More 1948 & 1949 Leaf cards!

Sometimes I don’t even know how I come across stuff.  It’s like it just happens.  I picked this small lot of cards up off feeBay for what I felt was a good price.

1948 Leaf #3A Bulldog Turner

This is one of two rookie cards of the College (1960) and Pro Football Halls of Fame.  He is also in the 1948 Leaf set.  His #66 is retired by the Chicago Bears.  The card isn’t in great shape, but I’m quite happy at the price I got it for, considering it has a “book” value of $135.

1949 Leaf #17 Bob Mann

Mann isn’t a Pro Football Hall of Famer, but he was entered into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1988.  He’s pictured with the Lions on this card and didn’t play for the Packers until 1950.  When he joined the team, he became the first black man to play for the franchise.  I don’t know enough to look at a card and estimate a grade, but this one looks to be in pretty good shape to me.  It’s a $30 card and another one that I’m quite delighted to have.

1949 Leaf #38 Vince Banonois

Banonis is pictured as a member of the Chicago Cardinals, but might be better known from his college days.  He played at Detroit Mercy and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

1949 Leaf #118 Fred Davis

Davis is the only player from the lot that wasn’t named to a college or pro hall of fame.  He did play nine seasons in the NFL with the Redskins and Bears.

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BOX BREAK: 2013-14 Artifacts Hockey Blaster

I’ve been having some back issues and on Tuesday I had to go to the doctor.  I went to Target to have my prescriptions filled.  When one has time to “waste” at Target, one of course takes a look at the cards.  There were a couple of discounted blasters, a 2012-13 Upper Deck and the 2013-14 Artifacts box.

The rookie crop in 2012-13 Upper Deck leaves something to be desired (thank you, “work stoppage)” and even though I expected little to nothing from Artifacts, I picked it up.  It’s a good thing that I had low expectations.  Below is what I got in each pack.

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While I’m pretty much done with modern product, it’s still fun to bust some packs.  In this case, I needed a pick-me-up and this was some temporary fun.  However, it’s Exhibit A to why I am moving to vintage.  This box wasn’t “worth” $12.99 at all.  I’d be that much more agitated had I spent the original $19.99 retail price on it.

While I am glad Upper Deck has the hockey exclusive, their blasters leave a lot to be desired.  At least you can pull a couple of Young Guns from a blaster.  I’d rather have a “common” Young Guns than the “hits” of Lars Eller and Daniel Briere that were in this box.  These will just be put into the boxes I’m sending off to COMC shortly and maybe I can make a buck on them.

I will say that while I prefer Upper Deck, both Panini and Topps do a better job with their blasters and retail packs.  If you read “Retail Box Break: 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania” or some of our WWE blaster breaks from the last couple of months, you know that they have a special relic pack in each box.  To be honest, they are usually much better than a base jersey card like the one in this box.  Panini will often have a three pack of special prism cards in their items.  It’s nice to at least feel like you “get” something else special from them.

Retail Box Break: 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball

Last night I posted my other blaster box break from yesterday (2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania) and while I was happy with that blaster, I was ecstatic to open this one as I’ve been putting off purchasing one of these for a while.

There’s not too much out there in the way of college baseball and I’m impressed (so far) with how much attention Panini has given college baseball now that they have the CLC license.

As you can see from the picture, this blaster guaranteed two autographs.  Not too shabby for a $20 blaster box from Target.  For me though, much of the fun that comes from opening these types of products is the retro cards (i.e. the Mark McGwire in the picture below featuring him in his USC uniform).

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Retail Box Break: 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania

This morning I purchased a blaster box of 2016 Topps WWE Road To Wrestlemania from Target. After using my $3 off coupon the box came to roughly $18 after tax.  Each of these blaster boxes contains 10 packs plus 1 relic card (sealed in a pack).  While the cards from the 10 packs were nothing special, the separately-packaged relic card was sort of interesting…and it was thick!

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Vintage Pirates Mailday

Not too long ago, Kin told me he was sending a card my way. Well, earlier this week I received the vintage card pictured below. 

