Saturday, December 19, 2020

cardboard cardings

Just squeezing in a quick late-nite post with a few recent additions to my collection because I haven't posted in a few days. (On my to-do list for the weekend is a big Sentimental Sundays post about my long-lost little comic book collection, which I've recently found but not opened yet.) 

1990 Kmart Batting Leaders-- one of the very few "junk era" Topps offerings that still goes for decent money today. I'm not expecting to ever complete the set, but hey-- there are only 22 cards and life is long, so never say never. I already had Rickey and Julio Franco, so only 19 more to go. The red '89 version is a little scarer, but I think the green '90 cards are more appealing.

A solid pickup for the Kirby PC.

Check it out, an elite starting pitcher for San Diego! Haven't seen that since Jake Peavy's prime. Wait, just Topps having some fun with an SP variation, but I'll take it. I discovered these "Nat'l Lea." cards in 2020 Archives earlier in the month and ended up grabbing one with Max Scherzer here.

Topps didn't bother making the stats on the back easy to read. He's only got 175 career wins, but still pretty much locked in for Cooperstown with 3 Cy Young awards. I've got a decent Scherzer PC, but am still in the market for an auto.

Last card I needed to complete the Jose Canseco page in my Vagabond Binder was one with him on the Yankees, which I snagged on Sportlots with a cheap 2000 Pacific Omega card. And I could get 3 more cards from the seller without increasing the postage, so I went with these guys from the same set for the 18¢@ minimum. McGriffey Henderson.

I don't have much Pacific in my PCs, so always a safe bet when I can add cheap cards of guys I collect.
(BTW.. Currently working on my first Sportlots box order, which I'll post about once that's all in-hand.)

Last thing for today: Cool Papa Bell auto! Picked up this index card autograph over the summer. My custom cardmaking operation has been on ice for a couple months (thanks to the move and issues with my computer/printer), but one of these days I'm gonna get back on track with making cards and plan to whip up something fun out of this boring index card.

Did you hear Negro Leagues stats count as major league stats now? I love Satchel Paige and Buck O'Neil, and have deep respect for other big names like Josh Gibson and Cool Papa Bell, but my knowledge of that part of baseball pretty much falls off a cliff after that. But yeah, I'm all for righting wrongs and removing racism. It'll be interesting to see how the statistical history of the game shakes out with all this.

That's all I've got for today. Have a great weekend.


  1. Cool Papa Bell is a great name. Looking forward to seeing your custom!

  2. The new stats should cause many of us to make a change or two (lol) in our collections. There will be significant changes for sure. Looking forward.

  3. I have not seen that 1990 Kmart set before. Interesting.

  4. I just recently (re)discovered that I have the george brett card from that kmart set. And thanks for showing that omega griffey - another dodger stadium background card to chase!

  5. The Kmart set is lost on me, but it is nice to know that something from that era does still have some value to it.

  6. Not sure how I feel about those "Nat'l Lea." variations. I like the idea of them, but Topps should have used Padres for that concept. That's a nice Scherzer card regardless. Nice pickup on the Bell auto, too!

    1. Thanks. Yeah, there are Padres "Nat'l Lea." cards too.. I was looking at the Tatis, but shied away from the $30 asking price.

  7. can't wait to see what you do with the Cool Papa auto!

  8. I don't think I've seen a Cool Papa Bell auto before. Very cool!