This post has taken me well over a week to write. Between getting settled in, scanner issues (the darn thing won't scan straight; I'm hoping I didn't damage it in the move), and going out of town consecutive weekends, I've had to borrow images and write a paragraph at a time here and there when I get to it. This post doesn't do justice to the package that I'm writing about.
I think at this point, most of us in the blog-o-sphere are aware of Wes Moore, aka Jay Barker Fan, and more well known these days as the man and myth behind Area 40. If you haven't yet joined the fun following along Area 40, I suggest you do so immediately, because not only is Wes having giveaways almost weekly (the results of one we will see here momentarily) this last "Cardboard Hurrah" coming up next year will not only blow Hazel Green, Alabama skyward but might also be the single coolest thing I've seen happen since starting this blog.
I came along a little too late to get to know Wes well. However, I followed along frequently as he just let Bob Walk the Plank (RIP to the blog) have it, sending package after package to the now-defunct blog. So when Wes announced his comeback recently and offered up a pair of vintage beauties as a giveaway, I made my entry.
And what do you know. I won.
Since I don't have a scanner with the ability to scan graded cards, we are left with poor cell phone photographs for these. Still, adding this 1954 Topps Mel Parnell card, even with a grade of 2, is pretty awesome. When this fell out of the bubble mailer, it became the oldest card in my collection. I absolutely dig the Red Sox logo on the front of this one.
Here's the back. The little cartoon at the bottom made me chuckle. Obviously this card is in rough shape, but hey, it's 64 years old - cut it a break!
The second graded vintage card was this:
The first St. Louis Browns card in my collection is now the oldest one as well, as it passes the Parnell by one year! I think the Brownie logo on the front may be what led St. Louis University to their logo today, as I want to keep calling it a Billiken!
Here's the back of the Young card. It is a grade lower (a 1) but still an absolutely awesome piece of history to add! I'll have a bit more on these cards at the end of the post, but first, anyone who knows Wes knows that he adds extras to his packages.
After the first email to give him my shipping address, it was apparent that he did some digging, and after asking a few questions, I knew he was tossing some extra stuff in the mailer. What I didn't know was how powerful the punch would be!
At first glance, this 1997 Circa Reggie Sanders looks like the tamest of the bunch (and was definitely a need!) until you turn it over...
...and realize it's the "Rave" parallel numbered to 150!
Wes also hooked me up with three Griffey Jr. inserts from around the turn of the century (all images here borrowed from the TCDB because I'm a little short on scanning time). I've never been a big Griffey collector (I liked him well enough, just wasn't around for enough of his career to truly have the desire to collect him), but I'll take any cards of The Kid with the Redlegs that I can get!
This Edwin Encarnacion Gold parallel from 2007 Upper Deck marks my first such card. As you can see in the lower right, this one is numbered 38/75.
Another scan I'm borrowing from TCDB is this David Holmberg gold parallel from 2014 Topps Archives. Numbered to 199, Holmberg is another example of a Reds pitcher that looked like he might help us turn the corner...until he didn't.
I had to borrow this image of a 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Chris Sabo refractor due to more scanner issues. This card is absolutely stunning in hand, and my copy happens to be numbered 44/299.
Borrowed this scan from the TCDB. Thanks to Wes, I can finally cross Joey's 2008 Topps RC off my PC wantlist! Well, I will once I get it a bit more organized. A card I've wanted for a while, I'm extremely happy to add this one to my collection.
Side note, funny story: I recently got a kitten. His name? Votto. That's how much JV means to Reds fans.
The final card from Wes gives me a bit of dilemma:
Again, as you can see, I needed to borrow a COMC image. My copy of this card, via Wes, is numbered 72/99. See, when our friend running Area 40 was putting a package together for me, he inquired about my collecting Notre Dame basketball. I casually mentioned that as a Notre Dame fan, I love the Irish but I'm not a big basketball guy. However, I countered with the fact that my American Legion baseball team hosts a sports memorabilia auction every spring as a fundraiser, and a Notre Dame basketball item may sell well there.
Wes sent me this! How in the world is an autograph collector like myself supposed to let this puppy go? I don't have a Laimbeer autograph, so it's a no brainer that I'd keep it for my collection, right? Well...hard to tell in this scan, but these cards are thick. Like, 6 or 7 regular cards thick. I don't like putting cards that thick into pages, so...the future of this one is still up in the air. Regardless, it's extremely appreciated, much like the rest of this package!
Wes, thanks for the extras and the generous vintage giveaway! I'll round up a few packs to send your way for your stash before the big 4-0 hits next year!
I mentioned earlier that I was going to bring those graded vintage cards up again. And here's why: they've officially motivated me to start a new sub-collection. That would be, of course, graded vintage. For my intents and purposes, I'm calling vintage pre-1968 at this time. 50 years old is definitely vintage. I'm not going to actively seek out a ton of these cards, but if I can find one fairly cheap here and there, I'll add it.
I'm not a big graded guy, but cards this old need to stay protected. That being said, I really need some advice from those of you who do have plenty of graded vintage in your collection. How do you store them? Are there special boxes you use? Do you use whatever you can get your hands on? Let me know in the comments!
As always, thanks for reading my blog, and have a great Sunday!