In my eternal quest to find something interesting and relevant to say about our great Hobby it’s often good to know that there are hundreds of other like-minded individuals who are trying to do the very same.
Keeping abreast of other blogs will often provide plenty of interesting food-for-thought, sometimes stirring up the imagination enough for you to put a comment in response to one of their pieces, or even provide enough of a reaction that you find it deserves a post of your own!!
This exact thing happened yesterday while I was reading a post written by Craig from Texas in his own blog entitled ‘My Baseball Card Blog‘!! Just click on the link to get to his site. I’m sure you could spend a few moments of your time and it makes a great read if you have any interest in Vintage Topps Baseball cards.
Craig’s goal is to complete ALL the Topps Baseball card sets from 1955 to the present in a solid EX condition or better!! No small feat I’ll grant you, but the scary thing is he’s not a million miles away from achieving it! He catalogues the trials and tribulations on pretty much a daily basis and it’s great to be a long for the ride as his collection grows to completion!
Craig has written a couple of posts recently that I wanted to bring to your attention and have linked below…
The first of those two posts is a great introduction to anyone who has an interest in Vintage Topps sets and is thinking about starting a collection of Vintage Baseball cards. He offers some sound advice, picked up from years of experience in pursuing his Hobby goal and I’m sure that there’s something in there for any budding Vintage collector!
The second post I found really interesting, not to mention VERY surprising!! In ‘To Stamp Or Not To Stamp…’ Craig looks at Topps’ policy of stamping the special Buy Back cards that they’ve inserted into boxes of Topps Heritage over the last few years.
Initially working on the proviso that the stamping was a bad thing, and would somehow devalue the cards, he actually found the opposite. Read the article itself as Craig goes into more detail about his findings.
I have to confess I don’t like the idea of the Topps stamps on Vintage cards… full stop! To me the whole process somehow cheapens the look of the card and turns a genuine historical treasure into something resembling a modern insert! The whole process just doesn’t work for me!
One of the examples he uses to illustrate the stamping process is on a 1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie card. Based upon his research a stamped version of this historical gem went for double the amount of an unstamped one in approximately the same condition?!?!? This just blows my mind!! That particular card is ridiculously highly sought after, and if I managed to pull one out of a small sealed pack hidden away in a box of Heritage Baseball, my initial feelings of elation would soon evaporate into the ether after seeing that Topps had put a bloody huge stamp in the corner…
Aside from the initial feeling of rage I think I’d weep a little on the inside!
Anyway, shoot on over to Craig’s blog (or follow him on Twitter @parker94ttu) for his thoughts on Vintage Baseball and enjoy (obviously remember to come back here when you’re finished :))