Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The First T36 from Open Binders

A few weeks ago, I missed out on an eBay BIN for a T227 Ralph Mulford.  This takes a small amount of the sting off that.

Shortly after I purchased seven T36 cards from eBay, another one I needed popped up from my old friends at Open Binders.  They have had some of these in the past, but not since I've been collecting the cards.  I have picked up some of my 1960 Hawes Wax Indy cards from them and all transactions have been flawless.  Once I saw the eBay listing, I went to their site and bought the card there to save them the eBay fees.  I paced my order Thursday and it was delivered Monday.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #17 Ralph Mulford
Ralph Mulford competed ten times in the Indianapolis 500.  His best finish was second in the inaugural race in 1911.  There has been controversy over time that may have actually won the race, but Indianapolis Motor Speedway track historian Donald Davidson maintains there is no evidence to back that claim.  Mulford ran much faster throughout the race than winner Ray Harroun but blew out tires twice during the race, allowing Harroun to pass him.  Harroun knew that by running a slower race he could get better tire wear and that strategy helped him win the race.  Mulford won the 1911 Vanderbilt Cup race.

After this pickup, my base set stands at 12/25 cards.  My master set, with all back variations, is at 15/100.  You can see all of my cards from the set on my Collector Focus page.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Dime Box Buy - 2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors #BDP22 Sean Gallagher

Serial #d/199.  I don't leave serial numbered cards behind in dime boxes.  

2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Blue Refractors #BDP22 Sean Gallagher
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Dime Box Buy - 1993 SP #274 Russ Davis

This one is actually for my collection.  I was shocked to find a few of these 1992 foils in a dime box and still in damn good shape.  My guess is that this part of the box was fresh.  We all know how condition sensitive they are.

1993 SP #274 Russ Davis 
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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dime Box Buy - 1996 Bowman #374 Vladimir Guerrero

I figure there are still enough Expos collectors out there that I'll be able to find Vladdy a happy home among friends.  He was one of my favorite players of his timeframe.

1996 Bowman #374 Vladimir Guerrero
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30 Day Card Challenge - Day 8

Today's card is one that "reminds you of a family member."


Well, it's my blog and I'll cheat if I want to.  I had narrowed it down to two cards.  When I went to grab them for a pic, I decided to add a couple more.


I remember walking through the living room one evening in 1989 and my mama asking me if I'd heard about the card with the cuss word on it.  She'd seen it on the evening news.  Yup, ol' #616...the 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken.  

Not too long later, we were at a card show and she actually let me pick a couple of packs of Fleer.  The seller, who was also my local "card shop" owner (he actually owned a small grocery store) was selling packs that were from the early run.  I can't remember for sure, but he was probably asking $3 or $4 for a pack.  I was FLOORED that she let me buy these, considering she refused to buy me Upper Deck packs that were $1.

I picked up my packs and headed out to the lobby.  The show was in the Ramada Inn in my hometown and there were nice, comfy chairs outside.  In one of the packs resided that card that you see in the pic above.  There was an older guy that offered me $10 for the card, thinking that I didn't know what I had.  He's probably a retail pack searcher now.  What an asshole, trying to rip off a ten-year old kid.

The Rickey Henderson rookie is the first "big" card my parents bought me.  It was probably in 1989 or so.  I had only been collecting for a couple of years and they bought me a low grade copy.  As an adult now, I'd have done the same thing.  The card is probably a PSA 1.  It's worth way more sentimentally than the monetary value.

Those two cards are the two that I've probably had the longest.  Through the card purges and moving from Morgantown, WV to Pittsburgh to Indianapolis to Fort Worth, they've been the two that have been through it all with me.

The other two cards were given to my by my uncle when I graduated college in 2001.  The McGwire was obviously worth more then.  No idea on the Ripken because I don't care.  They will always be one of the cornerstones of my collection.  That uncle was the man that got me into collecting cards when he gave me a complete 1986 Topps set for Christmas.

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Two Birds, One Stone (30 Day Card Challenge - Day 6)
30 Day Card Challenge - Day 7

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dime Box Buy - 2010 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #180 Jason Donald

2010 Topps Chrome X-Fractors #180 Jason Donald
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Doubling Up!!!

The eBay saved search emails are great.  I wish they'd come shortly after something is listed since I've lost a few items before I even saw them.  I will take what I can get though.  Last Friday one came through and I was afraid it was already gone.  It wasn't and I was concerned even in the time to go through and use ebates it could get bought out from under me.  Thankfully it wasn't.

Through one eBay purchase, I was able to double my number of cards from the 1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers (aka T36) set.  Only one was a duplicate front, but it was a different back.  Also, I was able to pick this up at a price I am still thrilled about.  I didn't pay much more than the graded Ralph DePalma that I have.

My T36 posts on Bean's Ballcard Blog
My T36 posts on I Feel Like A Collector Again


What I found interesting is that all of these are Mecca backs.  The seller has one Hassan back that he listed separately (and I did not buy it).  He did tell me these all came from one collection that he purchased.  Very curious.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #3 Louis Chevrolet
Does that last name sound familiar?  The answer to your question is yes.  Louis Chevrolet co-founded the Chevrolet Motor Company just months after this card was produced.  He later ran in the Indianapolis 500 four times with a best finish of seventh in the 1919 race.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #8 Arthur Duray
Arthur Duray raced in the Indianapolis 500 once, finishing second in 1914.  He's probably best known for breaking the land speed record on three different occasions.
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #10 Harry E. Grant
Looking through Wikipedia (always there, sometimes accurate), I believe this is Harry Fletcher Grant, despite the "E." initial on the card.  This Wikipedia entry does list him as winning the sixth Vanderbilt Cup race and that matches an article from vanderbiltcupraces.com.  Grant competed four times in the Indianapolis 500 with a best finish of seventh in 1914.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #11 Victor Hemery
Victor Hemery never competed in the Indianapolis 500.  He did win the second Vanderbilt Cup race in 1905.
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #12 Camille Jenatzy
Camille Janatzy also never competed in the Indianapolis 500.  He was killed in a hunting accident just a couple of years after this card was produced. Janatzy broke the land speed record three times during his life.

1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #15 Fred Marriott 
The Fred Marriott Wikipedia page doesn't have much more info than can be found on the card back.  No Indianapolis 500.  BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #16 Harry Mitchener
The interwebz has informed me that this card is of Harry MITCHENER, not Mitchner.  He has no Wikipedia page.  What I was able to find is that he won a 24-hour race at Point Breeze, PA with co-driver Ralph Mulford.

1907 Point Breeze 24 Hour Race

After this pickup, my base set stands at 11/25 cards.  My master set, with all back variations, is at 14/100.  You can see all of my cards from the set on my Collector Focus page.

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