Archive for November, 2008

Eric “Beefski” Smith, Hage’s Dairy Pacific Coast League cards collector, emails us a couple unlisted additions for the 2010 (yeah, we’re working on it already) Catalog. And a picture to post here! We thank you, Beefski!

Here are the “new” cards:

  • 1949/Johnny Gorsica
  • 1950/Dennis Luby (fielding) [pictured]
  • 1951/Harry Simpson

He also points out the 1949 Bobby Wilson isn’t “pitching” as it was listed in the Catalog, since he was a second baseman. The 1951 Hage’s listing has him “Fldg,” so thanks for helping us fix the 1949s.

We can only speculate why they’d want so many variations of Dennis Luby across the Hage’s PCL sets, other than he might have been a fan favorite–a Derek Jeter or Dustin Pedroia or David Eckstein of his day–or maybe he was an endorser.


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My editor Justin Moen emails another query from out there in the hobby:

Bobby Bazzell, who has worked with both Bob and I in the past, has a St. Louis Cardinals photo book and he would like to know exactly what it is.

The actual photo book is blue-gray in color, with CARDINALS at the top. There’s a picture of a bird, bat, and ball in the middle, and 1953 below the picture. The writing and picture are red in color. The book is about 3-1/8″ x 4″. There are 29 black and white photos that are about 2-1/8″ x 3″. The photo holders accordion out from the front and back of the book, and the photos are on the front and back of each accordion strip. There are no names or statistics. He was guessing that they may have been sold by vendors at the ball park in 1953. He also thought they were a team issued item or team authorized item.

I took it to Bob and he was not familiar with it. Since there were no names or statistics, it didn’t seem like a team issued or authorized item to him, but it also doesn’t look like an average Joe Cardinal fan from home did it either, since the photos are very high-end in quality, and the whole thing looks professionally done.

Does this sound familiar with this and can shed light on what it is, and how we can catalog it?

We will get a scan up ASAP.

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1933 Goudey Blue Back

Robert Edward Auction’s Rob Lifson sends us emails about cool stuff that comes down his pike. Here’s the latest:

We found this in Charlie Conlon’s collection–it is a 1933 Goudey with blue printing on the back. I’ve only ever seen one like it before, A year or two ago we found one in an original owner set (different player – Manush). Charlie really liked rare and unusual cards – he had this with his rarest cards. I have no idea where he got it but it looks like it was cut from a sheet.

Thanks for sharing!

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2006 Allen & Ginter promos

Brett Craig dropped this in the comment section but it’s definitely a topic for its own post:

Don I was wondering if you might be able to help me with some info on a card I purchased a couple of months ago. It is a 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Rip card of Alex Rodriguez with the back of the card #PP-1. I’ve heard they were given to dealers as a promo. The question is are there any other players and how many different players are out there? I ran this on the Tuff Stuff and SCD sites but didn’t get much response . Any help or info would be greatly appreciated. I will post a scan if if you like. Not sure if this is going to the correct spot but here goes….Thanks Brett

Promo cards are an interesting breed. Most of them, no doubt you know, are worth less than their brethren, especially in this particular set: Far more of the promos were probably made than the actual rip card (limited to 100) but we can’t know for sure. This A-Rod piece seems to go for $100-$150, so it’s clearly less common than promos I am accustomed to. Like you I’m having a difficult time finding evidence of this particular card’s existence, but there is a 2006 Mantle Mini (PP-2) that goes for about $10, and a promo set from the 2006 National that is unrelated but can be confused with it. I have emailed someone who looks like he might have some more info on this, stay tuned.

Of course, anyone reading this who can add some knowledge, please drop it in the comments section.

Send me a pic & I will post it.

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