Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Bookstore Bonanza #2

Last Friday was the first opportunity I've had to get out and do something fun in what feels like month's. Since I'm a rather boring person, "fun" meant hitting up the bookstore, two thrift stores, and Walgreen's (I was looking for something that was supposed to be carried there, but apparently isn't in this part of the country). Today's post will cover the bookstore portion of that trip.

In case anyone missed the first post in this bookstore series, you can check it out here to see what's what. For anyone that did read the first one, you shouldn't be too surprised to hear that this will be another all VHS post. So if that's not something you're interested in, I won't be offended if you decide to skip this one.

This is one of those movies that I have been meaning to see for like twenty years now, but just hadn't ever gotten around to it.

 I have seen Farewell, My Lovely a few times, but I had yet to see the second (and final) of Robert Mitchum's Philip Marlowe pictures.

 I can't remember if I ever saw this picture or not, I guess I'll find out once I start watching it.

 Had never heard of this 1986 TV movie before, should be good though.

It would've been physically (and mentally) impossible for me to have not bought this!

 Familiar with it, but haven't seen it.

Believe it or not, this is the first time that I can recall seeing this anywhere on video (or DVD). This is one of those movies that I identify with television, as it seems like there was a time when it was airing on TBS like every week for what seemed like years.

Never heard of this one before either, but I'm always up for an 80's romcom.

For anyone who may be interested, I will be covering the thrift store(s) portion of this outing sometime in the next couple of days, and as crazy as it sounds, there will actually be a couple of non-VHS related items... just a couple though.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

A rare contest win

A month or two ago, John, of Johnny's Trading Spot, started showing some of the cards that were part of a rather large vintage collection that he had recently acquired. There was also a contest that was going to coincide with this series of posts, in which entries were earned by leaving comments, that would later be entered into a randomizer.

I don't how many comments I left during the month(?) long contest, but knowing that the randomizer was going to be involved, I figured my chances were pretty slim as the randomizer doesn't seem to like my name all that much. So, when that contest was nearing it's end (spoiler alert: I didn't win that one), and John announced that there would now be a separate contest that would be won by guessing how much was paid for the entire lot without going over, I jumped at the chance to control my own destiny and got my guess out there first... and surprise, surprise, I was the closest!

I didn't know exactly what I had won, but I actually won something. After a very short wait, my prize package arrived, and here's what was inside:

There's some star power... and I actually needed two out of the three.

Needed a couple of these 72's too.

My attempt to build the '73 set is sort of on hold, and I don't really have an accurate list of what I have at the moment, so I don't really know if any of these are new to me or not. Either way though, getting a vintage Clemente is always a good thing.

It looks like McGruff took a bite out of Harmon.

 Here's something I really wasn't expecting, a Gary Carter rookie!

 Not one of my favorite sets, but the Yaz is a neat card to have.

 Having never seen it before, I really dig the '78 Niekro/Ryan strikeout leaders.

My first card from the 2017 Stadium Club, and not a bad first player to get, cool photo too.

Thank you again, John. Not only for the cards, but also for holding a contest in which the winner was going to be determined by something other than having their name tossed into the randomizer, it actually made me feel like I had a fighting chance for once :)

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

At least we tried

Today's post is a quick follow-up to Wednesday's piece about the blatant counterfeits that I came across on Sportlots.

I never receive a reply to my initial message regarding these counterfeits from Sportlots, however, Fuji (who, after reading my post, decided to try and help rid the site of these fakes by sending a message too), did receive a response, and was kind enough to post it in the comments section of the previous post. For those who might not have seen it, here you go:

"I agree, these all look very suspicious. I struggle what
I can do if I don't know for sure and don't want to accuse
them without better proof.

Thanks for the info.. maybe I will just put out an fyi to
them just to let them know I'm keeping an eye out.

***** Update from the seller *****

In 2006 I bought out a closed baseball card store to
turn it in to a computer shop , these cards were left
behind due to illness , they became my property due to a
court order , I then sent many to Heratige Auctions in
Texas to be pieced and none came back reprints or fake .
I also a year ago sold many to Dave & Adams Cards on the
internet , they too bought every one I sent . I will
refund any payment of which a customer isn't happy with
for any reason , but I don't think any or many are fake
and I'm not a card guy and wouldn't know anyway , if
there are any complaints I will stop selling immediately,
just let me know . I will send them to the experts like
you suggested."

First things first, the reply from Sportlots is very disappointing, but not overly surprising either. In a world where greed is king, Sportlots obviously isn't interested in losing it's percentage of whatever this seller's cards end up selling for, just for the sake of protecting it's user's from these "very suspicious" cards.

