Monday, July 6, 2015

Poor Curt Casali

I was looking over my Series Two cards and I took a quick peek at the checklists.  Honestly, I don't know why Topps bothers with checklists.  I don't think anyone uses them anymore.  With all the online resources, the card version has become obsolete.

Besides, if Topps is going to make checklists, they should be accurate.  I pity the poor collector that is using the checklist on the cards to put a set together.


This is the checklist for cards #568 - 639.


Take a look at card #616. According to the checklist, card #616 belongs to Rays catcher Curt Casali.

Except it doesn't.  Poor Curt got bumped by...


...Kris Bryant.

Did no one at Topps think to update the checklist?

And what about poor Curt?


Here's what could have been.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,736 Cubs cards from 105 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 


1900s - 1970s: 1976 TCMA 1938 Cubs Clay Bryant  That picture looks more like a Hollywood headshot than a team publicity photo.  So the Cubs had a Bryant on a pennant-winning team.  I sure hope history repeats itself soon!


1980s: 1988 K Mart #30 Rick Sutcliffe   This K Mart set from 1988 highlights memorable moments of the Eighties.  Sutcliffe's moment was his 14 straight wins during the 1984 season.  The guy was pretty amazing for the Cubs, going 16-1 and leading the team to the NL East crown.


1990s: 1994 Donruss #61 Shawn Boskie Boskie's time with the 1994 Cubs was pretty short.  After making just two appearances, he was traded to the Phillies for Kevin Foster on April 12.  He was 4-6 with the Phillies over the rest of the season.


2000s: 2004 Topps Factory Set Bonus #4 David Kelton This is the second week in a row that the RNG gives us a bonus card from a Cubs factory complete set.  Kelton spent a few week in May and June on the Cubs roster and had just one hit.  He stuck around in the minors through the 2006 season.


2010s: 2011 Finest Rookie Autograph/Relics #87 Andrew Casher  This comes from my autograph and relics collection...kills two birds with one stone.  Rizzo for Cashner -- the Cubs got the better of that deal.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 239th Birthday America!!

Now get away from the computer and go out 
and enjoy the day off!

Friday, July 3, 2015

2015 Topps Series 2 Cubs

As usual, Brentandbecca came through and I've got my Series 2 Cubs set in hand.

The biggest news with the Cubs set is the addition of Kris Bryant.  His base card, a common, is selling for prices way more than a common should go for.

Bryant was among nine Cubs in Series Two.  As a sign of roster improvement and stability, all nine are still with the Cubs!

Here they are:

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I was impressed that Topps got a picture of Bryant in the home whites at Wrigley until I did a little digging.


The picture is actually from this spring, March 26, in Mesa.  The tight cropping hides any ballpark identification.

 

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Topps Complete Set Prices 1969 - 2015

Here is my monthly look at Topps complete set prices for all the years in which I own a set, 1969 - 2015.  The prices are from Ebay sold listings taken on June 14.  The prices do not include shipping.

I remembered this month!!  Also, this month I've got 2015 sets included.  


  • Prices for 1970 and 19721 sets were really low.  It's especially surprising for the '71 set.  That is one set that keeps its value because of the black borders.
  • Poor 1987!  Three of the five sets sold for just 99¢ each.
  • Prices for the 2010-2012 sets dropped because someone consigned a bunch of sets with Probstein123.  The market was flooded, the prices tanked.
  • The hand-collated 2015 sets went for a much lower price that Topps will be charging for the factory set, which is due soon.
  • If you want one of each, it will cost you $5,312.14 and that is a drop of $407.99 compared to April, and that also gets you an additional set (the 2015).


