As taste develops, the breadth of appealing sets broadens. Since the priority is to collect beautiful paper and not focus on players, I simply gravitate to the sets I find most appealing, whoever it may be. Interest started with ’59 Topps baseball and has gradually become older and older, with favourite years finally resting in the 1909 to 1939 range, sport and otherwise, with the most beautiful set being the 1915 Cracker Jack series.
PSA Population one of two with only three graded higher as of 11-23-2022. This rough example is my first venture and I think my last, I just don’t find the cards attractive, at all really, and the age doesn’t make up for it. Issued from 1887 to 1890, Goodwin Company’s Old Judge baseball series includes photos of hundreds of ballplayers pasted onto thick cardboard.
This obscure disc set appears similar to the company’s 1910-12 P2 pin set with many of the same images of the top players of the day. Each disc measures approximately 1-1/8” in diameter with a player’s portrait, name and team as well as the company name printed in the front with a red, green or blue background.
Population one of two with just three graded higher as of 11-23-2022.
Population one of four with just two graded higher as of 08-22-2022. The second of the Series 350 Factory 25 1909 T206’s I’ve picked up recently, not a big impact on a set nicknamed “The Monster”, but I’m loving the niche. This one is from the Charles Bray collection, the hobby’s first card dealer. Lelands Auctions collection info.
Player Info: Frank Chance
PSA Card Info: 64342669
I’m quite proud of this one, an uncommon example and usually missing in the marketplace. Frank Chance (Sept. 9, 1877 – Sept. 15, 1924) was a key member of the turn-of-the-century Chicago Cubs as manager winning four National League Championships from 1906 – 1910 and winning the 1907 and 1908 World Series titles.
Hands-down, now my favourite card series of all time. The 1915 (E145-2) Cracker Jack Baseball set consists of 176 subjects, each inserted in boxes of the molasses-covered popcorn snack.
It’s been called baseball’s best season. A hobby classic, Gum Inc.’s smallest and final “Play Ball” series with 72 cards measuring 2-1/2″ by 3-1/8″ each.
PSA Card Info: Ted Williams
This iconic card looks like it was run over by a truck, but even in this lowest grade, it still commands a decent sum. The condition of this card goes completely against my personal rules, and I have mixed emotions as to why I felt I needed to jump in with this particular example, but I felt I had to have it. I’m thinking about letting it go now.
Small Gap in Left Border error variation
Population 1 of 3, only 1 Graded Higher
Population 1 of 6 – Four Graded Higher
Population 1 of 3
Expanding horizons beyond the usual sports suspects – my first venture into soccer with a 1966 Bergmann – a sport which continues to surprise with some really cool big ticket cards.
I love this artwork, they look like small scenes from a comic, with gorgeous colour. Gory cards, depicting burning flesh, buxom women and dogs being zapped by aliens are the brainchild of Len Brown and Woody Gelman with this 55-card set conveyed the story of ruthless Martians attacking Earth (PSA article).
This card is too cool. It has a piece of the actual hardwood from that game embedded in the card.