Monday, July 25, 2016

Vinage Card Of The Month: 1934 Martin Brinkmann Cigarettes Manfred von Richthofen

This month’s VCoM comes from the 1934 Martin Brinkmann Cigarettes release. Martin Brinkmann was a major tobacco company out of Germany and during the 1930s in support of a strong nationalism surge they inserted tobacco era sized cards in to their packs. I have seen a variety of cards, all German related, like military, movie actors and daily life cards. The cards are a little smaller than a T206 and beautifully illustrated.

This is my second Manfred von Richthofen vintage card, the other a 1933 National Chicle Skybirds that I highlighted as the VCoM last April. I have been interested in WWI since I was young and the Red Baron has always been one of my primary interests and a number of his cards are included on my all-encompassing Want List.

The card is wonderful condition and would grade nicely, the only real issue would be some staining on the back of the card. I am very lucky to have this card in my vintage collection and at a very reasonable price.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Congratulations Ken and Mike

The Baseball Hall of Fame inducted its two newest members, Mike Piazza and Ken Griffey Jr. Two classy players who never got caught up in the steroid firestorm that still hangs over some players in their attempt to get in to the Hall of Fame. Griffey is the first #1 Draft Pick to get selected for the Hall of Fame, not to mention the highest percentage of BBWA votes, and Piazza is the lowest Draft Pick, at #1,390, to be selected for the Hall of Fame.

I watched the ceremony this afternoon and you couldn’t help getting a bit misty-eyed during parts of their speeches and I think that Griffey reminded us that he not only was the “Kid” but that he is still the “Kid” when he put his baseball cap on backwards at the end of his speech.
Griffey was a fashion statement from head to toe today. I quickly noticed the Swingman logo on his tie and of course his Mariner’s teal colored pocket square but at one point when the camera pulled in close I was able to see that his pin-striped suit was not just any suit but the stripes actually said “Hall of Fame Class of 2016”. Now that took some imagination but the tailor who made the suit was not to be outdone because Nike stepped it up and designed his leather lace-up shoes with heels made from one of his game-used bats (that is one authentication I would trust). Toss in some Jackie Robinson socks and he was a fashion icon today.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Tomorrow Is The Day

The final trade package that I am covering is my most recent, a trade with P-Town Tom from Waiting ‘til Next Year. Tom reached out to me for a trade right before I moved so I asked to delay it a couple of weeks. I ordered some cards for him that I am waiting on so he shipped his package this past week.

In all there were a couple of dozen Griffey cards plus a pack of 2016 Stadium Club, which I pulled a base Griffey card from that pack so an added bonus. The cards range from 1993 Leaf All-Star through 2000 Skybox Metal and I needed every one of them with a couple replacing ghost cards.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Another Day Closer To Enshrinement

The trade package I am covering today comes from Ryan of This Card Is Cool. This trade included some of the coolest and rather rare Griffey cards from Japanese sets. The first six cards are from the 2000 Japanese Ovation release, the Griffey Gallery insert set. The Japanese Ovation release mirrored the U.S. in design but included NPB players although Griffey was included in two insert sets (the other one being Homerun Chronicles) plus some relic cards.

These are some cards that I have had a difficult time finding at a reasonable price but Ryan lives in Japan so they were much more accessible to him and I am very thankful he was happy to help me with my collection.

The other card he was able to find for me is the 2010 Sega Card Gen. I have only seen a Griffey Sega Card Gen card a couple of times and I didn’t know but there are actually two Griffey cards on the Sega Card Gen checklist and with Ryan’s help I am halfway there.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Countdown To Enshrinement

I know I just finished up twenty straight Griffey posts during my move and vacation but in less than four days George Kenneth Griffey Jr. will go from “Future” Hall of Famer to an official Hall of Famer. He will join an elite group of 312 athletes and officials (310 already inducted plus Griffey and Piazza) who have dedicated their lives to the sport and achieved greatness.

I decided that for the next three days I will be posting about Griffey cards that I picked up in trades. What better way to start celebrating Griffey’s greatness than covering a trade package from the greatest Griffey collector T.J. of The Junior Junkie. This package came in March and I was waiting for the right time to post about it and there is no better time than the countdown to Griffey’s enshrinement.

The package was straight off of my Want List, everything was a welcome and necessary need for my collection and range from 1989 Bowman through 2015 Panini Prizm plus a Junior Junkie card.