Saturday, January 9, 2021

Welcome to the Bo-Show!

Not Jackson. The other Bo. The one that matters.

Most of you are aware that Bo Rozny won the Cracked Bat Ballot Box contest in November. He racked up a lot of extra votes with his mail-in bribes ballots. Who says you can't vote more than once? Not a single fraudulent mail-in ballot was received at Cracked headquarters.

October brought in the PWEs like fall puts leaves on your lawn. Every couple of days I'd find Bo's return address on my mail. There were cards featuring PC boys:


Set help for 2002 UD World Series Heroes:


I left the hobby in 2002 so missed out on these beauties. I'd like to have the first 90 cards from the set and still need 60. Hint Hint.  I love the red, white and blue design and pinstriped background.  These will look nice in my RW&B collection. Bo loves his Yankees as you may have noticed 3 of the 4 cards are Bronx Bombers. 

1999 Fleer Tradition:


There's an obvious bat-theme here. I'll be adding more cards from this set to my wantlist. Fleer made great photography choices in 98 and 99.  I'd buy a box now if 'bricking' weren't a concern. Have any of you opened product from 98 or 99 without this issue? Early to mid-90s are a no-bust for me.

Staying with the bat-theme, here's an excellent lot of 70s vintage. A couple were doctored up by a previous owner but we can overlook that. 1971 Clendenon features only one bat but catches him seemingly unaware of the camera. I like shots like this. 



A slew of Tiger vintage featuring greats like Lolich, McLain and Cash:





Bo remembered my love for 70s baseball and catchers with more 73s:


I'd love to one day complete a set from the early 70s. I love 72 and 75 the most but know they can be buggers to finish. While it holds many great cards like those shown above, the 1970 design bores me a little, and 71 is gorgeous but has those tough black borders. 1973 has a classy design with so many wonderful photo choices. I toy with the idea. Bo's already made a dent in it for me! I already own nice copies of Aaron and Clemente.  The Schmidt rookie will be the big one as well as a mint copy of card number one featuring Ruth, Aaron and Mays. How hard is a 73 build? Do tell.

I'm gonna miss election season. We may have to do this again in four years' time! 

17 comments:

  1. 73' isn't too hard. You got the big one right though.

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  2. Glad you like them! '73 is probably my favorite 70s, set, so much fun and interesting photography. It's the last high-number set and the high-numbers are not that difficult. Like Johnny said the Schmidt card is really the toughie, and if condition matters it will increase the difficulty.

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    1. Yeah, I think condition will matter since this will be the only 70s set I'd consider attempting. I don't think anything that would grade less than a "7" would work for me but not opposed to upgrading cards once the set was completed.

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  3. '73 isn't hard compared with the other early '70s sets. The issues are the previously mentioned cards and that rascally high number checklist that people are hoarding.

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    1. argh..those checklists! yep, I forgot about them since they've never been uber important to me.

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  4. That was a fun idea. Hope to see you do it again and yours didn't end with controversy!

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    1. We'll steer clear of any balloting issues at the Cracked house. {8^P)

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  5. That first photo...I miss Fleer Ultra!

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    1. why has no one brought us Fleer/Ultra? WHY? I'd love to see it.

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  6. Wow, Bo sent you some great stuff! And I agree with you on the '73 set. Classic design, and so many great action shots. Let us know if you end up going for it.

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    1. Oh, I will be sure to announce my intentions for 73 as soon as my Magic 8 ball says 'it is certain.'

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  7. Great bat collection. And I totally agree... the photography in the 1973 Topps set is awesome. I have the entire run of 1972 to 1987 Topps sets with the exception of 1973. I'm just bummed that they're a little too pricey these days.

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    1. I figured I'd wait til vintage prices began another climb before trying a vintage set assembly. Seems like now is the time!

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  8. The way that Hint Hint is highlighted, one gets the impression that you're wanting people to click on it, hmm...

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    1. ooooo, click bait. just one little clicky. go ahead.

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  9. I guess you could do it again in 2 years for the mid-term elections. Encourage voting during the off-season!

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