Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Sports Collectibles New Link

Do you like Sports equipment, Sports Memorabilia, Sports, Sports, Sports and MORE Sports? Of course you do. I was recently contacted by a site called Sports Collectibles to participate in a link exchange program. They even featured my blog on their Blog page. How cool is that?

Anyway they sell mostly sports memorabilia, and autographed sports memorabilia collectibles. They also have autographed cards as well but specialize in the other stuff. All their signed autographed items come with a COA.

Their prices look to be in the standard competitive range for new stuff. They have occasional discounts and giveaways so please check them out. They currently have a 10% discount going on, limited time. I'm not sure how long that will last. Some of the signed stuff is a bit high for my liking but then hey I'm real cheap.

I have them linked on the right hand sidebar in the Links to Other Stuff section.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Washington Wednesday: 1971 Ted Vactor Redskins

1971 Redskins Rookie Card 159 Ted Vactor

Quite awhile ago in the Blog Bat Around post I did, I was going to tell the tale of this card. However it no longer fit the criteria of a card I used to own since I have a copy that was acquired a few years back. I might even now have two copies, not 100% sure about that fact.

My story is from circa 1975 maybe '76 but '75 seems more likely. I was over at the house of a childhood friend who was a year older than me and lived just a few houses away. I think I might have done a little trading with him also that day I don't recall. The main event, the trade I regret (regretted for several years until I got a replacement) was with another boy. Before I mention the kid I traded with I'll talk about the trade.

It was an All Topps (remember this was mid-1970s there was little else around but Topps) football cards All Redskins trade and/or Ex-Redskins. Something like a five to one trade. To some collectors I may have gotten the better end of the trade since I got more cards, higher profile players and they all were roughly the same vintage but I didn't feel like it. It took some persuading for me to even make the trade. I remember some begging and pleading maybe some crocodile tears and the ante being raised by the addition of another card or two just for this one card. I think only 2 or 3 cards were in the mix to begin. In total I got 5 cards (I think) to the one card I traded, and at the time thought I would never see again. Remember this was the 1970s before the early 1980s Trading Card Boom and subsequent overproduced "junk" years. This was a few short years before my LCS would start from literally a "hole in the wall" (back corner room), and the Internet wasn't even a concept yet. It would be another 5 years or so before personal computers would become a reality.

I don't recall all 5 cards specifically but I do recall the first two:

1973 Norm Snead
(OK so he was Giants at the time. Notice he is playing the Skins on this card)
1974 Bill Brundige
 and John Wilbur
maybe Ken Houston?

Maybe also a current 1975 Redskin. I think it was in '75 but as I said it could have been '76. I don't recall the exact count but I'm fairly sure the Snead and Brundige were in the bunch The Snead was my first 1973 Topps Football card, or one of my first. It might have even been one of the "bonus" incentives to make the trade. Anyway I got a small poker hand of cards for just one card. This one:

1971 Topps Football 159 Ted Vactor RC Redskins
(front and back)

Yep The Rookie card and only card that Ted Vactor appeared on during his playing days, and probably even at all. It still appears to be his ONLY card. Oh and the kid I traded with? Ted's son Tori Vactor. Tori was super collecting as many copies of his father's card as possible. During the 1970s that would be quite an accomplishment. I don't think the term "Super Collecting" was around back then. Maybe it would have been called "Hoarding".  At the time of the trade I think he had 2 or 3 copies already.

The Vactors lived across the street from our elementary school. During outside recess Tori was one of four kids who were the "Fantastic Four" the best athletes of the class who would take on everyone else in all the different sports and cream us. I didn't hang around with Tori so I didn't meet or even schmooze with his NFL Dad. I was at the house once I think and even then just at the front door with another friend to see if Tori was available to play football or some other sport/game with a group of friends. It was on a weekend or during the summer vacation maybe. I recall he was sick, or he had to babysit his little brother who was sick. We were in the same elementary school class for a few years and attended the same Jr. High, he went to a different high school. He played football in high school but I'm not sure if he played in college or even went to college.

