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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Setsmas All Year Round - Day 8: Junk Food

True facts: One of the first trading cards I ever had if not THE first card* was a 1978 Burger King card acquired in Toronto on a family trip. That card was of a Tiger and is long gone like my memories of that trip. If it even happened, I don't really know for sure because I was 5 and I can't even remember what I ate for lunch yesterday let alone confirm crap that happened almost 40 years ago. I do know I have this '78 Yankees BK team set because I found the scans in my draft folder. I thought I had posted it already but I forgot. I also forgot who sent me this many years ago, sorry and thanks. Man, it's a drag getting old.  

Yeah I know. Yankees. Everyone hates the Yankees. Well I liked, like and will always like the Yankees. Up to the moment Don Mattingly retired at least. All subsequent Yankees teams suck and can go chew on tinfoil. Not crazy about Burger King either, The grease makes me feel oogy and screws up all the numbers in my blood tests. Oh boy did I like their onion rings when I was a kid though. Man, it's a drag getting old.  

This set is cardboard onion rings. Mmmmmmmmmm.

*The official 'first card' is now a 1980 Topps Mike Schmidt. It can be seen in my first post. My goodness that was over a decade ago. Man, it's a drag getting old.  

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Insert set wantlist

Insert set wantlist - Mostly Topps for now, major work in progress. I need it handy so I'm posting it before it's ready. I'll put a real post up tonight sometime.

2001 Topps

Through the Years

Before There Was Topps
BT1 Lou Gehrig
BT2 Babe Ruth
BT3 Cy Young
BT4 Walter Johnson
BT5 Ty Cobb
BT6 Rogers Hornsby
BT7 Honus Wagner
BT8 Christy Mathewson
BT9 Grover Cleveland Alexander
BT10 Joe DiMaggio

What Could Have Been
WCB1 Josh Gibson
WCB2 Satchel Paige
WCB5 Rube Foster
WCB9 Ray Dandridge
WCB10 John Lloyd

Bowman Rookie Reprints
1 Yogi Berra
3 Stan Musial
5 Roy Campanella
6 Bob Lemon
7 Robin Roberts
8 Duke Snider
10 Richie Ashburn
11 Gil Hodges
12 Hank Bauer
13 Don Newcombe
14 Al Rosen
15 Willie Mays
16 Joe Garagiola
17 Whitey Ford
18 Lew Burdette
19 Gil McDougald
20 Minnie Minoso
23 Don Larsen
24 Elston Howard
25 Don Zimmer

Fleer Platinum 20th Anniversary Reprints
9 Barry Bonds
10 Ken Griffey, Jr.
11 Sammy Sosa
13 Jeff Bagwell
17 Xavier Nady

2003 Play Ball Reprints

1 Ted Williams
9 Jimmie Foxx

2003 Topps

1951 Blue/Red Backs
Blue Backs
Albert Pujols
Sammy Sosa
Kazuhisa Ishii
Jason Giambi
Chipper Jones
Ivan Rodriguez
Luis Gonzalez
Pat Burrell
Mark Prior
Adam Dunn
Austin Kearns
Alfonso Soriano
Pedro Martinez
Randy Johnson
Richie Sexson
Troy Glaus
Shawn Green
Eric Hinske
Greg Maddux
Jimmy Rollins
Scott Rolen
Mike Sweeney

Red Backs
Nomar Garciaparra
Ichiro Suzuki
Alex Rodriguez
Sammy Sosa
Barry Bonds
Vladimir Guerrero
Miguel Tejada
Alfonso Soriano
Adam Dunn
Jason Giambi
Mike Piazza
Scott Rolen
Shawn Green
Albert Pujols
Ivan Rodriguez
Lance Berkman
Barry Zito
Magglio Ordonez
Rafael Palmeiro
Larry Walker
Carlos Delgado
Brian Giles
Pedro Martinez
Greg Maddux

