30 September 2008
28 September 2008
the balance of this card amazes me. the red, white and blue of the dodger uniform and the all star shield. the white borders, the team name in script and the red inner border. the spring training greenery. just fantastic.
i started collecting in 1978 so this was the set that pulled me in. living in southern california, i was a dodger fan and steve garvey was the all american boy, so to speak. he could be counted on to play everyday, get 200 hits, a .300 average, scoop some of bill russell's throws in the dirt, and create some clubhouse controversy along the way.
i will admit that i traded a double of this card 30 years ago for a mickey rivers card that i needed for my set. that was the first time that i realized book value was meaningless...
27 September 2008
so, it comes down to this. i have spent the last 30 years building a collection, and realize now that it is time to refine it.
too late to turn back, here i go - this is what i will hold on to:
steve garvey - i collect all garvey cards, all variations, all manufacturers. he was my baseball hero growing up, and that still counts for something.
dodgers - i collect dodger topps team sets from 1970 on. i also collect dodgers cards from other years, sets and manufacturers, i just don't necessarily complete the team sets. i have a special affinity for cards of short time dodgers, e.g. david wells, rickey henderson, jimmy wynn, dick allen, etc.
twins - i collect twins cards from all manufacturers from 2000 on. no real focus, although if pressed, i would say joe mauer is the key twins player i collect.
dodger stadium - i collect cards whose pictures are taken in dodger stadium. the bright yellow field level seats were usually a giveaway in cards from before 2005. now it's a bit tougher.
the turn at second base - i collect cards that show the double play turn at second. these cards usually show a hard slide or the shortstop or second baseman in the air.
1970 topps set - i am working on this set and still need some cards. check my want list at right.
topps sets 1978 to present - i started collecting in 1978 as a set builder. i still buy the topps factory set each year, or hand collate one myself. i am still working on the 2007 set, so check my want list at right.
i have a lot to trade! i am going through my cards now and sorting into team lots. i already have sizable lots for each team (except the twins) and would welcome any trades for items that i collect. even if you don't have much, let me know because i am willing to send a lot for a few.
i look forward to sharing my collection here, and hope to help others with their collections at the same time!