Wednesday, December 21, 2011

1984 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #1

After a nearly two month hiatus, I have a new installment to the Wichita Eagle Beacon checklist.  I am only allowed to have 2 rolls of microfilm at a time now so the updates will be shorter.  I finished the 1983 set and and have moved to 1984.  There were several notable players with pre-rookie "cards" in this new grouping, as well as a very famous figure skater.  Here are the Hall of Fame highlights: Marcus Allen (Football HOF 2003) and Eric Dickerson (Football HOF 1999).
1984 Topps USFL #74
Herschel Walker PSA 9 RC

Wayman Tisdale - College Basketball Player
Miguel Filardo - Soccer Player
Eric Dickerson - Professional Football Player

Jan Madsen - Soccer Player
Kelly Knight - College Basketball Player
Jeff Smith - College Football Player

Gary Cundiff - College Basketball Player
Carl Henry - College Basketball Player
Lyle Alzado - Professional Football Player

Greg Pruitt - Professional Football Player
Sam Perkins - College Basketball Player
Scott Hamilton - Figure Skater

Marcus Allen - Professional Football Player
Gus Santos - College Basketball Player
Herschel Walker - USFL Football Player

Sunday, October 23, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #8

Here is the last addition to the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist.  The full checklist is available in the Uncatalogued Card Checklist section.  Here are the Hall of Fame highlights: Larry Bird (Basketball HOF 1998), Julius Erving (Basketball HOF 1993), Akeem Olajuwon (Basketball HOF 2008), Walter Payton (Football HOF 1993), John Riggins (Football HOF 1992), Cal Ripken, Jr. (Baseball HOF 2007), and Martina Navratilova (Tennis HOF 2000).

1991 NetPro #4
Martina Navratilova PSA 10
Cal Ripken, Jr. - Professional Baseball Player
Clyde Watson - Soccer Player
Zarko Durisic - College Basketball Player

Ron Kittle - Professional Baseball Player
Walter Payton - Professional Football Player
Darryl Strawberry - Professional Baseball Player

Joe Thiesmann - Professional Football Player
Lisa Hodgson - College Basketball Player - Woman
Jan Van Der Veen - Soccer Player

Slobo Ilijevski - Soccer Player
Julius Erving - Professional Basketball Player
John Riggins - Professional Football Player

Martina Navratilova - Professional Tennis Player
Akeem Olajuwon - College Basketball Player
Clifford Lynn Dickey - Professional Football Player

Phil Mahre - Skier
Mike J. Bell - Professional Football Player
Larry Bird - Professional Basketball Player

Saturday, September 3, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #7

I only have 3 more rolls of microfilm to review before this checklist is complete.  Today's addition contains the following highlights: baseball Hall-of-Famers Johnny Bench (HOF 1989), Gaylord Perry (HOF 1991), Carl Yastrzemski (HOF 1989), and football Hall-of-Famer Franco Harris (HOF 1990).  It also contains Pete Rose who should be in the Hall of Fame, but isn't.

Johnny Bench 1969 Reds
Off-Season Basketball League Polaroid
Johnny Bench - Professional Baseball Player
Carl Yastrzemski - Professional Baseball Player
Gaylord Perry - Professional Baseball Player

Don Dreher - College Football Player
Franco Harris - Professional Football Player
Ken Anderson - Professional Football Player

Pete Rose - Professional Baseball Player
Rueben Eckels - College Football Player
Mike Rozier - College Football Player

Rick Dempsey - Professional Baseball Player
Tyrone Mitchell - College Football Player
Turner Gill - College Football Player

Mary Deck - Distance Runner
Eric Denson - College Football Player
Marion Adler - College Football Player

Lynette Woodard - College Basketball Player - Woman
Sam Bowie - College Basketball Player
John Denny - Professional Baseball Player

Cliff Levingston - Professional Basketball Player
Roy Turner - Soccer Coach
Greg Drelling - College Basketball Player

Saturday, August 20, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #6

I reviewed another 3 rolls of microfilm today.  The results were not as good as last time.  Several baseball Hall-of-Famers: Jim Palmer (HOF 1990), Jim Rice (HOF 2009), and Mike Schmidt (HOF 1995).  There were two football Hall-of-Famers: John Elway (HOF 2004) and Bob Griese (HOF 1990).  Also in this group were Detroit Tiger greats Lou Whitaker and Jack Morris.  Here is the rundown of the latest additions to the checklist:

