Tuesday, April 02, 2024

My all-time Top 100 cheap azz keepers collection - 9-1

My Top 10 is where I show off my iconic Top 100 gems - it might be cliche to have these cards in such a collection, but it's all fun and games where I have ownership of some of quirky and odd classics.

There is a sense of accomplishment where I wrapped up something, but now I'm thinking about the next Top 100 - where I'm eager to consider the cards I have in-hand to see how each might fit in a Top 100, as well as keeping my eyes peeled for Top 100 fuel I might have not seen and/or considered before.

FWIW, maybe I'm missing a 1989 Billy Ripken FF error #616, where the copy I ended up picking up was entombed in a BGS slab - I would have added it if I had a raw copy, even if it's valued more than the $20 cap I had for any single card in this collection.

9. 1976 SSPC Oscar Gamble #526 - I did not anticipate having two Gamble cards in my Top 10 and could have added a third [2016 Topps Archives Snapshots #AS-OG] that I'll save for the 'next episode.'

8. 1982 Donruss Cal Ripken Jr. #405 - I remember coming into possession of this card under dubious means as a child once upon a time, oh so long ago.

I was bored waiting on my parents to negotiate a deal to buy carpeting for new house - I grab some tape from the dispenser handy and the first thing I do apply tape to one of the corners and cause permanent damage to one of the corners.

I probably ended up trading the card somewhere, foisting it upon someone else because I messed the card up - but I've always wanted my own copy of the card, even decades later.

7. 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle REPRINT #N/A - I grabbed this card for novelty, thinking it was cool looking and certainly no one would mistake it for the real thing or even a knockoff, since it's a regular sized card.

I think the card has a glossy surface, but there any obvious identifiers as to where this card came from - I like it because it features an iconic baseball card.

6. 1976 Topps Oscar Gamble #74T - the OG big hair, afro card of the 1970s.

5. 1996 Pinnacle Bob Hamelin #289 - infamous mug shot card

4. 1988 Fleer Tim Flannery #582 - the surfboard card

3. 2022 Topps Stadium Club Chrome Babe Ruth #3 - for my Top 100, I wanted cards with historicity behind it, but it's a no brainer to fit a newer card featuring Babe Ruth irritating teammate Lou Gehrig, presumably at some of kind of party.

2. 1984 Fleer Glenn Hubbard #182 - this ends up being my second copy of this card where Hubbard has a boa constrictor around his neck and the Philly Phanatic is lurking in the background.

1. 1989 ProCards Minor League Keith Comstock #14 - like the Billy Ripken FF error, this card has gained some notoriety, where it may now be valued more than the $20 cap I had for any single card in this collection.

However, it was languishing loose in my collection where I did not have a place for it - finally putting together a Top 100 allowed me to formally make the notorious card a centerpiece in what might be my island of misfit toys.


The Angels In Order said...

You can't go wrong with an Oscar Gamble card. Nice on the 100.

The Diamond King said...

The Hubbard and Comstock are great top 2 picks. I wish I had the Hubbard that I had as a child, but it's long gone. Never even seen the Comstock in person. I enjoyed this series!

Bo said...

This has been a fun series!

Fuji said...

So many cool cards in your Top 100 list. It was a lot of fun checking them out and even learning about a few of them.

Derek said...

Thanks, fun read! Reading this one on a topic my screen so almost missed why the #1 card was #1. Then it hit me

Jon said...

I thinks #'s 1 and 2 would be in a lot of other collector's top 10 as well. The Ruth/Gehrig is sneaky fun, although I'm the sort who would've preferred it not to be colorized.