Wednesday, June 01, 2011

The Joy of a Completed Set

WooHoo! It has been a long time since I can say these words. I have finally completed a set, and not just any set. I finally finished up my 1910 T220 Champion Athlete and Prize Fighter Series set of 50 cards.

I recently won, on eBay the above card which completes a set I've been working on for at least 6 to 7 years. It is of Tom Sharkey, who is considered by Ring Magazine as one of the top 100 greatest punchers of all time. He was also a participant, with James J. Jeffries, in a bout in 1899 that was the first boxing match ever filmed.

As soon as I can find the time, I'll scan and post up the complete set.

Blog Kiosk: 6/1/2011

  • GCRL takes a look at the 2008 Topps Dodgers blister team set.
  • Memories of Kevin Malone share a great autographed greeting card from the Dodgers.
  • Check out some great photos of Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. at Dodger Stadium, via
  • Topps is for sale? Via Beckett.
  • Uni Watch, with the help of a reader, solves the Dodgers ABC uniform question.
  • Beyond the Boxscore takes a look at how age might effect a hitters ability to perform.
  • Upper Deck provides a sneak peak at their upcoming 2011 Goodwin Champions set. It includes a nice video.
  • "Pitchrs and Poets" shares a vintage poster for the movie "The Busher" from Russian Communist Revolutionary times. (Hat Tip: Eephus League)
  • How's this for an auction consisting of the strange and (possibly) demented. The US Marshall office is auctioning off the personal effects of the Unabomber. Really! Ya know, that crazy guy in the hoodie. Check it out here. Oh, BTW, the hoodie is currently leading the pack at over $20k.
  • Sons of Steve Garvey captures Vin Scully reciting "In Flanders Field" on Memorial Day.

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1984 Dodgers Police

Continuing on my look back at the recent past. Here are scans of the complete 1984 Dodgers Police set. One thing I did not mention in my recent post featuring these sets is that they are extremely affordable. They can be had for less than $5.00 a piece.

Below is a sample of the reverse of the cards. I count at least 5 different "Say No to Drugs" slogans.
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Auto Collection: Orel Hershiser- Topps Originals

I have to admit, I hated the 1987 Topps design. I don't really know why, but I guess it had to be the wood style borders or the bad centering I always encountered. I dunno. Anyway, here is a 2004 Topps Originals autographed card of Orel Hershiser of a 1987 Topps card numbered 31 out of 218.