After my first order from baseballcardstore.ca, or the online dime-box, I made frequent small purchases by taking advantage of combined shipping. 400 cards later, in December, I finally got my cards shipped, hoping it would arrive by Christmas. And then I waited, and waited, and waited .It turned out that they were low on card supplies for shipping, which is okay, but I wish they had said something. I finally got my cards the same day of the card show, in late January, and when I heard it was delivered I ran out to the mailbox. I was not disappointed. It took a while, but it was worth it. Digging through 400 cards was pure joy!
Sunday, March 28, 2021
Monday, March 15, 2021
I think I'll also start working on completing 1963 Topps, and finding so many good deals on high and semi-high numbers is one of the reasons. I love getting cards of 1962 Mets of any kind, and I especially love getting semi-high short prints for $1.10!
I find it interesting how in the cartoon on the back of Thomas's card, there's a portrayal of Casey Stengel, lecturing to the Mets . It's odd because for almost all the cartoons, it features only the player, or the player with some generic figures. Casey also makes a cameo in one of my 1956 Topps Yankees.
|Casey's in the 3rd panel - back images courtesy of TCDB|
I guess Casey was pretty easy to caricature.
A row of Rowes! (sorry)
Too bad Dick "The Monster" Radatz didn't last longer, because he was incredible at his best. Over his first three years, he averaged 13 wins, 25 saves, a 2.17 ERA, and 162 strikeouts per year! The workload was probably too much for him, as he worked in as many as 157 innings in a season. What might have been.
These aren't very noteworthy except for being high numbers, but they were still satisfying adds.
Does anyone else have the problem where, when writing a blog post, they keep on wanting to write things from The Great American Baseball Card etc. book? It happens to me all the time. I had to restrain myself from writing whooooooooooeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee for the 1963 Roseboro a little bit back in the post. (For those who are interested in getting the spelling exactly right, it's 10 o's and 17 e's.) Now I'm tempted to just write "Jim Bouton is a big mouth" for Bouton, and repeat the passage on Daddy Wags and "Rent Your Pad From Super Dad." But I guess I'll have to resist the urge.
By now I have the book almost memorized, so these passages just spontaneously present themselves to me when I see the cards featured in the book. I've read it for almost as long as I've been collecting baseball cards, and it's been very influential to me.
The holy grail of the high numbers I got were three 1972 Topps high numbers, all of which were under a dollar.
Because my dad has a complete 1972 set, I didn't need these for the collection, and by selling Ivan and Koosman, I almost paid for the rest of the cards! And I haven't sold the Gallagher yet. Think of it. 1960s high numbers, practically for free!
So that's it. I have some more 1963 Topps cards from this seller that I'm going to buy, including some more high numbers, so I'm feeling pretty happy right now.
By the way, sorry for going almost a month without posting. Half the time I've been too busy to write a post, and the other half I just haven't wanted to. I'm planning to start doing a post at least every Sunday, so hopefully that'll help me with my consistency.
Friday, February 19, 2021
As I have a relatively small collecting budget, but ambitious collecting tastes, I spend a lot of time scouring the internet for deals. Probably too much time, but it often pays off. A while back, I was looking at cards on the Trading Card Database, when I noticed that there was a link to a trading card site called Kronozio. I had never heard of it before, but decided to look and see if there was any good cards. Though it's a smaller site, I was able to find some very good cards, and I made my first purchase from a store called, oddly enough, Frames, Plaques, and more.
Though the prices vary on Kronozio, all the cards I got were below the price on COMC, so there are some very good deals to be found if you're prepared to look a little.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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 baseballcardstore.ca, so I was a bit surfeited with dime cards. Though, as you can tell from the first post, I still got a lot.
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.
|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.|
|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.|