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My Collection Spotlight - 1950-60's FB HOFers
Sunday, September 9, 2007
Posted by jaygross
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I am somewhat schizophrenic when it comes to my focus on collection - I find myself going in cycles collecting all different things. One month I'll be obsessed with 1997 Goudey Football and the next one I'll go all out on 1970's NBA.

My buddy Darrin loves signed 1950's football and basebll cards of HOFers and has a pretty impressive collection (although I really hate to admit it). He's got all sorts of old Bowmans, and it kills me. Whenever I go to his house and see his collection a few things happen:

  1. We run off into his office and I drool over his metal box of signed 1950's HOFers. Our wives are really good about letting us be during this time, but they think we are crazy.

  2. I get all excited, I start buying older cards. I find myself adding a bunch of new Saved Searches on http://www.AuctionCapture.com specifically of this stuff.

  3.  I almost exclusively send out to stars on older sets for the next few months.

  4. He makes sure to console me with the fact that my Basketball and Hockey collections completely destroy his - although his is getting better.

Last month I wrote about our trip to the National and how we found some really good deals on 1950-60's HOFers for $1-3. We'd dig through one bargain box after another looking for this kind of stuff of players we knew would sign by mail for us.

Since I know everyone here loves to see scans, I thought I'd show some of the cards I got at the show that I have received back signed in the past 3 weeks:

Joe Schmidt: 1958 Topps, 1959 Topps

Andy Robustelli: 1955 Bowman, 1959 Topps

Mike McCormack: 1958 Topps, 1959 Topps, 1961 Topps

Hugh McElhenny: 1958 Topps- paid $10.00 fee per card

Chuck Bednarik: 1959 Topps Team Card, 1960 Topps

Lenny Moore: 1958 Topps - paid $10.00 fee per card

Dante Lavelli: 1953 Bowman - bought unsigned card on eBay for $3.06

Gino Marchetti: 1963 Topps, 1958 Topps

I have found myself really loving the 1958 Topps set, as they remind me of 1959 Topps basbeall and I have recently added 5 new ones (Schmidt, Marchetti, Moore, McElhenny, and McCormack) to others I already had. I have a scary feeling that I may look to get a few more of these.

For the bad news of the week, I had a horrible brain freeze moment on Wednesday morning and forgot to bid on an eBay auction. It pains me to write that a 1952 Bowman Large Gino Marchetti rookie in GOOD-FAIR condition (beat up) went for $3.40.



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