Saturday, April 4, 2020

Cardboard History History of Cardboard: 1960-1969

The 60s, in my opinion, had the best music, especially from 1964-68. But the cards, especially in the non-sports realm, do not have the same vibrant variety as what had come before; to this date that still holds true. The NBA finally starts to get some cardboard respect, with annual sets debuting in 1969-70.

1960 Revell 50th Anniversary of Naval Flight

1961-62 Fleer

1962 Topps

1963 Topps Flag Midgees

1964-65 Kahn's

1965 Donruss Spec Sheet

1966 Topps Batman

1967 Philadelphia

1968 Topps Hot Rods

1969 Topps Man on the Moon
My 60s collection, for non-sports, is actually pretty slim. The years represented by sports cards here do not have a single non-sports card in my collection, with the exception of 1961. 1960 is also pretty slim- the Revell promo card is the only non-sports card issued in that year that's in my collection, although the year is represented in my NHL and MLB collections. The 1968 Topps Hot Rods set is actually a reissue of the 1966 set of the same name, which had slightly different back coloration. While the iconic 1969-70 Topps NBA set should probably have gotten the nod for 1969, the Man on the Moon set- humanity's greatest achievement- could not be ignored. Even though none of the cards in the set actually have any images from the Apollo 11 mission, mostly being a modified reissue of a 1963 set that is not yet in my collection. (Edit to the original post: The 1963 Astronauts set now IS in my collection, although not scanned yet)

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

A couple odds and ends

I'm not working on cards at the moment. After doing so every day for years, I got burned out in 2019, as I've discussed a lot. Well, I was starting to feel the same burnout setting in (probably made worse by everything going on) and I mentioned to my brother that I wanted to work on my comics, but couldn't get to them myself. The very next night he fixed it so I could get to them, and I've been working on my comic project since. This is a two-stage project, the goal is to scan the covers of every comic in my collection, which you can my see progress here, and also to read my entire collection. I have more than 500 comics I've never read, many of them given to me. I have been in the hobby since he read me my first comic at 5 days old, but I have not seen my collection since 2002. I was in the middle of sorting my collection when my dad went into the hospital...not knowing at the time that he wouldn't be coming they got put away, and have been untouched since then.

I've been wanting to do the scanning and reading project since at least 2015, and I'm now doing it, although I have not gotten to the books I have not read yet- they are deeper in. Most of what I've been scanning now are the Star Wars comics. But eventually I will get them all...and read them all as well!

There has been one added bonus I was hoping for but not expecting to be so good this early on. Card ads! There's lots of card ads in comics. Most of the ads I've already scanned came from comics, and in just 4 days I've already scanned 19 ads. They cover a wide range of topics...
 DC Movies...
 Star Wars
 Star Wars gaming
 A Simpsons gaming set that wasn't even listed on the Database...
and even NASCAR!

I've been posting the ads to the Trading Card Database's Ads section, except the Batman Forever Metal which somebody else had posted previously. They will appear in their respective topics' ad section on the Cardboard History later today or tomorrow.

I actually have a little-used comic blog which is probably going to get more attention for a while. If you like comics, you can click here and follow along: My Comic Book History


I am actually making fairly decent progress uploading people to the Cardboard History Gallery. As I'm scanning the comics, I'm uploading people. Most smaller players last about one cover scan. Of course you have the outliers- Vince Carter has more than 425 scans to upload- but even so I'm making more progress uploading people while scanning comics than I did scanning cards.

It's interesting, to me, that for the cards, it takes the most time to edit them, but for scanning comics, it's actually the scanning process itself that takes longest.

Granted, I'm still in the letter C as I type this, but each letter has hundreds of people. B had 377 people to upload. B is surprisingly the largest letter, but maybe it shouldn't be too much a surprise since it was the first letter to hit 1000 people scanned overall.


I realized that I never wrote a post for the last adventure my brother and I took before everything shut down. I will try and get to that at some point soon. It was 1 month ago today, March 1st.


I worked on models for the first time in 2020, and it was disastrous. I painted 3 bodies, two of which are unbuildable, and even more concerning is the smell of the paint gave me a bad headache, which is unusual, and I even had both windows open. That's something I need to keep an eye on. It was a pretty disheartening day overall and I went back to comics before the sun went down.


I feel kind of trapped by this whole coronavirus thing. I'm used to living like this, but it's taking a toll on me mentally anyway. I think it's because, even though yeah I can't really do a whole lot of stuff, I at least had things to look forward to before. Now I don't. Car shows as late as September are already cancelled. I don't know how long this is going to last, but I hope it's not too long. Famous people are starting to die from it, maybe that will make people take it more seriously. And yes, I know that it seems trivial to complain about car shows being cancelled when people are dying, but for me, it's the main reason for living. Ironically, I've noticed that I'm losing weight due to this. I have basically stopped eating fried foods, which was, honestly, my favorites. And I've noticed that I have to pull my pants up more often.

