Mini Collections

 

After I got back into the hobby during my late 20s, I found that I was buying everything current; baseball, football and hockey.  It was getting to be too much and needed a more narrowed focus.  These are a few of the mini collections that I’m working on.

Graded RCs and HOF RCs

I’ve always liked rookie cards.  Some of my first RCs were of Ken Griffey Jr from 89 FleerIMG_0442 and Donruss sets; didn’t have his UD card until much later in life.  When buying raw rookies, I found it hard to determine the condition or if they were altered. So I started buying cards already graded. I like both Beckett (BVG or BGS) and Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) graded cards.

1960 Topps Baseball (HOF only)

One of my favorite vintage designs is 1960 Topps.  I picked a few of these cards in IMG_8613PSA holders in mid-grades, so I decided to collect all of the Hall of Famers in that set. Currently there are 30 HOF players in this set. 

1960 Topps

#1 Early Wynn

#10 Ernie Banks ✅

#28 Brooks Robinson ✅

#35 Whitey Ford ✅

#50 Al Kaline ✅

#55 Bill Mazeroski ✅

#73 Bob Gibson ✅

#100 Nellie Fox ✅

#148 Carl Yastrzemski

#200 Willie Mays ✅

#210 Harmon Killebrew ✅

#240 Luis Aparicio ✅

#250 Stan Musial ✅

#264 Robin Roberts ✅

#300 Hank Aaron

#305 Richie Ashburn

#316 Willie McCovey

#326 Roberto Clemente

#335 Red Schoendienst ✅

#343 Sandy Koufax ✅

#350 Mickey Mantle

#395 Hoyt Wihelm

#420 Eddie Matthews ✅

#445 Warren Spahn ✅

#450 Orlando Cepeda✅

#475 Don Drysdale ✅

#480 Yogi Berra ✅

#490 Frank Robinson ✅

#493 Duke Snider ✅

#502 Jim Bunning ✅

 

1999 UD Century Legends Epic Signatures (HOF only)

Ive always been a sucker for a good looking autographed card.  This is a beautiful subset IMG_9836that looks really sharp signed.  It’s a clean design with the player photo and a background photo of Tigers Stadium. The blue sharpie autograph really pops on these cards. I am collecting as many HOFers as I can acquire.

 

Vintage HOF cards

I’ve been big into vintage cards lately; especially Hall of Fame cards.  I love the unique IMG_2860designs over the years. I didn’t have any cards handed down to me.  I’ve been trying to catch up on what I missed out.  I was born in 1980 and didn’t start collection until 1989.  So vintage for me is anything prior to the 1980s.  There are some great sets from the 1960s and 1970s.  Depending on condition, these cards can be found at reasonable prices.  I usually look for cards in mid grade condition.  Eye appeal is important.  I’d rather have an OC card with rounded edges vs one with a crease. I’ve been collecting HOFers from each set and storing them in semi rigid holders inside two row shoe boxes.

The Warren Spahn Collection

I am trying to put together a PSA run of every card from Warren Spahn’s career. For

now, I will focus on the main Topps and Bowman cards. I will try for mid grade cards, but may need to sacrifice condition for some of the rarer cards.

1948 Bowman RC

1949 Bowman

1950 Bowman

1951 Bowman

1952 Bowman

1952 Topps

1953 Bowman

1953 Topps

1954 Topps

1955 Topps

1956 Topps

1957 Topps ✅

1958 Topps

1958 Topps AS

1959 Topps

1959 Topps AS

1960 Topps

1961 Topps ✅

1961 Topps AS

1962 Topps

1962 Topps AS

1962 Topps IA

1963 Topps

1964 Topps

1965 Topps