1968 Topps #196
Bob Griese PSA 9 RC
Moose Haas - Professional Baseball Player
Lou Whitaker - Professional Baseball Player
Butch Benton - Minor League Baseball Player

Bill Kenney - Professional Football Player
Felipe Alou - Minor League Baseball Player
Shooty Babitt - Minor League Baseball Player

LaMarr Hoyt - Professional Baseball Player
Jack Morris - Professional Baseball Player
Bruce Benedict - Professional Baseball Player

Jim Rice - Professional Baseball Player
Mike Schmidt - Professional Baseball Player
Steve Rogers - Professional Baseball Player

Jim Palmer - Professional Baseball Player
John Elway - Professional Football Player
James Geathers - College Football Player

Tug McGraw - Professional Baseball Player
Bruce Kallmeyer - College Football Player
Bob Griese - Professional Football Player

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Modern Section of the SCD Is No More

It appears my quest to get the Wichita Eagle-Beacon cards listed in the SCD has been rendered pointless. I shall shift my focus to Beckett.  See the link below:

Vintage Sportscards: The 2012 SCD Price Guide...Some Great News!: "'s great news for collectors of vintage cards, at least. As most collectors understand, there have been some major changes in the hob..."

Sunday, August 7, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #5

Today I reviewed another 3 rolls of Eagle-Beacon microfilm.  This round of newspapers yielded a bunch of baseball Hall-of-Famers: Wade Boggs (HOF 2005), Rod Carew (HOF 1991), Andre Dawson (HOF 2010), Rickey Henderson (HOF 2009), Reggie Jackson (HOF 1993), and Ozzie Smith (HOF 2002).  It also contained other notable stars such as: Steve Garvey, Fred Lynn, Dale Murphy, Dave Righetti, and Dave Stieb.  It seems the newspaper has steered away from College and minor league Kansas teams toward professional teams.  Here is the latest addition to the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon checklist:

1967 Topps #569
Rod Carew / Hank Allen PSA 9 RC
1971 Topps #341
Steve Garvey PSA 8 RC

Brad Mills - Minor League Baseball Player
John Wathan - Professional Baseball Player
Ralph Sampson - Professional Basketball Player

Dave Righetti - Professional Baseball Player
Amos Otis - Professional Baseball Player
Fred Lynn - Professional Baseball Player

Angel Salazar - Minor League Baseball Player
Darrell Porter - Professional Baseball Player
Rod Carew - Professional Baseball Player

Dave Stieb - Professional Baseball Player
Ozzie Smith - Professional Baseball Player
Reggie Jackson - Professional Baseball Player


Dick Grapenthin - Minor League Baseball Player
Paul Splittorff - Professional Baseball Player
Wade Boggs - Professional Baseball Player

Rickey Henderson - Professional Baseball Player
Andre Dawson - Professional Baseball Player
Dale Murphy - Professional Baseball Player

Steve Garvey - Professional Baseball Player
Pat Sheridan - Professional Baseball Player
Bill Sattler - Minor League Baseball Player

A New Grading Low

Masters of the Universe Slime
Sale Price: $91.00 [7/31/2011]
I am now convinced someone, somewhere will grade anything you send them.  I've seen lots of stuff graded and authenticated over the years:
  • Action Figures / Play sets
  • Autographs
  • Coins / Currency
  • Comic Books / Magazines
  • Diamonds / Precious Gems
  • Die-Cast Cars
  • Dolls
  • Matchbook Covers / Matchbooks
  • Movie Posters
  • Sports / Celebrity Memorabilia
  • Stamps
  • Tickets
  • Trading Cards
  • Trading Card Packs / Boxes / Wrappers
  • Video Games / Systems
  • Wire / Original Photos
  • Condoms?  See the picture below.
Ted Williams
Champ Baseball Condoms
GAI Authentic
I would imagine there are numerous other items out there people are grading, but I've yet to uncover them.  Well, tonight I uncovered the strangest graded item on eBay ever.  I found AFA-graded He-Man Masters of the Universe Slime!  Apparently, according to this auction, this is case-fresh, 25-year-old slime.  Hence, the "UNCIRCULATED" moniker on the label.  See it for yourself here: He-Man Slime

