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.

Friday, November 21, 2014

2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Red parallel

Nothing like a mid 2000's Donruss set with a ton of parallels. Here we have the Red Foil Impressions parallel.  By my count Rollie has 8 parallels in this set not counting the printing plates and one relic card.  The only difference between this card and the base and all the other parallels is the foil color, the impressions stamp in the center of the card, and that it's serial numbered to 250.

Basically this card is designed for the relic and autographed versions that some of these cards have.  But as a base card and as a silly parallel to the base card this card has so much wasted and unused space. Really the whole right side of this card is nothing.  It's one of the main failings of a lot of inserts and parallels from this time frame and still happens all the time today.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

1982 Police Issue - Milwaukee Police Department

I recently acquired a whole set of these 1982 Brewers Police cards from the Milwaukee Police Department from Tony over at Off Hiatus Sports Cards.  It's a great set (30 cards total) and features all the big and little names on the 82 World Series team including Mr. Fingers here.  I have a few Police Issues for Rollie, but I didn't have an 82 at all so this was quite a boon to get a full team set and get to add the Rollie officially to the Super Collection, although he'll remain with the set for the time being.

The Brewers Police issue cards are interesting in that there are tons of variations because these cards were given out in multiple towns through out Wisconsin and each police department is printed on the front.  According to a list Tony was nice enough to share with me this 1982 set, which was the inaugural police issue, only has 5 variations known, but that jumps to 29 in 1983 and into the high 60's for years after that.  So a player collector has lots of cards they could chase.

I always chuckle reading the back and the player says....