Wednesday, April 2, 2014

2005 Donruss Greats

The mid 2000's were kind of a collecting hole for me. I was out in the field most of the year working some job or another so I missed a lot of the sport card issues that year.  I'm a big fan of the trend of the sports card companies putting out retired player sets.  Donruss Greats was another one of those sets that featured, well, Greats.  Of course Rollie has a base card.  There are at least a few parallels for him in the set, as well as, an autographed version of this card which I have in my collection and will be featured in the future.





Thursday, March 20, 2014

1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated Then and Now: Legends of the Game #10


I love finding new Rollie Cards.  I like them even more when the cost me a penny.  Yep this was in my mailbox this morning.  A great 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated Then and Now Legends of the Game.  Of course I had to pay for shipping, but I still won this card for one cent and shipping was very reasonable. 

A great looking card with lots of picture. This set had various themes in the set,  the first 36 cards were Legends of the Games, then other themes like A Place in History, Legends of Today, and Legends of the Future.  










Wednesday, March 19, 2014

2000 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Signatures Autograph card.

It's looking like another dismal year for new Rollie cards, but that just means we can focus on picking up great cards of yore.  Just in is this great 2000 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Signatures autograph card.

The one thing I really don't like about this card is the fact that Rollie is featured wearing an Upper Deck hat. What's up with that?  Looking at a few of the other cards in this set all that I could find have the inset picture with the player with a team hat.  

It's still a great looking card and the auto is on card which is always awesome.  Having such a nice big space for him to sign you get a great looking signature.  Add to that that this card was less than a ten dollar bill delivered and it's another great addition to the collection







Friday, March 7, 2014

2013 Panini Cooperstown Autograph #d to 700

I have a lot of Rollie Fingers autographed cards. It's one of the things I love about collecting him. His autos are cheap and so are the really cool relic cards.  On average a Rollie auto goes for around $10.  And that's a great price.   I had been trying to pick this card up for a while. I had already picked up his other auto in the set numbered to 199 and I got that card for a steal.  Well patience pays off again. I finally found a seller not asking for the moon with a decent starting price and ended up snagging this guy for $6 and even with shipping got it to me for under ten bucks!  It's been a really slow couple years for new Rollie cards and I'm glad I finally was able to pick up  the last card from last years Cooperstown set.






Saturday, February 22, 2014

Time Machine - 2014 Topps Series 1 1975 Buyback

I just picked this up. One of the bonuses that Topps has been including in packs of 2014 Series 1 baseball has been these foil stamped buyback cards. This isn't original. Topps has been ruining prefectly good vintage for years in it's Heritage products.  And a lot of the cards are pretty beat up. I ended up picking this guys up for cheap though and since Rollie has been pretty much ignored that last couple years I'll take what I can get.



Wednesday, January 15, 2014

1969 Topps

I think for any player collector the holy grail for the collection is the player's rookie card.  Nowadays that could be anyone of thousands of cards, but collecting players who had there rookie cards in the 60's and 70's that means usually only a handful and of course Topps was king.  Rollie also has a rookie card in the O-Pee-Chee set.  Like a lot of rookie cards from the 60's and 70's Rollie has to share his card with a couple other guys. Rollie is by far the attraction on the card, but lets see what's up with the other two guys.

Bob Floyd played with the Orioles and later with the Royals leaving MLB in 1974, Bob would go on to manage in the minors until 2006. Bob's claim to fame was that he ended up pitching four innings for the Lynn Sailors, allowing only one run even though he'd not played professionally for six years and had never been a pitcher.  

Larry Burchart has the distinction of only playing in the Majors his rookie year. He appeared in 29 games in 1969 and had 26 strike outs.  The Indians sent Larry down Triple A Wichita and after the 1971 season he retired from baseball. 

Rollie's looking pretty good next to these too guys.
Oh and I apologize for the tape in the scan. It's on the top loader not the card don't worry.




Monday, January 13, 2014

2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection


Back in the mid 2000's Upper Deck set the bar pretty high with it's high end offerings. Between Sweet Spot and Ultimate, Upper Deck really had the corner covered when it came to higher end baseball cards. But since Upper Deck lost most of it's major licenses it's become a side note, unless your a big hockey fan or enjoy seeing your favorite stars in college uniforms.  

What I like best about this card is that Upper Deck gave Rollie card number 34, his number. However they feature him in a A's uniform, but all the information and stats are from his time with the Brewers.  That's something Topps would do. Actually Topps would feature Rollie in a A's jersey and list him as an A and then put a gigantic piece of a Brewers or Padres uniform on the card.

Still a nice card here though. And even though low serial numbered cards are the norm now, it's nice the base card is limited to just 675 copies.