Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Card Show Shenanigans - Part 2

Continuing the interspersion of the card show goodies in the UberRidiculous Card Tournament posts today (HEY, GO VOTE IN THE SIDEBAR). More vintage goodness to show off today. Woot.

In regard to the current trend of posting our card show woes, RE: interaction with rude humans, I too often find myself chanting "serenity now" a la Frank Costanza. The rare kid who shows up, at least in Columbus, tends to be very timid and polite. It's usually the 40-50 year old customer demographic that I've noticed is the most pushy, while the same age group for vendors is typically very helpful. It's the old-guy vendors who are grumpy and whining about how "the dag-blasted internets done ruined the bidness." all the while still charging the Beckett high for everything. 1994 Topps Barry Larkin for only $2.50? What a deal! The old guy customers, though, seem to be pretty nice around here, just quietly finishing up their 1954 Topps sets and forking over wads of hundreds while I dig through my dime boxes and grovel for some beat up vintage table scraps. So, summing up, I dislike people older than me, which is totally an original line of thought. 

Ok, that's all the whining I have in me. Onto the cards!

1933 Goudey George Grantham
Not exactly mint condition, but I only owned one Goudey, and not from the superior '33 set. Pretty cool card and I can pretend the scratches on the front are clouds if I squint. This is an excellent set. It's a shame I've waited so long to add one to my collection. 


1963 Topps Jim Maloney. 
All Star, Two-time No-Hit tosser, member of the Reds Hall of Fame, and a much needed card to pad my '63s. 

1934 Diamond Match Company Allyn Stout, Earl Adams, Mark Koenig
While not technically baseball cards, these are listed in most price guides, and they caught my eye. These were cut off of full matchbooks made by the Diamond Match Company in Akron, Ohio. I have pages of cards cut off of of Twinkies and cereal boxes, so I feel these are equally legit. Plus, 1934 trumps 1974 any day. I'd heard of Earl Adams, as my other Goudey card is of him, but these are the first of both Stout and Koenig in my collection. Pretty sweet little window into the past.

Go Reds.


8 comments:

  1. That matchbook is awesome! Can't say I'd ever seen one of those before.

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    1. Thanks. He had uncut and even unused matchbooks too, at a premium price of course. These were relegated to the "Red Cardboard can afford these" case, thankfully.

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  2. That Goudey card is legit. I think I actually prefer some of those older cards in the more "worn" condition. It'd be really weird to see someone who was born in 1933 without any wrinkles, so I don't mind old cardboard showing it's age.

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    1. Yes. Also nice: the wrinkled cards don't cost a thousand dollars.

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  3. "Clouds." LOL

    Nice score on that one.

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    1. Just squint, man. Them's totally clouds.

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  4. I dig the match books. The Adams instantly looked familiar because one is on my favorite puzzle:

    http://mycardboardmistress.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-all-time-favorite-puzzle.html

    Lower left corner.

    Great pickups!

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    1. That puzzle is excellent. I'm glad I own something worthy to make the cut.

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