The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five Ungraded cards

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five Ungraded cards

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five Graded cards

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five Graded cards

I received my latest cards from COMC and eBay today (shown above). With these cards I finished the wall of all the cards from 2016-2014. I still need a few graded cards for storage, but for the wall it’s all done. The five cards I added to the wall to complete 2016-2014 are:

  1. 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC #36
  2. 1988 Score Tom Glavine RC #638
  3. 1990 Bowman Frank Thomas RC #320
  4. 1990 Topps Frank Thomas RC #414
  5. 1962 Topps Joe Torre RC #218

With the completion of 2016-2014 I can now move on to the next three years (2013-2011). Here are the inductees and the cards I will pursue:

2013

Hank O’Day

Hank O’Day was a Pitcher / Umpire / Manager back in the late 1800’s early 1900’s. He was voted in by the Veterans Committee as an umpire. As he was a pitcher originally he does have cards in the a few of the early pre-1900 sets (1887 N172 Old Judge and the 1889 Hartley Studio Cabinet set (see below)):

Pre-1900 Hank O'Day Cards

These cards rarely are seen for purchase and when they have shown up at various auction sites they usually command over $1000.00. As triple digit priced cards are above my pay grade, I will have to search elsewhere of an O’Day card. In 1994, the Conlon Collection pictured Hank O’Day so it will be that card I will pursue.

  1. 1994 Conlon Collection Hank O’Day #1201

Jacob Ruppert

Ruppert was the owner of the New York Yankees from 1915 until his death in 1939. He was voted in by the Veterans Committee as an Executive. He was never a ballplayer so he didn’t have any cards for that purpose. Once he entered the Hall the card companies began producing cards of the man. I personally liked his 2013 Panini Golden Age card (you gotta love the top hat) so I chose it as the card to add.

  1. 2013 Panini Golden Age Jacob Ruppert #29

Deacon White

Mr. White was a catcher from the pre-1900s who also played third base. Like Hank O’Day, he has cards back in the pre-1900 days that are out of reach for most collectors both for rarity and price.

Since these cards are out of my price range I decided to look for an alternative. The one that caught my eye was in the 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions set. The image on the card copied the one on the 1888-89 Old Judge card which I liked so I chose it to add.

  1. 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Deacon White #182

2012

Barry Larkin

Larkin’s first cards came out in 1987. Donruss, Fleer and Topps all had a card for the Red’s shortstop.

  1. 1987 Donruss Barry Larkin RC #492
  2. 1987 Fleer Barry Larkin RC #204
  3. 1987 Topps Barry Larkin RC #648

Ron Santo

Santo did not gain enough votes from the Writers so he had to wait until the Veterans Committee voted him in. He has only one first card from Topps back in 1961.

  1. 1961 Topps Ron Santo RC #35

2011

Roberto Alomar

Alomar’s first cards came out in 1988 but everyone except Donruss waited until their year-end Rookie/Traded sets to include him. Therefore he has only two first cards, the Donruss card, and Donruss’ Canadian counterpart Leaf.

  1. 1988 Donruss Roberto Alomar RC #34
  2. 1988 Leaf Roberto Alomar RC #34

Bert Blyleven

Blyleven reached the hall after being on the ballot since 1998 (14 years). His first cards came out in 1971 in Topps and O-Pee-Chee.

  1. 1971 O-Pee-Chee Bert Blyleven RC #26
  2. 1971 Topps Bert Blyleven RC #26

Pat Gillick

Gillick went in as an executive for his work on bringing the Blue Jays two World Series titles back in the 90s.  He never played major league baseball so it wasn’t until his induction that baseball cards started to appear of him. One of the more attractive cards put out of the man was in the 2014 Panini Hall of Fame Signatures set so I decided on that one to be added to the wall.

  1. 2014 Panini Hall of Fame Signatures Pat Gillick #47

In total that is twelve cards for the years 2013-2011 that will be collected and added to the wall. I purchased the Gillick, White, and Ruppert cards which came in the latest deliveries from COMC and eBay. I bought the Topps Blyleven card a few months ago, the Donruss Alomar card and the Topps Larkin card I’ve had for over a decade. That leaves six remaining to find and purchase. Once that is done I can move on to 2010 and beyond.

Here is the latest picture of the wall:

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five the Wall

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five the Wall

If you would like to see all the cards I have collected, both graded and ungraded, and the price I paid for each just go to the menu at the top left of each page (The Hall of Fame Table) or click here.

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Four

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Four

My latest purchases came in and with it I am coming closer to finishing the cards I need for the inductees from 2016 back to 2014.

