Anonymous Collectibles NJ said...

“Let me see if I got this right. You buy low grade

beat up cards and feature them on your blog.

That’s awesome. Totally different than all the

other blogs I have seen featuring the nicest cards.”


1909 T206
Otto Knabe

So it's been way too long since I last posted a poor old baseball card. Don't worry, I've got plenty, I just needed a little break.

For those of you who are new to this blog, I started it nearly two years ago as a way to share my collection of, let's just say, non-mint baseball cards.

When I was a kid, I always wanted the vintage card of Mickey Mantle or Willie Mays or even Babe Ruth. But as you would imagine, those cards were not cheap.

So in order to afford my first T206 Ty Cobb, I had to buy the one with a pinhole near Cobb's forehead.

Today, those cards I was buying for $20 or $30 in the 1980s are worth a bit more.

To me, It was never about condition. It was more about having that little piece of history. Even today.

And so, the quest continues.

This Otto Knabe card is actually a recent purchase. While Knabe was never in the same class at Walter Johnson or Napoleon Lajoie, he is shown here on what I consider the greatest baseball card set ever made. Plus, it's 101 years old.

So check back regularly, I have many more cards to share.


Carl Crawford Cards said...

The name alone is awesome: Otto Knabe.

Steven Harris said...

I like older trading cards better no matter what the condition. They give a sense of that "Field of Dreams" vibe, when baseball and heroes meant so much more. I looked up a place that is a hidden treasure for collectors who appreciate vintage. It is a site called and they market on ebay, google, amazon, beckett, and their own store. Some of their product is new, but they have a huge collection of older vintage cards in all sports, and some not sports cards. Anyone who really loves this should check them out.

Unknown said...

I like it. Thanks for the info. I was searching to buy a Mickey Mantle 1954 Topps untill you just told me it didn't exist. NICE! And along the line of card condition.....Heres the deal: I have a super sick collection of cards from 1950-1970 all original collector (my dad got all these little dudes from packs) and I have all the big boys. A ton of the cards are in awsome shape but some aren't so good and I'm looking on ebay seeing cards not selling for what the Becket guide says unlkess they get a sick grade from those baboons at the grading firms. So my take is I'm keeping everything because #1 these card are AWSOME and I'de rather have them than half what their worth in cash and #2 their sweet and I love baseball cards and #3 I think some day people will realize you still got the same card no matter how its centered and if one corner his a microscopic dog tail. But hay, I love the fact that I can get sweet old Mickey Mantle Topps 1964 embossed for cheap just because they have a little bicycle spoke juice lathered on the back. Oh ya, and my dad stomped his name on the back of my Mickey Mantle 1953, think that helps? and mad other cards have my uncles initials smashed on the back, thanks dad! I LOVE BASEBALL CARDS! and comic books. But thats a whole nother post. Thanks friends - Paul

Anonymous said...

Is that Richie Cunningham??