Now I remember this slime stuff.  I had it.  I doused all my He-Man figures in it.  It was gross then.  I remember my mom made me throw it out when it went bad.  Yes.  It went bad.  It smelled like death.  Basically, it rotted.  Can you imagine what this can of uncirculated slime would smell like now?  Would it keep like wine?  I shudder to think.  In any case, you could have had a mint condition, uncirculated can of it for a mere $91 on eBay.  I know I'm sad I didn't have my snipe set!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Dead Guy Bidder

I've decided to keep track of some of the best (or worst) eBay interactions I have.  The following is the story of the "Dead Guy Bidder".

I am currently listing an Atari Lynx II Game System on eBay.  It's an old PSP-type game system that plays extremely pixelated games.  It's an interesting item and garnered the attention of eBay bidder shorty32920.  Shortly after listing the item, I received my first email from this user.  Our conversation follows:
shorty32920 [Jul-31-11 04:16 PM]: Hi, I see you have a Atari Lynx listed on ebay and I have been looking for a Atari Lynx complete with the original box and manual and I was just wondering If I bid and win this system if you would be able to wait until September 1st to receive payment by paypal because I am going back to college and they are going to be sending me a check for expenses which they said I will receive the check on September 1st and as you can see by my feedback that I always pay for what I win on ebay so you dont have to worry about Not getting payment and you wont regret it plus I come on ebay all the time to check my messages and other items and I can send you messages once a week until I receive the check to let you know I didnt forget about sending payment to you, Please let me know if we can work something out because I have been looking all over for a Atari Lynx complete with box and manual and hope I can buy this one from you I would appreciate it THanks

mystorageshed (me) [Aug-01-11 06:47 AM]: It's fine if you bid. You can pay later if you need to. Just keep me up-to-date once September 1st comes.
shorty32920 [Aug-01-11 07:03 PM]: Thanks for waiting until September 1st for me to send payment to you by paypal I appreciate it, but I have a few other questions about this Atari Lynx...1) Is there any rips, tears, marks, etc anywhere on the box from what I can see in the picture the box looks in good condition...2) Is the long white sticker still on the back of the system that has the serial number on it...3) Is the packaging still inside the box like either cardboard or stirofoam to hold the system in the box...4) Also you said the system works and powers on but I just want to know have you put a game in the system and can you see the game come on the screen and play it and are there any dead pixels on the screen when you play the game...Sorry for all the questions I just want to make sure before I bid and win the system which I hope you understand, Please let me know all these things and more if you can Thanks I would appreciate it

