Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Maybe the hardest decade to choose from. So many cards, but in the end I picked one of my favorite modern Robin Yount cards. Not a relic or autograph, but just a simple base card. This card also happens to be a parallel, but that's just because I couldn't find my scan of the base.
It's funny when this card showed up I was a little taken back seeing Robin decked out for one of his other passions. But after looking through the set this card is unique. It's the only card in the set featuring a player doing something not related to baseball. Sure there are a few picks with players in suits and not on the field, but not doing anything else. Fellow Yount collector Tony L and I both joked that we'd love to see a combo card of Robin and Paul Molitor playing golf in Allen and Ginter this year. The photo was taken from a session that produced the card image for Robin's 1992 Pinnacle #287 Sidelines subset card.
I really like the overall look of the set as well. With a borderless, full-bleed front, a nod to the Fleer sets from the late 90's, and great photo choices it all works well for the set.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
If there was one product I would snag in a heartbeat if I could find it reasonably priced it would be 2005 UD Artifacts. Back in 2005 I did open quite a bit of it and pulled some really nice cards. A couple of cards I call my keepers. Cards that don't really fit into my collecting strategy, but are really cool. One such card is this sweet Rod Carew Patch card. And while I'm not a Carew or a Twins collector it's still has a place in my Keepers collection.
Monday, April 24, 2017
Day 13: One of your favorite cards from the 1990s.
If you're not sick of seeing Robin Yount on these posts yet, you will be. The beginning of the 1990's saw a huge boom in the popularity of sport cards and prospecting. That led to the inevitable mega overproduction that started in the late 80's. But the end of the 1990's would bring a lot of innovation and variety to the hobby.
The current parallel overloading currently seen in sets put out today can be traced back to one set. 1992 Topps Baseball. This would be the first set to feature Topps Gold cards. And you may not remember this, but they were a hit! Depending on the product you opened you could get from 1 to 3 gold card cards a pack. And don't forget about those winner cards!
So here is my 1992 Robin Yount Topps gold parallel card. I'd also like to point out that this is one of my favorite Yount cards, a nice posed portrait in the dugout of Milwaukee's golden boy late in his career. The gold really was a pretty cool addition and gave us player collectors something to chase after.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
This was a tough one for me. I mean there was a lot of overproduced stuff in the 80's. But in the end I picked a great food issue set and one of my other favorite players. Rollie Fingers 1985 Gardner's Bakeries card.
Out of all the Gardner's sets this is my favorite design. I like to refer to it as the TV design. But you gotta love the handlebar mustache and classic Brewers mitt hat.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
I've been holding off till now to present, what should come as no surprise, my favorite 1970's baseball card. But also one of my favorite cards from my all time favorite baseball player Robin Yount.
Robin Yount's 1975 Topps Rookie card.
I've got a few rookies now, but my most memorable will always be the first one I ever picked up. I was a high school kid going to a DoDDs school in Berlin, Germany. The American Sector of Berlin was interesting, as there was no central base, but many different compounds, called kaserns, spread around the sector. My father actually worked on one of Hitler's old bases and I can remember swimming in the pool on Andrews kasern. One of the Air Force kaserns, was called McNair, and bunch of the air force guys would put on a card show every couple months. I met a really nice baseball card collector who lived at the McNair kasern and chatted him up and told him I was a big Brewers and Robin Yount fan. He excused himself and a few minutes later he had a Robin Yount rookie to show me and offered it up. It was no where near mint, but at the time, early 90's, Robin's rookie card was still commanding close to $200. We negotiated and I ended up picking this guy up for about $45 bucks. Which at the time was kind of crazy money for me, I did have a job though. But picking up Robin's rookie card, which had been my white whale at the time, was huge. And while I've picked up higher grade cards since then, that first Yount rookie, which I still have, is my favorite.
Friday, April 21, 2017
It took me a second to pick a card, but I knew which set it was going to be coming from. A few years back I decided I wanted to try and start putting a vintage set together. And for some reason I decided on 1963 Topps. Had I given it a little more thought I might have picked a different set, with the Mantle and Pete Rose rookie sitting like two Mt. Everest's in the set. But I love the design, I also really like the 1965 set design. But anyways, I've been slowly picking up a card here and there. Sometimes a couple small lots. It's taken a back seat recently with trying to sell and buy a new house, but so far I've managed to put together about 15% of the set and added some big names too.
I decided to pick the Duke to represent my choice. Not super high grade, but well within the set condition I set for myself. I also liked when I picked up this card I also got his 1964 Topps as well, both card feature Duke as a Met, but I'll always remember him as a Dodger.