Sunday, March 29, 2009

Baseball Card Variations Part 2

Here are some more variations from my collection.

From 1965, here is #79, the first series checklist card. #61 is listed as either "Cannizzaro" or "C. Cannizzaro".

From 1966, here is another checklist, #101, the second series checklist that has #115 as either Warren Spahn or Bill Henry.Also from 1966, here is card #103 of Dick Groat. The bottom card has the extra line at the bottom that Dick was traded to the Phillies on October 27, 1965.

Here are two from 1967. This is card #191, the third series checklist. Card #214 is listed as either Dick Kelly or Tom Kelly. You can also notice that the picture of Willie Mays has grown a neck on the second picture.Finally, from 1967 the rare proof card version of Roger Maris, #45, listed as a Yankee in the unissued version and the issued version that shows him as a Cardinal.

Only about 100 of the Yankee version found their way into the hobby. A closer look at the two cards reveals that Yankee Stadium, as seen on the left side on the first card seems to have disappeared on the second card!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Baseball Card Variations

I have always been fascinated with variations on baseball cards. It has carried over to my Matchbox car also but right now, we will concentrate on baseball cards.

Faithful readers will remember a few posts ago, I wrote about the 1951 Topps Baseball Card Set and there were two variations of two cards in the set. I'd like to show some more variations.

I also like proof baseball cards that are variations of the regular issue card. One main difference is that a proof card was never intended for sale while a variation card was sold in at least a small quantity. Proof cards will be a future topic here.

In 1959, there are 5 cards that come with or without a traded line. Here are the two variations of the card of #321, Bob Giallombardo. It may be a little hard to see but the bottom card has the line "Optioned to Montreal in March 1959" between the box at the top and the writeup.

In 1962, Topps reprinted the whole second series of cards because the first printing contained unnatural coloring. Some cards also had different poses. Here is the color variations in card #187, Gene Conley. The first card has a bright green background while the second is the natural background. Here are the pose variations of #176, Eddie Yost.

Here is the 7th series checklist from 1964, #517. The first card has incorrect numbering on the back, it starts at #565, goes to #587, then has #542 through #564. The second card has the correct numbering, #542 to #587.

Next post I'll continue with more variations from the 1960's baseball cards.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Matchbox Carrying Cases

Lesney Corporation had been making Matchbox cars since the early 1950's but did not make any carrying cases until 1966. Here are some cases from my collection.

Here is a 48 car case. It's made of vinyl and cardboard and has 4 plastic trays to hold the cars. This was issued in 1966 and the cover depicts the #41 Ford GT.

This case was issued in 1967. It is vinyl with cardboard trays that hold 18 vehicles. The cover has the #8 Mustang.

From 1966, here is a 40 car case. This one has two trays that hold 20 cars each. Again, made from vinyl and cardboard, one side features the #6 Quarry Truck and the other side has the #53 Mercedes.

As the years went by, Matchbox got a little more creative with their cases.

Here is a 36 car case that resembles a truck from 1976. This was a gift from my wife.

Finally, I think this one is from the late 1970's or early 1980's. It holds 48 cars in 4 plastic trays. It is shaped like a race car. These come in various colors. My wife spotted this one a t a local antique store.