It's funny...not "hah hah" funny, but "peculiar" funny...none of the stuff I'm doing has a time stamp on it...nothing needs to be done at any specific time...yet I still feel like I'm trailing so far behind, like I'll never catch up. For instance, I have magazines in my "waiting to be read" stack still in their factory seal from 2017. I know I've got a box in my storage unit labeled "To be Read 2007" waiting for me.


This card was recently brought to my attention. Pretty cool that somebody who looks like he could be a grandfather could still be playing. That makes me wonder, was he the oldest player in baseball?Vince Carter, he's the oldest player in the NBA, and he set the record this season for longest career in history...22 years. What gets me is that I remember when he was drafted...

Either'd have a long way to go before he catches the longest sports career ever though, and that belongs to Hershel McGriff, who competed from 1950 to 2018! Although he did retire a couple times, he found it boring and came out of retirement at age 81. His last race was at 90 years old.
This photo of him dates to 1974, although the card is from 1991. He actually drove from his home in Oregon all the way to Darlington, South Carolina, in 1950, ran the race, then drove the race car back home! Things were very different in those days.

Panini actually got Hershel to sign cards for them in 2018. I really want to find one of them. He is one of only two drivers who were in the first Southern 500 (the first 500 mile race in NASCAR history) to have a certified autograph issue, the other being Cotton Owens. (Technically, Lee Petty has one as well, but it's a cut auto SN to 5 copies and also features Richard. I'll likely never even see one, and he didn't sign an actual card. But it is out there.). I believe Hershel may be the last driver living from that legendary race, but some of the drivers are not well known and their whereabouts and status are unknown.


I appreciate the fact that you all respected my wishes and have not sent me cards during this time. With my health problems I don't want to, no, I can't take any risks. Having two of the major risk factors for this virus makes me skittish. And even though you may have taken precautions, who knows who's been caughing on the mail along the way? I never though I'd ever post a thank you for NOT sending me cards, but this is a crazy time we're living in.

Monday, March 30, 2020

I actually bought a football card

It is not something I do very often...I've bought a grand total of three football cards and one of them was from an insert set that had cars in it, so it wasn't even a football football card. But this one was...
When I saw this in a local dealer's box, I laughed out loud and had to have it. It's from the 1999 MVP Draw Your Own Trading Card Winners set, and I guess you might be able to say it is also a car card...but not really.

I actually got it a couple of years ago and had forgotten I had scanned it. When I was uploading the football cards by season to the Cardboard History Gallery I saw it in there and finally wrote up the post. Even though I don't actively collect football I will take people's castoffs and rejects and I have accumulated over 2000 of them that way.

This is my 800th published post on Cardboard History. Holy mackerel, that's a lot. Not stopping any time soon, either....

Thursday, March 26, 2020


I just heard that Curly Neal has died at age 77. Man, that stinks. Curly is a legend, and also the only professional basketball player I've ever met. Star of the Harlem Globetrotters, he would also be known to people outside basketball for being part of the cartoon shows featuring them, including several guest appearances/team ups with Scooby Doo.

 In 1991, Curly and another Globetrotter came to James S. Evans Elementary, where I was a 1st grade student, and gave our school a display. I remember it, but I have no photos, unfortunately. I am 99% sure I did get a photo with him, but it's lost to storage unit/history. I remember he was just as cool in real life as he seemed on TV.

These are the only three cards of Curly Neal in my collection. All come from the 1971 Fleer Harlem Globetrotters set.

Rest in Peace Curly Neal.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Cardboard History History of Cardboard: 1950-1959

The 1950s is when Topps really began to take over the card market, and in fact even other brands, absorbing Bowman during the decade. Topps non-sports efforts would be at their peak in the 1950s, although their sports dominance was yet to come, but they did make inroads with some tentative basketball and hockey sets, and the football set starting in 1956 which joined the baseball set that launched in 1951, and is still published today. The Topps baseball set is the longest running continually produced brand in cardboard history. The 1950s are also my favorite decade in automotive design, and, probably not coincidentally, also the decade that saw the best automotive coverage on cards, as well.