mystorageshed [Aug-01-11 07:38 PM]: The box does have some tears in it where it closes. It is in used condition. I did put a game in the system and it powered up just fine. It may have dead pixels, I'm not sure. It looked ok to me. The packaging appears to be intact inside. It is a piece of cardboard that holds the system in place with a piece of cardboard on top. There isn't a white sticker on the back with the serial number. 
At this point, I'm kind of hoping this bidder doesn't want the item.  She sounds extremely picky and she wants to wait a long time to pay.  Plus the money she is using is supposed to be for college.  What if she needs it and can't pay?  Anyway, it sounded risky for my seller rating.  It got even less appealing in the next email:
shorty32920 [Aug-01-11 08:57 PM]: OK I got your message and it sounds good to me and I understand that its a older system and the long thin white sticker on the back of the system probably came off in time, I just wanted to make sure thats all and if you want you can look to double check to make sure and put in a game and look real close at the screen to see if you can see any dead pixels in the game, Whenever you have free time to do so for me...because I know things start to go out with age, But I just have one last question to ask you before I bid...I was just wondering if you get more bids and the amount goes higher on the Atari Lynx and if I bid and win the system if there is a way I could get Free Shipping because I asked some sellers on ebay on other items I won if they could offer me Free Shipping and some did and some didnt and if Not thats OK too I just wanted to ask you to make sure before I bid
Ok.  This email was the last straw: 1) Long waiting time for payment, 2) Risky payment source - college expense check, 3) Picky nature, and 4) Doesn't want to pay for shipping.  I was done with this person and sent this email back.
mystorageshed [Aug-01-11 09:37 PM]: No offense but asking to wait to pay until September 1st is where the favors should have ended. I am not offering free shipping and am blocking you from bidding.
Then things got a little weird.  After blocking her, I got an email from her friend's eBay user id bigmacdaddy10 asking me to unblock shorty32920.  I blocked the friend's user id too.  Then I got this message from a new user:
old_hotdog [Aug-01-11 10:48 PM]: I am fairly new to ebay and have not bought much on here and want to see that its ok for me to bid becacuse my feedback is 0 and I know some sellers on here want the buyer to send them a message if they have a feedback under 10
Before giving me the option of deciding whether or not to allow this new bidder to participate in my auctions, I get a bid on the Atari Lynx II Game System.  I also get an email with this person's eBay user information.  The name associated with this new account is Duane Niemuth from New London, Wisconsin.  Coincidentally, both user ids previously used to communicate with me were also from Wisconsin.  I responded to old_hotdog with the following email:
mystorageshed [Aug-01-11 11:07 PM]: You know I'm not stupid. I can tell you are the same person who is wanting to pay on September 1st. I am canceling your bid. Do not bid on my auctions under any id. They will all be cancelled.
After this exchange I get numerous emails from the original user with impassioned pleas to bid in the auction and to be unblocked, etc.  Finally, after reaching the breaking point, I sent this email to the original user:
mystorageshed [Aug-01-11 11:35 PM]: Let me break this down for you: I will not sell this to you. Period. Nothing to work out. We are done here. Do not email me again on this subject or I will report you to eBay for harassment. I looked up the name for the old_hotdog account you apparently opened to circumvent my block and it appears you are the same Duane Niemuth that was charged with animal hoarding in New London, WI in 2005.

Believe it or not, I don't want to do business with you at this point.
Take a look at the charges against this person.  Pretty sad.  He and his family were charged with animal hoarding and abuse and several of them were convicted.  At this point I am not only annoyed with this person, but sickened by them as well.  It likely isn't the original bidder but someone acting on their behalf.  I get this final email from shorty32920:
shorty32920 [Aug-02-11 00:30 AM]: OK, I understand and am deeply sorry for any inconveniences I caused you I wont bother you anymore and hope you get the amount your looking for and just so you know thats not me Duane was my uncle and he passed away last year and again I dont want any troubles or problems from you so I will just leave you alone and thanks, I will just keep looking for a Atari Lynx somewhere else
Despite saying she wouldn't contact me again, I received yet another email from this person stating she had referred my auction to her friends.  No doubt this is yet another attempt to circumvent my block by getting her friends to bid.  Sure enough, since this morning, the number of people watching my Atari Lynx II has gone from 13 to 17 18.  She is willing to go to any lengths to get this stupid thing.  Bidding with a dead guy's name, using friends, etc.

Final verdict: eBay Dumba$$ and Pain in the A$$

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Thanks PSA For Your Bad Labeling

1998 Finest Refractor #135
Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 10
Mechanical Error
I recently purchased what I thought to be a 1997 Finest Refractor #135 Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 10 only to realize that it was actually a 1998 Finest Refractor #135 PSA 10 mechanical error.  PSA allows you send back the mechanical errors to have the flips reprinted with the correct information and they pay the shipping.  I'll just send it in with some others I already have.  The great thing though is my auction ended for $20.50 on a $40.00 Beckett book value card.  I thought that was pretty good.  For some reason, I thought it would be interesting to see if another properly labeled 1998 Finest Refractor #135 PSA 10 had sold recently.  As it turned out, one had closed recently for a Best Offer of $79.99!  So I guess I got a pretty good deal.  So I kept looking.  I noticed a 1994 Finest Refractor #235 PSA 10 recently sold for a Best Offer of $350.00.  I looked back in my database and realized I purchased mine for $70.26 in an auction!  Another great deal!  I guess I may be selling with Buy-It-Nows and Best Offers from now on!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Can the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon be included in the SCD?

