New Acquisitions for an Already Completed Set

Kin Kinsley
September 24, 2016

I never posted about it, but a couple months ago I picked up a 1960 Hawes Wax Indy set.  This was one of my long term projects, but I was able to find a set at about 20% of the price that it was going to cost me to piece it together.  I was able to make it happen and got the set.

Most of the cards are in solid shape, though I know of three that I want to upgrade.  What I’ve taken to now is finding affordable copies of the card and buying them in hopes that they will be an upgrade to the existing set.

Open Binders had posted five cards from the set on eBay.  I made a purchase from them earlier this year and wasn’t disappointed.  I actually went to their website and made the purchase, helping them avoid eBay fees.  I like to help the “little guy,” as opposed to feeBay, when I can.

At some point I will get the entire set scanned so that Trading Card Database can have all of the images on their page dedicated to this set.  I joined the site five years ago and wasn’t very active.  After Sports Card Forum fell out of my good graces, I have moved to TCDB and will be much more active there.

If you don’t know about this set, this is from the Beckett website:

“Although often considered to be one of the first American auto racing card sets, the 50-card Hawes Wax issue was printed by Parkhurst in Canada for distribution in Hawes Wax products. This set features 39 cards portraying Indy 500 race winners from 1911-1959; 11 cards featuring race action scenes, and one card featuring the Purdue University Marching Band. Cardbacks are printed in both English and French. It’s interesting to note that card #50 lists the winners of the Parkhurst Zip Gum Hockey Contest originally offered on the backs of 1958-59 Parkhurst hockey cards. Oversized versions (approximately 3″ by 4″) of six cards exist featuring the fronts of 12 Hawes Wax cards (#9/26/29/31/33/35/37/38/39/40/43/44) placed back-to-back. Reportedly, the six cards were part of a game produced in Canada that also included additional cards of non-racing subjects. These six cards are valued at approximately $20.00 each.”

I also found this site about the set a few days ago, in addition to this one on Net54.

Anyway, on to the pickups!

I haven’t checked all cards yet, but I’m confident that at least one of these is an upgrade.  I have also made the decision that since I’m still acquiring copies when they come along at the right price, I may as well work on additional sets.  The cards aren’t the easiest to find and I doubt there are many completed sets out there.


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One comment

  1. Congratulations! This is not an easy set to find. I’ve yet to hunt any down myself. They always seem to be too high priced for the condition they are in, but I have not looked in quite a while. I forgot about Open Binders, I’ve purchased from them in the past and was very much pleased.

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