Friday 19 March 2010

All quiet on the trading front and a rare find.

Originally I intended to title this 'Trade with Tony'. But it has been an unusually quiet couple of months in regard to trading. The rare find?.... not the Okajima relic....a trade partner in the UK.
There is a small but growing band of baseball cards collectors in the UK. I was fortunate enough to make contact with Tony from Newport, not Rhode Island but in Wales. He has been reading the blog and decide that was time we made contact.
It appears as if Tony and I have fiercely competed for some of the more desirable baseball cards on ebayUK. Mind you there is plenty of undesirable rubbish too. Such as a seller who listed the entire 1991 Fleer set, 'the yellow one,' not as a single lot but as individual cards at 99p per card not including the 70p postage per card. Browsing through the baseball card selection on ebayUK is like wading your way through a pool of custard.
Tony is a set collector foremost, he is pursuing the 2010 Topps Heritage at present. Fortunately he also collects the San Fransisco Giants. He managed to trim about 60 cards off my wants list and included the Okajima Career Best relic. We also arranged to purchase a box (or two)of 2010 Allen and Ginter and see how we fair collecting the base set.
Thanks Tony for the trade and looking forward to the 22nd of June.

Thursday 11 March 2010

1966 and 1967 Topps with a dash of '56

Following on from the 1955 Bowman, the same seller had a small stack of cards from 1966 and 1967 Topps cards for sale. I actively search out 1964 Topps and have a few '66 and '67, so this was a lucky find. What came as a surprise was the added bonus of the 1956 Topps #280 Jim Gilliam. I had noticed on the auction picture, a solitary '56 Topps but it was partially hidden so I concluded that it was either in poor condition or so badly aligned that it was a waste of the sellers time to list it separately.

When it comes to vintage, I apologies to those offended by referring to 1956 as vintage, they appear rarely so I am not concerned by condition. One day maybe, but today I am happy to add to my collection. The card arrived and is in good condition, a little high on the card but still great. So the bonus was the '66 and '67 Topps.