Here is the email I sent Don Fluckinger about including the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon set in the SCD:
My name is Kevin O'Connor and I would like to share some research I am doing with you.  I am reviewing the microfilm from the Wichita Historical Society for the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon newspaper card set.  You can view the status of my checklists here and then click the link for the 1983 set.  The library I am getting the microfilm from will only send me 3 rolls at a time so it will take a bit of time to complete.  I would really like to get this into the next edition of the SCD if possible.  There are many notable stars in this set: Cal Ripken, Jr., Steve Carlton, Wayne Gretzky, George Brett, Moses Malone, and Nolan Ryan.  I am also going to be creating checklists for the 1984 and 1985 sets as well.  The 1984 set features a college "card" of Michael Jordan.  Please let me know what other information is required to get these cards in the guide.

Kevin O'Connor
I received an email from Bob Lemke this morning, July 17th, directing me to someone else who might be able to get the checklist printed in the SCD:
Hello Kevin,

Thanks for contacting Don Fluckinger about your checklisting of the Wichita Eagle-Beacon "cards." I'm been editing the vintage sections of the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards for the past few years.

As of now, there is nobody assigned to updating post-1980 issues for the catalog database.

It's possible, though, the SCD editor Tom Bartsch might be interested in printing your checklists in the print edition of SCD. You can contact him at tom dot bartsch at fwmedia dot com.

Bob Lemke
I sent an email to Tom Bartsch on July 17th.  Hopefully, he will send a response!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #4

1968 Nolan Ryan Sporting News
Production Art
I went through another 3 rolls of microfilm today from the Wichita Historical Society.  I uncovered several good finds in the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon set.  There were several professional baseball players, including some HOFers: Willie Aikens, Steve Carlton (HOF 1994), Larry Gura, George Hendrick, Dennis Leonard, Hal McRae, Al Newman, Dan Quisenberry, Nolan Ryan (HOF 1999), Mike Stenhouse, and Rennie Stennett.  There was one professional basketball player: Moses Malone (HOF 2001).  There was one professional hockey player: Wayne Gretzky (HOF 1999).

Here is the complete list from today:

Al Newman - Minor League Baseball Player
Frank Schulte - College Baseball Player
Hal McRae - Professional Baseball Player

1979 O-Pee-Chee #18
Wayne Gretzky PSA 10 RC
Sale Price: $94,163 [5/1/2011]
Jim Daniel - College Baseball Player

Rick Wrona - College Baseball Player
Tim Gaskell - College Baseball Player
Mark Grogan - College Baseball Player

Pat Rooney - Minor League Baseball Player
Mike Gates - Minor League Baseball Player
Mike Stenhouse - Minor League Baseball Player

Moses Malone - Professional Basketball Player
Steve Carlton - Professional Baseball Player
Wayne Gretzky - Professional Hockey Player

Mike Fuentes - Minor League Baseball Player
Willie Aikens - Professional Baseball Player
Nolan Ryan - Professional Baseball Player

Rennie Stennett - Minor League Baseball Player
Dan Quisenberry - Professional Baseball Player
George Hendrick - Professional Baseball Player

Friday, July 15, 2011

Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA Authenticated Test Cards Received!

1982 Fleer Test Card
PSA Authentic
1990 Donruss Blue/White
Test Issue Reverse
PSA Authentic
I received my PSA Authenticated Test Cards in the mail today.  Both 1982 Fleer Test Cards were labeled correctly.  The 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue was also labeled properly and was correctly placed in the holder with Ripken on the back since he is on the "White" side.  They look really nice.  I'm thankful they didn't use mylar sleeves on the 1982 Fleer Test Cards.  I thought they might since they were cut from a sheet and the "Ripken only" card looks almost diamond-cut.  All in all, it was good to move the 1982 Fleer Test Cards from SGC Authentic to PSA Authentic.  BGS does grade them, but I wanted uniformity in my collection.  Plus I never plan to sell them.  I have added them to my "Top 10 Showcase" on the PSA website.  The front of the 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue is José DeLeón.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

PSA "Re-Agrees" to Authenticate Test Cards

PSA has "re-agreed" to authenticate the following test cards for me:

1982 Fleer Test Cards Cal Ripken, Jr.
1982 Fleer Test Cards Dave Ford / Cal Ripken, Jr.
1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue José DeLeón / Cal Ripken, Jr.