2004 Topps

Fall Classic Covers

FC1905 World Series
FC1906 World Series
FC1907 World Series
FC1914 World Series
FC1915 World Series
FC1917 World Series
FC1921 World Series
FC1922 World Series
FC1929 World Series
FC1932 World Series
FC1933 World Series
FC1936 World Series
FC1937 World Series
FC1941 World Series
FC1943 World Series
FC1947 World Series
FC1949 World Series
FC1954 World Series
FC1959 World Series
FC1963 World Series
FC1964 World Series
FC1965 World Series
FC1967 World Series
FC1970 World Series
FC1975 World Series
FC1976 World Series
FC1977 World Series
FC1978 World Series
FC1980 World Series
FC1983 World Series
FC1985 World Series
FC1986 World Series
FC1987 World Series
FC1988 World Series
FC1993 World Series
FC1995 World Series
FC1997 World Series
FC2000 World Series
FC2003 World Series

2006 Topps

HTA Rookie of the Week

Declaration of Independence
AC Abraham Clark
CR Caesar Rodney
GR George Ross
GWY George Wythe
JWI John Witherspoon
TJ Thomas Jefferson
TS Thomas Stone
WF William Floyd
WH William Hooper

United States Constitution Signers
SC-AB Abraham Baldwin
SC-CP Charles Pinckney
SC-GM Gouverneur Morris
SC-JB John Blair
SC-JM James Madison
SC-WB William Blount
SC-WL William Livingston
SC-HDR1 Header Card
SC-HDR2 Header Card
SC-HDR3 Header Card

2006  Wal-Mart
WM2 Ted Williams 1
WM3 Yogi Berra 2
WM5 Mickey Mantle 1
WM6 Mickey Mantle 2
WM7 Alex Rodriguez 2
WM8 Carlos Zambrano UPD
WM9 Gary Carter 2
WM10 Roy Oswalt 2
WM13 Carlos Lee 1
WM14 Johan Santana 2
WM15 Roberto Clemente 2
WM16 Carl Yastrzemski 2
WM17 Chase Utley UPD
WM19 Jason Bay UPD
WM21 Chipper Jones 2
WM22 Ichiro Suzuki 1
WM24 Tom Seaver 1
WM25 Alfonso Soriano 2
WM26 Andruw Jones 1
WM30 Mark Teixeira 1
WM31 Albert Pujols 2
WM32 Cal Ripken, Jr. 2
WM33 Ryne Sandberg 1
WM35 Roger Clemens 1
WM36 Jose Reyes 2
WM38 Derrek Lee 2
WM39 Miguel Cabrera 2
WM41 Barry Bonds 1
WM42 Barry Bonds 2
WM43 Jeff Francoeur UPD
WM44 Livan Hernandez 2
WM45 Derek Jeter 2
WM47 Carlos Delgado UPD
WM48 Ivan Rodriguez 1
WM49 Todd Helton UPD
WM51 Miguel Tejada UPD
WM53 Vladimir Guerrero 1

2007 Topps

WM29 Hanley Ramirez
WM40 Magglio Ordonez
WM41 Prince Fielder
WM48 Gary Sheffield
WM49 Tim Lincecum
WM50 J.J. Putz
WM53 Adam LaRoche

Flashback Fridays

Distinguished Service
DS1 Duke Snider
DS8 Franklin D. Roosevelt
DS12 Hank Sauer
DS20 Mark Clark


Trading Card History
TCH1 Jacoby Ellsbury
TCH2 Joba Chamberlain
TCH7 Mickey Mantle
TCH23 Chien-Ming Wang
TCH24 Ichiro Suzuki
TCH25 Grady Sizemore
TCH51 Victor Martinez
TCH56 Hiroki Kuroda
TCH63 Russ Martin
TCH69 Robinson Cano
TCH70 Brad Hawpe
TCH73 Chris Young
TCH74 Carlos Zambrano
TCH75 Felix Hernandez

