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wojo1025
03-25-2012, 08:52 AM
If so, lets see some of your good stuff. Where do you buy/sell? Do you frequent any sport card forums?

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reds1869
03-25-2012, 09:07 AM
I used to collect but haven't bought anything for several years. My favorite cards are pre-war tobacco cards. Most modern cards don't do anything for me but I do love the "by the letter" cards.

goreds2
03-25-2012, 11:54 AM
Most of my cards are from the 1970's. I have Ken Griffey and Dave Concepcion's Rookie. I have Ozzie Smith's rookie card.

dougdirt
03-25-2012, 01:57 PM
I too used to collect. Haven't bought anything in years. I have about 200 autographs in my collection, 90% of are star type players or were at one point. I think my HOF autograph collection is between 50-75 guys. I really only collected rookies and autographs since they were the only things that hold much value.

Also wojo.... your camera is incredibly out of focus man. Really doesn't do the cards justice when I feel like I need glasses to see them.

Ohayou
03-25-2012, 02:49 PM
Last time I checked, all my cards have actually depreciated in the last 15 years rather than grown in value.

dougdirt
03-25-2012, 03:01 PM
Last time I checked, all my cards have actually depreciated in the last 15 years rather than grown in value.

That depends on the cards too. The 80's were terrible for cards for the most part. 89 UD was a big stepping stone, but for the most part, the 80s were so incredibly mass produced that it really hurt the prices of anything from 87-95 once the internet rolled around and the local card shops weren't the only place to get something, so prices actually normalized rather than what someone was able to get for it because there were 3 card shops in town. But, rookie cards, for the most part, have kept relative value outside of a short stretch where there are 15 million 1987 Topps Traded Barry Larkin rookie cards. Inserts/parallels from those time periods though.... they have plummeted in value because they used to be tough to come by because only card shops had the power to put a true price on the card, where as now, anyone with an internet connection can and instead of only seeing 3-4 of that card in your town a year, Ebay has 8000 of them listed a year.

jojo
03-25-2012, 03:16 PM
Once people started talking about the value of cards, collecting them lost their value IMHO.

reds1869
03-25-2012, 03:58 PM
Once people started talking about the value of cards, collecting them lost their value IMHO.

Kind of my sentiment. That is why I love my old deadball era cards. People always ask me about the value thinking they are worth a mint; they're not, they're just really cool.

RANDY IN INDY
03-25-2012, 04:13 PM
Used to collect. I was only interested in the fifties, sixties, and seventies.

dougdirt
03-25-2012, 04:38 PM
Once people started talking about the value of cards, collecting them lost their value IMHO.

Until they are given to me for free and every one of them that I want, you have to talk about the value of them.

MrCinatit
03-25-2012, 04:57 PM
Yeah, I do.
I am presently going after my 1940s/1950s Hall of Famers. Picked up 1949 Duke Snider and Larry Doby rookies recently. This leaves the likes of the 1952 Topps Mantle, 1951 Bowman Mantle, Aaron rookie, Clemente rookie, Paige rookie, Jackie Robinson rookie and a little bit more than a handful of 1952 Topps high numbers to go.
I've also been working on my Reds cards from the same era. Unfortunately, the only ones I am missing are from that 1952 Topps high number set, and a rookie card of some guy named Rose.
And, I am still working on a 1933 Goudey set. The only cards I am missing are the 3 Babe Ruths, 2 Lou Gehrigs and Napoleon Lajoe.

redhawkfish
03-25-2012, 05:00 PM
I collected in the 70's and 80's. My favorite thing was trying to put together whole sets of various years. I also was able to sell a bunch of cards to get a down payment for our first house. Not as exciting as it sounds, because it was a 900 square foot starter home.

jojo
03-25-2012, 05:02 PM
Until they are given to me for free and every one of them that I want, you have to talk about the value of them.

If kids can't afford to buy them and actually hope to collect the ones they want, it's of little value..... There is little magic to collecting them and certainly no trading etc.

So no you don't have to talk about the value of them because you can get along just fine without them.

Larry Schuler
03-25-2012, 08:17 PM
What jojo is trying to say is "Think about the children, Doug."

If I had extra extra cash I would relive my childhood and dive back into the mass populated card world. I still have fond memories of collecting.

dougdirt
03-25-2012, 09:00 PM
What jojo is trying to say is "Think about the children, Doug."

If I had extra extra cash I would relive my childhood and dive back into the mass populated card world. I still have fond memories of collecting.

