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Old 02-11-2018, 12:07 PM
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great job...like any collector though cant figure out your thoughts
i get that maybe cards that werent available to public u dont count
but
53 and 55 stahl meyer count but 54 doesnt?
1 pittsburgh exhibit counts but not the other?
meadowgold milk? not rare at all?
star cal decal...certainly not rare?
rawling glove box card not rare?

to each their own as they say
Hi Larry,

I am not sure I understand the criticism. To the extent anyone cares though, here is the mental gymnastics I went through to get to a place where I felt that my collection was complete:
1. Test issues/Likely test issues: Even the most dedicated collector in the 50s and 60s likely wouldn't have gotten a Dice Game, any of the Topps Plaks or Punchouts, a Mascot Dog Food, or a Yoo Hoo card (I don't think this was officially distributed), so, given that I have a limit budget, I'm okay not getting these.
2. Non-cards: There are a ton of non-card items out there. There are those everyone would agree don't constitute cards (Star Cal; Tip Top Breas; Misssion Soda; assorted premium photos) and those that are debatable (Rawlings Glovr Box; Meadowgold). The collection would be never ending if I went after all of these, and the goals was to someday complete it. So, I picked up as many as I could afford/find along the way.
3. Variations/near duplicates: I wanted to make sure I had a fair representation of everything in my collection, but I didn't need to spend a fortune to get near duplicates: the minor 52 Topps variation (I had both but parted with one to pay for a down payment on my house); the 59 Venezuela variation; the 54 Stahl Meyer, which is indistinguishable from the front from the 55 Stahl Meyer; the difference back variations for the Exhibits; and the Pittsburgh Exhibit number variations. At the time I was going after the Pittsburgh Exhibits, the version I had at the time was a 1/1, but I traded it to a friend for a different so he could complete his set.
4. Briggs, American Oil Portrait, etc.: I have no justification apart from the price tag and the availability.

I wish I could go after everything ever made but finances are what they are. I started collecting with that goal of getting everything imaginable but life changes. This past year, I had my first kid, switched jobs (approximately a six figure paycut) so that I could be home and be a better father, and bought a house. Now, money just isn't there. So, I decided what I really wanted, wrote out a list, and got them. I've got everything I need now to feel like my collection is complete, so it is to me. Sure, there are what others would consider holes, but there are many ways to build a collection and to approach it.

Good luck in finding the remaining items you need. I am always on the lookout for the Armour coins you still need and hope to one day help you check those off your list.

Chris
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:35 PM
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not a criticism
great collection and accomplishment
just curious how 54 stahle is not collectible but 53 and 55 are
seems wierd
thats all
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Old 02-11-2018, 12:52 PM
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WOW!!!! Congratulations on a wonderful collection.. I for one am greatly impressed by your discipline you made a list and stuck too it. Hope you enjoy it for many years.
Jonathan
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Old 02-11-2018, 03:19 PM
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Larry-- I thought weird was a common trait amongst us all here.

Having a set, rationale and reachable collecting goal seems rationale to me. Wish I had done that
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Old 02-11-2018, 04:40 PM
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Nah....open ended
You and bob and the rest need to get your need lists out
I assume you got your REA emails
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Old 02-11-2018, 06:30 PM
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Congratulations, my friend. That matchbook is a beauty. During the summer of '62, my Mom & Dad took the whole family out west for a long vacation. I remember we stopped and stayed at the Mickey Mantle Holiday Inn! I was just 8, but excited to be at this hotel. So long ago, but I remember it fondly. Very happy for you, Chris.

Also, I am pleased for you in that whenever anyone hears you collect Mickey Mantle cards and items issued during his playing career, and if they have any sincere interest in them, will ask you, "So tell me, Chris, how many different items of Mickey Mantle do you own?"

I would love to see the changing of their expressions when you deadpan, "425". Whoa-hoooooooooo Nellie! That's a lot of Mantles!

A pay cut of !00K??????????????????????????????????????? Staggering.

To be a better Dad, and husband I'm sure-------PRICELESS!

God bless you. Thanks for sharing your joy with us, bro.

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Old 02-12-2018, 01:08 PM
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Congratulations Chris!! Quite an impressive gathering of Mantle items. As any collector knows, you can collect a formulaic list prepared by someone else or you can go your own road. Kudos for collecting what makes YOU happy. As a Mantle collector myself, I refuse to go after the '65 Bancroft Tiddlers abomination of a "Mantle" card. Hence, my collection will never be "complete." Keeping it weird in Austin.

PS Thanks for helping me along with my collection.
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Old 02-12-2018, 06:15 PM
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Thank you all. It's been so great getting to know so many good people through the hobby. Brian, I have somewhere around 50+ duplicates as well. So, one day, when I get a firm count on them, I'm likely going to pick up around 25 of his cheaper cards to make it an even 500 (I'm assuming I can still get those ugly checklists for $3.00 a pop). Maybe a couple of checklists.

Mike, I'm happy to help. I'll let you know when I see a nice Bancroft Tiddler for you! I'll shoot you a email later about the Life Magazine as it just arrived.

As for modern, the companies have made it really difficult to be a collector these days. Mantle had a ton produced during his career, but the modern stuff far outweighs it. There are some 52 Topps style cards I may get at some point though just because of the aesthetics. But, I don't plan to put anything really serious into it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 07:08 PM
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Looks like the next Mascot Dog 20k+ card to me

Can anyone identify this (I can't):
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Could it be from something like this?
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Sports-Illu...AAAOSwsABaf1QA

Jonesy
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Old 02-18-2018, 06:54 PM
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As a Mantle collector myself, I refuse to go after the '65 Bancroft Tiddlers abomination of a "Mantle" card. Hence, my collection will never be "complete." Keeping it weird in Austin.
Yeah, never knew he played for the Cardinals... ;-)
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