Sometimes I wonder how many of his dad's card he eventually collected? Has he kept them since? Or his brother?

Monday, October 24, 2016

Mascot Monday: The Return With A Rivalry

Mascot Monday: A Division Rivalry

Yes it has been ages upon ages since I've done one of these. Well over a year. This one is a bit different from the other installments because the Mascot(s) I am covering is(are) not the Official Mascot of the team they are cheering for. This episode is actually about two Unofficial Mascots, and both of them are real people just plain fans dressed up in simple costumes not character heads and costumes. I am talking about a big Rivalry in Football. The NFL NFC East Rivalry between the Cowboys and Indians, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins to be exact.
Crazy Ray with Official Cowboys Mascot "Rowdy"

and Zema "Chief Zee" Williams.
Chief Zee with Redskin player Santana Moss

Both men were ultimate SuperFans of their respective teams. They were similar in that they were recognized by their team's fandom and their team as being a sort of Official Unofficial Mascot for the team. Both men were enthusiastic for their team. They butted heads often (as can be seen in the card I'm going to show), but I'm fairly sure it was a friendly rivalry. I'd like to think that both men respected each other the way their teams respected them. After all they despise the other's team not the other man. Right?

Now the card from 1992 Pro Set Football from the Team "Spirit of the Game" sub-set this is card #363 The Dallas Cowboys card. I think it is the only card either man is officially on. I don't have the Redskins card #374 yet. It doesn't have Chief Zee it has a bunch of fans holding letter and symbol signs that read "Hail To The Redskins" as the card has the lyrics to the Team Fight Song on the back. I will need to get that card and make a Washington Wednesday post about it. I have one of those ready in the queue for this Wednesday about a trade from long ago from my childhood.

1992 Pro Set Football: Spirit of the Game: 363 Dallas Cowboys

While searching for images of the rival mascots, I found this image of an autographed copy of this card on the site Redskins Hog Heaven. Actually I found it first via Google, then the site that had post it.

I don't have this autographed card, but would love to find one that is. I would also love to find an autograph of Chief Zee. I had never met him. I haven't been to a Redskins game. Sadly both men are no longer with us on this side of life. Ray passed in 2007 and Zee passed away earlier this year (2016) nine years later.

To see previous Mascot Monday posts click here.

Friday, September 30, 2016

COTW: AAGPBL Maddy English

1994 Ted Williams Baseball 95 Maddy English AAGPBL Racine Belles
You guessed it, it is the end of the month and I didn't have anything prepared so I am rushing something out to make my self-appointed blogging quota of at least one post per month. Fortunately for this month I sill have a few images that I have uploaded to the photo album of this blog that I haven't blogged about here. I scanned this card and talked about elsewhere. I had posted this card sometime last year I think over at the TCC forum in one of those all-out contests where contestants show off cards they have that fit a certain category as picked by the contest holder/judge and then usually forum members vote on which they think is the best. I came in third over all I think. I forget what the category was, maybe female athletes, but this is one of the cards I posted. A few years back I used to use my photobucket to post pics on the forums, but I don't use "the bucket" much any more. I mainly just keep it as an alternate storage space. At that time I started using the albums from the blogger blogs since I could then easily blog about any cards I posted on the forums, or blog about something first then post on the forums.

So here we go a single card from the 1994 Ted Williams Baseball set. I may have blogged about this set before or the Ted Williams card company that made the set. If not you can Google the card company (or Bing if people Bing anymore). It is one of the seven cards from the "Women of Baseball" subset that features key players from the AAGPBL (All American Girls Professional Baseball League) the woman's league featured in the movie A League of Their Own about women's baseball during WWII.

