Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Washington Wednesday: Fred Davis Auto

 2008 Topps Stadium Club Autograph: Fred Davis
Here is a card I scanned ages ago and I don't think I ever mentioned it anywhere, maybe I mentioned it or showed it on a forum but I don't think so, at least not the full on front/back combo. It is a pretty cool design and one of those sneaky on-sticker autos disguised as an on-card auto due to the card design. I think I got it from a group box break, but I might have bought it for $5-$10 bucks I don't recall, and frankly it doesn't matter that much.

 2008 Topps Stadium Club Autograph 133 Fred Davis RC Redskins
On-Sticker auto blue sharpie
(Front and Back)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Strive For 65 Set Build

Updated 04 Jun 2021

Note: As I build this set I will update this post. I have now 300/598 (302/600) 50.2%.

I don't usually set to many goals, and usually not very lofty ones at that. I don't do New Year's Resolutions either. I also don't like to mention my age much but... well next year 2015 will be the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Topps Baseball set. One of my favorite sets of all-time.

And OH, it also happens to be my birth year. So yeah next year in April I will turn the BIG Five-0. Not really looking forward to that. I had the sudden realization that it would be very very cool to finally complete the flagship set for my birth year by My 50th and the 50th anniversary of said yadda yadda.

 This "card" of me is not a real card.
It is just a digital mock-up I photoshopped,
well MSPaint(ed) (or MS Photo Editor or both) a few years ago.
I used the Jim Hannan card as a key.

So maybe the blogiverse can help me out here by sending me some '65 Mojo preferably by trade or gift or some small $$ sales. Some of those big named Yankees and Dodgers and various other stars will probably be stumbling blocks. I hope not this is a very special achievement.

Believe it or not I've had this '65 Ernie Banks for as long as I can remember, actually I think it was originally my brother's and I traded something for it (a 1970 Fergie Jenkins maybe?) Still one of my all-time fave cards in my collection.

Of course I would like to get them in as best condition as possible but I will accept the sort of poor conditioned ones to. One of the big criteria is the backs need to be relatively clean and all the info readable. They can have some off-centering but not too drastic and not any miscuts (unless an upgraded copy is with the said miscut). Checklist cards I'd prefer to be unmarked but will accept ones that are marked a bit. I just hope they aren't the super messed up ones. LOL. Even with some of the duds if I at least get one of each card in the set (even some very poor old beat up ones that went through the mud bath with the bike spokes it was attached to) my goal will have been met. Then I can upgrade later, but of course I would prefer not to have to do much upgrading.

Out of the 598 (well 599 with one variation the first checklist) cards in the set I only have a measly little 94. Not quite a sixth or a fifth even, I might need one of those soon. I have a LONG way to go.

Here are the ones I need:
1965 Topps:
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12,13, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 50, 51, 52, 53, 55, 57, 58, 60, 61, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 76, 77, 78, 79a, 79b, 80, 81, 82, 83, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 102, 103, 104, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 114, 115, 117, 119, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 130, 131, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 141, 142, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 156, 157, 158, 159, 160, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, 174, 175, 176, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 185, 186, 187, 188, 190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 196, 198, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 213, 214, 216, 218, 219, 220, 221, 222, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 228, 229, 230, 231, 232, 234, 235, 236, 237, 238, 239, 240, 241, 242, 243, 244, 245, 246, 248, 250, 251, 252, 253, 254, 256, 257, 258, 259, 262, 263, 264, 265, 266, 268, 269, 270, 271, 272, 273, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 282, 283 284, 285, 286, 287, 288, 289, 290, 291, 292, 294, 295, 296, 297, 298, 299, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 309, 310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, 326, 327, 328, 329, 330, 333, 334, 335, 336, 337, 338, 339, 340, 341, 342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 356, 357, 358, 359, 360, 361, 362, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 389, 390, 392, 395, 396, 397, 398, 399, 400, 401, 402, 403, 405, 406, 407, 408, 409, 410, 411, 412, 414, 415, 416, 418, 419, 420, 421, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 228, 429, 430, 431, 433, 434, 435, 436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 442, 443, 444, 446, 447, 449, 450, 451, 452, 453, 454, 455, 456, 458, 459, 460, 461, 462, 463, 464, 465, 466, 468, 469, 471, 472, 474, 475, 476, 477, 478, 480, 481, 482, 483, 484, 487, 488, 489, 490, 491, 492, 493, 494, 495, 496, 498, 499, 500, 501, 503, 504, 506, 507, 508, 509, 511, 512, 513, 514, 515, 516, 517, 519, 520, 521, 522, 523, 524, 525, 526, 527, 528, 530, 531, 532, 534, 535, 536, 537, 538, 539, 540, 541, 542, 543, 544, 545, 546, 547, 548, 550, 551, 552, 553, 554, 555, 556, 557, 558, 559, 560, 561, 562, 563, 564, 565, 566, 567, 568, 569, 570, 571, 572, 573, 575, 579,  580, 581, 582, 583, 584, 585, 586, 587, 588, 589, 590, 591, 592, 594, 596, 597, 598