Secondly, it's absolutely astounding how many red flags I see in the seller's response! Since I'm trying to keep this short, I will say that the "I'm not a card guy and wouldn't know anyway" line, is the one that stuck out the most... as that's one of the most common ways people selling fake's try to distance themselves from any first-hand knowledge of fraud, which will often be proceeded by something like "I found these cards in a box that I bought at an auction" or "I found an old shoebox full of cards in the attic of a house that I'm renovating". I will also quickly say that it's curious that they're supposedly selling these everywhere online except for eBay, you know the one place where you will most likely receive the most money from selling your highly desirable vintage cards.

Since there really isn't much else that can be done, and I won't be bringing this up again (at least when it comes to Sportlots), I figured we might as well take a look at a few more of hock2015's "very suspicious" offerings:

This is the one I really don't understand, I mean why are there even counterfeit Post cards out there? There's no shortage of the original's, and for the price that this one was currently at the last time I checked, you could easily buy an authentic one.

This Pete Maravich rookie is especially lame, as EVEN if someone were to try and explain how all the cards shown in these last two posts were somehow stored in such a way that only the corners ended up getting rounded (without any wear to the rest of the edges), then how would you explain a tall boy occurring the exact same wear pattern? If they were in a stack, Pete would have suffered considerably more damage!

So I guess the only way to wrap this up is to say that I feel bad for all the people that are going to be ending up with these cards, but at least we (thank you again, Fuji) tried to help them out. And to anyone who may be buying cards on Sportlots from this point on, just be mindful that the site is now apparently okay with seller's listing counterfeits "very suspicious" items.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017


After the amount of time I spent putting together yesterday's post, today was supposed to be my day off from "writing" anything, but I came across something (or rather multiple something's) while perusing the Sportlots auctions this morning, that I just couldn't ignore. So because this is being so hastily thrown together, I will apologize in advance for any typo's or any thoughts that aren't fully formed.

This is the first card that caught my attention this morning. Notice anything odd about this '62 Mantle? If not, check out two more 62's being sold by the same seller, and pay particular attention to the corners:

Notice a pattern yet? If not, here's a few more:

I would hope that everyone has figured out by now that these are all counterfeits/reproductions, as it would be virtually impossible for a genuine '62 to have acquired corners rounded in this fashion without sustaining wear to any of it's other edges.

A couple of years ago I came across a website of a company (I can't remember what the company's name is) that was creating reproductions of pretty much every card of note from every major sport, and of course, there wasn't anything printed on the card to identify them as such. The thing is, all their repro's had these exact rounded corners (although these could've been made by someone else). Ever since seeing those cards on that site, I have been very aware of this style of reproduction, and have encountered them many times on eBay, but never on Sportlots... until today. And from from past experience, I know that eBay doesn't care if their user's get bilked, so it will be interesting to see the route Sportlots takes.

The thing that really bugs me though, is that looking at the prices that the above cards are currently at, there are clearly multiple people that are under the impression that they are real. For example the first Mantle shown, is (as of this writing), sitting at $78... which is insane, especially since you can buy a genuine '62 Mantle in pretty darn good shape for that amount of money, or less.

For s**** and giggles, let's take a look at some of this seller's other "roundies":

Since they are not listed as such, I have no way of knowing if this seller, hock2015, knows that these are fake or not. This is just a sample, as they have quite a few more listings (including tobacco cards, Goudey's and a Pete Maravich rookie) that you can view by clicking here. I am also unsure if all their vintage cards are fake or not, because there does seem to be a few that appear to be the real thing, although those could have just been cooked up by a different counterfeiter. With someone selling this many fakes, I would just assume everything else as well.

I debated whether or not to do this post, but just in case the email that I sent to Sportlots falls on deaf ears, I just wanted it to be known that I didn't just sit by idly and not try to do something. It really irks me to see people that might not know too much about vintage cards getting taken advantage of.

If you use the site, and have any similar feeling about this, I would encourage you to send off a quick missive as well. Multiple voices speak louder than one.

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

When player's were allowed to play

As a youngster, I remember seeing 1961 Fleer basketball cards in the glass cases of card shops and being in awe, not only because of the names depicted, but also because of the prices that were attached to them. At the time, I wouldn't have been able to imagine a day when I would actually be able to own a few, as they just always seemed so unobtainable

Even though vintage basketball cards are what brought me back to card collecting six or seven years ago now, it's only been in the last three years that I have started acquiring cards from the '61 Fleer set. Even now, I'm still a bit awe struck every time I get another one, even if they are usually just considered the "commons".

