Personal Collection

Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers
I am trying to obtain as many different Dodgers franchise cards as I can. There are currently about 117,000 unique cards for the Los Angeles and Brooklyn Dodgers and the names used prior to Dodgers, the Brooklyn Grooms, Brooklyn Superbas and Brooklyn Robins.

Currently building team sets from 1948-1959 Topps and Bowman.

I am also seeking One Million Dodgers cards. Any card, any year, any condition. Have other teams available for bulk trades.

Super collecting Carl Erskine and Orel Hershiser.

Hall of Fame 
I collect cards of Hall of Fame inductees. I collect their main cards from the main sets from the years they played. Not interested in a lot of 80s/90s junk in this collection but will include some base.

Those inducted as Managers will have only their Manager cards included.

Indianapolis Indians
Collecting all cards of Indianapolis Indians players.

Also collecting other Indiana teams. Indianapolis Clowns, Indianapolis Hoosiers, etc.

Pre-War and other Vintage 
Collecting anything pre-1980. Currently buying T206 and Colgan’s Chips cards of Indianapolis Indians and looking for Brooklyn Superbas era cards.

I am starting to collect Exhibit Baseball post cards.

Complete Sets 
Currently building:
1951 Topps Red and Blue Backs
1955 Bowman
1968 Topps Game
1972 Topps
1976 Topps
2018 Topps Series 1
2018 Gypsy Queen
2018 Opening Day
2018 Bowman
2018 Bowman Prospects
2018 Bowman Chrome Prospects

Complete
1990 Bowman
1990 Fleer
1991 Donruss
2018 Donruss with SP Variations

Autographs
I collect through the mail, in person and occasionally pull an auto from a pack.

Game Used and Serial Numbered 
I don’t seek out game used or serial numbered cards, but when they come into my possession I generally hold onto them.

Other 
Odd ball cards, particularly those associated with food products or various non-baseball related name brands.

Collecting Scott Earl cards. He has a 1985 Donruss card #491 and several minor league cards. Scott is from my hometown and is a family friend.

I also like to collect historic artifacts, autographs and photos that have nothing to do with sports. I have a Schuyler Colfax signature among that colletion. Colfax was the 25th Speaker of the House of Representatives and Vice President of the United States under President Ulysses S. Grant.

TTM Autographs

In the 1980s I collected autographs through the mail (TTM). Lost most of them in a flood in 2008. Recently began collecting again. This is a list of the TTM Autos I receive.

  1. Carl Erskine on 1991 Topps Archives 1953 #308 Received 5/17/2018
  2. Carl Erskine on 1987 Hygrade All Time Greats #NNO Received 5/17/2018
  3. Carl Erskine on back of envelope with personal message. Received 5/17/2018
  4. Pat Neshek on 2018 Topps Heritage #200. Received 5/26/2018
  5. Blake Snell on 2017 Topps Heritage #601. Received 5/26/2018

Autograph Collection

I collected autographs as a kid. I loved meeting the players if only for a few seconds while they signed. I also requested autographs through the mail in the mid-1980’s. Spent a day at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, FL in the early 80’s and got several autographs including Sandy Koufax.

I have very few autographs left from childhood. None of them are worth anything, but I don’t collect them to make money. I collect them to collect them.

I only collect through the mail or in person of modern players. I will buy autos of retired and deceased players. I am not interested in the modern fad of finding “certified” autos in packs of cards. The only exception to this is Dodgers autos towards the goal of having one copy of every Dodgers card.

  1. Joe DiMaggio on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. Carl Erskine on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. Hank Aaron on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  4. Tony Oliva on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  5. Whitey Ford on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  6. Minnie Minosa on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  7. Jim Piersall on a sheet of paper. In person. 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  8. Enos Slaughter on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  9. Bill “Moose” Skowron on a sheet of paper. In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  10. Enos Slaughter on a baseball, In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  11. Bill “Moose” Skowron on a baseball, In person, 1984, Indianapolis, IN.
  12. Carl Erskine on a baseball. In person, 1984, Anderson, IN.
  13. Scott Earl on a baseball. In person, 1985, North Vernon, IN.
  14. Carl Erskine on 1987 HyGrade #NNO. Through the mail, 2018.
  15. Carl Erskine on 1991 1953 Topps Archives #308. Through the mail, 2018.
  16. Carl Erskine, with personal note on back of envelope. Through the mail, 2018.
  17. Cliff Darringer (Early 20th Century player) on cancelled check from 1969. .Obtained 2018.
  18. Pat Neshek on 2018 Topps Heritage #200. Obtained through the mail.
  19. Joel Guzman (Dodgers) on 2004 Bowman #BDP139 SN 34/53.
  20. Blake Snell on 2017 Topps Heritage #601. Obtained through the mail.
  21. Eric Karros (Dodgers) on 1993 Stadium Club #8. Purchased on ebay, 2018.
  22. Shea Spitzbarth (Dodgers) on 2018 Bowman Certified Auto #PA-SS
  23. Alex Verdugo (Dodgers) on 2018 Gypsy Queen Certified Auto #GQA-AV
  24. Andrew Toles (Dodgers) on 2018 Gypsy Queen Certified Auto #GQA-AT
  25. Andrew Toles (Dodgers) on 2018 Gypsy Queen Indigo Certified Auto #GQA-AT
  26. Doug Rau on 1977 Topps #421 Obtained through the mail.
  27. Doug Rau on 1978 Topps #641 Obtained through the mail.
  28. Doug Rau on 1980 Topps #527 Obtained through the mail.
  29. Doug Rau on 1978 Dodgers ticket stub from game he pitched and won.
  30. Pat Neshek on 2018 Topps Heritage #200. Obtained through the mail.
  31. Pat Neshek on 2014 Topps Update #US192. Obtained through the mail.

The following are on the sheet of paper mentioned above. I obtained these signatures outside the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis in 1984 after an All Time All Star game held there.
Joe DiMaggio
Carl Erskine
Hank Aaron
Tony Oliva
Whitey Ford
Minnie Minoso
Jim Piersall
Bill “Moose” Skowron
Enos Slaughter

 

Joe DiMaggio’s Uniform

Summer of 1984 I was 15. My step-father and I attended an All Time All Star Game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.

After the game we waited outside to see if I could get some autographs. We weren’t waiting long when the door opened and out walked Joe DiMaggio. I had a four inch binder full of baseball cards and the photocopied flyer for a baseball card show. I used the binder as a hard surface for him to write on. I asked DiMaggio if I could have his autograph and handed him the binder. As he took the binder he handed me his uniform to hold while he signed. He commented how heavy the binder was. He talked with us for a couple minutes and then went on. I still can’t believe I was holding Joltin’ Joe’s pinstripes.

Before the night was over I had added Hank Aaron, Whitey Ford, Jim Piersall, Enos Slaughter, Moose Skowron, Tony Oliva, Carl Erskine and Minnie Minoso.

I’ve pulled a few autos this year, including a really nice Rafael Devers that books at about $80-$100 on Beckett but this worthless collection of signatures is priceless.

This piece was damaged in a flood in 2008. The mud stains are from that flood.

 

Thanks to Nick Diunte for confirming the Aaron and Minoso autographs.