Checklist 79 Variation:
79a Checklist cards 1-88 - 61 is Cannizzaro
79b Checklist cards 1-88 - 61 is C.Cannizzaro

Card #21 Don Blasingame Senators - the copy I got (long story short) was in worse condition than the sportlots seller had originally stated they refunded me the .18¢ for it and sent it anyway the problem is the back has some paper glued to it (the opposite of paper loss). You can read some of the stuff but not all of it, and removing the extra paper and glue residue if even possible would ruin the card further than it is. So I need an Upgrade which is why it is still on the list and blue. I picked up a copy of this one at my LCS for $2 it is way off center almost a misscut. The front is off-center down and to the right. The back way off-center to the bottom, on the bottom the last of the white box is on the very edge of the card a hair's-width of blue is at the bottom in places.

Hmmm apparently there is a slight variation with card #508 7th Series Checklist Cards 507-598. There is an ever so slight font size variation a Large and a small. Not sure if I'm going to try for this variation or not. I am currently watching an Ebay listing that is selling the pair for about $20.

26 Jan 2016: Card #10 NL Pitching Leaders.
23 Jan 2016: SF'65SS: Been Sportlotin'.
22 Jan 2016: 7 more cards including Tommy Harper
20 Jan 2016: Just Jim O'Toole
19 Jan 2016: Wow! Mega Mail Day! 13 Packages ties my all-time record for most packages in a single mailday. Not all PWEs/Bubble Mailers had '65 cards. I did get 13 new ones including League Leaders cards 4 and 9, and Team Cards of Braves, Phillies, Pirates and Tigers.
16 Jan 2016: Three cards came in two team cards plus 61 Chris Cannizzaro from checklist number one card 79. Started Saturday status update "Strive for '65 Status: Mid-January 2016".
13 Jan 2016: Updating from some cards received back in Oct or Nov last year.
07 May 2015: Recently got in 3 cards from another collector as a bonus with some cards from a group box break of newer cards and got #390 Bill Freehan from a Sportslot Auction.
27 Mar 2015: Got card #100 in a 3 card lot of Cardinals cards from an Ebay auction.
21 Mar 2015: Two more cards 200 Joe Torre and 415 Curt Flood
13 Mar 2015: One more card came in from sportlots #127
12 Mar 2015: Playing catch up with this post. In the last month or two I got about a dozen new cards for the set, a few from some auctions I think, a couple from another blogger sent in a PWE with that three pocket (cut from a 9 pocket sheet) filled with cards about 3 to 4 cards per pocket whatever comfortably fits, and some (including a dupe plus one graded) from a sale from a member on the SCF forum.
04 Aug 2014: Got 17 cards for this set from a Secret Santa in July package on Friday 01 Aug 2014. The cards fill up my first complete page, and had the final World Series card I needed for that subset.
18 May 2014: This past week I got about a dozen cards in including the Checklist variations I needed so now I have a full checklist sub-set. So actually the total number is 600 cards not just 598 or 599
25 Apr 2014: Got #170 Hank Aaron and Unmarked Checklists 104, 189, 273, 361
17 Apr 2014: From the Bay #400 Harmon Killebrew ($5.95 +$2 shipping)
31 Mar 2014: Got 4 "damn" Yankees for $25 from TCF forum sale.
29 Mar 2014: Picked up a replacement for card #21 as mentioned above.
24 Mar 2014: I put in an order at "Just Commons" for a bunch of the ones I need,  Not a huge amount aprox. 42 cards in total in either VG or EX/MT for $61.45 most in the $1 to $2 range, one I didn't notice until after I had placed the order that it was a whopping $7.50 one of the EX/MT ones (#559 Ed Bailey SP).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Washington Wednesday: Funny Sonny Mystery

A Funny Sonny Mystery

Some months back {looking in email history and saved text messages*} I had gotten an email from someone with an offer to sell me a card. I'll call him "Bob" to protect the guys identity and spare some of the embarrassment. In addition I couldn't remember his name until I located my communications with him. 