 1994 Ted Williams Baseball 95 Maddy English AAGPBL Racine Belles
(Front and Back)

Friday, August 26, 2016

Accompanying A Strive Set Build 69 Style

As a life-long collector it is odd that there are many many (read most of the damn things) Topps Flagship sets that I still need to complete. Now days with the very short printed super high number cards even base set collecting has become impossible. Many collectors seem to start a set build and then wham bamm they are finished in a year or two with little effort. No matter how much it costs to complete or how many high value cards are in the set. Even if there are a bunch of super short printed cards. Well that is what it seems like to me anyway.

One of my big goals, as readers of this blog may know, is to complete the 1965 Topps Baseball set for my Strive for '65 set build. I'm already over a year and a half behind in that goal. Update to the set build. One of the common themes other than purchasing the cards from a Sportlots auction was that I also got some 1969 Topps Baseball cards to help with that set from yet more Sportlots auctions. I had three packages that had the 1965 and 1969 combo, one had some bonus stuff. Well not technically bonus since they were auctions also, they just hitched a ride on the Hippie '60s Trip. Now the cards in no particular order.

First a three card package the '65 was Marty Keough Reds. The two 1969 cards were 25¢ each:

4 NL RBI Leaders: Willie McCovey Giants, Ron Santo Cubs and Billy Williams Cubs

164 World Series 1968 Game 3: (Tim) McCarver's Homer Puts St. Louis (Cardinals) Ahead

Package two contained eight cards from 5 sportlots 25¢ auctions. [First picture at top of this post] I don't recall the distribution by auction of the seven '65 cards, but it resulted in getting one card duplicated. I also got one card I already had (the previous one of course is in better condition). I think it was a case of the needs of more cards outweighing not needing one card. The lone '69 card in this case is:

6 NL Home Run Leaders: Willie McCovey Giants, Richie Allen Phillies and Ernie Banks Cubs.

The final package only had one lone '65 card the Dave Vineyard (at 25¢) it contained a total of 19 cards from 7 different auctions (but yes the same seller) the shipping costs varied but came to $6.73 the auction prices ranged from 25¢ to $4.75. The grand total was $15.98.

The 1969 Topps Baseball: 8 cards 3 auctions two were for multiple cards at 25¢ each auction A's team lot and 2 Yankees, 2 Mets and the third auction was for card #12 at $1.25

12 NL Strike Out Leaders: Bob Gibson Cardinals, Fergie Jenkins Cubs, and Bill Singer Yankees

46 Fritz Peterson Yankees
72 Ron Taylor Mets
127 Kevin Collins Mets
143 Joe Mossek Athletics
195 John Odom Athletics
217 John Donaldson Athletics
313 Bill Robinson Yankees

BONUS CARDS: AKA Not '65 nor '69

1967 Philadelphia Gum Football: 1 card $2.25
120 New York Giants Team Card - Team Logo on front.

1982 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars Baseball: 9 cards 2 auctions one of 4 cards at 25¢ and one 5 cards $4.75 (includes Parker and Cey). All in excellent condition with only a little bent warping.

9 Fernando Valenzuela Dodgers
25 Carlton Fisk White Sox
28 Robin Yount Brewers
46 Ron Cey Dodgers
48 Dave Parker Pirates
52 Chris Chambliss Dodgers
57 Dwayne Murphy Athletics
63 Vida Blue Giants
64 Eddie Murray Orioles

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Strive For '65 Status Saturday: A Lone B'Bird

20 Aug 2016
Strive for '65 | 1965 Set Build | Master Want List
 Current card count: 254/598 (256/600) 42.8%

ACK! I think my scan is a bit bright.

Lets see it has been a few months since I've added to this set build. The last update was in January it was one card only. This update is for one card only also. OK now I have to rewrite this thing because a second lone bunch of cards came in. Now the post title doesn't make any sense. So what? I'm too lazy to do too much changing. The first card came in late April I got it from Sportlots in an auction for only 25¢ + 59¢ shipping. The second lone card came in early June also from a Sportlots auction, but it had some companion cards from 2 other auctions so no so lonely. Come think about it and to double check the April card was with a couple of other cards as well. Lets see this latest not-so-lonely card was 75¢ plus 69¢ shipping. Hey cool it pushes my set build percentage up to the Ultimate 42%

So some more cards came so once again I need to recalculate the route set build percentage complete. Eight cards (1 was a 1969 card so I won't mention it here) came from Sportlots in 5 auctions at 25¢ each I haven't bothered to double check the shipping it was so long ago. One card was duplicated (490) and one I already had (471). This happens from time to time buying from auctions piecemeal. One of the duplicates is creased but it is inked slightly darker.

