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.”


1952 Topps
Ray Boone

Yesterday was the three-year anniversary of my first post here at Poor Old Baseball Cards.

It's been three years since I decided to begin posting baseball cards from my little corner of the collecting world.

Before that first post, I remember asking myself if anyone out there would be interested in seeing my beat-up old cards. And sometime I still wonder. I've gotten a few of e-mails from some of you out there who who share my passion for these old pieces of cardboard. And for those I am grateful.

Sometimes it's hard to get to the computer and add a new entry. Especially when your posts seem to fall on blind eyes and you continue to ask: "Is anyone out there reading this thing?"

But sure enough, someone will give you a hint and tell you it's time for a new entry. 

Some of you out there also have blogs. And I don't need to tell you that it can be frustrating when no one comments or when you don't get feedback. I know readers are thinking: "No one cares about what I have to say."

Well I do. If you see a card here you like, let me know. If you see a mistake, let me know. If you have a similar card, let me know. And by all means, hit that comment button. Let me know.


AdamE said...

Every single 52 Topps card I own could be considered a POBC. That is the only way I can afford them.

Alvin said...

I bought a lot off ebay that was full of burnt 52s. They were stiff and brittle but I was able to get a Vernon Law and a Ralph Houk for about $5.

CaptKirk42 said...

Congrats on your 3 Year Anniversary with POBC. The other day I got some 70s and early 80s cards some of which are POBCs or almost POBCs (those would be "Mint" POBCs but only good or poor to most people) and I thought of your blog. One of them had a horizontal crease/fold and some angled light creases I suspect it was used on bike spokes or the attempt was made.

Once again Congrats on the Anniversary.

Chris Stufflestreet said...

Keep 'em coming. I can't be the only guy in the Blogosphere (except for Slangon) showing a collection of "well-loved" cards.

Happy anniversary. I read every new post you make.

pobc said...

Adam, Alvin, Capt and Chris thanks for commenting. Someone really does read this thing. And Alvin, how many cards did you get in your lot? I also got a lot recently for about $2 a card. No real names but hey, theyre 1952. Thanks again everyone for reading.

Matthew Glidden said...

I love those old cards, in whatever shape they come. Thanks for your 3 years of posts!

Anthony Hughes said...

I'll tell you a little story. In the early 70's, I admit I didn't treat my cards too good. If a guy switched teams, I would cut off the team part of the card and frankenstein him with the cut-off team half of some other card I had a double of. I also used to cut up the cards and paste them to my shoe box that I kept the other cards in. I used to draw mustaches on the guys I thought looked funny already. Jim Mason and Gary Sutherland - I owe you two an apology! Finally, I was notorious for leaving my cards outside on the patio where rain and sunshine took their toll on them. I apparently grew out of this at about the age of 9 or 10 as my '76 and newer cards are in nicer shape.
At any rate, I kept all these battered cards right along with all the others, and in some ways, I love them more than the minty clean '79 and later cards I have carefully stored in boxes from my teen years. Your site reminds me that there are other people who just love their cards for what they are, not for what potential investment value or actual or contrived rarity. The cards were a big part of my childhood and I'll never get rid of them, regardless of what they're worth in terms of dollars.