When I was 10 years old I was thinking about the value of cards, because I still had "wants and needs" for what I was collecting. I wanted that 1994 Diamond Kings Ken Griffey Jr card from the card shop. But it was $12 and I didn't have that much money. Even as a kid, it mattered, at least to me.

jojo
03-25-2012, 09:18 PM
When I was a kid, cards were supposed to be touched and not put into plastic. Now cards are supposed to be put in plastic and never touched.

Get off of my lawn!

Larry Schuler
03-25-2012, 09:37 PM
My nephew's favorite series was 1999 Fleer Ultra Series 2. Value wise a very cheap series but he loved those cards and couldn't stop buying packs and organizing them. I am much older than him but I still go by a personal "what cards look cooler/nicer" scale than a strict money value scale. Some of the most rare, expensive new cards look hideous.

marcshoe
03-25-2012, 10:16 PM
Sold mine in the eighties to pay for my return to college. Kept a few, including a Walter Payton rookie

bucksfan2
03-26-2012, 08:23 AM
I used to. When I got a job and made some money I daveled in buying some of the cards from yesteryear. My favorite is a Frank Robinson rookie, have a couple of Mickey Mantles, have a cool Ernie Lombardi card.

Barry Larkin was my favorite player growing up and I used to collect and trade for all his cards. I remember bartering years ago in grade school for your favorite players. Now I just go onto ebay and for less than $10 I can wind with a lot of 100's of Barry Larkins. I still try to buy one pack a year, but around $3/pack I am not getting anything special.

HotCorner
03-26-2012, 10:11 AM
I will always have a soft spot for these ...

http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/2008/07/1983-fleer-baseball-stickers.html

As much as I loved collecting cards, I loved the stickers that came with the Fleer cards. Especially the 1983 set.

brad1176
03-26-2012, 10:17 AM
I still have my collection, but I lost interest in it years ago. It's now just a nostalgic part of my basement.

When I was a kid, collecting those cards was the most fun we had in our tiny town of 700 people. A group of us would get together and swap cards, talk about the players and teams. We never really thought of the value of the cards, the value to us was entertainment. Our cards were seperated by team with rubber bands, oh the horror, :laugh:!

RANDY IN INDY
03-26-2012, 10:30 AM
I will always have a soft spot for these ...

http://fleersticker.blogspot.com/2008/07/1983-fleer-baseball-stickers.html

As much as I loved collecting cards, I loved the stickers that came with the Fleer cards. Especially the 1983 set.

Had a soft spot for the cloth stickers from the 70's. :beer me:

wojo1025
03-26-2012, 01:13 PM
I do it to pass the time. I have Crohn's disease and it pretty much keeps me shacked up at home all day and night with the occasional exception. I am a HUGE baseball fan and watch every game, no matter the team, on TV as well as the MLBtv package that I purchase every year.

I buy and sell cards as a way to make an extra buck but that has slowed down since I lost my job in Jan. Now I just sell to try and pay the bills!

*Poor Pitiful Me Story time over*

I do have a few nice looking Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, and Aroldis Chapman autos that will stay in my PC. I never had the chance to pick up any Votto's cheap as his prices went from decent to outrageous in no time!

RichRed
03-26-2012, 01:45 PM
I collected thousands between roughly 1978 and 1987. George Foster was my favorite player and I couldn't have been more excited when I got his rookie card from a local shop.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_LJvUULi51sI/S34eLwFBIkI/AAAAAAAARLc/wyJMLeuisSU/s400/1971+Topps+George+Foster.jpg

I still have most of them, the best ones in plastic sleeves but all of them in shoeboxes. I haven't looked at them in years and I'm a little afraid of what kind of condition they might be in. I loved collecting though; great part of my childhood/adolescence.

izzy's dad
03-26-2012, 01:55 PM
I still collect. I am trying to scratch together enough change to get a box of 2012 Topps Tribute. $300 a box, but well worth it. Do a quick ebay search of 2012 Topps Tribute auto, and you will see why this product is so expensive. Simply gorgeous. As is the case with every year I will be buying several boxes of Topps Chrome. I mostly collect Jay Bruce, Johnny Cueto, Jermaine Gresham, and Rey Maualuga.

wojo1025
03-26-2012, 04:04 PM
I agree, the new Tribute cards are amazing. I've always been a fan of the Tributes and Triple Thread cards

Larry Schuler
03-26-2012, 09:49 PM
Bought a cheapie $15 box of Topps 2012 Opening Day series. Out of 77 total cards I only got two Reds!