The Latest Additions:
Friday 01 Jul 2016: 7 cards (1 duplicated)
108 Don Mincher Twins
163 John Briggs Phillies
222 Bob Tillman Red Sox
420 Larry Jackson Cubs
471 Billy Hoeft Tigers
490 Earl Battey Twins (2)

Thursday 02 Jun 2016: One card only.
263 Marty Keough Reds

Wednesday 27 Apr 2016: One card only.
169 Dave Vineyard Orioles

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Sugar Daddy 1953 Comic Characters

Remember when you were a little kid and you looked forward to getting the Sunday edition of the newspaper so you could read the full color comic section? Back the early 1950s comic strips were super popular more so it seems than they are now days with the Anime comics and graphic novels and computerized shows on the internet and on television. In 1953 a company called James O. Welch Co. produced a set of trading cards that were inserted into the Sugar Daddy candy wrappers. There were 50 cards in all. Each with a comic character from one of the popular comic strips of the day. The character name was not included instead there were a series of blank boxes, like a crossword puzzle, that collector's were encouraged to fill out the name. When you collected 25 different cards you were to send in the cards, filled out with your guesses of the character's names and you would win a giant sized Sugar Daddy lollipop candy on a stick.

A second series was produced using the same 50 cards, except these include the name of the character and at the bottom of the card there was a coupon that kids were once again encouraged to send in. This time if you sent in 10 coupons and .25¢ you received a beanie cap or if you sent in 10 coupons and just .10¢ you received 12 beanie buttons.

Anyway you wanna see the cards. I have three cards with two different characters 2 from series 1 and 1 from series 2. Some months back I had mentioned these cards on the card forums where I mention my "mail days" so the description paragraphs I have more or less just copied from those posts to set up showing each of the cards, so there will be some repetitive information in this post.

On 05 June 2015 I got a lone card Non-Sport sweetie for $9.95 + $3.20 Shipping. A single nice condition 1953 R757-1 Comic Character Card "Sugar Daddy" series 29 The Dragon Lady from Terry And The Pirates. This was from a set of 50 cards where there are blank boxes that the collector was to fill in the blanks identifying the character and then after collecting 25 cards mailing the correctly identified cards in to the candy maker they would get a GIANT sized Sugar Daddy "lollipop". There is an identical second "series" R757-2 that has a "coupon" on the bottom of the card (similar to the tabs on the Red Man Tobacco cards). The coupon was for a beanie or set of beanie buttons.

On Wednesday 01 July 2015: I had a one envelope one card mail day. From Ebay for $24.99 + $3.00 shipping. Yeah I know the card was a bit expensive but I think worth it. a 1953 Sugar Daddy Comic Character Cards R757-2 #29 The Dragon Lady from Terry And The Pirates comic strip. A few weeks back I had gotten the other variant of this card the R757-1 variant for much cheaper. The first variant with the fill-in-the-blank for the name is slightly easier to find since it didn't have to be mutilated, this R757-2 variant the one with the coupon is sometimes difficult to find with the coupon intact and in such good shape as this one is in.

On 11 July 2015: From Ebay single package forget if it was a PWE or a small cardboard mailer. If I recall the contents (a single vintage non-sport card) was well protected by a cardboard sandwich and was in a penny sleeve. IN pursuit of my set build of the 1953 Sugar Daddy Comic Character Cards R757-1 (and -2 set) I got card #46 Indian Chief from the "Smitty" comic strip. The blanks are Unmarked of course as this is the way I am collecting this set. At first I was concerned that the card edges were TOO straight and it was "cut" but it seems to be the same size as my other card from this set. Oh the auction details it was a BIN purchase for $7.50 + $4.00 shipping.

