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Old 02-01-2009, 01:20 AM
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Posted By: Phil

Hello all,

I am relatively new to the vintage card world, and I am trying to identify a medium priced set to begin collecting. Right now, I don't have the financial means to undertake collecting the full T206 set (although I have considered collecting subsets), but I need help identifying a set meeting the following criteria: 1) of moderate price 2)could appreciate in value over time 3)contains some HOFers/notable players, and most importantly 4) would be a good introduction to the world of pre-war baseball cards. Also, I am looking for a set that would be possible to finish, unlike the daunting task that would be faced with trying to collect a full set of T206.

Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks to all for making this one of my favorite sites to visit on the net.

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Old 02-01-2009, 01:48 AM
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Posted By: Bobby Binder

You may want to start with one of the smaller sets like E93, E94 or E98 they all have 30 cards to complete. They are very doable in completing and you see them sell on ebay fairly frequently. They all have some HOF's and of course you will be spending some larger dollars on the Cobb, Wagner and Matty. A little more challenging would be the E90-1 set that has 120 cards and some harder to get non HOF's.

Good luck in your new hobby and just be smart and deal with reputable dealers. Being new and not knowing what is happening can sometimes get you burned. But you have found the right place to get any help you could possible need in your endeavor.

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Posted By: quan

medium priced, good representation of prewar cards, notable hofs...1915 cracker jack. from memory set has about 176 cards so it's not monster-sized but still not too easy. good mix of hofs from wagner, cobb, to bresnahan/maranville...with a joe jackson mixed in. no real toughie, the most expensive card will be jax...and u can find a lowgrade/altered for around 3.5k. a VG set (with the most expensive cards in P/F) will take about 5-6 years if you do piece by piece on a librarian's salary. i can't guarantee it'll appreciate in value but the set is a classic.

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Posted By: dennis

most collectors are not very well focused to just one set. so why collect just one set? collect pre war era players from different sets. buy portraits or poses you like. in so far as an investment,no one can really say,so just collect what you like and not worry about $$$.

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Posted By: Matt

The T201 or T205 base set are other options that would get you a foothold in pre-war. The sets are a little larger then the E sets mentioned above by Bobby, but you won't have to shell out $1k+ for any of the cards and they are more commonly found.







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Posted By: Jeff Mohler

Assuming Pre war means pre WWII, I would recommend the National Chicle fine pen (R313) and Goudey wide pen sets (R314). The base sets are readily available on Ebay and pretty darn cheap. For the more advanced collector there are variations, such as the Gold Medal Flour which are tougher to find. Tim Newcomb wrote an excellent two part article on the sets two or three years ago or so in Old Cardboard.

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Posted By: Dan Lundrigan

How about Exhibits from the 1920`s or the 4 on 1`s?Check the old cardboard site for a checklist and a card gallery.Trying to figure out Exhibits by year can be difficult.Or as a subset just the HOF`s from a certain year.

Zeenuts could be another good choice as well.

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Posted By: Erick Lewin

If you wanted to go down the 1930's period; I would suggest the Diamond Stars set. Affordable and very colorful cards with a little over 100 in the total set. Set can even be done cheaper if you chose not to collect the several tough SP's in the back of the set, which are players who are already in the set. The set is loaded with HOFers of the era, but missing Ruth and Gehrig. That can be good in a way because you won't have to pay an extra thousand or so for a Ruth and Gehrig though.

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Posted By: Tim

I started my vintage collection trying to complete several sets, but realized I would lose interest when I would have to pay good money for a player or card I didn't really care for. I found that my true collecting passion is Boston National players. So now I buy just cards of players and poses that I like. Working on subsets of some issues of just Boston National players gives me the sense of accomplishment that comes with set building without buyijng cards I don't really want to spend the money on.

Find what you like whether it's a particular set, HOF'ers, a team, etc. Everyone collects for a different reason, in a different way, and on different budgets, the key is finding what you enjoy.

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Fan Craze.

Tons of HOFer's, great looking photo portraits, under-priced, possible to complete.


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