This my third to last post before being completely caught up with last year's COMC purchases, the only reason this particular group took me so long to get to, was because I was dreading how much writing was going to be involved. But since I've got five or six more on their way from this year's COMC horde, I figured I better suck it up and get this one written, which as you will see... I have!

Although Bob was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in 1959, he decided to postpone his NBA career for a year, that way he would remain eligible for the next year's Summer Olympics. It ended up being a decision that would pay off... in the form of gold, as the U.S. team flat out destroyed the competition in the 1960 games.

Bob played for six different teams during his 11 seasons in the NBA, ultimately announcing his retirement after winning a championship with Milwaukee in 1971.

Bob is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame, and the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

Hot Rod Hundley was an absolute stud at WVU, averaging 24.5 points and 10.6 rebounds in three years of play (freshmen weren't eligible for basketball), and becoming only the fourth player to reach 2,000 points. Was a major reason why the Mountaineers made their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1955, as well as the following two years.

Rod was drafted by the Cincinnati Royals in 1957, but was immediately traded to the Minneapolis (later L.A.) Lakers, where he would become a two time all-star during his six seasons in the NBA. Had to retire at just 28 years old, due to persistent problems in both knees.

Went into announcing immediately after retirement, ultimately becoming the first voice of the New Orleans (later Utah) Jazz in 1974, a position he held until 2009, when once again his knee troubles would cause him to retire.

Drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1959, Rudy would come to be known as one of the roughest/toughest players during the coming decade. His physical and aggressive style of play would lead to numerous altercations during his ten years in the league, including a very memorable incident involving Willis Reed on October 18th 1966, in which an enraged Reed would for all intensive purposes... pummel the entire Lakers team.

Rudy was a three time all-star and would appear in four NBA finals with the Lakers, losing all four to the Boston Celtics. After eight seasons, Rudy joined the San Francisco Warriors, becoming an all-star during his final two seasons of play.

Bobby "Slick" Leonard was captain of the 1953 NCAA title winning Hoosier's team. He was drafted by the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954, where he would play for the next five seasons. In 1961 he joined the NBA's first modern expansion team, the Chicago Packers (later named the Zephyr's, Bullets, and Wizards), playing two seasons -- his final of which -- was as a player/coach.

In 1968 Bob signed on, in what would become a twelve year stint, to coach the newly created Indiana Pacers during their second season of ABA play, and later the NBA. During his time as coach, the Pacer won three ABA titles (1970, 1972, 1973). Unfortunately they weren't able to keep up their winning ways after the ABA/NBA merger in 1976, thanks in large part to the requirements that they, as well as the three other incoming teams had to meet before joining the league.

Bob rejoined the Pacers in 1985 as member of the broadcasting team, where he can still be found doing color work to this day. In 2014 he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach

Considered to be the best player to have ever come out of Seton Hall, Walter was drafted by the New York Knicks in 1953, but after being offered twice as much money, he elected to instead play for the Harlem Globetrotters... a move that many believed had stunted his growth as a basketball player, and therefor never reached the potential that had been expected of him after coming out of college.

Walter finally joined the NBA after two years with the Trotters, ultimately playing for three teams during his eight years in the league before joining the Eastern Professional Basketball League in 1963, where he would see action with four teams over the next six years.

During the course of his professional basketball career, Walter was often on the outs with team management, due in large part to his frequent antics -- which when viewed through modern eyes, were a clear sign of mental illness -- despite this, and his unrealized potential, he still managed to make two all-star appearances while with the Detroit Pistons. A rough and tumble player, Walter led the NBA in personal fouls in 1958 and again in 1959. He fouled out 121 times during his eight NBA seasons, which is second to only Vern Mikkelsen's record of 127.

Much of Walter's post-basketball life is rather tragic, if anyone were inclined to do so, some of it can be read about here.

This one didn't scan very well!

Playing under coach Adolph Rupp, Frank was a key member of the 1951 NCAA title winning Kentucky team. Drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1953, for whom he play all of his nine seasons with, missing one year due to military service.

Considered the NBA's original sixth man, Frank played an intricate part in seven of the Celtics championships (1957, 1959-64)). He is a member of both the Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the College Basketball Hall of Fame.

While working on this post, I noticed that with what I have in hand -- and with what will be in my COMC stockpile -- I am now up to 22 cards, which is 1/3 of the set! Granted, I don't own any of the bigger cards, but it's still kind of amazing to me just thinking of how many that I have been able to acquire in such a relatively short time.

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