Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Here's another subset from the inexpensive but fun 1994 Ted Williams Company Football set. It features eight of the the NFL's all-time great head coaches. I like the subtle dual image design particularly on the four that feature the coaches back their playing days.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
There are very few boxes left to check off on my vintage Ron Santo list. This was one of them. It's from the 1969 set called called Topps Super but unlike the next two years' versions this one is not super-sized. In fact it's about 1/4 inch smaller in each direction than a regular card. I believe the "super" refers more to the gloss than anything. My copy doesn't seem too glossy and I've never seen another one in person so I'm not too sure. Anyone have a really nice one? According to Beckett the cards were a stand alone set issued in cello packs of three. I'm not certain of the rarity of these cards but I know I've only seen the Santo come up on Ebay a few times. There's currently a PSA 9 copy being offered for a BIN price of $149.95. (Update: sold just after I posted this.) Mine suffers from a few surface scratches but I paid way less than that.
Friday, August 22, 2014
I knew about the baseball cards from Ted Williams Card Company but until a few days ago I had never seen the football set. Like its two baseball cousins this 90 card set from 1994 is made up entirely of retired players. I couldn't resist it for around seven bucks shipped.
Here's one of the subsets called "Golden Arms". Indeed.
Thursday, August 21, 2014
I saw this listed today on Ebay. It's only $2.79 shipped but I can't figure out who would want it. It's a little like buying an expired gift certificate for a good steak. It makes your mouth water thinking about it but your stomach is still empty.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
This blaster, a gift from my father-in-law, was sitting in my pack stash. I really didn't know what to expect but I had pretty low expectations. Good thing!
So, 8 packs, 56 cards. I pulled about a dozen or so shiny cards. I guess that's good. And one per pack thick gold bordered beauties. Problem is, hardly any names I recognize or that seem to be viable prospects and the ones I do know are not close to being stars. There was one lone exception and fortunately it saved the blaster from being a total bust. As a Cubs fan I was happy to see the Cubs' biggest star, Anthony Rizzo. Yeah, it's a Padres card but it doesn't scream San Diego. And it's a refractor, so bonus.
I'm not a speculator, don't really have the interest or budget to be one. This product is lost on me. I appreciate the gift and I'm pretty sure my father-in-law bought it at a discount but I'd never buy it for myself.