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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 cutter with a dull blade cutting stacks 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.
Track sales data and market movements with the Gretzky Spot and Moving Average charts
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.
Essentially a Janis Joplin, hippie, prison-release benefit concert sponsored by the Hell’s Angels. Posters don’t get much cooler than this.
The 1986 Fleer Basketball series is a very satisfying set of cards to source centered and clean.
Elihu Adams, brother of founding father and second President John Adams, dies in 1775. Historic anecdotes discovered in newspapers and books paint a picture of how his widow’s petition came to be, and how the death of her husband was resolved during the birth of the nation.
I remember hating this thing because of that stupid vinyl cape, but I wasn’t one of those kids that cast aside things of perceived diminished value. Thankfully, tastes change, now I can’t live without it.
I caught the collecting bug with the 1959 Topps series, but started with low expectations. Things have changed.
A rare variation of Woodstock tickets, good for entry on opening day, Friday August 15th, and available only to those who responded to ads for the concert found in various magazines in the spring of 1969.
BMX Magazines full of my idols and their awesome rides and the excitement that rich, vibrant, energetic colours and design that edgy youth sports magazines offer
The idea of customizing my car (even though I really wanted a truck) was so tantalizing and these early car magazines really made it exciting
These solid, oversized manuals brought much gravitas to the artwork and reading them was at least as much fun as using them.
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: 1959 Topps
BASEBALL: 1972 Puerto Rico Winter League
FERRARI WORLD: pristine first year copies