50th Anniversary All-Rookie Team
AR13 Alfonso Soriano
AR17 Justin Verlander
AR21 Jason Bay
AR27 Andruw Jones
AR29 Jimmy Rollins
AR30 Brian McCann
AR31 Scott Podsednik
AR36 Austin Kearns
AR43 C.C. Sabathia
AR45 Scott Rolen
AR46 Derek Jeter
AR50 Kenny Lofton
AR56 Carlos Beltran
AR57 Andre Ethier
AR58 Brian Bannister
AR59 Chris Young
AR60 Troy Tulowitzki
AR61 Hideki Okajima
AR62 Delmon Young
AR63 Craig Wilson
AR64 Hunter Pence
AR65 Tadahito Iguchi
AR66 Mark Kotsay
AR67 Nick Markakis
AR68 Russ Adams
AR69 Russ Martin
AR70 James Loney
AR71 Ryan Braun
AR72 Jonny Gomes
AR75 Joe Torre
AR76 Jeff Kent
AR77 Huston Street
AR78 Dustin Pedroia
AR79 Gustavo Chacin
AR80 Adam Dunn
AR82 Rocco Baldelli
AR83 Chad Tracy
AR86 Khalil Greene
AR87 Daniel Cabrera
AR88 Mike Gonzalez
AR89 Ty Wigginton
AR92 Miguel Olivo
AR94 Eric Hinske
AR95 Ramon Santiago
AR96 Jason Jennings
AR97 Adam Kennedy
AR101 Bengie Molina
AR102 Mark Redman
AR106 Kerry Wood
AR107 Dmitri Young


The Cards Your Mother Threw Out
Series One
CMT-1 Mickey Mantle 1952
CMT-2 Jackie Robinson 1953
CMT-3 Ernie Banks 1954
CMT-20 Thurman Munson 1971
CMT-24 Robin Yount 1975
CMT-32 Ryne Sandberg 1983
CMT-42 Derek Jeter 1993
CMT59 Phil Rizzuto 1952
CMT60 Mickey Mantle 1953
CMT62 Yogi Berra 1955
CMT66 Warren Spahn 1959
CMT69 Roger Maris 1962
CMT76 Nolan Ryan 1969
CMT78 Frank Robinson 1971
CMT84 Tom Seaver 1977
CMT87 Joe Morgan 1980
CMT88 Rickey Henderson 1981
CMT94 Don Mattingly 1987
CMT95 Darryl Strawberry 1988
CMT97 Frank Thomas 1990
CMT99 Cal Ripken, Jr. 1992
CMT102 Babe Ruth 1995
CMT106 Alex Rodriguez 1999
CMT107 Chipper Jones 2000
CMT109 Joe Mauer 2002
CMT110 Cole Hamels 2003
CMT112 Andre Ethier 2005
CMT114 Derek Jeter 2007
CMT118 John Podres 1953
CMT121 Jackie Robinson 1956
CMT123 Roger Maris 1958
CMT125 Roger Maris 1960
CMT126 Carl Yastrzemski 1961
CMT128 Willie McCovey 1963
CMT129 Willie Stargell 1964
CMT132 Brooks Robinson 1967
CMT133 Tom Seaver 1968
CMT134 Mickey Mantle 1969
CMT135 Nolan Ryan 1970
CMT138 Luis Aparicio 1973
CMT139 Nolan Ryan 1974
CMT140 Yogi Berra / Roy Campanella MVP 1975
CMT141 Reggie Jackson 1976
CMT142 Mark Fidrych 1977
CMT143 Andre Dawson 1978
CMT144 Dale Murphy 1979
CMT145 Lou Brock / Carl Yastrzemski 1980
CMT152 Barry Larkin 1987
CMT153 Eddie Murray RB 1988
CMT154 Craig Biggio 1989
CMT155 Larry Walker 1990
CMT157 Don Mattingly 1992
CMT158 Frank Thomas 1993
CMT161 Chipper Jones 1996
CMT162 Derek Jeter 1997
CMT163 Mike Piazza / Ken Griffey, Jr. ILP 1998
CMT164 Alex Rodriguez / Nomar Garciaparra / Derek Jeter 1999
CMT165 Barry Zito / Ben Sheets DP 2000
CMT168 Josh Hamilton / Carl Crawford 2003
CMT169 "South Philly Sluggers" (Jim Thome / Mike Schmidt) 2004
CMT170 Ian Kinsler 2005
CMT172 Ubaldo Jimenez 2007
CMT173 Joey Votto 2008
CMT174 David Price 2009