The Hall of Fame Challenge Post Four, Graded

The Hall of Fame Challenge Post Four, Graded

The Hall of Fame Challenge Post Four, Ungraded

The Hall of Fame Challenge Post Four, Ungraded

The ones that will be added to the wall are the following:

1990 Leaf #300 – Frank Thomas RC
1990 O-Pee-Chee #414 – Frank Thomas RC
1987 Leaf #36 – Greg Maddux RC
1988 Fleer #539 – Tom Glavine RC

As a reminder, here is the list of all HoF members and their cards from 2016 to 2013 (I’m collecting chronologically backward in years as you remember):

2016

1989 Bowman Ken Griffey Jr. RC #220
1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. RC #33
1989 Fleer Ken Griffey Jr. RC #548
1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. RC #1
1992 Bowman Mike Piazza RC #461

2015

1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio RC #U-89
1988 Score Rookie/Traded Craig Biggio RC #103T
1989 Donruss Randy Johnson RC #42
1989 Fleer Randy Johnson RC #381
1989 O-Pee-Chee Randy Johnson RC #186
1989 Score Randy Johnson RC #645
1989 Topps Randy Johnson RC #647
1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson RC #25
1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez RC #2F
1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz RC #U-74

2014

1969 Topps Bobby Cox RC #237
1988 Donruss Tom Glavine RC #644
1988 Fleer Tom Glavine RC #539
1988 Score Tom Glavine RC #638
1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779
1964 Topps Tony LaRussa RC #244
1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC #36
1987 Leaf Greg Maddux RC #36
1990 Bowman Frank Thomas RC #320
1990 Leaf Frank Thomas RC #300
1990 O-Pee-Chee Frank Thomas RC #414
1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663
1990 Topps Frank Thomas RC #414
1962 Topps Joe Torre RC #218

I highlighted in orange the cards I have for the wall. That means I have only five cards remaining (ungraded) before I move on to 2013 and before.

If you wish to check my progress (including graded cards for this collection and prices I paid for all the cards) just click here

Here is the updated wall with the new cards added:

Hall of Fame, The Wall, Post Four

Hall of Fame, The Wall, Post Four

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Three

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Five

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Three

Hall of Fame, The Wall, Part Three

Hall of Fame, The Wall, Part Three

The next set of Hall of Fame cards I purchased came in from COMC. I also picked up a couple of 1989 Upper Deck Factory sets which I broke open to add the Ken Griffey Jr. RC to the wall. Thirdly I found in my cards a copy of Griffey Jr.`s Donruss RC.

Here are the cards from COMC:

Latest HOF Purchases

Latest HOF Purchases

Here is a list of the new additions to the wall:

  1. 1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. RC
  2. 1989 Donruss #33 Ken Griffey Jr. RC
  3. 1989 Bowman #220 Ken Griffey Jr. RC
  4. 1989 Fleer #548 Ken Griffey Jr. RC
  5. 1992 Bowman #461 Mike Piazza RC
  6. 1989 O-Pee-Chee #186 Randy Johnson RC

The Griffey Jr. cards and the Mike Piazza card are the two players’ first cards. For Griffey Jr. Topps and Score waited until their Rookie/Traded sets to include the Mariner. Piazza was missed by everyone except Bowman. Fleer included him in their low print Update set at the end of the year, but all the other companies missed the boat completely.

I’m not sure how well informed my readers are about grading companies (I assume they are somewhat informed due to the fact that grading has been popular since the late ’90s). The Piazza card I bought from COMC was a graded card from BCCG (Beckett’s Collector’s Club grading service). I’m not sure why Beckett has this service as it is inferior and somewhat dubious in its grading practices. It actually is a stupid way to conduct business as many novice collectors are fooled into thinking the numerical grading (1-10) is equal to that of PSA. They see a lower price for the BCCG graded card and buy it not realizing it is not of equal quality to its PSA counterpart. If you come across any of these BCCG graded cards, ignore the grade and just consider it an ungraded card which you will need to inspect to get a proper grade for it.

I did this with the Piazza card I purchased for the wall. I bought a BCCG graded 10 Piazza Bowman RC for $21.30. It was in better condition than the equally priced ungraded versions of the card so it was an easy decision to purchase it and remove it from its case when I received it in the mail:

Mike Piazza Before and After

Mike Piazza Before and After

As you can see, the card is off center to the right and would probably be graded at most a PSA 9. If you wish to remove any cards from their graded case it’s quite simple. Here is an example:

Returning to the wall, I moved it to the hallway to give the dedication more space as new cards come in. You can see the new wall, with the latest cards added, at the top of this post.

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Two

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Four

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Two

 

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 2

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 2

So I received my latest HOF cards, 8 in all, to add to the wall. they are some of the ones listed in my last post. They are:

  • 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #2F RC Pedro Martinez
  • 1989 Donruss #42 RC Randy Johnson
  • 1989 Fleer #381 RC Randy Johnson
  • 1988 Fleer Update #U-74 RC John Smoltz
  • 1988 Fleer Update #U-89 RC Craig Biggio
  • 1988 Score R&T #103T RC Craig Biggio
  • 1989 Score #645 RC Randy Johnson
  • 1989 Topps #647 RC Randy Johnson

I also found looking through my cards a copy of 1988 Donruss #644 Tom Glavine RC so I added it to the wall as well.

