Last week I featured these Cubs cards from Hygrade's Baseball All-Time Greats set.
I knew very little about the cards because there was no copyright information on them at all.
I learned that they were put out by Hygrade, but knew nothing at all about Hygrade.
I thought Hygrade was a hot dog company.
A comment from Chris Stufflestreet mentioned that Hygrade published price guides. That comment rattled around in my head for a while. There was something familiar about that. And then a couple days ago, it finally registered. I have one of those Hygrade price guides!
This is the cover of my book, published in 1987 and I had totally forgotten about it. But I had an idea where it might be and was able to dig it out. The book featured the prices of every card put out by Topps, Fleer, Donruss, and the latest entry into the baseball card arena, Sportflics.
Check out this ad, which has a super special offer for 1987 Topps, Donruss, and Fleer sets. Pick up all three for the bargain price of $124.95. You can buy those sets today for less than $10 each!
There was another Hygrade ad and it includes the cards I featured earlier. They are in the Baseball Card Collecting Kit, which you paid $39.95 for. The cards are the "Card Set of 50 All-Time Greats."
It was fun to look back at the prices for cards and compare them with what they are going for today. It was also kind of scary. Most of the prices for compete sets are down from what Hygrade claimed they were worth in 1987, 23 years ago.
This chart has the Hygrade 1987 "book value," current set average prices taken from Ebay on July 2, 2010, and the difference between the two. If you are looking at baseball cards as a long term investment, look away....you won't like what you see.
|YEAR||1987 Hygrade||2010 Ebay||Difference|
Greg, aka Night Owl, was looking for some '71's a while back. I had a bunch of extras from when I put my set together that were just collecting dust, so I sent some his way.
Yesterday I got a return package full of Cubs.
First of all, he used blue tape on the team bag! In his note, he thought I would already have these cards. I did have many, and they'll find a home in WW Jr's growing Cubs collection. Among the cards were....
Ernie Banks 2010 National Chicle
Billy Williams 2008 Goudey
I'd like WW Jr to know and appreciate some of the Cubs stars from the past, and these cards will help.
Of course, having a card of a budding star never hurts either!
There were some cards that I didn't have, too.
Upper Deck Spectrum is a set I've never collected, but now I've got four Cubs from last year's set.
Topps Gallery is another set I've skipped.
But after getting these, I may have to change that. My original collection goal was team sets, with emphasis on the word team. I like sets that include a bunch of players. But now that I've got a majority of them, I'm turning my attention to smaller sets like Gallery, which had between 150-200 cards per set. That meant only 5-7 Cubs per set. That shouldn't be too hard to track down.
So thanks, Greg for the cards, and another brand to chase!
Andre Dawson's special day has finally arrived and today he officially becomes a member of baseball's Hall of Fame. Congratulations Hawk!
To celebrate, I've got a recent pickup to show you. These are from another late '80's - early '90's company that I had never heard of, Star.
Star's gimmick was putting out sets with multiple cards of a single player. The Dawson cards I've got here are from Star '88 and there are eleven different ones of Andre Dawson.
Star was not putting out high quality stuff. The card stock is pretty flimsy and the information on the back is minimal. And who decided to go with the pink border? Also, the copyright on the back says 1984, but obviously these can't be from 1984.
But it sure was easy to add a bunch of Dawson cards to the collection.
These are numbered 1 - 11, each with a different theme.
#1 The Hawk, has a checklist on the back
#2 Minor League Stats, and we've got him in an Expos uniform. Did they consider Montreal minor league?
#3 Major League Stats, I guess Montreal is major league after all.
#4 Playoff Stats, Dawson was 9 for 40 in two post-season series for the Expos in 1981
#5 All Star Stats, and he's back in Cubbie blue.
#6, 1977 NL Top Rookie, but why not show his as an Expo?
#7, 1987 NL MVP, this is an interesting angle, one you rarely see on a baseball card. I like it.
#8, Records, with Dawson showing off his cannon-like arm.
#9, Career Highlights, with a nice posed shot. I like this one, too.
#10, Personal Data, and we get a double Hall of Fame picture
#11, The Future, do you think those nuns knew something the rest of us didn't?