Vintage Legends Collection
VLC1 Lou Gehrig 1958
VLC12 Jackie Robinson 1976
VLC14 Mel Ott 1989
VLC16 Thurman Munson 1959
VLC19 Rogers Hornsby 1996
VLC20 Ty Cobb 1956
VLC21 Nolan Ryan 1952
VLC23 Cy Young 1987 AS
VLC-26 Johnny Mize 1992
VLC-27 Cy Young 1977
VLC-28 Ozzie Smith
VLC-29 Nolan Ryan 1957
VLC-31 Babe Ruth 1975
VLC-38 Lou Gehrig 1995
VLC-39 Roy Campanella 2001 HTA
VLC-41 Honus Wagner 2000
VLC-43 Johnny Bench 2002
VLC-45 Thurman Munson 1989
VLC-49 Tris Speaker 1998


60 Years of Topps
Series One
60YOT-01 Jackie Robinson 1952
60YOT-03 Monte Irvin 1954
60YOT-04 Ernie Banks 1955
60YOT-09 Stan Musial 1960
60YOT-10 Juan Marichal 1961
60YOT-12 Frank Robinson 1963
60YOT-13 Bob Gibson 1964
60YOT-15 Al Kaline 1966
60YOT-18 Tom Seaver 1969
60YOT-20 Nolan Ryan 1971
60YOT-22 Carlton Fisk 1973
60YOT-27 Phil Niekro / Nolan Ryan 1978
60YOT-31 Jim Palmer 1982
60YOT-32 Ozzie Smith 1983
60YOT-34 Steve Garvey 1985
60YOT-41 Frank Thomas 1992
60YOT-46 Mariano Rivera 1997
60YOT-47 Bob Abreu 1998
60YOT-48 M. Piazza/I. Rodriguez/J. Kendall 1999
60YOT-49 Alex Rodriguez 2000
60YOT-51 Vladimir Guerrero 2002
60YOT-55 Ryan Howard 2006
60YOT-57 Johnny Cueto 2008
60YOT-59 Albert Pujols 2010

Series Two
60YOT-60 Yogi Berra 1952
60YOT-61 Warren Spahn 1953
60YOT-66 Luis Aparicio
60YOT-67 Richie Ashburn
60YOT-68 Harmon Killebrew
60YOT-69 Stan Musial
60YOT-70 Orlando Cepeda
60YOT-73 Frank Robinson
60YOT-75 Steve Carlton
60YOT-76 Ernie Banks
60YOT-77 Johnny Bench
60YOT-78 Tom Seaver
60YOT-79 Gaylord Perry
60YOT-82 Dave Parker
60YOT-83 Reggie Jackson
60YOT-85 Don Sutton
60YOT-88 Ron Guidry
60YOT-89 Jim Palmer
60YOT-90 Steve Garvey
60YOT-91 Cal Ripken, Jr.
60YOT-92 Rickey Henderson
60YOT-93 Andre Dawson
60YOT-94 Don Mattingly
60YOT-95 Ozzie Smith
60YOT-96 Dale Murphy
60YOT-98 Curt Schilling
60YOT-99 Larry Walker
60YOT-100 Wade Boggs
60YOT-101 Craig Biggio
60YOT-104 Derek Jeter
60YOT-105 Tony Gwynn
60YOT-107 Roy Halladay
60YOT-108 Chris Carpenter
60YOT-109 David Ortiz
60YOT-110 Josh Beckett
60YOT-111 Albert Pujols
60YOT-113 Billy Butler
60YOT-114 Hanley Ramirez
60YOT-115 Josh Hamilton
60YOT-117 Evan Longoria / David Price
60YOT-118 Buster Posey

60 Years of Topps: The Lost Cards
60YOTLC-5 Stan Musial
60YOTLC-9 Stan Musial 1956
60YOTLC-10 Stan Musial 1957

Before There Was Topps
BTT1 Honus Wagner T-206
BTT2 Christy Mathewson T-206
BTT3 Walter Johnson T-201
BTT4 Babe Ruth 1921 Exhibit
BTT6 Mel Ott 1939 Play Ball

