Thursday, February 11, 2021

Card show part II: Mostly vintage

 I mostly focused on vintage at the card show, because there was only one table with a dime box, but around 5 good vintage tables. At a card show, you really just have to go with the cards that are available. Also, the same day I went to the card show I finally received my order from, so I was a bit surfeited with dime cards. Though, as you can tell from the first post, I still got a lot.          

My dad really likes the Mussina card above, as he's a Mike Mussina fan and was living in Rochester around the time that card was made. 
This pre-rookie card of Aroldis Chapman was a surprise at 10 cents. Aroldis Chapman has fallen off a bit, as age has dimmed his historic fastball, but he still has an OK chance at the hall of fame.

I got a good amount of cards for my dad's collection, because I've been selling some of my dad's vintage duplicates so instead of having 3,000 duplicates, he can finish his sets. I mostly got cards for his 1967 and 1973 sets, as those are ones he doesn't have a ton of cards from. With sets he's close to completing, I figure that it's better to shop on-line than at a card show, because the odds aren't great that I'll find many of the cards he needs.

And if anyone's interested in some 1970s cards, let me know at jiachetta42 at gmail dot com.

1967 is one of my favorite vintage sets. I'm really glad that the boycott of Topps' photographers waited until 1968, as 1967 has a very simple design, and with bad pictures it would be like 1969, where the cards with good pictures are great, but if the picture is bad there's nothing for the card to fall back on, and it's just a bad card.
I can almost never find Hostess cards at card shows for some reason. The Tiant above, which I got for 50 cents, is only the second Hostess card I can remember seeing at a card show. Go figure.
The Terry Crowley card might as well be a Thurman Munson card, which is one of the fun things about the action shots in 1973 Topps. They're so zoomed out that you can see the entire play. And really, I prefer that over the tidy action shots Topps has nowadays. They feel bland compared to the eccentric shots featured in 1973.
I think I'll talk about Vic Davalillo a bit, as he was very interesting. The slightly built Vic Davalillo (5'7'', 150 lb.) was brother of the even slighter Yo-Yo Davalillo (5'3'', 140 lb.) I mean, I'm already taller than either of them were. Yo-Yo isn't even much taller than my little sister. Vic actually started out as a pitcher. In 1959, he went 16-7 with a 2.45 ERA for Palatka, wherever that is. By 1962, though, he was almost exclusively an outfielder. However, he never completely left the mound, as he pitched in 50 more games in his pro career. He played in the Venezuelan Winter League until 1986, playing in 30 seasons total for that league. He led the league many times in hitting in Venezuela, hit .325 career there, and even hit .413 in the 1981-82 season at the age of 42.
It's always fun getting cards of The Barber. He's a favorite, both because he was just awesome, and because he's been a favorite in my family since the '50s.
I mentioned a couple posts ago that Rusty Staub was one of the two remaining cards left for me to complete the 1969 Topps Deckle Edge set, with Willie Mays being the other. As you can see, I was finally able to get a Staub for a reasonable price, as it set me back a mere dollar at the show. Take that, sellers on COMC who overpriced your copies. Ha!
Topps Super cards are always fun. My dad has about 10 from 1970, but none from 1971, so I was glad to get this 1971 Roy White for $2. It's a great looking card.
Hal Newhouser is one of the lesser-known hall of famers, so this 1955 Topps card, my first card of him, was just $3. I have barely any 1955 Topps cards, just 3 including Newhouser, and I think it's because I really like both 1954 and 1956 Topps, and 1955 is just in the middle, not really special in any way. It's still nice though, and I should probably get more.

I also got a little work done of my 1959 Topps set, getting 5 more cards for $1 each.
This Herb Score is one of my favorite cards I got at the card show. It was my first card of Score, who was headed on a hall-of-fame trajectory before hurting his arm. (Getting hit may have contributed to his arm injury indirectly, but probably isn't the reason why he was never the same again.) The picture, with  Score at Yankee Stadium, is pretty great. 

I'm really glad for the facade at old Yankee Stadium, because it allows me to say "This picture was taken at Yankee Stadium," which, to be honest, I can't do for any other stadium.
The Joey Jay is an awesome one. It's featured in The Great American Baseball Card Flipping, Trading, and Bubble Gum Book, and any card of a pitcher with a bat is a good one in my book. Though I don't track them down with the intensity of some other bloggers. The font for the write-up on the back is also spaced differently than on most cards, which for some reason I like a lot.

Oddly, both the O'Toole and Ricketts rookies have mistakes on the write-up. The O'Toole says he lead the A.A (American Association) in strikeouts in 1958, while he actually led the S.A (Southern Association).The Ricketts shows him playing basketball, but says "Dick was a great all-american baseball player at Duquesne." I'm almost certain they meant to say basketball, as it's pretty obvious Ricketts did well at baseball in college.

Well, I had a pretty good time at the card show overall. I got a satisfactory haul of cards without obliterating the bank, so it's all good.

Extra: I didn't show the pictures of all the cards I got, as that would make the blog post go on for way too long, but I figure I may as well tack on the pictures of the other cards with minimal commentary at the end. That way you can enjoy looking at the cards, if you want to, without looking at your watch and saying to yourself, "When is this post going to end?"

1969 Nabisco

Combo cards with silly names are the best

Just beautiful. Especially at 70 cents each.

A duplicate, but I couldn't pass it up at $3. Available if you're interested.

Mad Hungarian!

Hal McRae looks so young!


Hal Reniff's nickname was Porky. You're welcome.

I'm listening to "Kind of Blue" by Miles Davis for my first time today, and I really like it. It's more mellow than most other jazz I've heard, but it's good. 

$1 each


  1. '67 greatness!

    I like the Hostess Tiant a lot. I'm going to have to get that one soon.

  2. Neat. The Ford and Newhouser cards for just $3 each blows my mind.

  3. Wow. That Ford for $3 is an awesome find. I thought the hobby was going crazy.

  4. Wow, lots of great deals! Love that Tiant!

  5. You don't see cards from that Nabisco sets on the blogs very often, if ever. Yours looks really good too! Your selection of 67's is really great too, but I think I like the pair of Barbers the best, especially the exhibit card.