One of the toughest card series to collect in mint condition of almost any sport, in any year, and it isn’t tough to see why. Known as “Rough Cuts”, a nickname symptomatic of an antiquated printing press that finishes using a wire instead of a knife to cut a stack of 100 to 200 cards at a time. Remove all quality control, and you have a collector’s delight. Or frustration. Read more about Gretzky Rookie #18 and the ’79 OPC Hockey series.
Practical methodology finally answers the question of when the 1979 O-Pee-Chee Print-Run took place.
A passive, zen-like approach to sourcing and cherry-picking the highest quality, cleanest, and most centered examples of the toughest variations to find from auction houses, shows and other marketplaces, and documenting the process and costs involved.
As fans of a rewarding challenge, the ’66 Topps Football series offers a nice balance of being an affordable high grade small run of only 132 cards, with a small population of expensive cards in high grade, but mired with paper and printing issues.
When Elihu Adams, brother of founding father and second President John Adams, dies in 1775 during the Seige of Boston, he leaves a wife and three children who needed to dissolve his estate to settle outstanding accounts. This is the history of how and why his widow’s petition came to be, and how the death of her husband was resolved during the birth of the nation. Read more about the petition.
This poster is basically a Janis Joplin hippie prison-release benefit concert before she was famous and sponsored by the Hell’s Angels. Posters don’t get much cooler than this. See what the Hell’s Angels were like before a few bad apples ruined it.
Sample of hundreds of cards finally being graded after 40 years and possibly for sale from the baseball, hockey, football, boxing, and a number of cards from non-sports categories, including Topps Civil War and Magic the Gathering collections
NON-SPORT: 1962 Topps Civil War
NON-SPORT: Magic The Gathering
1969 Mickey Mantle, sharp corners and clean but off-centered with a very slight registration shift
Possible PSA 7 / 8
BOXING: 1910 T220 Mecca
FOOTBALL: 1950 Bowman
BASEBALL: 1953 Topps
BASEBALL: 1956 Topps
BASEBALL: 1959 Topps
BASEBALL: 1972 Puerto Rico Winter League