CMG Reprints
CMGR-1 Babe Ruth 1914 Baltimore News
CMGR-2 Babe Ruth 1932 U.S. Caramel
CMGR-3 Hank Greensburg 1934 Goudey
CMGR-5 Babe Ruth 1934 Sport Kings
CMGR-6 Christy Mathewson 1911 T205
CMGR-8 Cy Young 1911 T205
CMGR-10 Honus Wagner 1909 T206
CMGR-11 Honus Wagner 1910 Tip Top Bread
CMGR-12 Honus Wagner 1910 Standard Caramel
CMGR-18 Johnny Mize/Enos Slaughter 1941 Double Play
CMGR-19 Lou Gehrig 1933 Goudey
CMGR-21 Lou Gehrig 1933 DeLong
CMGR-22 Mel Ott 1933 Goudey
CMGR-24 Tris Speaker 1914 Cracker Jack
CMGR-25 Ty Cobb 1914 Cracker Jack
CMGR-27 Ty Cobb 1911 General Baking Co.
CMGR-28 Ty Cobb 1916 Sporting News
CMGR-29 Ty Cobb 1911 T205

History of Topps
HOT-1 Topps is founded by the Shorin family
HOT-2 First cards are sold 1951
HOT-7 Topps re-introduce Bowman 1989
HOT-8 Topps moves from Brooklyn to NYC 1994
HOT-10 Topps receives MLB exclusive 2009

2016 Topps

Berger's Best
BB-1 Willie Mays
BB-2 Satchel Paige
BB-3 Henry Aaron
BB-4 Sandy Koufax
BB-5 Jackie Robinson
BB-6 Ted Williams
BB-7 Roger Maris
BB-8 Roberto Clemente
BB-9 Willie McCovey
BB-10 Bill Mazeroski
BB-11 Roger Maris
BB-12 Brooks Robinson
BB-13 Whitey Ford
BB-14 Hank Aaron
BB-15 Jim Palmer
BB-16 Steve Carlton
BB-17 Rod Carew
BB-18 Reggie Jackson
BB-19 Johnny Bench
BB-20 Nolan Ryan
BB-21 Tom Seaver
BB-22 Joe Morgan
BB-23 Dave Winfield
BB-24 George Brett
BB-26 Robin Yount
BB-27 Eddie Murray
BB-28 Ozzie Smith
BB-29 Rickey Henderson
BB-31 Cal Ripken, Jr.
BB-32 Tony Gwynn
BB-33 Don Mattingly
BB-34 Dwight Gooden
BB-35 Roger Clemens
BB-36 Bo Jackson
BB-37 Wade Boggs
BB-38 Ken Griffey, Jr.
BB-39 George Brett
BB-40 Frank Thomas
BB-41 Cal Ripken, Jr.
BB-42 Randy Johnson
BB-43 Mike Piazza
BB-44 Barry Larkin
BB-45 John Smoltz
BB-46 Livan Hernandez
BB-47 Alex Rodriguez
BB-48 Josh Hamilton
BB-49 Miguel Cabrera
BB-50 Albert Pujols
BB-51 Joe Mauer
BB-52 Robinson Cano
BB-53 Yadier Molina
BB-54 Justin Verlander
BB-55 Hanley Ramirez
BB-56 Daisuke Matsuzaka
BB-57 Clayton Kershaw
BB-58 David Price
BB-59 Stephen Strasburg
BB-60 Mike Trout
BB-61 Bryce Harper
BB-62 Mike Trout
BB-63 Masahiro Tanaka
BB-64 Kris Bryant
BB-65 Buster Posey
BB2-1952 Eddie Mathews
BB2-1953 Willie Mays
BB2-1954 Al Kaline
BB2-1955 Roberto Clemente
BB2-1956 Ted Williams
BB2-1957 Hank Aaron
BB2-1958 Roberto Clemente
BB2-1959 Sandy Koufax
BB2-1960 Carl Yastrzemski
BB2-1961 Roger Maris
BB2-1962 Lou Brock
BB2-1963 Stan Musial
BB2-1964 Hank Aaron / Willie Mays "Tops in NL"
BB2-1965 Willie Mays
BB2-1966 Frank Robinson
BB2-1967 Tony Perez
BB2-1968 Tom Seaver
BB2-1969 Johnny Bench
BB2-1971 Bert Blyleven
BB2-1972 Hank Aaron
BB2-1973 Rich Gossage
BB2-1974 Hank Aaron
BB2-1975 Robin Yount
BB2-1976 Nolan Ryan
BB2-1977 Bruce Sutter
BB2-1978 Brooks Robinson
BB2-1979 Rollie Fingers
BB2-1980 Ozzie Smith
BB2-1981 Fernando Valenzuela
BB2-1982 Reggie Jackson
BB2-1983 Wade Boggs
BB2-1984 Dwight Gooden
BB2-1986 Cal Ripken, Jr.
BB2-1987 Jose Canseco
BB2-1989 Randy Johnson
BB2-1990 Bernie Williams
BB2-1991 Nolan Ryan
BB2-1992 Ken Griffey, Jr.
BB2-1993 Mike Piazza
BB2-1994 Ryne Sandberg
BB2-1995 Nomar Garciaparra
BB2-1996 Cal Ripken, Jr.
BB2-1997 Ken Griffey, Jr.
BB2-1998 Greg Maddux
BB2-1999 Mark McGwire
BB2-2000 Adrian Gonzalez
BB2-2001 Ichiro
BB2-2002 Jose Bautista
BB2-2003 Albert Pujols
BB2-2004 David Ortiz
BB2-2005 Andrew McCutchen
BB2-2008 Evan Longoria
BB2-2011 Eric Hosmer
BB2-2012 Yu Darvish
BB2-2013 Yasiel Puig
BB2-2014 Jose Abreu
BB2-2015 Carlos Correa
BB2-2016 Kyle Schwarber

