Thursday, April 8, 2010

Totally Awesome $40 Card Lot: Part 1

A few weeks ago, I won a huge lot of baseball cards and assorted memorabilia worth somewhat more than what I paid for it ($24.99 for the bid plus $14.50 shipping). From experience, I know that buying large lots of cards from an online seller is a risk. Often, you're paying for the sheer massive quantity, while the quality is nowhere to be found. Sometimes, however, you find a seller who doesn't exactly know what he has on his hands, and, better yet, lacks the know-how to properly phrase an eBay listing to attract the most potential buyers.

One of the first things I noticed about this lot was that whoever previously owned it was either a Braves fan or a Dodgers fan, since almost all of the cards that weren't part of some large set lot were from those two teams. The Braves will soon be on their way to the Cardboard Junkie in one of those look-through-these-and-take-what-you-need-and-send-the-rest-back trades (which I am now coining as "Try n' Save Trades" (after the Simpsons-universe retailer), and if anyone wants to do the same for the Dodgers, speak now...

I'll start with the most oddball item from this lot, a 1970 All-Star Ballot. Wow.

Even if just partially punched, you can tell the owner of this ballot had good taste. Boog, Carew, Perez, and Aaron all get the nod from our mystery man.
The list of Hall of Fame members on this ballot is simply staggering:
Rod Carew
Luis Aparicio
Harmon Killebrew
Brooks Robinson
Reggie Jackson
Frank Robinson
Carl Yastrzemski
Ernie Banks
Willie McCovey
Orlando Cepeda
Joe Morgan
Tony Perez
Johnny Bench
Hank Aaron
Lou Brock
Roberto Clemente
Willie Mays
Pete Rose
Willie Stargell
Billy Williams
(Hopefully, I didn't leave anyone out. That's quite a group, minus any pitchers, of course.)

On the back we get a view of the alternative method of voting, namely, placing this ballot into the nearest mailbox (which now seem to be disappearing from my neighborhood at an alarming rate) with six cents of postage attached. After that, it was up to whichever ENIAC clone the good people of The Gillette Company could scrabble together at Election HQS. in scenic Rosemount, MINN.

That is, if your brain didn't explode from the effort of trying to narrow down the NL outfield to just THREE CHOICES.
No wonder the American League went 1-19 in the All-Star Games played between 1963 and 1982. Think of it this way: You could have placed a bet in 1963 that the NL would win 18 games or less between then and 1982 and you would have lost your shirt. Sweet action, indeed.


the sewingmachineguy said...

That kind of stuff is cool.

longlivethewho13 said...

Are we going to be seeing the card contents any time soon? You've built up some tension.

Hackenbush said...

All of the great Cubs position players of my youth are on the ballot, in fact 6 of them.

night owl said...

I'd be more than happy to take the Dodgers. I can take what I need and send the rest back with some Brewers, or whatever you like.