Sunday, September 27, 2020

Going off the beaten path for baseball cards

Comc and Ebay are the usual options for buying baseball cards, but it pays to get off the beaten path some times for baseball card buying options. 

For instance, I bought some cards from Kit Young a month ago. Kit Young has been around for a long time, so he isn't exotic, but he isn't the knee-jerk option like Ebay.

This time I bought from a site that specializes in O-Pee-Chee cards, OPC baseball. I bought 4 cards from them; ironically, only one was actually an O-Pee-Chee card. 

First I got 2 cards for my 1959 Topps set build: Drysdale and Hodges. Neither of them are in great condition, but they're both totally acceptable to me.The backgrounds are interesting too. It felt good getting 2 hall of famers out of the way. I now have 56 out of the 572 cards in the set, which isn't bad considering I haven't been actively working on it for that long.

This was my favorite of the lot, both just as a card and as a deal. It was just $5, a real steal for a vintage Whitey Ford, and I also just really like the card. 1964 Topps has a nice design, and I like the pitcher-coach designation. Not something you see everyday.

This is a 1966 O-Pee-Chee card, though it looks just like a regular Topps card on the front. 1966 OPC was one of the rarest OPC issues of them all, so I was very pleased to get a Felipe Alou for a very reasonable price. 

The "Printed in Canada" line is the only way to tell that it's an OPC card. 

Overall, I got some good cards at good prices from OPC baseball. As with Kit Young, not all the cards are priced as well; really, I think I might have gotten all the good priced baseball cards. But I'll definitely be checking back occasionally to see if there are any more good baseball cards.

This series of purchases really shows that it pays to consider options other than the go-to sites like Ebay.


  1. Didn’t Kit Young run the trade show out in Hawaii back in the 1990s? Nice pick ups!

    1. Yup. Never went to it, but I discovered that Upper Deck made a cool autograph set for the 2000 Hawaii Trade Conference and included an autograph of Young.

      By the way... Nice Ford GTT. Glad you were able to find some good deals. I'd check them out, but I don't really have time to browse through inventories right now looking for deals. Maybe on my Thanksgiving break I'll give their site a shot.

  2. I've bought from Kit Young a couple times, he's a little pricey but often reasonable. And you got some nice singles here. The backgrounds of the Drysdale and especially Hodges appear to be from the L.A. Coliseum. I love seeing that grand old stadium in baseball (and football) cards.

  3. Sweet pickups! I feel like Whitey Ford's cards don't get mentioned enough, so I'm certainly glad to see that one.

  4. All four of them, Drysdale, Hodges, Ford, and Alou have been some of my favorites to study up on. Alou was my absolute favorite of the four, because I'm a Giants fan.