I’ve been working on some football sets lately that I’ve always wanted to complete, and a few non-sports sets. (Have I told you about the glorious 1965 Soupy Sales set! That was a fun project.) I haven’t been working on baseball cards too much because I’m stuck. I literally need one card to complete the 1936 Goudey Wide Pen set (Type 1) and one card to finish the 1963 Bazooka All Time Greats set. I’m treading water on my hand cut 1975 Hostess set (14 to go) and my 1961 Post set.
With three more 1961 Posts in transit, I’m down to needing 26 to finish. It’ll end up a pretty nice set overall, maybe VGEX-EX. I’ve enjoyed getting hand cuts because condition is harder to peg. Nobody seemed to really know how to use scissors back then. I picked up a Mantle that was very nice, except for a crease (the price was right and I’m happy with it) and a Bob Shaw short print that was well below what I expected to pay. That’s all good.
What I’m running into is a clear case of short prints that, according to my admittedly out of date Standard Catalog, are not listed as SPs. I’m not talking hard SPs (Estrada, McMillan, Stobbs) or even tougher variations (Minneapolis v. Minnesota, company issue v. box), I’m talking about cards that should be priced as commons, but aren’t. Some examples:
58 – Gary Bell
I can’t find it for close to $2-3, which is where it’s supposed to reside (company or box).
Orioles Group: 71 – Milt Pappas, 74 – Steve Barber
Box version of Pappas should be cheap, and all I want is the cheaper variation. I know Barber should be a buck or so more, but that’s not where I see them priced.
Phillies Group: 115 – Dick Farrell, 116 – Jim Owens, 122 – Ken Walters
Again, a mystery in cost. Eventually I’ll pull them in for less than $3, but that’s going to feel like a rip off.
West Coast Group: 142 – Johnny Antonelli , 156 – Norm Larker
No reason I shouldn’t be able to find these for $2 or less, but it’s not happening.
I do realize I’ll have to pony up for the Estrada, Stobbs and McMillan cards, but I think there are relative bargains to be had. If anyone knows why the cards above are harder to find than I figured, let me know. Maybe it’s because I’m using a 2009 Standard Catalog and discoveries have been made since then. That has certainly been the case with certain numbers in the 1975 Hostess set, which came as news to me.
Of course, if you’ve got dubs of any of them (and the others I need), let me know.