Friday, February 24, 2017

SETSMAS ALL YEAR ROUND - Day 7: Happy Twin Peaks Day

I'm gonna post all these scans if it kills me.

Hi there! On February 24th a hundred years ago Special Agent Dale Cooper did A Thing and we got a couple dozen episodes of weird-ass soap opera horror television, a weirder-ass movie and yet another remake/reboot/sequel of  25 year old property (pending). If you wanted to watch the series starting on this fateful day, you're outta luck because I procrastinated and didn't post this till way late. You still got time to read along with Ball Four though. Here's the box set produced by Star Pics in 1991 to cash in on Peaker Mania. Between the bizarre log bordered front design and the incredibly busy backs that look like they were created in Word Perfect 5.1 for Windows, this might be the most early-90s trading card set ever. Look for the bonus autograph card at the end!


I'm 97.8% sure I also have the Miguel Ferrer (RIP) autograph from this set but I can't find it anywhere which means it will literally leap out of a box and smack me in the eye the moment I click on 'Publish'.

I'll try to post another set before May but first I'm going to have some damn fine coffee and a big slice of cherry pie.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Favorite Card of 2016

Because P-Town Tom wants to know.

So this is my favorite set:

And this is my favorite player:

So this should really be a no brainer, right?




Dem bootleggers at Leaf done threw me a knuckleball. Babe Ruth is an all-time fave and I have a weird affinity for gorillas and apes and monkeys and such. And yes I know Mike is a chimpanzee, not a monkey. It says it right on the card. But when I pulled this card from the pack this was my reaction:

This is actually a really nice set, so if you see one in a discount blaster bin I highly recommend picking it up.

Sorry Jason, you got a ring this year. So you got that going for ya. Which is nice.

2016 Allen & Ginter Wantlist

so I'm slow, leave me alone

also I'm putting all the ginter base cards i still need on one page for easy scrolling in times of dime boxery

Updated: 4/02/17

2014 Allen & Ginter

28 43 99
101 116 145 146 189 193
219 222 282
316 324 333 345

2015 Allen & Ginter

2 11 12 13 15 17 20 23 35 37 39 44 45 46 47 48
54 64 72 73 84 100
110 129 140 144 145
152 158 159 164 171 172 176 187 194 195 199
207 210 215 227 232 237 239 244
259 262 265 266 267 269 271 274 276 283 284 289 295 299
310 313 334

look at this majestic fuck

2016 Allen & Ginter

7 9 41 44 49
58 61 66 83 88 99 100
105 112 121 126 140 146
174 184 187
222 235 237
251 254 268 278 282 286 295 299 300
304 305 306 309 310 311 312 313 316 317 320 322 323 324 327 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 340 344 345 347 348 349

