Monday, January 12, 2015

The Year in Review

It was pretty much famine in the world of a Rollie Fingers collector for the second straight year in a row. That being said he had more cards issued this year in more products, but you could still almost count them all on one hand.

Rollie was featured in a couple of Panini's HOF sets and got one manufacture Topps relic.  He also had a bunch of foil stamped buyback cards that were seeded in Topps products this year. Overall I added 5 card to the collection from the 2014 sets, and I'm including the 1975 buyback card.

I was also able to fill a few holes during my Black Friday shopping spree on COMC.


Here's hoping 2015 will be a better Rollie year.

cb out

Friday, December 19, 2014

2012 Topps Museum Collection Bronze Parallel


My last Black Friday pick up is this 2012 Topps Museum Collection bronze parallel card.  I love the look of the card and a classic photo of Rollie in his prime with the glorious mustache!!

I realized long ago that it's not worth opening high end products like this.  It's so much better saving the money on the excitement and most likely disappointment of ripping open a box of this and just picking up the singles you want down the road.  

Rollie hasn't been getting the love as much in recent years and new cards are few and far between so I'll take the ones I can get and all those colorful parallels.



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

1975 Topps

My third of 4 Rollie cards I picked up on Black Friday and the second 70's base card I needed.

75 Topps is just one of those iconic sets.  The color combos that don't go with the team colors, the terrible centering all lend a scruffy dog feeling to a great set.  It really is a great and colorful set with some big names and a couple big rookie cards.  Rollie's card however won't set you back that much.

Rollie also has a World Series card in this set, which I already had, but can't figure out how I missed picking this one up for so long.




Monday, December 8, 2014

1970 Topps

It's kind of embarrassing when you look through your player checklist and realize that you're missing some basic cards from your collection.  But I remedied that this Black Friday and picked up a couple 1970's Topps cards that I was missing from Rollie's playing days. 

The first of those being his 1970 Topps cards.  

I ended up high grading off of COMC and not just picking the cheapest card I could find, but instead I picked out a very nice example and it still didn't set me back that much.  

A classic card featuring a pre-mustached Rollie and I'm glad it's finally in the collection.




Friday, December 5, 2014

1987 Mother's Cookies Oakland Athletics All Time All Stars

I've always been a little jealous of those collectors who had players and teams they collect featured in Mother's Cookies card sets.  It's probably because I'm a huge lover of oddball and food issue sets.  

But I found this 1987 Oakland Athletics All-Time All-Stars card while shopping on COMC for black last Friday and had to take it home with me.  

This also happens to be the only card of Rollie's issued in 1987.  Not surprising since he retired two years earlier and would be elected into the Hall till 1992. 

Still a great looking set even if they are posed photos.  I love the full bleed front and the rounded corners.  Not much for stats on the back, but hey there are All-Star Game stats.




Wednesday, December 3, 2014

2002 Topps Super Teams

I don't remember ever seeing this on the shelves, but back in 2002 there was a lot on the shelves and i wasn't spending a lot of time looking for baseball cards.  But luckily Rollie has 3 cards in the base set and a couple numbered retrofractor parallel cards too.

I couldn't find odd of hitting certain cards and I'm pretty sure you weren't guaranteed an auto or relic in the box, but the issue did offer that possibility and the checklist, while short, has some pretty big names in it.  Rollie doesn't have any autos or relics in the set.  

This card celebrates the 1974 World Series A's team, it would be the third consecutive World Series win for the A's and Rollie would garner the World Series MVP title.

I ended up picking this beauty up as part of my Black Friday haul at COMC last year.



Monday, November 24, 2014

2003 Upper Deck Classic Portraits


Upper Deck put out some crazy concepts back in the early 2000.  The Classic Portraits boxes came with a collectible player bust.  Rollie's card here belongs with the Baseball Royalty subset. It was made up of the last 42 cards in the set all serial numbered to 1200, and is kind of a shadowbox type card.  

It's a  neat card, but I'm not overly excited about the black and white photo used.