Here is my order form now:
Test Card Order Form
Hopefully, I can get them to relabel the Dave Ford card to Dave Ford / Cal Ripken, Jr.  That card was erroneously printed with Dave Ford's name on it but pictures Cal Ripken, Jr.  The 1982 Fleer Test Cards are blank-backed and were hand-cut from a 132-card sheet.  The sheet contained 2 sets of 66 different cards.  I actually cracked my 1982 Fleer Test Cards from SGC holders before sending them to PSA.  It took a bit of convincing to get PSA to agree to authenticate them.  Once they received them, it took additional convincing to remind them they had agreed to authenticate them!  Originally, they had them marked "N9: NO GRADE" but now they are labeled "N0: AUTHENTIC".  These 1982 Fleer Test Cards will be the first PSA has authenticated.  In addition, the 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue will also be the first authenticated.  It seems PSA only authenticates many of the proof cards and will not assign them numerical grades.  I'm not entirely sure why.  Perhaps it is difficult to grade them due to the fact they were never officially released to the public.  In any case, I will be happy to see these cards in PSA cases and will post them here when they arrive!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #3

I reviewed 3 more reels of microfilm on Sunday.  I hit the jackpot with this viewing.  I found two major league baseball players, HOFer George Brett and Kansas City Royal's great Willie Wilson.  Here is part #3 of the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist:

1975 Topps Mini #228
George Brett PSA 9 RC
George Brett - Professional Baseball Player
Tony Peszneker - Soccer Player
Jeff Bourne - Soccer Player

Jim Spring - College Baseball Player
Gregg Willin - Soccer Player
John Cutbush - Soccer Player

Tom Wieghaus - Minor League Baseball Player
Wallace Johnson - Minor League Baseball Player
Per Roentved - Soccer Player

Willie Wilson - Professional Baseball Player
Terry Nicholl - Soccer Player
Steve Westbrook - Soccer Player

Greg LaFever - College Baseball Player
Jim O'Neill - Soccer Player
Cliff Brown - Soccer Player

Frank Rasmussen - Soccer Player
Mike Powers - Soccer Player
Ray Vigliotti - Soccer Player

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Team Cards Featuring Cal Ripken, Jr.

Another interesting aspect of Cal Ripken, Jr. cards is collecting the Baltimore Orioles / All-Star team cards he has been on.  Here is a short list of the team cards I have found so far:
1980 Charlotte O's WBTV
1980 Charlotte O's Team Card
  • 1980 Charlotte O's WBTV 1980 Charlotte O's
  • 1981 WTF Rochester Red Wings #20 Team Card
  • 1986 Topps Glossy All-Stars #11 A.L. All-Star Team
  • 1990 Windwalker Discs A.L. All-Star Team
  • 1997 Topps "Pro Shooters" Photo Marbles Checklist 2 of 2
  • 2000 Fleer Tradition #300 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2000 Fleer Tradition Glossy #300 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2000 Skybox Dominion #11 Highlights Orioles Host Cuban National Team
  • 2001 Topps #755 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Employee #755 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Gold #755 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Home Team Advantage #755 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Limited #755 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Chrome #625 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2001 Topps Chrome Retrofractors #625 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps #644 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps Gold #644 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps Limited #644 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps Chrome #644 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps Chrome Black Refractor #644 Baltimore Orioles
  • 2002 Topps Chrome Gold Refractor #644 Baltimore Orioles

    Sunday, June 12, 2011

    1998 Pacific Invincible Cramer's Choice Gold Cal Ripken, Jr.

    Incorrect Label
    Correct Label
    I have seen eBay auctions for this card touting it as the limited, hand-numbered version from the Pacific Invincible Cramer's Choice Gold set. These cards are incorrectly labeled (mechanical errors) by PSA.  Unless they are hand-numbered on the back, they are from the regular Pacific Cramer's Choice set.  Mine was incorrectly labeled as the limited version.  I sent it to PSA for correction and the updated label can be seen in this post.  The poor soul that purchased the card to the right on eBay spent $130 for a card that isn't even what he or she thought it was.