Out of the blue I get this email from "Bob":

"My grandfather left me certain baseball and football cards including a Sonny Jurgensen from the 1969 season. His # was 6 and was QB for the redskins. He was the leading passer in the NFL in 1969. The card is probably 1970 T.C.G. It also has an autograph on it but I doubt that its real. Would you like to purchase it? I can take pictures of it with my phone and send it to yours to prove that it's real or I can sell it to someone else. Its up to you."

OK he got my interest, one of my all-time fave players and a vintage card probably signed in person sometime within the last 40 years. I let his comment about Sonny being number six slip. Probably should have torn him a new one for that, but I'm a nice guy. Actually it turns out #6 was the card number, good thing I didn't go all Chuck Norris on the guy. OK so I had to find out what this was all about.

I replied:
"Yes I am interested in it and yes I would like to see pics of it first."

"Took the pics just need a number to send them to
My number is  xxx-xxx-xxxx"

He sent a blank Message asking for me to send him my cell number.

I don't normally do text stuff like I said but I replied:

"My cell number is xxx-xxx-xxxx"

Bob replies:
"Hope u got the two pics. As u can tell they're in good condition and the real deal so whats ur offer cause I'm dealing with several people on this card"

The rest of this conversation took place with text messages.

"Bob" said:
"Good right?"
"What do u think?"

'Bob' sent a couple of pics of the card (I cropped them here a little).
Cell phone picks of the card, I got a kick out the back "dining room table w/Mom walking in" shot. That at least is what it looks like. Also looks like there is one of those weird white-fade-out dots on the back or it's paper loss. The black spot on the bottom I think is the shadow of his thumb.

Seeing these pics I said:
"Yes very cool. It is a 1970 Topps "Super" or Giant"
At the time I couldn't remember if Topps called them Super or Giant they call them Super.

So he says: "I know and there's only 35... Its in great shape so what do u think?"

My comeback that goes for the jugular.
"I have one already in just as good shape as that one. I have to burst your bubble there were way more than 35 made, and the "autograph" is one of those facsimile autographs. Its worth about $5-$10."

He concludes the conversation with a simple "Ok. Later"

Here is my copy of the card:
1970 Topps Football Super 6 Sonny Jurgensen Redskins
(Front and Back)
So yeah the guy thought that this card: was more special than it was. He thought it was number 6 of only 35 special Sonny Jurgensen cards, or he was playing me for the uninformed super fan who didn't know his card history.

*For the record I rarely text message. I receive text Messages from the Nationals for the game updates and I have entered the occasional contest via text like when NBC had that game show "Deal Or No Deal" and had a win from home thing where you picked a case (out of 4 they showed on the screen) and then text in the number with your guess and if you picked the right number you had a chance to be picked randomly from the right guesses. Oh and when I'm waiting for a tow truck I let AAA text the 4 digit call number for my situation.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Contest: And The WINNER IS!

Andruw Jones Autographed Baseball Contest
Winner Announcement
OK folks the contest is over and it is time to announce the winner. First I'd like to thank those who entered this contest there were 10 official entries and an 11th entry that unfortunately was posted after the entry deadline. Sorry that entry won't count.

I was a little lenient with the rule of "being a Braves fan". This sort of memorabilia can be enjoyed by Autographed baseball collectors, World Series Memorabilia Collectors, Baseball collectors and baseball fans in general, but I thought it might have more meaning for Braves fans.

OK so here are the contestants in the order of signing up:
  1. Chunter
  2. John Miller
  3. Need More Cardboard 
  4. Brad's Blog
  5. The Lost Collector
  6. defgav
  7. Christopher Rodriguez
  8. reece rabin
  9. The Dutch Card Guy
  10. Fuji
As per standard randomizing via I will randomize the list 3 times and the top name on the totem pole will be the winner.

 1st Random:

List Randomizer

There were 10 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Fuji
  2. Chunter
  3. reece rabin
  4. The Lost Collector
  5. defgav
  6. The Dutch Card Guy
  7. Brad's Blog
  8. Need More Cardboard
  9. John Miller
  10. Christopher Rodriguez
Timestamp: 2014-01-14 15:49:47 UTC

2nd Random:

There were 10 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Fuji
  2. Chunter
  3. reece rabin
  4. Brad's Blog
  5. John Miller
  6. The Lost Collector
  7. Need More Cardboard
  8. defgav
  9. Christopher Rodriguez
  10. The Dutch Card Guy
Timestamp: 2014-01-14 15:50:34 UTC
You have randomized this list 2 times.

3rd and FINAL Random:

There were 10 items in your list. Here they are in random order:
  1. Christopher Rodriguez
  2. The Dutch Card Guy
  3. Brad's Blog
  4. reece rabin
  5. defgav
  6. Need More Cardboard
  7. John Miller
  8. Chunter
  9. Fuji
  10. The Lost Collector
Timestamp: 2014-01-14 15:51:17 UTC
You have randomized this list 3 times.

