Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Page Two - At The Bat Rack Frankenset

You may recall (but probably not) the first page of this Frankenset many moons ago, and I've finally been able to fill a second page!

Here's a Frankenset using a mini-collection of mine, players at the bat rack.

Rules -
9 different players
9 different card sets
9 different teams
player is at the bat rack (or bat pile) in or near the dugout
Have fun (most important)

Without further adieu, Page Two:

The backs:

10- Richie Ashburn 1983 C.C.C. reprints of 1953 Bowman Color
11- Darryl Strawberry 1988 Star (Darryl Strawberry Set)
12- Jimmie Dykes 1982 G.S. Gallery All-Time Greats
13- Jim Tatum 1993 Upper Deck 
14- Bruce Fields 1983 San Jose Bees Team Issue
15- Darrin Jackson 1992 Mother's Cookies San Diego Padres
16- Stan Musial 1977-84 TCMA Renata Galasso
17- Tim Gillis 1991 Classic Best Durham Bulls
18- Ernie Banks 2000 Upper Deck Legends

Finding a card for slot #14 took a looong time. I was able to find this one of Bruce Fields on COMC (good thing Fields also Hits, or I'd still be looking!).

Using the reprint for the 1953 Bowman Color was more than just for saving money, it also is smaller than the original, so it actually fits in the 9 pocket page. 

Hopefully I can get to the next page in less time it took to fill this one!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Would Calling Gavvy "Gabby" Make Gavvy Crabby?

One more card to add to my Gavvy Cravath collection - This is another strip card set. This is the 1920 W519 set, and this specific card was in the second, unnumbered series.  There's another variation of Cravath from the numbered series, which has a gold backdrop.

Here's the back of the card, nothing too fancy going on there! Other big names in this set were Babe Ruth, Eddie Collins, and Kid Gleason to name a few.

Friday, June 16, 2017

2 down, 5 to go!

This set chase is really heating up - I wanted to get the two remaining commons checked off the list, so I went over to COMC and picked them up as cheaply as I could!

I will be pickier with condition on 4 of the last 5 cards (Mantle is not going to be a card I worry about creases or corner wear), but these two I was mostly interested in getting into the binder.

20 errors in one season seems like a lot for a "Sure-Handed Fielder," but I'm guessing he had a good reputation in the league - he made the All-Star team for the second year in a row in 1955. He had league leading 25 errors in 1954, so I guess this was an improvement!

One crazy coincidence of adding these two cards now - in the offseason after 1956, Finigan was traded to the Tigers for Ned Garver!

Since it is COMC, I also went looking for more trouble and found some cheap thrills.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

My Favorite Marlin

A hero by the name of Scott contacted me via the blog to tell me had some of my 80s and 90s wantlist cards. In return, Scott wanted . . . Marlins! And Rays! 

The Hawk and Sheff were both Marlins I wanted, I was more than happy to send as many Fish as I could over to Scott in return.

The cards he sent my way came from as early as 1981 and as late as 2003. Scott painstakingly assaulted my Junk Wax wantlist, pulling cards from all across the era.

He really dug deep, for instance the Randy Johnson Pinnacle All-Star Salute insert card. It's probably not particularly rare, but when do you ever come across them in the wild?

Greats of the 1990s were in full force, flying through the air with the greatest ease.

Hall of Famers, and Barry Bonds!

Thanks very much for the cards Scott, and I was very happy to find a good home for some Marlins!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Frank-ly the Newcombe is greatly Aparicio-ted

Big thank you to Commishbob over at Five Tool Collector for this PWE

Both of these cards have fantastic bright colors - I think the scanner was a little unkind to Luis, seems sharper in person than scanned.

Last but not least, NEWK! No I'm down to just 7 cards to complete the 1956 Set. If you guys have any duplicate Mickey Mantles laying around lemme know!

Thanks again and I'll be looking to see if I have some 1970 Topps to send back your way soon/