YEAR
July 1
June 14
May 2
   12 Mo. Avg.
1969
   $732.20
   $1,066.41
   $1,010.31
$1,001.22
1970
$907.40
$752.94
$1,403.80
$980.12
1971
$570.40
$656.54
$1,126.04
$765.36
1972
$970.00
$947.15
$1,051.80
$1,026.72
1973
$388.75
$354.55
$387.80
$423.02
1974
$202.94
$343.84
$213.39
$226.73
1975
$297.03
$259.73
$267.72
$307.80
1976
$179.90
$159.26
$168.61
$162.33
1977
$140.64
$131.90
$144.46
$142.18
1978
$82.54
$86.10
$91.95
$98.30
1979
$73.94
$79.70
$74.09
$84.30
1980
$48.50
$60.45
$68.47
$68.63
1981
$25.94
$31.80
$32.29
$28.14
1982
$33.41
$34.34
$37.00
$34.64
1983
$37.99
$30.10
$27.71
$32.96
1984
$20.55
$26.99
$14.68
$21.19
1985
$21.15
$30.09
$28.59
$24.07
1986
$8.55
$13.63
$21.90
$15.02
1987
$3.39
$8.46
$7.97
$9.15
1988
$5.61
$9.14
$7.48
$7.82
1989
$6.09
$11.20
$3.41
$8.39
1990
$8.30
$7.10
$13.39
$9.41
1991
$8.19
$13.69
$8.89
$10.12
1992
$8.82
$12.55
$8.81
$10.86
1993
$26.50
$20.29
$13.50
$21.83
1994
$24.48
$17.30
$20.98
$21.09
1995
$32.09
$22.70
$24.09
$31.97
1996
$10.50
$18.35
$15.21
$19.17
1997
$31.50
$47.07
$32.59
$38.26
1998
$28.98
$31.27
$33.68
$33.09
1999
$15.76
$25.96
$27.44
$19.11
2000
$21.27
$17.43
$20.09
$19.19
2001
$37.18
$34.79
$42.80
$35.82
2002
$21.73
$22.59
$34.02
$28.02
2003
$33.00
$34.91
$24.20
$37.15
2004
$17.78
$27.01
$26.22
$27.99
2005
$18.61
$21.82
$23.28
$24.14
2006
$20.59
$23.37
$31.57
$26.27
2007
$10.28
$12.39
$25.38
$17.86
2008
$24.30
$27.38
$28.49
$27.61
2009
$38.28
$36.49
$37.28
$33.93
2010
$14.26
$20.19
$16.30
$19.68
2011
$12.38
$24.57
$23.58
$25.05
2012
$12.25
$27.81
$16.77
$25.02
2013
$34.98
$28.23
$36.94
$30.64
2014
$43.25
$50.58
$35.89
$43.17
2015
$37.74
$0.00
$0.00
$0.00

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Barney 2011 Finest Finished

I have finished my 2011 Finest Darwin Barney rainbow!  It only took four years.  During that time Barney went from being a hot prospect, to a Gold Glove winner, to good glove no stick, to a Dodger, to an AAA player.

The rainbow has two parts to it, the base card and it's parallels plus the auto/jersey card with all of it's parallels.  I've had the base cards for a while and was missing one auto/jersey...the red version


It's missing no more!  I was able to get this as a BIN off of Ebay and it was a fraction of the price of the available ones on COMC.  It is a /25, so there weren't going to be too many chances to pick it up.  I didn't pay a premium for it, but it is #15/25 and Barney wore #15 with the Cubs.

Here's what was available for the base cards, and I've bolded the cards I've got.  The missing are /10, /5, or 1/1s and I don't expect to see any of them.

Base Card
Refractor (serial-numbered to 549 copies)
X-Fractor (serial-numbered to 299 copies)
Green Refractor (serial-numbered to 199 copies)
Orange Refractor (serial-numbered to 99 copies)
Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 50 copies)
Red Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
Die-Cut Mosaic Refractor (serial-numbered to ten copies)
Purple Refractor (serial-numbered to five copies)
Canary Diamond Refractor (one-of-one)
SuperFractor (one-of-one)
Framed Printing Plates (four-for-each)

The auto/relic cards include:
Refractor (serial-numbered to 499 copies)
Green Refractor (serial-numbered to 149 copies)
Orange Refractor (serial-numbered to 99 copies)
Gold Refractor (serial-numbered to 69 copies)
Red Refractor (serial-numbered to 25 copies)
Die-Cut Mosaic Refractor (serial-numbered to ten copies)
Purple Refractor (serial-numbered to five copies)
SuperFractor (one-of-one)
Framed Printing Plates (four-for-each)

As with the base, I'm just missing the die-cut and the 1/1s.

Here is the Final Finest!


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Wrapped Up the Wildest Days and Plays

I've been working on the Cubs cards from the 1973 and 1974 Fleer sets.  Last week I shared that I finished 1973's Fantastic Feats.  Today I happy to report that I've got the 1974 set, Baseballs Wildest Days and Plays done, too.

There were just three cards in the set that I'd consider to be Cubs cards.  The first two I grabbed back in December with no problem.  

 
 Poor Frank Chance had a painful day and the Cubs and Phillies had a crazy day.

But the third card, #13, proved to be a real pain.  Every day I'd search Ebay, COMC, and Beckett.  I bookmarked the search so it was just three quick daily clicks.  And each day I'd come up empty.  For nearly six months the cards was nowhere to be found.

I finally got one, but not the easy way.  I found an auction that listed a ten card lot and my missing #13 was in the lot.  Since this was the first time I saw one, I decided I'd go after the lot.  I wasn't sure when a single would ever show up, so I figured I needed to act now.  Luckily for me the lot had almost no bidding and I got all ten cards for $5.54.

Here is the elusive #13:



Poor Jimmy St. Vrain ran to third instead of first.

The root of his problem was that he was a lefty that batted right handed.  I'm a lefty and I bat right handed, too.  Like him, I wasn't much of a hitter.

Unlike him, I know which base is first base....I made outs there all the time!