A Mat Latos card of him delivering a pitch in a digitally altered Reds jersey. And a Drew Stubbs card of him swinging and not striking out- which might be digitally altered too. :-)

Redsfaithful
03-27-2012, 12:35 AM
I'm slowly putting together all the Topps Reds team sets. Have everything from 1973 on, with the exception of 1975.

Figure it's a pretty long term project, something I want to do with my kids as they get older.

dougdirt
03-27-2012, 12:46 AM
I'm slowly putting together all the Topps Reds team sets. Have everything from 1973 on, with the exception of 1975.

Figure it's a pretty long term project, something I want to do with my kids as they get older.

I am working on a 1975 Topps set, or well, was. One of my favorite sets ever. Just a great set. Not the cheapest to put together though given how condition sensitive that set is.

cumberlandreds
03-27-2012, 09:11 AM
I have a huge collection of baseball cards. I have every Topps complete set from 1971 to the early 90's. I only need Nolan Ryans's 1970 rookie card to have that complete set. I sorta fell out of it a few years ago and haven't gotten any since. A good portion of the 1970's I have are the ones I bought in packs of cards back then. They are kinda beat up but they mean more to me that way. 1971 is my favorite year. I just really like the look of that year for some reason.

dougdirt
03-27-2012, 10:09 AM
Nolan Ryan's rookie card is in the 1968 Topps set.

cumberlandreds
03-27-2012, 10:18 AM
Nolan Ryan's rookie card is in the 1968 Topps set.

Your right. I don't know why I said that. I knew that. I do have his rookie card. Just not in very good condition.

Redsfaithful
03-27-2012, 10:38 AM
I am working on a 1975 Topps set, or well, was. One of my favorite sets ever. Just a great set. Not the cheapest to put together though given how condition sensitive that set is.

It's one of my favorites also. I've been working backwards grabbing the easy team sets first, and it's the first one I haven't been able to just grab on eBay. I'll have to build it single by single (and everything pre-1973 also it looks like), so I've been waiting until my boys get a little older.

bucksfan2
03-27-2012, 11:36 AM
I am working on a 1975 Topps set, or well, was. One of my favorite sets ever. Just a great set. Not the cheapest to put together though given how condition sensitive that set is.

Years ago my Godfather gave me a ton of those cards for Christmas. Being a kid I loved the Robin Young and George Brett Rookie cards. I always like the 1974 Topps a little better because I didn't have as many. I also loved those older cards with the Topps Rookie of the Year trophy in the corner of the card. There was just something cool about that.

RichRed
03-27-2012, 01:02 PM
1978 Topps is my favorite set, partly because that was my introduction to the hobby. My mom bought me my first pack that year when I was 9, and I was hooked. Also, the photos just seemed so crisp and really brought the players to life, especially when you consider that you only got to see some of these guys on TV one day a week if you were lucky.

http://www.sportsbuy.com/images/ordscans/new_thumbs/book/4871071.jpg

REDblooded
03-31-2012, 01:22 AM
I learned how to read before kindergarten by having my mom read the back of topps cards to me back in 1985. When we went to 7/11 for candy after preschool, my sister would always get skittles, and I'd get a pack of baseball cards...

My favorite card that I currently own is a bowman chrome first card/rc Orange Refractor Johnny Cueto /25. I also own a gold refractor /50, a blue refractor /150, an x-fractor, and a refractor... If Cueto ever wins a Cy Young, I can cash in.

reds1869
04-01-2012, 08:48 AM
My favorite card that I currently own is a bowman chrome first card/rc Orange Refractor Johnny Cueto /25. I also own a gold refractor /50, a blue refractor /150, an x-fractor, and a refractor... If Cueto ever wins a Cy Young, I can cash in.

Those Bowman Chrome Orange refractors are beautiful. I've already stated my distaste for most modern cards, but the Bowman inserts are great.

Rojo
04-02-2012, 07:22 PM
I really don't know why I saved the gum. It hasn't gone up in value one penny.

dougdirt
04-02-2012, 09:43 PM
I really don't know why I saved the gum. It hasn't gone up in value one penny.

I still have an unopened box of 1988 Donruss with gum in the packs. The cards are absolutely worthless.... so many times I have thought about trying some of the gum.

izzy's dad
04-03-2012, 08:06 AM
The gum comes in handy if you ever have to patch a hole in a radiator, or heat shield on a space shuttle. It also has anti viral properties, so if you have a nasty case of staph and zyvox doesn't work you just slap a piece of that gum on there and it clears it up in a day or two. Just don't eat it... don't ever eat it.