When I started this post the 2016 HOF Induction Ceremonies took place voting in Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza. I will be adding those cards as I get them (I have some already) to the wall. But for now here is the updated wall:

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 2

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 2

To see the Hall of Fame Table which lists the members, the pursued cards, the purchases, and the grades just click the link or choose it from the Menu on the left side of every page on the site.

 The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post One

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Three

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post One

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

One of the pursuits here at Cardboard Collecting will be to gain ownership of at least one quality card of every member of the Hall of Fame. This is the first in a number of post that will show the progress of this challenge.

With any pursuit a strategy must be thought of in order to make the journey organized and efficient. With that in mind, the best way we figured would be to create a list starting with the most recent inductees and then move backward in time. Once this list has been started, then looking for a quality card to pursue and adding them to the list would be prudent. Rookie cards or First cards would be most desirable so they will be looked into first. An ungraded card is less expensive than a graded version so they will be the ones concentrated on more, but graded versions will be pursued as well.

Alright to begin, I will do two years at a time in the beginning as these cards are easy to find and aren’t very expensive. So 2015 and 2014. Here are the cards I will find and buy:

2015

Craig Biggio

Biggio’s two earliest cards are from the 1988 year end extended sets from Fleer and Score. Topps and Donruss didn’t include Biggio until the following year’s main sets were issued.

  1. 1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio RC #U-89
  2. 1988 Score Rookie/Traded Craig Biggio RC #103T

Randy Johnson

Johnson had cards in all the major sets including Canada’s O-Pee Chee brand.

  1. 1989 Donruss Randy Johnson RC #42
  2. 1989 Fleer Randy Johnson RC #381
  3. 1989 O-Pee-Chee Randy Johnson RC #186
  4. 1989 Score Randy Johnson RC #645
  5. 1989 Topps Randy Johnson RC #647
  6. 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson RC #25

Pedro Martinez

Everyone except Upper Deck dropped the ball on including Martinez in their year end sets. Therefore he only has one first card.

  1. 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez RC #2F

John Smoltz

This time Fleer was the only manufacturer that put Smoltz on their year end set.

  1. 1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz RC #U-74

2014

Bobby Cox

Elected in as a manager, you have to go all the way back to 1969 to find Cox’s first card.

  1. 1969 Topps Bobby Cox RC #237

Tom Glavine

All four manufacturer’s included this outstanding Braves left-hander in their ’88 regular sets.

  1. 1988 Donruss Tom Glavine RC #644
  2. 1988 Fleer Tom Glavine RC #539
  3. 1988 Score Tom Glavine RC #638
  4. 1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779

Tony LaRussa

2014 was the year of the manager for entry in the Hall, Cox is joined by LaRussa and Joe Torre (see below). LaRussa’s first card came out in 1964.

  1. 1964 Topps Tony LaRussa RC #244

Greg Maddux

Only Donruss included Maddux in their regular 1987 sets both in Donruss and their Canadian counterpart Leaf. Topps and Fleer waited until their extended sets at the end of the year to include this multiple Cy Young award winner.

  1. 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC #36
  2. 1987 Leaf Greg Maddux RC #36

Frank Thomas

Upper Deck Donruss and Fleer all missed the boat in their 1990 regular sets not including this White Sox great. Fleer waited until their Update set at the end of the year, Upper Deck and Donruss waited until the following year their 1991 regular sets were issued.

  1. 1990 Bowman Frank Thomas RC #320
  2. 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas RC #300
  3. 1990 O-Pee-Chee Frank Thomas RC #414
  4. 1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663
  5. 1990 Topps Frank Thomas RC #414

Joe Torre

The third manager elected to the Hall in 2014, Torre’s rookie card is all the way back in the 1962 Topps set.

  1. 1962 Topps Joe Torre RC #218

So that is 24 cards in total to collect. Of these 24 cards I presently own 5 of them:

  1. 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson RC #25
  2. 1969 Topps Bobby Cox RC #237
  3. 1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779
  4. 1964 Topps Tony LaRussa RC #244
  5. 1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663

So that leaves 19 cards to collect. I am using the door to my man cave as the starting point of this collection, until it gets to a size that it will need to be transplanted to a bigger area. Here is the starting image of the door with the cards i have, and plastic screw down holders with the card ID’s in paper inside which I don’t have.

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

As I find the missing cards I will update this post. Once I finish 2015 and 2014, it will be time to move on to 2013 and 2012. I hope you enjoy this post and perhaps you can join me in this collecting challenge.

To see the Hall of Fame Table which lists the members, the pursued cards, the purchases, and the grades just click the link or choose it from the Menu on the left side of every page on the site.

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Two