Congratulations to the WINNER = Christopher Rodriguez!
Christopher please email me your mailing address to klandersen at yahoo dot com

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Last Day of Contest

1996 commemorative World Series baseball 
Signed by Andruw Jones
Today is the final day of this contest. Contest Sign-Up and Details are here. If you haven't signed up yet please do. Even though the contest says it is for Braves fans if you are an autographed baseball collector, World Series memorabilia collector you may still enter. I just thought that Braves fans would enjoy the prize more than others would.

Sometime Tomorrow (Monday) I will randomly select the winner from the entries, well technically the programed algorithm over at will select the winner from the information I give it. I will post the winners name on Tuesday at Noon (Eastern Time).

Good Luck.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Contest Pimpage And Give-A-Way Reminder


This post is twofold first it is a reminder to check out my Autographed Baseball Give-A-Way. You still have plenty of time to enter. It is mainly for Atlanta Braves fans, Andruw Jones PC collectors, World Series Memorabilia collectors and I guess Autographed Baseball collectors. Please check it out and feel free to pimp it as well. Next.

Meanwhile somewhere overseas in Europe another contest is brewing:

 image from an Ebay auction by seller vintageplayingcardsbyless.
(The seller is based in Australia and ships worldwide)

The Dutch Card Guy is giving away 7 cards (5 Baseball and 2 Basketball) to 7 lucky folks. That one you need to do more than just comment, but it sounds like fun. For Details on that on check this link out.

Have fun entering these beginning of the year contests.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Giive-A-Way for Braves Fans

It is past time for me to have another contest/give-a-way. So here is one. It is real simple. Unfortunately it is a Limited Contest open only to a specific type of collector/fan due to the prize. What is the prize? I'll get to that in a little bit but first there are a few requirements to enter the first is a must:
  1. You must be an Atlanta Braves fan.
  2. You should be an Andruw Jones fan (not required, but since you meet the first requirement you can enter).
  3. You should be a follower of this blog. If you are great, if not could you become one please? You don't have to but sometimes loyalty in the blogiverse is big.
  4. Feel free to PIMP this contest to your fellow Braves fans.
Now then how do you Enter? Simple just comment below sometime before Midnight US Eastern Time Monday January 13 (that means Sunday Night/Monday Morning at 12 am or 0:00 EST).

Sometime on Monday I will randomize all the entries to pick the winner.

The prize is a commemorative 1996 World Series Baseball Autographed by then rookie Andrew Jones. Yeah, yeah unfortunately The Braves lost that series to Those Damn Yankees. 

Good Luck.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

In A Bind(er)

This is mainly just a random thought thing. For those who are binder collectors.

  • Which binder usually has priority? Fave Team Binder? Super Player Binder? Set Binder? Other Binder?
  • When do you consider purposefully having duplicates or more of a single card for binders?
  • How full do you stuff your binders?
  • Are you a double occupancy collector (two cards per pocket to show off the fronts only), or a one card per pocket?
I am a large mixed type of collector. I'm a set collector, and I am a team collector for my DC and B'More Teams. Yet I am also a player collector of fave players past and present plus Hall of Famers. Sure it would be easy to get three 1997 Topps Cal Ripkens, but three of his Rookie card? Not so easy. Forget about getting three of some of the 1960s and 1950s cards. Some of those it is difficult to find just one copy of the card in ANY condition (at least not until I'm a millionaire who can afford spending thousands on just one small 2.5" x 3.5" cardboard rectangle with paint and ink on it).

In my case the order would generally be Set, Team, Player, but for some players and HOFers it would be Player, Team.

If I ever get my collection organized the way I currently envision it, some day I will make fillers for Team and Player cards and put them in the set binders. Or maybe just not go through all that trouble.

Another thought if you already have things organized by Set, then your team and player binders would be mostly empty. Except for maybe the autograph and insert cards that are not real clear about what actual set they belong to.

You could make "fillers" for the spots of the cards that are in other binders. Either by making a card sized note that says something like "See Binder X" (or X binder), or maybe go the extra measure and make a black and white (maybe even color) photocopy of the card front with your note of where the real card is in your collection of binders. I've been thinking of doing that when I have a better handle on the organization of my collection.
Sorry for the quick and dirty out-of-focus webcam shot-pics (actually this last pic of the pages filled back-to-back came out pretty good). I needed pictures that just don't get done by a flatbed scanner and I wanted them fast.