I plan on getting the rest of this set both variants eventually. The sets are nearly identical 50 cards in the individual sets so that is 100 cards total. The dash one set I'll try to get unmarked and the dash two set I want with the coupon intact so both sets will take me a while to get. As usual I want to get it on the cheap.

My needs for the sets:
R757-1: (Fill in the blank) 2/50:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35,36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 47, 48, 49, 50

R757-2 (coupon version w/coupon): 1/50
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35,36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

Thursday, June 30, 2016

State of The Blog: June 2016

JUNE 2016

OK lets see once again it is the very last day of the month and my damn procrastinating has got me fighting the very last seconds to get a post in on this month. Dammit. That also means the same thing for my Curly W Cards blog. FRACK!

OK real quick this is post number 16 for this year. That means a minimum of another 6 posts and not quite 2 posts per month on average. Oh and WOW I had 9 posts in January I was on a huge winning streak then. I need to do better dang it.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

ACK! I've Got Nothing Of A Post

Once again  have let a month slip by me and have to rush to get a post in before the end of the month to meet my own personal posting quota of at least one post a month. Even if it is a quick and dirty one. Well I do have a few things I really want to post but my damn procrastination of doing the necessary scanning for them prevents me from making those posts. Some of them are partly drafted up just waiting for their scans dontcha know.

In the quick and especially dirty. There is the world of politics. This being an election year and the choices we have are not very enjoyable. That reminds me I need to look out for the latest version of these things.

Since 1972 every election year there has been at least one company that has put out a deck of Parody playing cards that feature the popular political figures of the day. They are called Politicards. Somewhere around here I had mentioned the originals. Since this is a quick and dirty post I am not going to go hunting for my past post that barely mentioned the Original 1972 deck. My "Politicards" label should lead you to it.  To the best of my knowledge I have each of the decks except for this current 2016 set.  Which I think they went super cheesy on this year with making kid versions of the politico caricatures and calling it "PolitiKids".

This was just a quick and dirty way to slip in a card I had scanned at one time but apparently haven't posted about. Due mostly to discussing this card on a trading card forum for some all out bring em out drag em down throwdown contest I came in 3rd or 4th or something.

2012 Politicards - Queen of Diamonds Sarah Palin

Monday, April 11, 2016

Clowning Around A Little

Last spring training (2015) Comedian/Actor Will Ferrell pulled a publicity stunt for an HBO "Funny or Die" series where he played on 10 MLB teams in the Cactus League in one day. He played all nine positions and had two at bats. The logistics and the "contracts" must have been a nightmare. The ten teams he played for were: Athletics, Mariners, Angels, Cubs, Diamondbacks,  Reds, White Sox, Giants, Dodgers and Padres.

Anyway Topps in their infinite wisdom of all things trading cards made a 10 card Will Ferrell Sub-Set for 2015 Topps Archives Baseball. They also have autograph version of his cards and of course each of the millions of parallels they produce each and every year. Each of his cards is on a different vintage or modern style card. I wasn't sure if I wanted to pursue these at first but then I thought OK as long as I don't spend too much on them. It would be nice to get the autograph versions but those like most things card related people are selling for just too damn much. Back in January this year (2016) from Ebay I got the first of the cards from the set for $2.99 + $3.00 shipping. $5 or $6 total is all I want to spend for each card. I might go up to about $10 including shipping but these quite frankly aren't worth more than about $5 each in my book.

2015 Topps Archives Baseball: 1965 Baseball Style
WF-1 Will Ferrell Athletics
(Front and Back)

As with many of Will's promotional gimmicks he was more playing around jack-ass clown than serious working participant. I need to get the other nine cards in this set. I also need to get the other 2/3 of the original 1965 Topps Baseball set I need that I have been trying to finish building for the last 2 years. Technically for the last 51 years.