these too, i ain't dead yet

2017 Allen & Ginter

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 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50
51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95 96 97 98 99 100
101 102 103 104 105 106 107 108 109 110 111 112 113 114 115 116 117 118 119 120 121 122 123 124 125 126 127 128 129 130 131 132 133 134 135 136 137 138 139 140 141 142 143 144 145 146 147 148 149 150
151 152 153 154 155 156 157 158 159 160 161 162 163 164 165 166 167 168 169 170 171 172 173 174 175 176 177 178 179 180 181 182 183 184 185 186 187 188 189 190 191 192 193 194 195 196 197 198 199 200
201 202 203 204 205 206 207 208 209 210 211 212 213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222 223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232 233 234 235 236 237 238 239 240 241 242 243 244 245 246 247 248 249 250
251 252 253 254 255 256 257 258 259 260 261 262 263 264 265 266 267 268 269 270 271 272 273 274 275 276 277 278 279 280 281 282 283 284 285 286 287 288 289 290 291 292 293 294 295 296 297 298 299 300
301 302 303 304 305 306 307 308 309 310 311 312 313 314 315 316 317 318 319 320 321 322 323 324 325 326 327 328 329 330 331 332 333 334 335 336 337 338 339 340 341 342 343 344 345 346 347 348 349 350

Total base cards needed to complete the 2006-2016 base cards run: 285 191 171 143 142 140

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Perfect Card to Close Out 2016

2016 sucked. Terrible things happened to everyone but you gotta just roll with the punches and move on. I've never really posted a 'most wanted' or 'white whale' list but if I had this card would have been on it. 2016 in all it's badness threw an opportunity to pick this card up at me recently so I took it.

Goddamn funkin' sunuvabitch Pete Rose. This man's cards are the bane of my existence. It's bad enough that one of the last cards I need for just about every set is a Pete Rose card, but dealers always seem to pull out the Beckett from 1988 when pricing the damn things. But the floaty head Rookie card? Hell, that's another thing entirely.

The first year I really went batshit over baseball cards was 1983. This was good because every set that year looked great and was stuffed with future Hall of Famers. It was also bad because the Rookie card craze was really starting to take over the hobby. The crazy good rookie class of Gwynn, Boggs and Sandberg helped with that. Then Mattingly showed up in '84 and things got worse. Then Doc showed up in '85 and it was all over but the crying. But in 1983, the two rookie cards that impressed on me the most were the '69 Reggie and the '63 Rose.

One of my first sports memories is of Reggie Jackson hitting three home runs in a World Series game. Three home runs. In one game! A WORLD SERIES GAME. A game for the whole World!!! Another one was listening to my family crow because Gene Garber screwed up Pete Rose's chance at a Very Good Record. I was impressed that one of "our team's" players defeated someone who was obviously a Great Player and I had an early lesson in the joys of Schadenfreude. So when the Rookie Card Hype hit, these were not the only cards being pushed by the dealers, but they were the ones that really stuck out with me. And, being a kid with enough pocket money to buy a few packs of new cards here and there, I had absolutely no chance of ever getting these two glorious cards at the new and improved rookie pricing.

I finally got my Reggie last year. It is still one of the crown jewels in my collection even though it looks like the stage at the end of a G.G. Allin concert. Hell, it's one of my favorites because it looks so shitty. My futile little rebellion against the PSA Tenners of the world. But like I said earlier, a Rose rookie is something else entirely.

I've said it before, I'll say it again, The concept of a Rookie Card is a marketing scam that went completely out of control. There is some actual method to the madness though. Every Topps set from 1952-1973 were released in different series. Just like today, except there were up to 7 series (I think, if anyone knows of a set with 8 or more series, please let me know in the comments) instead of 2 and an Update. And like today, the last series was printed in WAY less quantities than the first and tended to be chock full o' rookie cards of players who made their debut earlier in the year. Less supply + overhyped demand = BOOMSHANKA, the dealers make $$$$$.

Pete Rose's rookie card is in the fairly scarce 1963 high numbers series. And the rookie card hype hit right when he was chasing down Ty Cobb. And even though I as a wee lad became smitten with the colorful and circley '63 Topps set there was no way I'd ever complete it because of the hype. That little smiley floatey Rose head (which can also be found on his far superior 1964 Rookie Cup card) would forever elude my grasp. And then, 33 years later, it somehow fell right into my lap. You may ask "How?" Here's where the 2016 bit fits in:


Just like a lot of the bullshit we had to endure in 2016!

