the ballot. Even when he finally was inducted along with Stan Musial in 1969, he barely squeaked in with just 79.4% of the vote. That remains a blackeye for the BBWAA as far as I'm concerned.
I haven't posted anything new on this blog since April of 2018. I am sitting on one more new addition, and it's a big one, but I've just been unsure how I want to post it, and what to do next as far as future post. I hadn't intended to pursue the high numbers in this set orignally. But two things have happened. One, the low end high numbers in this set have dropped in price significantly over the last two years. For a long time they never showed up for under a $100, no matter how beat up they were. Now they're routinely going in the $40-60 range, which is still obscene, but I may be able to swing 2 or 3 a year. And two, on the other end of my set building, 1970's high numbers have been going up in price. While $40-60 for a single card isn't really something I can stomach, $5-10 a card for common '72 high numbers can also add up fast. So I'm not sure which direction I'll go. A third option is to focus on 1953 Topps (an effort I also have blog for, that despite a huge backlog of new pick-ups, hasn't been updated in over a year). I'll probably just go scatter shot and not finish anything off.
Stats: 10 seasons, 3x NL MVP, 8x All-Star, 5x NL Pennants, 1954 World Series Ring
Inducted into The Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
#284 Hank Arft
Progress: none, 2nd of this card
How acquired: $4.99 on eBay
At first glance, this card appears to be in much better condition than my first copy of Hank Arft. However, my collecting taste, or probably more accurately, my collecting tics, fall a little bit outside of the mainstream. While I can deal with the paper loss on the back, that little clipping in the upper left just irritates me to no end. To the point that I opted to keep my fist copy in the '52 binder I have going and relegate this one to my duplicates pile. I'm also of the opinion that this card was likely trimmed along it's edges at some point.
Stats: 5 seasons, 229 hits, 13 home runs
Here's a side by side of the two copies:
Maybe I'm nuts, but I prefer the one on the left. It's faded colors, creases, scuff marks, and the sorry state of the edges are all more akin to medals to be worn with pride than defects to be derided when it comes to my collecting taste.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
#275 Pat Mullin
How acquired: $8.75 on eBay
I think I lost my mind a few months back when I was closing out on my remaining needs and adding duplicates when available at good prices. This is a duplicate. That is not a good price. I have no idea what I was thinking.
I know I was not happy with my initial copy of this card. The bottom edge appears to have been eaten by rodent or bird. Growing up my brother had a cockatiel bird for longer than I would like to remember, and the thing used to be allowed out of it's cage and would immediately start to nibble my comic books. The damage on my first Mullin card looks like the pages of my comic books after "Louie" had snacked on them. In any event, it was one of the few cards I was actively looking to upgrade. I just shouldn't have done so at this price.
Stats: 10 seasons, 2x All-Star, 676 hits, 87 HR, 385 RBI, .271 avg.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
#251 Chico Carrasquel
How acquired: $5.50 on eBay
To be honest, I'm not sure what I was thinking when I bought this card. It's an upgrade over my first copy, but there wasn't anything horribly wrong over the one I already had, and this one wasn't exactly cheap. I guess I just get carried away sometimes when I'm placing all my max bids with a seller who has a lot of 52's listed for auction.
If nothing else, it's a 5th series card of a guy who made multiple All-Star teams. I've made sillier decisions in my collecting life than this.
Stats: 10 seasons, 4x All-Star, 1,199 hits, 3x AL Defensive WAR leader
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
#155 Frank Overmire
How acquired: $5.04 on eBay
Condition: Very Good
When I first started collecting this set about ten years ago, this Frank Overmire was one of my early favorites. I didn't really anticipate ever actually owning most of the stars, but if I couldn't own the real stars, I may as well try to own a card that looked like one. This Overmire just has the look of a card that should cost a lot. And given his MLB resume, it certainly costs more than it should. But it still calls out to me on eBay, and when I had the chance to pick up this second copy, I couldn't resists.
Stats: 10 seasons, 58 wins, 50 complete games, 3.96 ERA, World Series Ring with Detroit in 1945
Monday, April 16, 2018
#139 Ken Wood
Progress: none, 2nd of this card
How acquired: $4.69 on ebay
This was not an intentional acquisition. I had a brief run awhile back where I was able to acquire a good number of these from a couple of sellers at reasonable rates. $4.69 would be at the high end for a duplicate Ken Wood, at least on my budget, and not one I would target. But for a 1st copy that crosses off a need, anything under $5 is typically my goal. Due to my own stubborn habit of not updating my need list until a card is actually in hand, I failed to realize that I had picked up a Ken Wood less than a week earlier in another purchase, and it was in the mail. I'm not losing any sleep over it, but this card actually cost about 50¢ more than my first one, and is in worse shape. Oh well.
Stats: 6 seasons, 223 hits, 34 homer runs, .234 avg.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
#307 Frank Campos
Progress: 1st of this card
309 of 407 75.9% complete
How acquired: $11.50 on eBay
Condition: Very Good
This Frank Campos has some water damage in the corner, but is in other wise great shape. I'm a fan of any card in this set that has that shield patch on the sleeve, and this Campos is no exception. It's a good looking baseball card, and the way the "W" on the jersey sort of looks like the Wu-Tang logo does nothing to change my opinion on that.
I overpaid for this Campos, but these 300+ number cards just seem to cost a little more, even when the player on the front is Frank Campos, who had 41 career hits over three seasons. This was actually the last card I needed to complete the run from 1-310 and I just didn't have the patience to hold out for a better priced, worse looking copy. I wanted to finish. Obviously one card remains to be posted. Those of you who have been paying attention can probably guess who that is.
Stats: 3 seasons, 41 hits, 13 RBI's, .279 avg.
Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A