Wednesday, 11 January 2023

Otto Graham additions

I want to share two Otto Graham cards that I added to my collection in the last 16 months.

In October 2021, I had to travel to Phoenix for some family issues. While there, I met up with Daniel from the It's like having my own Card Shop blog. (Also check out his YouTube channel - Daniel Wilson)

We met at one of his local card stores, and I found a vintage Otto Graham card that I had to buy.

This 1955 Topps All-American card may have soft corners and some dings on the edges, but it displays really well, and was more affordable with the flaws.

I was really happy to buy this card, and am really quite jealous of a couple of card stores that Daniel gets to visit regularly.

The second Otto Graham card was a gift from a friend.

During COVID times, my friend Lorri has done an amazing job of turning her work from home office into a real fan-cave.

She is a big Packers fan, and filled the office with all sorts of different items, many autographed. Among the autographed items, she has two framed Favre jerseys (one Packers, one Vikings), a number of autographed mini helmets, which includes a couple of Hall of Fame players, a few autographed footballs, and two autographed kicking tees. 

She also has a small section devoted to the Bulls - a small display case of Michael Jordan cards, and a framed autographed Dennis Rodman jersey.

I've found her a number of football cards to display with her autographed items, and she has bought more for herself. She had a few cards from one set that made me comment that I was looking for the Otto Graham card from the same set.

I went to visit a month or so later, and was presented with this card.

The Trading Card Database lists these as the  1999-01 Danbury Mint 22K Gold Legends set. The Otto Graham card is the only Browns card in the set.

You can see that these gold cards are sealed in their own plastic cases.

I was very surprised and pleased to receive this gift.

Lorri told me that the most cost effective way to buy this Graham card was to buy a partial set. She also decided that she didn't want the extra cards, so I have some other cards from this set that are available for trade.

Here is what I have for trade:

Chicago Bears - Gale Sayers
Dallas Cowboys - Drew Pearson, Lee Roy Jordan, Bob Lilly
Green Bay Packers - Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, Jim Taylor
Kansas City Chiefs - Bobby Bell, Len Dawson, Jan Stenerud
New York Giants - Harry Carson, Y.A. Tittle
Philadelphia Eagles - Harold Carmichael
Pittsburgh Steelers - Franco Harris, John Stallworth
St. Louis Cardinals - Jim Hart

Sunday, 8 January 2023

Not according to plans - Local card show today

The monthly Ottawa card show happened today, and I went to it with the intention of not spending much money. 

The only purchase that I wanted to make was to buy a new box of nine pocket pages from one dealer that usually has them a couple of dollars cheaper than area stores. As it turned out, he wasn't at the show.

I still managed to find ways to spend money though.

I really didn't plan on purchasing an autographed postcard.

I saw this autographed Tom Seaver postcard among a number of other autographed Perez-Steele postcards. I often buy a lot of items from the dealer that was selling them, and made the mistake of asking him how much this postcard was. He told me $40 (just under $30 USD).

Since I had already gathered some items from him (they'll be noted in this post), and wasn't sure if I wanted to spend more money, I asked if he might be able to put it aside until next month. He told me that he had someone that was going to buy all of the collection of postcards that didn't sell, so he wouldn't be able to.

I decided to buy it. I figure it is a good use of some Christmas money that I received.

The same dealer also had another single card that I purchased.

Okay, I've already got two Gary Carter rookie cards, and both are in better shape than this...

...but this one is O-Pee-Chee!

(I like that I finally get to do that!)

Both of my other Carter rookie cards are Topps. Since I started looking for Carter rookies after getting back into card collecting, I haven't seen an O-Pee-Chee one. There was no way I was passing on it.

Now I just need to find the Topps Mini version.

Continuing with the same dealer, he told me that he had bought a collection of pocket schedules and asked me if I was interested in these Browns ones.

I love the top right schedule for a political candidate, and would love to still have the prices on the back of the top left schedule.

I think I only had one or two schedules, so this was a nice addition to my Browns collection.

He also had another interesting card with Browns content.

Okay, I cheer for the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the CFL, but those aren't the Roughriders in this 1961 Topps CFL team card. 

That is a photo of the 1959 Cleveland Browns being used on that card. (Jim Brown is just above #34.)

By some mistake, this photo was used as the Saskatchewan Roughriders team cards by Topps from 1961-1964.

I bought this card to see if is an upgrade over the other one I own. I'll look later.

I'm still looking for the 1963 Topps CFL Saskatchewan Roughriders team card.

Moving away from Browns content to my Christmas/Santa collection, I bought a partial set of Coca-Cola cards that included some Santa cards.

These are acetate cards, and you can see through them at the top of each card. They are cards 16-20 from what the Trading Card Database is calling the 1996 Score Board Coca-Cola Sprint Phone Cards set. I still need one more Santa card from this set - card 15.

Moving away from this dealer to another one that I usually deal with, he had one Browns card for me that I had never seen before.