Another reason why the Pete Rose rookie always stuck with me is because in the '80s, some chucklehead decided to print up a bunch of fakes and then proceeded to try to sell a whole stack of 'em at a card show. I remember hearing the news reports about it back in the day and am pretty sure I read an article about it with pictures of the fakes in one of the hobby magazines at the time. I couldn't find any original articles, but this Washington Post report from 1988 references the incident. I wasn't so much amazed by the fact someone would have the nerve to try to pass off a bunch of Rose Rookie fakes at a card show full of eagle eyed cardboard nerds, but that the judge ordered they all be stamped as counterfeit instead of destroyed! I could never have a real Rose rookie, but how fuckin' cool would it be to get an Official Fake!

And now I got one. Even though 2016 beat me down hard, I'm still fightin' and looking out for thirteen year old me.  Ya got yer Rose, kid.

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Twelve Days of Setsmas: Day 6 - Coolness

Ten years ago yesterday I was happy and carefree and content with my life and then the next day I started a blog about baseball cards and everything's been all downhill since

In honor of this auspicious date where I not only ruined my life but inspired many others to engage in self-destructive behavior as well (remember kids, do drugs, not cards*) here's an achievement I don't think I thought I would ever do 10 years ago when I was squandering my short-lived riches on new product.

1959 Topps Braves Team Set

Now I'm miserable and broke and old and sick and let a once-mildly-successful-in-a-tiny-niche-market blog go to shit without ever really monetizing it but dammit, I finally tracked down one of the three versions of that Warren Spahn card and finished a team set from the 50s. Four Hall of Famers. Four different cards of Hank Aaron. Five high-numbered All-Star cards. AND most of the set is yellow, which is not my preferred border color to say the least. But I strived and endured and now it's done and it's beautiful.

Kinda like this shitty blog. Will the blog last ten more years? Absolutely not. I'll probably purge my entire online presence once The Purges begin sometime next year. Flush! Right down the memory hole while I obliviate myself with Victory Gin. Enjoy the set while it lasts.

 Tomorrow: Nothing! I'm working!

*drugs are way cheaper and less addictive

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Essential 2016 Christmas Music Playlist

Let's face it, i'm not getting any more complete set posts done right now so let's just kick back and enjoy some holiday music. Music fitting of this HORRIBLE SHITTY TERRIBLE AWFUL YEAR.


Fear - Fuck Christmas

This was originally going to be a top ten list. It still kinda is, but is this song #10 or #1? You'll never really know for sure.

Tom Waits - Christmas Card From a Hooker in Minneapolis

At least someone had a good 2016.

Eazy-E - Merry Mutafuckin' Xmas

I couldn't decide between Run-DMC's Christmas in Hollis and Wall of Voodoo's Shouldn't Have Given Him a Gun For Christmas, but this is the best of both!

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians - HOORAY FOR SANTY CLAUS

Just like 2016, completely rotten but weirdly fun.

Tiny Tim - Santa Claus Has Got The Aids

Don't lie, if you log on to Twitter on Christmas morning and see #RIPSantaClaus, you will not be the least bit surprised.
At. All.

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

The songs can't ALL be cynical... I mean, what is Christmas without the hope that you'll get laid because you forgot the cranberry sauce and had to run to Publix at the last duckin minute before they closed.

The Damned - There Ain't No Sanity Clause

Ain't no sanity period... 2016 could sure use some Marx Brothers.

Oh, here's some -

Vince Guaraldi - A Charlie Brown Christmas Soundtrack

That's right, the whole goddamned thing. Go listen to it. LISTEN TO IT NOW

if you can't get even a little bit of enjoyment from this even after this fucking year then you might as well be...

Hanoi Rocks - Dead by Xmas

There's still a few hours to go before Xmas for you Western Hemisphere readers. Be careful out there...


Weird Al Yankovic - Christmas at Ground Zero

can't do nuthin' 'bout Donald Trump tho

OK I'm depressed now. time for the best Christmas song of all time


For best results, listen 1000 times
opening it up in a dozen tabs at the same time is acceptable

Have fun and don't be a miserable bastard like me! IT'S CHRISTMAS FOR FUCK SAKE!!!