    Status: Expensive PSA Mechanical Error

    Saturday, June 11, 2011

    Cal Ripken, Jr. Made From Thumb Tacks

    This is a time lapse video art project of Cal Ripken, Jr. made out of thumb tacks. It took about 30 hours and used 10,115 thumb tacks.

    Sunday, June 5, 2011

    1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #2

    Today I went through my next 3 rolls of microfilm for the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon.  Several notable players are included in this week's checklist such as: Maurice Cheeks, Antoine Carr, and Thurl Bailey.  Here is the checklist for 2/16/1983 - 3/31/1983:

    1992 Stadium Club
    Member's Only #78
    Thurl Bailey PSA 10

    Dave Hoppen - College Basketball Player
    Steve Copenhaver - College Football Player
    Paul Schuler - High School Coach

    Maurice Cheeks - Professional Basketball Player
    Don Brubacher - College Basketball Coach
    Teddy Nelson - High School Wrestler

    Antoine Carr - College Basketball Player
    Dave McClure - College Baseball Player
    Ron Razz - College Football Player

    Thurl Bailey - College Basketball Player
    Paul Steele - College Basketball Player
    Mario Pyles - High School Cross Country Track / Wrestler

    Scott Scrogin - High School Basketball Player
    Rege Klitzke - College Basketball Player
    Armon Gilliam - College Basketball Player

    3/28/1983 - 3-player spotlight is now known as "Bubblegum-less Cards"
    Loren Hibbs - College Baseball Player
    Russ Morman - College Baseball Player
    Larry Floyd - Professional CHL Hockey Player

    This week marks the first time in the newspaper that the cards are marked as "bubblegum-less" and "clip-out".  The following is written underneath the cards in the 3/28/1983 newspaper:
    MondaySports has introduced a new weekly feature - clip-out "bubblegum-less cards" with information about state and local sports celebrities.  Sports fans are invited to nominate their favorites for inclusion in the feature.

    Sunday, May 29, 2011

    Cal Ripken, Jr. Test / Proof Cards

    1990 Donruss
    Aqueous Test #96
    Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 7

    Many people have not heard of the Cal Ripken, Jr. test cards that exist.  A test card is simply a test of a machine or process by a baseball card manufacturer.  Often, these test cards are not intended for release to the public and are usually just meant to be seen by employees.  In some cases, they make it out the back door and into collector's hands.

    Here are some of the more sought after Cal Ripken, Jr. test cards:
    • 1982 Fleer Test
    • 1986 MSA Jiffy Pop Promo
    • 1990 Donruss Aqueous Test
    • 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Issue
    • 1992 Donruss Super DKs
    • 1993 Select Chase Stars Proofs
    • 1995 Fleer Extra Bases Game Test Samples
    PSA has recently decided to authenticate the 1982 Fleer and 1990 Donruss Blue/White Test Cards.  I just sent my cards in for review and hope to have them encased soon as "Authentic" or possibly even graded!

    Wednesday, May 25, 2011

    My New Favorite Cal Ripken, Jr. Card

    1998 Kenner Starting Lineup
    Cal Ripken, Jr. PSA 10
    Sale Price: $36.58
    1915 E106 American Caramel
    Ty Cobb SGC 60
    Sale Price: $14,770

    I recently won a 1998 Kenner Starting Lineup PSA 10 card on eBay and I have to say it is my new favorite card.  It reminds me of a Ty Cobb card from long ago.  The Cobb card has been cited as a favorite by many due to his "boyish" pose and I would have to agree.  This Ty Cobb sold for a hefty $14,770 several years ago at auction.  I was able to acquire mine for a paltry $36.58.  I'd say that was a pretty good deal!

