Although my collecting (and blogging) has been pretty low-key and sparse over the 2017 year, I can with great certainty say that my most recent order from COMC has provided a boost to one of my numbers.
My Oscar Gamble collection.
I've said it many times before but this player collection has been one of the more enjoyable builds I've got. A good number of vintage base, inexpensive cards and a few tough parallels have made this fun to work on.
And if you haven't noticed.....my #WalletCard is the epitome of fun!!!
So with that, let's check out what goodies have arrived recently.
The second base slide, dust flying everywhere, a helmetless Oscar and everyone looking off towards first makes this a keeper.
I also love the fact that this card has decent centering. Yeah...it's not perfect, but that's what you get for less than a buck.
And although the 'fro isn't as daunting in this pic, it's still pretty solid.
Now....is he taking batting practice or is this mid-game?
Afro - check. Gold chain - check. Sweet San Diego cap - check.
Good enough for me.
Still love the border colours from this year and the simple cap in the corner (especially Montreal and Pittsburgh).
This card doesn't have an early-80's vintage feel to it. I see this piece of cardboard and I think "junk wax era".
I probably overpaid for it even though it was less than .50 cents.
Take my word for it.
I don't know why, but I love chasing the Oscar Gamble buybacks but absolutely hate the Linden ones out there. I think it's because these buybacks are just simple base cards...cheap and plentiful.
I've already seen 9 different #WalletCard versions surface. Problem is that when they do, the shipping is outlandish. I can't justify spending $15us shipping on a $1 card. Thankfully this one (and the next) were easily bundled into my COMC order which allowed me to sing them for the inexpensive cardboard they are.
There are also blue variations, gold, red.....OK, maybe it's not as fun.
In OPC land we didn't have anything as fancy as Tiffany sets so these were a complete unknown to me back in the day. Of course now they are a must have for any player collector.
The interesting thing with these is that while the quality of the card stock and printing on the back is a step up from the regular piece, the photo has a bland look to it. The whites are more of a beige......and beige in baseball cards is just no good.
This Tiffany card is from the Topps Traded set back in 1985. Yet another little extra thing to chase that OPC did not have.
We had it so simple back then.
I still can't get past how similar the resemblance is.
This simple Archives Snapshots base card can be simply put in my storage until I want it shipped. I don't buy many through the year so a Black Friday sale is good enough for me.
If I can't find the card locally over the year, this is as good a place as any to pick it up.
So there it is, my massive (to me) #WalletCard haul. This puts me at 84 different Oscar Gamble cards. Almost half of all his cards ever released.
If I did have a goal for 2018 (and I don't), it would be to surpass the century mark.
I have a feeling COMC will be most helpful in that chase.