Saturday, January 21, 2017

#111 Harry Lowrey "P. Nuts"


#111 Harry Lowrey
Progress: 1st of this card
201 of 407  49.4% complete
How acquired: $5.00 on ebay
Condition: Good
This card looks like what I think an early 1950's baseball card should look like.  It's really a beautiful looking card with a great mix of colors.  My favorite thing about this card, and there's a lot to choose from, is the way he signed "P.nuts" in his signature.  

Stats: 13 seasons, All-Star, 1,177 hits, 37 HR, .273 avg.

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A

Thursday, January 19, 2017

#84 Vern Stephens


#84 Vern Stephens
Progress: none, 2nd of this card
How acquired: $2.29 on ebay
Condition: Good
This card is an improvement on my first Vern Stephens.  I wasn't actively trying to upgrade my copy, which was completely acceptable, but when a '52 of an 8x All-Star shows up for under $3, I have a hard time passing on it.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

#5 Larry Jansen




















#5 Larry Jansen
Progress: 1st of this card
200 of 407 49.1% complete
How acquired: $3.45 on ebay
Condition: Fair
This card has taken a beating over the last 65 years or so, but still remains intact in one piece.  Even in this shape, $3.45 feels like a steal for this card.  I have no idea what Jansen is doing with his fingers on this card, but it looks cool.  Jansen had relatively short career, albeit, a very good one.  But not good enough to justify the premiums this card usually demands.  I'm guessing the price has more to do with the picture, which I'm sure other find just as interesting as I do.

Stats: 9 seasons, 2x All-Star, 122 wins, 3.58 ERA, '51 NL wins leader (23), '50 NL SHO leader (5)

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A

Sunday, January 15, 2017

#77 Bob Kennedy















#77 Bob Kennedy
Progress: 1st of this card
199 of 407   48.9% complete
How acquired: $8.75 on ebay
Condition: Very Good
I don't really know what I was thinking when I went so high to get this card.  It's one I've wanted for awhile, and just got sick of losing out.  I'm sure with a little more patience I could have found a copy closer to the $5 range I would have preferred, but I'll live.  As it is, the card is in very nice shape.  Kennedy was never an All-Star, but he stuck around for sixteen seasons, though it looks like he was only an every day starter in three of those years.  Bob got to watch a lot of major league baseball.

Stats: 16 seasons, 1,176 hits, 63 HR, .254 avg, '48 WS Ring with Cleveland

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A

Friday, November 11, 2016

#2 James "Pete" Runnels


#2 James "Pete" Runnels
Progress: 1st of this card
198 of 407  48.6% complete
How acquired: $7.50 on ebay
Condition: Very Good
I've been on a bit of a spending spree, but still feel like I'm getting some pretty nice deals for a change.  Card #1 in this set is Andy Pafko (it's the card Indiana Jones is going for in the banner above), and given the price Pafko demands (4 figures in prices guides!!!) relative to Pafko's career, it's obvious I'm not the only collector who covets card #1 in Topps first set.  At some point I will get my hands on a Pafko, but for awhile now, I've targeted card #2, this Runnels.  It's just one number off after all.  Apparently, I'm not the only collector who figures #2 is almost as cool as #1, because this Runnels also routinely out punts his price coverage on ebay, going well above the $20 mark on a regular basis.  So when this one popped up with a "Buy it Now" price under ten, I went for it.  Occasionally, I'll see a well worn copy of this card go for less, but not often, and I always come up short on the bidding, so who knows what the actual ceiling would have been.  As it is, it's another first series need to cross off my need list, and a nice looking card of a former All-Star.  The downside is, my itch to drop way too much on a Pafko just became a lot worse.

Stats: 14 seasons, 3x All-Star, 1,845 hits, 2x AL Batting Champ (.320 '60, .326 '62), 49 home runs, .291 avg.

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

#15 Johnny Pesky


#15 Johnny Pesky
Progress: 1st of this card
197 of 407  48.4% complete
How acquired: $10.25 on ebay
Condition: Excellent
This Pesky is a card that has eluded my budget for years.  I'm not a Red Sox fan, and have no deep seeded affection for Pesky or his pole, but many Sox fans do.  As a result this card routinely demands a premium I'm simply not willing to pay for non-Hall of Famer on a team I don't care for.  So while $10 is still one of the higher numbers I've laid down for a card in this set so far, it still feels like a pretty good deal, especially given the nice shape it's in.  To read more about "Mr. Red Sox" and the myth behind "Pesky's Pole," click here to view his Wikipedia page, it's an interesting read.  Pesky finished with 1,455 hits, but lost three years to military service, sandwiched between 200+ hit seasons.  There's little reason to doubt he would have cracked 2000 career hits had he not lost those years.

Stats: 10 seasons, 2x All-Star, 3x AL Hits Leader '42, '46, '47, .307 avg.

Best Hall of Fame Showing: 1960 0.4%

Sunday, November 6, 2016

#16 Gene Hermanski

 




#16 Gene Hemanski
Progress: 1st of this card
196 of 407  48.1% complete
How acquired: $6.00 one ebay
Condition: Fair
I went a little higher than I would like for this Hermanski, but I was already going with some other cards from this particular ebay seller, and he had flat rate shipping, so I bit.  It's in pretty good shape, though the colorization on the front has taken on a little bit of a sepia tone.  It's a pretty cool photo of what I presume is Wrigley in the background, though I can't be certain.  Hermanski was never an all-star in his nine MLB seasons, but was a regular contributor for the Brooklyn Dodgers from '47-'50, and played in 11 of the 12 World Series games of the two series the Dodgers lost in '47 and '49.

Stats: 9 seasons, 533 hits, 42 home runs, .272 avg.

Best Hall of Fame Showing: N/A