    Saturday, May 21, 2011

    1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Checklist Part #1

    Today I went through the first 3 rolls of microfilm for the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon newspaper cards.  It appears the cards weren't advertised as "bubblegum-less" and "clip and save" until later in the year.  There also weren't any notable players, with the exception of Xavier McDaniel who went on to play in the NBA.  Here is the checklist for 1/1/1983 - 2/15/1983:

    1986 Fleer #72
    Xavier McDaniel PSA 10 RC
    Ernest Patterson - College Basketball Player
    Mike Farmer - College Basketball Player
    Turner Gill - College Football Player

    Rich Falk - College Basketball Coach
    Gregg Schmidt - College Football Coach
    Cory Koch - High School Basketball Player

    Karl Kliewer - College Basketball Player
    Lisa Hodgson - College Women's Basketball Player
    Mike Bonczyk - High School Basketball Coach

    Jenny Vogts - College Women's Basketball Player
    Dick Schumacher - High School Basketball Dean of Coaches
    Rod Foster - College Football Player

    Steve Stipanovich - College Basketball Player
    Ron Meyer - High School Basketball Player
    Eddie Smith - College Basketball Player

    Dean Smith - College Basketball Coach
    Gary Carrier - College Basketball Player
    Xavier McDaniel - College Basketball Player

    Barry Stevens - College Basketball Player
    Troy Weeks - College Wrestler
    Les Miller - High School Wrestler/Football Player

    Saturday, May 14, 2011

    2005 Fleer Bankruptcy Auction

    In 2005, Fleer went bankrupt and liquidated everything to help pay off its creditors.  The company itself ceased operations and the brand was sold to Upper Deck for $6.1 million.  However, there was a big auction on September 9th, 2005 at a New Jersey Radisson Hotel where many unfinished and unique items were sold directly to the public.  Even today if you look on eBay you will see many items claiming to be from Fleer's bankruptcy.  In particular, various eBay sellers list Fleer Press Plates they claim to be from the 2005 bankruptcy.

    Alleged 2005 Fleer Bankruptcy Auction Press Plate

    I've seen many auctions on eBay like this for Cal Ripken, Jr. Fleer Press Plates and I can only assume there are many more for other players.  Here is a quote from the auction shown above:
    "We purchased a large collection of printing plates at the show on 2005 July.  We are breaking up the collection and piecing them out every week. I think it blows out from Fleer Factory!"
    The problem is, I reviewed the auction listings for the bankruptcy in its entirety and there were no Press Plates to be found.  This eBay seller claims to have purchased a large lot in July though, not September.  Is it possible there was a card show where these plates were auctioned off?  I've never heard about that anywhere, including the calendar of events on Fleer's bankruptcy website at  There is only mention of the preparations for the upcoming September auction at the Radisson.

    In any case, there is no evidence of any Press Plates in the actual bankruptcy auction listings found here: 2005_Fleer_Bankruptcy_Auction.pdf.  You can view detailed listings of each lot at Randy L. Fridkis Auctions, LLC.

    Based on this information, I would strongly lean toward these eBay items not being legimate and would stay away from purchasing them.

    Status: Most Likely Fake

    1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon Card Research

    1983 Kittle / Payton / Strawberry 3-Card Panel
    I've started work on cataloging the 1983 Wichita Eagle-Beacon newspaper card set.  What makes these especially interesting to me is that it contains athletes from all major sports, both professional and collegiate.  I looked all over the Internet for information on these for quite some time and couldn't find anything.  Every once in a while there would be an auction on eBay for one, but nothing I could really make a checklist from.

    Just this week I found the Kansas Historical Society and their huge collection of old newspapers on microfilm.  I figured all was lost though since I couldn't go to their library.  So I contacted my local library and found out about inter-library loans.  I now have three rolls of microfilm on the way from the Kansas Historical Society to my local Fort Worth library.  It will take a while, but I will eventually have a full checklist and images of every panel in the set.

    Cal Ripken, Jr. Single-Card
    These "cards" appeared every Monday in the sports section of the newspaper.  Apparently, readers could vote for the players they wanted included in the set.  I don't know if Cal Ripken, Jr. is featured in the 1983 set, but I do know he is featured in sets from later years.

    With three players featured every week, that would be a total of 156 cards (52 weeks x 3 players/week).

    The 1984 set will be interesting to catalog since it features a 1984 Michael Jordan card with him as a Tarheel, pre-dating his earliest known basketball cards.  This Jordan card recently sold on eBay in excess of $150.

    1984 Michael Jordan 3-Card Pane
    The primary goal in cataloging these items is to eventually get them listed in one or both of the major baseball card guides (Beckett and/or Sports Collectors Digest).  I will continue to report back on my progress with this set.  It should be a long road!