Saturday, March 17, 2018

Speaking of What I Collect

Aloha, everybody, 

If you saw my previous post, "What I Collect", you know I collect Mickey Mantle and a few subsets. Today I'm going to show you a mash up of these two chases, and a recent leap forward in that pursuit. 

When I first got into collecting (circa 1991), I spotted this fantastic Mickey Mantle subset. These cards were inserts in 1992 Pinnacle. I really dug that Pinnacle issue, so I ripped plenty of packs. I got a good start on this 30-card set through my own pulls and picking up strays from dealers tables. 

Eventually, the packs and strays dried up, and my chase stalled. Did I say, "Stalled"? It stopped dead in its tracks - for years.

On my last trip to the card show I came across a few more of these Mantles. I couldn't believe it! The dealer wanted an overpriced 75 cents for each, but I jumped! 

The set covers Mantle from his childhood through his career and retirement. 

Here's what the rear of the cards look like...

I couldn't believe I was able to find a few more of these and inch toward completion! 

Are these Mantles magnificent or what? 

As I mentioned, it's a 30-card set, and with these pickups I'm just over 50% towards completion. 

I still need a good chunk of 'em. Cards needed: 2, 3, 4, 6, 12,  13, 17, 18, 23, 24, 26, 28 and 30. Looks like my chase will go on about as long as Mantle's career. 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's a Blog Bat Around! What I Collect

Aloha, everybody, 

Everyone's favorite blogger - Sir Night Owl - cooked up an idea for a blog bat around, the theme being, "What I collect". 

This is a great idea for two big reasons: 

First, I want - I NEED to know - what all of you collect, because I'm frequently stuck with trying to figure out what to send to my collecting buddies who seem to already have everything, or I have very little of what I think they collect. 

A couple of examples would be Mark Hoyle (Red Sox) and Peter K Steinberg (Strawberry and Kruk). I even have trouble figuring out what to send fellow Dodgers collectors like Night Owl, who has literally, rooms full of Dodgers cards, and GCRL Jim, who probably has every Garvey, Cey, Russel and Lopes card ever produced. More insight on what I can send to all of you is greatly appreciated. 

Reason number two: I'm happy to share with all of you what I collect, because it seems over the last year or so, folks have forgotten I collect more than just Dodgers (although they are the main team I collect). 

In no particular order, here we go - I collect: 

                                  Primary Team: The Dodgers

Vintage Dodgers are the best. I will never have enough vintage Dodgers. From Brooklyn...

To the Boys from Chavez Ravine...

I have PCs of a few all-time favorite Dodgers. First and foremost is, of course, good ol' Jackie Robinson...

World Series Hero, Johnny Podres...

and Ron Cey...

Others are Mike Piazza, Hideo Nomo, Shawn Green, Sandy Koufax, Roy Campanella, and Cody Bellinger. 


The Dodgers are obvious. I also chase various subsets. My favorites are the vintage Topps World Series subsets (none completed yet)...

I'm chasing a few more subsets, such as Baseball Thrills...

You can find more details on these chases in the link. 

I've also got a PC called "The Perfect Games Project". It's a chase of the batteries from every perfect game ever thrown. You can follow the link to see who I've got and who I need. 

Not Dodgers

Most of my trading partners these days might think I collect only Dodgers, but not so. I collect more than a few big-name and HOF players from the past. 

A few examples are Reggie Jackson, Yaz, Nolan Ryan, Johnny Bench, Clemente, Al Kaline, Stan the Man, Rickey Henderson, Mazeroski, Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle, etc. Pretty much, if the guy is in the HOF, I enjoy his cards. 

I also collect defunct teams, mostly the old Washington Senators. 

Other Sports 

I also collect football, but it's limited to the Raiders (Vintage Oakland and LA are both welcome) and the Rams - ONLY LA. I'm not interested in the Anaheim or St. Louis aberrations. 

My newest collection is in hockey. Thanks to Zippy Zappy, my L.A. Kings collection is off to a solid start, but I have no vintage purple and gold, pre-Gretzki, Kings cards. There's plenty of room for growth on this front. 

I hope that opened up a few more possibilities for anybody out there wondering what to send my way. I'm looking forward to know more about what you collect as well. Great idea, N.O.!