1950 Topps Frank Buck Bring 'em Back Alive

1951 Topps Animals of the World

1952 Topps Wings

1953-54 Topps World on Wheels

1954 Topps Scoop

1955 Topps Rails & Sails

1956 Parkhurst Sports Cars

1957 Topps Planes

1958 Topps

1959-60 Topps
With my top three favorite Non-Sports sets ever all being produced between 1952-54, I actually have a much better representation of the early 50s than I do the 1960s and 70s. In fact, once you get to 1958 and 1959, the pickings are very slim, as I own exactly two cards from 1958, but wanted more variety than another airplane card, as I do want this to be representative of the hobby as a whole. Topps started the decade doing mostly historical content, but then turned sharply to make really juvenile stuff that just holds no interest for me, and will make the 1960s a challenge to find non-sports cards for. The 1950 and 51 sets actually share card numbering, and no one that I know of knows why that was done, since they are totally separate sets. I'm actually fairly near completing the 1952 Wings set, but the 1953-54 World on Wheels set- which I would now rank 2nd, rather than 3rd if I did the linked countdown today, has a very, very scarce high number series 2 from 1954 that I've never even seen in person, let alone seen and couldn't afford. Starting in the next decade, 2 of my three sports begin to get yearly coverage, though technically Hockey got cards every year from the mid-50s on, many of the early sets are not yet represented in my collection.

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Unsuccessfull prospects + Black Friday = cheap patches

 I'm an opportunist when it comes to my collection. I collect pretty much everything, and everyone, for my sports. I like to sort on COMC by sport then cheapest, sometimes checking the boxes for game used or autographed and picking off whatever looks nice to me.
 Although I rarely get to see minor league hockey on TV, I enjoy getting cards of them because I can see some unusual (and usually fun) team logos, color combinations, etc.
 Even if I've never heard of the player before, that does not stop me from buying their cards.
 Even if I have heard of them- only Rychel and Shinkaruk were known to me before I got the cards- it gives me an opportunity to learn more about my new sport.
and I really like the opportunity to add cheap patches (or just really large swatches, as in the case of Nantel) for cheap. How cheap, you may wonder? Only the Nantel cost more than 80 cents. And he cost me $1.25, probably because he's SN to 25 copies. Nantel is the only card new enough that he might still make it in the NHL- it's from 2015-16. All the rest are probably not going to make it in the NHL- in fact, the day before I wrote this post, I read an article on ProHockeyRumors that Shinkaruk had signed in the KHL.

Can't beat that, and I added some nice and rare pieces to my collection without feeling guilty about spending too much money. And every single one of them was my first card of the player.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

NBA Milestone hit

I hit an NBA milestone this week...sort of. I discovered it this week, but I don't know when I hit it actually.

Kevin Durant became the first player from my "missing years" to reach 100 cards scanned in my collection!
Although when I screencapped this I had them sorted alphabetically, he actually ranks tied for 157th overall with Jamal Crawford.

I now consider the break I took from the NBA from mid-2006-07 through the 2010-11 playoffs one of the biggest mistakes of my life. Since I've come back to the sport, though, the card landscape has changed dramatically. Instead of three companies producing cards, there is now only one. And they don't produce that many cards. Couple that with my lower degree of money spent on the hobby, and the fact that I'm splitting what I do have to spend even farther, now that I'm collecting the NHL and non-sports as well, something I was not doing in 2006, it means the cards aren't adding up as quickly as they did in the past.

So, it's taken a while for any of the people who entered the league in my lost years to reach 100 cards. I don't know when I got my first Kevin Durant card- I know it's his base card from either 2012-13 Hoops or 2012-13 Prestige, but I can't remember which one anymore- I could determine it if I pulled out my paper listing- but, finally, he's gotten there...and even gone a little past that, with 103 cards scanned.

Note I say scanned, and not in my collection...that's because I only enter the cards into the chart after they have been scanned. There's a pretty good chance I have more waiting to be scanned, since from 2012-2017 I put aside any that were already posted to the Database, and worked on only what needed scans. I finished that in 2017 and am now scanning all the cards I set aside.

The next closest person is actually Kevin Love, currently with 83 cards scanned, placing him tied for 208th with Brian Shaw and Eric Williams. I've stepped up my adding of cards of him ever since I found out we are very distantly related. I thought it would be Steph Curry, but he only has 78 cards scanned. Blake Griffin has one more card scanned then Steph (being the Panini spokesman pays dividends, I suppose!) and the fifth highest person who entered the league during my lost years is Russell Westbrook, with 68 cards scanned.

That's about what I expected, other than Griffin. I expected Westbrook to not be too far behind Steph, and I was correct.

Derrick Rose, James Harden, DeAndre Jordan, Mike Conley, John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Jeremy Lin and Rudy Gay have all cleared the 50 card barrier. All of whom came into the league in my lost years.

Anthony Davis is the highest ranked person from my 2nd NBA period (2012-13 to present) with 62 cards scanned.  Damian Lillard at 56 is the only other person from that time to clear 50.

In case you are interested...or in case I want to know at some point in the future...this is the 100th card I typed into the chart.
2018-19 Hoops #5.