RichRed
04-03-2012, 01:16 PM
I really don't know why I saved the gum. It hasn't gone up in value one penny.

No worse than a Duane Walker card.

MrCinatit
04-03-2012, 02:39 PM
Your right. I don't know why I said that. I knew that. I do have his rookie card. Just not in very good condition.

It might not be his rookie card, but it is still a high number, and a very tough card to get. I paid about 100 for a card that was in pretty tough condition to finish my set from 1970.


1978 Topps is my favorite set, partly because that was my introduction to the hobby. My mom bought me my first pack that year when I was 9, and I was hooked. Also, the photos just seemed so crisp and really brought the players to life, especially when you consider that you only got to see some of these guys on TV one day a week if you were lucky.

http://www.sportsbuy.com/images/ordscans/new_thumbs/book/4871071.jpg

I had collected in previous years, but the 1978 set was my first major set - I think in the end, I was 20 cards short that year. I still love it, and am counting down the years (15) until the Topps Heritage set.

wojo1025
04-03-2012, 03:09 PM
I just sold an unopened wax box of 1988 Topps. Pretty sure those came with gum so someone just purchased 15 packs of goodness.

Dom Heffner
04-03-2012, 09:08 PM
I am working on a 1975 Topps set, or well, was. One of my favorite sets ever. Just a great set. Not the cheapest to put together though given how condition sensitive that set is.

The 1975 set is gorgeous. I really like the newer Topps mini's they did in its image. I'm trying to win a Votto one on ebay...

Dom Heffner
04-03-2012, 09:10 PM
1978 Topps is my favorite set, partly because that was my introduction to the hobby. My mom bought me my first pack that year when I was 9, and I was hooked. Also, the photos just seemed so crisp and really brought the players to life, especially when you consider that you only got to see some of these guys on TV one day a week if you were lucky.

http://www.sportsbuy.com/images/ordscans/new_thumbs/book/4871071.jpg

The 1978 set is not one of my favorites- I'm a 1975-1977 guy myself. But lookijg at that Griffey card has me second guessing. I also liked the 1979 set.

RANDY IN INDY
04-09-2012, 02:00 PM
My favorite sets are the 67 Topps, 69 Topps, and 71 Topps. One that I don't have that I would love is the 57 Topps.

izzy's dad
04-09-2012, 02:10 PM
2012 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball comes out on the 18th. I'm pumped.

FutureRedsGM
07-28-2012, 10:38 PM
Resurrecting an older thread here instead of starting a new one - Brandon Phillips was tweeting yesterday about signing his new cards for Topps. That gave me the fever to go buy some cards for the first time in at least 15 years. I picked up an 8 pack mini-box of 2012 Bowman Platinum at Wal-mart tonight for $20. They are beautiful. I probably didn't get much in the way of high dollar cards, but I really like them. I did get an autograph card from some twins rookie.

So, my question is, what is the best set for me to buy packs from in order to have the greatest chance at autographs, etc?

Can someone recommend a forum for someone who's reintroducing themselves to baseball card collecting?

Thanks!!

dougdirt
07-29-2012, 12:57 PM
There are packs out there that promise an autograph per pack, but they aren't cheap. It just really depends on what kind of autograph you are looking for. My general thought on it all though is simple: Buy individual autographs that you want off of ebay. It is going to be a ton cheaper, and while maybe not as thrilling as pulling one from the pack yourself, you can have your BP Autograph and be less thrilled with the experience than if you pulled a Scott Moore autograph from the box that cost you more than the Phillips ebay card did and you won't enjoy the Moore autograph nearly as much.

As for a message board, the only one I know of, and I can't even comment on how it is these days in terms of the people since I haven't been there in years, is www.freedomcardboard.com . It began several years ago when the Beckett.com message boards were basically changed all kinds of ways around and it really messed things up, so a few guys decided to start up the new boards and a whole slew of guys transferred over there.

bleedsred
07-29-2012, 01:26 PM
As a kid, I really enjoyed collecting cards. Most of my collection is 1981-1991, my uncle left his collection to me when he passed away at a young age 11 years ago...his collection was centered 1972-1978. They are still in "my" closet at my parent's home....I have been getting the itch to start collecting again since my son, 6, is starting to get an interest in the game....all I know is that if he starts collecting, he will have a pretty nice start to the hobby. As far as my favorites, RC of Gwynn, Boggs, Mattingly, and ED. I thought I was really something when I bought a Canseco RC at a flea market for $5....the thing climbed up to around $120-130 at one time I think..LOL.