  
It’s a 1953 Topps Joe Rossi of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Yeah, it’s seen better days but for a free card that roughly 63 years old I’m not going to complain one bit. 

This will be a perfect addition to my “Topps Pirates Team Set Collection” that I’m casually working on. 

Let’s Go Bucs!

Yes, a Non-Baseball “T” Card Addition

When most think of the “T” tobacco cards, they think baseball.  I can understand why, but I’m learning there’s a whole big world of other tobacco cards out there.  My interest doesn’t lie in baseball at all, but instead in football and racing.  The racing is a newer thing over the last month or so, but there are plenty of vintage racing sets out there to take on as long-term projects.

Once finding out about the T36 cards, this was one of the two that I immediately keyed on as ones to pick up.

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1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #6 Ralph dePalma – T36
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1911 American Tobacco Auto Drivers #6 Ralph dePalma – T36 (back)

In 1915, De Palma won the Indianapolis 500.  As a fan of IndyCar and becoming much more interested in Indianapolis 500 history, this one was a no-brainer pickup.  Like other tobacco cards of the time, the card has multiple backs.  This one only has two, the other being a Mecca back.  I plan to pick that one up in time but wanted this one first.  I am not the biggest on the history behind cards, but I did find something interesting when researching the card.

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Over time I will find out of the Hassan backs are tougher to come by than the Mecca backs, or both kinds were only packaged for four days.   For now, I figured that I would just go ahead, use the information found and pick up the card.

From Beckett.com:  “This 25-card set was produced for The American Tobacco Company. Each card includes a small ad for either Hassan or Mecca Cigarettes on the cardback. All 25 cards were produced with both ad back variations. The cards measure 2 1/2 x 1 3/4 and came with square corners. The cards are unnumbered and feature top race car drivers of the day from both North America and Europe representing all types of auto racing events. They were packaged one card per 10 cigarette pack and two per 20 cigarette pack. The cards were inserted in cigarette packs starting on March 27th, 1911 and ending on March 31st, 1911.”

My excitement for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is becoming greater by the day, so expect more posts and pickups about IndyCar items.

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Mailday from the Other Side of the Pond

A few weeks ago, I found out about an old cigarette card that “pictured” the Indianapolis 500.  I headed to eBay, which is the first stop for me, as much as I may despise the site as a seller.  The only copy that I found was actually in England, but I went ahead and made the purchase.

The image is of the #23 Louis Schneider car, which won the 1931 Indianapolis 500.

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1931 Ogden’s Motor Races #12 The 500 Miles Race/Indianapolis, May 30
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1931 Ogden’s Motor Races #12 The 500 Miles Race/Indianapolis, May 30 (back)

From Beckett.com:  “This 50-card series features artist renderings of cars and motorcycles at various racing events in 1931. The cards were produced for Imperial Tobacco Company of Great Britain and Ireland’s Ogden cigarettes branch. The cards measure 1 3/8″ X 2 5/8”. The fronts of the cards depict cars or motorcycles in race action. “Ogden’s Cigarettes” and the title and date of the event are on the front of every card. The card backs state at the top “Motor Races 1931” and “A series of 50”. This dating gives the specific year all the racing events featured were run. The latest event featured is October 17, 1931, which in turn leads us to believe that the cards were probably not produced or issued until 1932. The cards backs also feature a brief story on the event featured on that card. The bottom of the card backs state “Issued by Ogden’s.” The series is broken into two groups, automobile races and motorcycle races. Cards 1-33 are the automobile races and cards 34-50 feature the motorcycle races.”

I recently purchased our tickets for this year’s Indianapolis 500, which is the 100th running of the race.  As I’m changing what I collect, you’re going to see more vintage Motorsports cards and other items on the blog.

Thank you for reading the blog.  If you have any interest in contributing, just let me know.  If you like what we’re doing and want updates when we post new pieces, follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Please take the time and also look through some other pieces on the site.  I’m still looking for more folks that would like to contribute, so let me know if you are!  You can follow me on my other Twitter handles at @kin_kinsley and @DFW_Card_Shows.