Card Show Pickup #6: 1954 Braves t.co/NX2SoyG0F…

Card Show Pickup #6: 1954 Braves

Roger, the guy who was running the show, threw in the Bob Buhl card you see below for free. I love the card and I have no intention of replacing it. (When I say I like "well used" vintage cards, I'm not kidding.) The Calderone has great ragged edges and some nice surface wear. Even better is the small inset picture of Calderone in his catching gear where he look a bit like a midget, or little person, or whatever. It's just a great card of a guy who looks like everyone's italian neighbor on an old sitcom. Buhl just looks serious, which isn't his reputation. No one who ran with Warren Spahn and Lew Burdette could be considered serious.

The best Topps set of all time is either the 1953 set or the 1954 set. Looking at these, I'm leaning towards the 1954 set. I love this set and if I ever try to build a full set from the 50s, this will be the one. Even without the full set, the one baseball card I covet more than any other comes from this set. That's is, of course, the Hank Aaron rookie. I will own the card someday. It will be in lousy shape. I'll love it anyway. I just wish that day would get here.

Redemption Hell t.co/U0iVx5dMr…

Redemption Hell

There's been a lot of teeth gnashing and whining on Twitter about Topps and their redemptions lately. Here's my Topps redemption history ... without comment.

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Card Show Pickup #5: 1953 Braves t.co/pxAIRYnVp…

Card Show Pickup #5: 1953 Braves

This is, arguably, the greatest baseball set ever made. Yet, it's only the second card I've ever acquired from the set. How can that be possible? Well, for the most part, I don't go to shows anymore. The fact that there aren't very many good ones in the Atlanta area anymore is a big part of it. Well, I assume there aren't very many good ones. There's three multi-dealer hotel shows every month. I have no idea whether they are any good or not, but I've heard they don't have vintage bargain boxes, which is sort of the whole point of having a show.

One show I would love to attend, just once, is the National. One year, I'd like to save up a few thousand dollars, go to the National, and blow it all on great vintage cards. While I'm dreaming, I'd also like a pony.

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For all the whining and moralizing from the press, remember one thing … most fans like a good brawl.

While everyone is talking about Topps redemptions, here’s my outstanding list. Yes, TWO from 2011. t.co/kVgrwAh5y…

Ooh. @cardjunk picked up a 1955 Bowman Hank Aaron and the same show I got my 56 Topps Aaron. I’m jealous! t.co/XImOxmYkL…

Card Show Pickup #4: 1952 Braves t.co/vw18Uzlqw…

Card Show Pickup #3: 1977 Topps t.co/zbCIIZlVD…

Card Show Pickup #3: 1977 Topps

Like the 1973 set, I will be completing this set during 2013. I think and I hope. This is eight hall of fame cards and a Jack Clark rookie. Again, it was a prety good haul of some of the better cards I'm missing. (Although, I was assisted a bit by the fact that Roger from Sports Memories doesn't carry a lot of commons on the road with him.)

Card Show Pickup #2: 1973 Topps t.co/dtdUn7fWO…

Card Show Pickup #2: 1973 Topps

I am going to complete my 1973 Topps set this year. I already have the Schmidt rookie, which I got last year for a lot less money than I would have thought it would take me. Still, I'm way short on the final series. A few weeks ago, I picked up a huge stack while I was out antiquing with my Father-in-Law. I just wanted to pick up a few of the better players while I was at the card show.

Ruth? Cobb? Mays? Clemente? Mission accomplished.

The Braves of 2013 Topps Archives t.co/QH2HTpaIl…

The Braves of 2013 Topps Archives

  • This is seemingly a set designed for someone like me. I love to see current players on older cards. I won't be collecting the set however. I have my Braves. I'll pick up the Heyward insert. I'll grab the Evans auto. Combine those with my team set, and I'm done. (I did open two rack packs and I pulled a Don Baylor auto which is kind of cool.) 
  • I have no idea who at Topps is responsible for picking the Braves checklist, but they blew it. I get that you only have so many cards to give to the Braves, but surely Justin Upton should have been in the set. (And, this is another Topps set this year without an Andrelton Simmons or Evan Gattis card.) 
  • I have no issues with the four sets that Topps used for their designs this year. I know I'm in the minority, but I love the look of 1990 Topps.  1985 Topps has always been one of my favorite sets, and I will always have a soft spot in my heart for the hockey stick set of 1982. The other design Topps used in the Archives base set is the 1972 Topps design, but there are no Braves on the 72 design. For shame Topps, for shame.
  • For the most part, I like the autograph lineup in Archives. The team favorites autos are among my favorites. Considering recent events, Topps probably could have chosen a better Braves player than Otis Nixon though. Last year, we got Ron Gant, Sid Bream and Terry Pendleton. That seems better than Otis and Darrell Evans. (I'm not complaining too much. I've been a fan of Evans forever.)
  • Last year, I though I wanted to build this set. I stopped at a card shop nearby to buy two hobby boxes. The owner opened a new case and told me I could pick the two boxes I wanted. I just grabbed the two boxes on top. Each box had EXACTLY the same base cards. The hits, inserts and SPs were different, but I was so far form the proper base set, I gave up before I got started. 
  • I have complaints about the Braves in this set, but at least they tend to get respect. [The Astros situation with Topps is pathetic on Topps part, and their response to Sam's tweet is horrendous.](http://www.thedailydimwit.com/2013/06/mail-call-ebay-and-group-break-loot.html) It basically sums up Topps attitude towards a certain group of collectors. 

Wow Chip. You thought that ball was gone, and in Atlanta, that’s an infield fly.

Well, if that’s how Joe Simpson feels …

Well well well. Mr. Uggla.

Card Show Pickup #1: 1956 Topps Hank Aaron t.co/LmRkZH3wy…