It is a booklet insert card from the 2002 Fleer Platinum set. It opens up to show the inside:

There is a jersey piece in the bottom right corner.

It is a neat addition to my collection, and was given to me by the dealer. We kind of have ongoing trades that carry over. I rarely have to buy Browns cards from him. He's more than happy to get Packers cards from me in trade instead.

I purchased a couple of non-sports sets from another dealer that I buy from regularly.

This first set of six cards are an insert set in the 1995 Collect-A-Card Coca-Cola Super Premium set. The insert set seems to be called Embossed Santa.

I always love adding cards to my Christmas/Santa binder.

I also bought a set of 24 chrome type stickers that came as inserts in the 2002 Artbox Lord of the Rings Action Flipz set. They are from The Fellowship of the Ring.

The lighting for my photos is bad, and not helped by the curves in the stickers. The bottom photo is just to show the size of the cards versus the size of a regular card.

I was disappointed that there wasn't a Gimli sticker.

Finally, from a last dealer, I picked up two 1986 Montreal Expos team sets. I figured that I would keep one, and send the other one of to the Not Another Baseball Card Blog if he needed it.

Here are a sample of the panels for the 1986 Provigo Montreal Expos set of panels:

The joke was on me though. I already have a set of the panels as well as a set of the separated cards. The second set is available for trade if anyone is interested.

So, other than a couple of small items that I bought for others, that was my card show.

Honestly, I didn't mean to buy much. I just wanted nine pocket pages.

No regrets.


I'm sure that most everybody has cheered on the recovery of the Bills safety Damar Hamlin. I'm not sure if everyone has heard the recent news and of the hospitalization of former Browns running back Peyton Hillis.

According to the most recent update that I have seen, Hillis could use any good thoughts and prayers that we can send his way. He was hospitalized after saving his kids from drowning.

Here are some nice Peyton Hillis cards from my collection:

Best wishes to you, Peyton!

Wednesday, 7 December 2022

Card Show - Road Trip to Syracuse

As some readers may have seen in a post on the Night Owl Cards blog, I drove down to Watertown last Sunday, and met up with Greg (Night Owl) and travelled with him to Syracuse to attend a card show at the Fairgrounds.

The card show turned out to be a collectible show with cards, toys and comics. Although I glanced at the toys, I was pretty much just looking for cards at the show. Had I noticed any Cleveland Browns products among the toys, I surely would have considered buying them, but nothing jumped out at me.

As mentioned in Night Owl's post, the first table we went to had parents that seemed to be selling off their son's collection of stuff. Greg may have passed on buying a box of Topps baseball cards that he was looking at, but I made my first purchase of the show at that table.

Although I already owned a copy of this 1990 Pro Set insert, it was in a binder of Christmas related cards that I own. This copy will get added to my 1990 Pro Set football set.

After spotting another table that I wanted to bring Greg back to, I moved along through the hall to see Greg digging through some nickel and dime boxes. I pulled a bunch of cards from those boxes, and a few from some dollar boxes that the same seller had.

These two Rocketeer stickers were among the few mistakes that I made while looking through the various boxes throughout the show. For some reason my memory was telling me that I owned the Rocketeer set, but not the stickers. When I pulled out my set, I saw that the stickers were all there. Oops.

But I'm not going to complain about picking up a Jennifer Connelly sticker. I don't think that would ever be a mistake.

From the nickel/dime boxes, I found some basketball cards for myself.

I've followed the Arizona Wildcats basketball team since high school, and Sean Elliott was always a favorite player.

I also found these old Celtics from a 1993 Action Packed set.

This next card I picked up because it just seemed so bad.

Birdman & Agent 23?  Umm, okay.

I've collected comics most of my life, and am very familiar with Jim Lee's artwork. I really don't know what to think about this Upper Deck basketball card that he drew. I'm rather surprised that I even identified it as a Larry Bird card as I searched through the box of cards.

Turning the corner from the nickel/dime box dealer, I found a couple of other tables where I picked up a few things.

Outside of Browns cards, I picked up a couple of small baseball card sets.

I'll probably break up the Drake's set, but the Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes set will wind up in one of my binders.

I also picked up a not so random soccer card for one of my friends. Both of us cheer for Aston Villa, and I think he'll get a kick out of getting this John McGinn card.

You may have noticed that I haven't shown any Browns cards yet from these tables. When I got home, I sorted all my Browns cards together and started going through what I needed. By doing that, I forgot what cards came from what table (except for a couple of cards at the end of this post). I even put the two Browns cards that I got from Greg in that pile (I needed both), so I don't even remember which specific cards he gave me. (Sorry.)

As Greg went off to find his vintage cards, I started going through some monster boxes that had a wide range of prices. The first couple of boxes were twenty cents each, then they moved to $2 boxes that would give you 12 cards for the price of 10, and then some unmarked boxes (which I am usually wary of).

