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Monday, November 20, 2017

1910-11 T3 Turkey Red Cabinet: Admiral Schlei Checklist Back Offer, SGC 10!

Rarely do I get a card posted within days of receiving it anymore. However, I had to make an exception for today's featured piece of vintage goodness. My boss consistently raves about the 1910-11 T3 Turkey Red set, so much so that it has become burned into my thoughts of pre-war cards forever. One recent night while browsing eBay I came across the below and added it to my watch list.

As the story so often goes, I didn't expect it to stay anywhere near what I was comfortable with, but it did and I threw out a bid. It held and thankfully I can finally cross off Turkey Reds from my must-have vintage needs list. These really are things of beauty in-hand, and the card looks a lot better up close and personal. Plus my scanner has started to throw a huge line down the middle of every scan. Because.....technology.

This SGC 10 of Admiral Schlei was right up my alley with the missing chunk and pinholes. Schlei, while uneventful in his production as a catcher during the dead-ball era, was the first Reds' backstop to wear shin guards and is nicknamed Admiral (after a Spanish War hero, so there's that). He was known for his defense and for being traded twice on the same day (thanks, Internet!).

Saturday, November 11, 2017

The Little Red Book of Baseball, 1954: Roy Campanella and Al Rosen

Here's a recent acquisition that covers two of my PCs. I spotted this randomly while searching and couldn't hit the Buy-It-Now button quickly enough. For just $7 shipped I was able to add an oddball item to both my Roy Campanella and Al Rosen Collections.

Fortunately for me both of these fine gentlemen were named MVPs in 1953 so they often appear together in these vintage publications from 1954.

This time they are found within the pages of the 29th edition of the above "The Little Red Book of Baseball" which championed itself as baseball's book of official records, as noted on the sweet front cover.

Friday, November 10, 2017

A Penny For Your Contest

Jon over at A Penny Sleeve for your Thoughts is holding a contest for some COMC credit. Check it out here!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

A Topps Redemption Freebie

I recently received a fulfilled redemption from Topps and as has been the case for quite some time now, they sent along an extra card to say sorry the redemption took so long to fulfill.

It actually didn't take all that long to fill the order but I'll gladly take this freebie Carlos Baerga 2014 Archives on-card auto and put it to good use somehow.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1972 Icee Bear Project -- # 2: Dave DeBusschere, Slabbed A PSA 8

I recently posted about acquiring a gorgeous PSA 8 of Oscar Robertson from the 1972 Icee Bear Set and how much it tempted me to make a run at the set. While I was mostly kidding about attempting that anytime soon, a recent eBay purchase has made me change my mind on undertaking that theoretical project.

Here's the second card in that 20-card project, also encased in a lovely PSA 8 holder. Dave DeBusschere was a two-sport star who reached the pros in both, and somehow it took me this long to realize it was the same DeBusschere who played baseball and is featured on a sweet '63 Topps 4-floating heads rookie. I should have figured that out sooner as that baseball rookie has a variation and I've handled the card a lot, but I never connected the dots. I'm slow.

I will be attempting this new project without a set deadline. However, with the commons being cheap -- and even a Hall of Famer like DeBusschere who was voted one of the 50 Greatest NBA players ever only ran me a paltry $4.49 delivered -- any dedication to the venture could see it quickly near the finish line.

I will be aiming for every card to be slabbed in an 8, although I'd have no problem nabbing the stars and any SPs in a 7 if need be or if cost proved prohibitive of tracking down an 8.