I found a number of cards in those boxes, and the unmarked cards had decent prices. I ended up spending around $100 at this table, buying cards for my collection and some for friends.

With Greg's two cards, and the cards from all these tables, here is what I ended up adding to my Browns card collection.

Believe it or not, these two 2022 cards are only the second and third 2022 Browns cards in my collection. I just really haven't been buying any new cards.

Hmmmm, while writing this, I notice that the two cards display differently. I'll have to look and see if one is a parallel.

Here are some 2021 cards. The Rookie Phenoms card has a nice non-white swatch.

I guess the 'My House' Baker Mayfield insert card is a little out of date. However, I loved all his Progressive Insurance commercials where the stadium was his house.

A bunch of Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah cards, including my first autograph of his. After typing the name, I understand why people just refer to him as JOK.

The Panini Phoenix purple parallel is numbered out of 125.

I'm really not sure what the stars on the Nick Chubb Panini Illusions card are for. Since the print in the card is blue instead of black, I'm thinking it might be the Retail parallel, but I am not sure.

I have managed to acquire quite a number of 2021 Panini Mosaic cards locally, but still pulled these out of the last dealer's boxes. As it turned out, I needed all of the Mosaic cards that I pulled. I really wasn't expecting that but I guess they do have a whole bunch of parallels to get.

The following three 2021 Panini Prizm cards are all numbered.

The Chubb card is numbered out of 39, the Landry card out of 199, and the Garrett out of 225.

I was happy to get the autographed Tommy Togiai card. I don't own any of his cards from the 2021 NFL Contenders set, so this college card is a welcome addition to my collection.

Moving back to 2020 cards, the Panini Limited Baker Mayfield card on the right is a Silver Spotlight parallel numbered out of 149.  

After we left the card show, I looked at my phone to see how the Browns did on Sunday. I really wasn't too keen to try and watch the Browns debut of Deshaun Watson. 

Although I think that Watson is a great quarterback, I believe that the quarterback is usually the face of the franchise, and he isn't who I want to represent the team.

I was happy that the team won, and later when I looked and saw that Donovan Peoples-Jones had a 76 yard punt return touchdown, I was glad to have picked these two cards up at the show.

The punt return touchdown was the Browns first since Travis Benjamin ran one back against the Titans in 2015.

The top card in the photo below was a 2019 card of the Browns former first round pick Antonio Callaway.

The bottom card is a 2010 card of Montario Hardesty.

The dealer that sold me the Hardesty card was so happy that I bought it. He said he had just added it to his boxes of cards for sale, and didn't know if anyone would be interested in it. It is numbered out of 200, and set me back a whole four dollars. I was pretty sure that I didn't own a copy of it, but there was no way that I would have left it behind at that price.

After going through all these monster boxes, and with some dealers already starting to pack up for the day, I realized that I hadn't even really seen a third of the tables at the show.

I wanted to bring Greg over to a table where I wanted to show him an oddball set that I was thinking of grabbing, but then a table in the way called out to me.

I had been looking for a 1973 Topps Carl Yastrzemski card for a Simpsons loving friend. You know, the one with the big sideburns? Anyway, I saw a small pile of 1973 cards in a showcase and found one for him.

As well, I saw a stack of 1970 Kellogg's football cards. In it I found a Christmas gift for a friend of mine that is a big Raiders fan.

My friend actually spent a year working for the Raiders as an archivist, and worked with the late Jim Otto on his book.

Unfortunately, when I got it home, I saw that it had a crack right under his name. It didn't look cracked in the card show's lights.

After that, we continued on to the table I wanted to bring Greg to.

I knew that at home I had a continuation of one of these Baseball Greats types of sets, but needed the original set, and thought that it might be for this one. Sadly, I was mistaken, but I am still happy to have picked this one up.

Oh, and a funny thing that I discovered while looking at this set.

I'm old enough that I put elastic bands around cards as a kid. So many of us did, and we are all told not to do so now.

Take a look inside the blister portion of this set:

So funny to see!

While also looking around the other items on this seller's table, I noticed this card that I needed for my collection.

A 1951 Bowman Dante Lavelli card for $15? Sure, why not?

Also at this table was a great Ted Williams card for $2.

And the back:

Leaving that table, we decided to do a quick tour of the rest of the show.

Again, I came across another vintage card that called to me.

I saw a $40 price sticker on this 1953 Bowman card, and decided to just buy and not think. I mean, at this point it was an expensive show already, so really, why worry about it?

Before buying, I took a look at the rest of the table and spotted a couple of Sportscaster cards that I could also bring to my Raiders fan friend. The seller threw them in for free with the Motley card.

There were no more purchases after that, except for my tasty Buffalo Wild Wings dinner, but I do have one last photo of cards to show.

The following Mets cards were also given to me by Greg, along with the two Browns cards that I accidentally mixed into the photos above.

Greg, thanks for the cards, for the great company, and for doing the driving between Watertown and Syracuse! I hope that we'll be able to do it again sometime soon.