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Needed Cards
1934-36 Diamond Stars
1952-1955 Red Man
1952 Topps
1957 Topps
1958-1962 Bell Brand
1961-1963 Post Cereal
1965 Topps
1966 Topps
1968 Topps
1970 Topps
1972 Topps


Other Wantlists
Modern Baseball
Vintage Football
Modern Football
Team Cards
Brett Butler

Collection Scans
Prewar
Bowman 1948-1955
Topps 1952 - 1959
Topps 1960 - 1969

Topps 1970 - 1979
Topps 1980 - 1989

Miscellaneous
Baseball Checklists
OBC Heroes

OBCers met
Guru's Grading Guide

   Welcome to my old baseball card wantlist.  The main focus of this page has always been my collection of Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers team sets. When I got back into collecting almost 16 years ago, I was in need of almost everything Topps and Bowman related.  There were many sets I almost didn't put on my list, because when you collect Dodgers, you're talking about loads of guys that are in the Hall.  I joined OBC (a group of guys that collect cards for the love of collecting) in late 1996 and pretty soon cards I'd only dreamed of started showing up in my mailbox.  I'll never forget the day a tattered, well-loved Sandy Koufax rookie showed up (thanks Jim Wiehe!!).

  
So I figured "why not" and threw up every Topps Dodger from '52 through '69 (I had the '70s covered prior to OBC) and Bowmans from '48 through '55.  Many years later, my Dodger list has gotten pretty darn small.  I'm down to a whole mess of '52 Topps.  Those are gonna take forever, and may never happen, but a guy can dream, right?

   As my Dodger lists got smaller, I decided to go after a few complete sets here and there.  OBC quickly laid waste to many of the mid-'70s sets and heavily damaged lots of others.  Right now, I'd love to someday complete my favorite set of all time, 1957.  Visually it is a gorgeous set, with only the 1953 Bowman set surpassing it (in my opinion).  It was the last year that featured the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants and also the first year of the modern-sized card.  Another set I'd love to complete someday is my birth-year set, 1966.  Other sets I collect are linked at the left.

  
Condition of any card issued prior to 1980 isn't important, as long as it can be recognized as once having been a baseball card. This can include any that were used to make your bike sound like a Harley, cards edited with a pen, pencil or crayon (mustaches, new team names, blackened teeth, birth-control glasses), and cards otherwise enhanced with things like sandpaper, water, glue, drills, hole punches or darts. Cards with rips, creases, missing pieces and tape damage also qualify.  Heard of Dr. Beckett's condition guide?  Here's Larry Tipton's take on what really counts when judging the grade of a card: Guru's Grading Guide

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1 9 3 4 - 3 6    D I A M O N D    S T A R S

28 (Lopez) 55 (Cuccinello) 68 (Leslie) 82 (Babich green) 82 (Babich blue) 89 (Stripp) 102 (Mungo)

1 9 5 2    R E D    M A N



NL 17 (Reese) NL21 (Snider)



1 9 5 3    R E D    M A N



NL1 (Dressen) NL4 (Black) NL5 (Campanella) NL10 (Reese) NL14 (Snider)



1 9 5 4    R E D    M A N



NL13 (Campanella) NL14 (Gilliam) NL15 (Reese) NL16 (Snider) NL22 (Hodges)



1 9 5 5    R E D    M A N



NL3 (Hodges) NL14 (Erskine) NL17 (Reese) NL19 (Snider)



1 9 5 2    T O P P S    D O D G E R S
396 (Williams)

1 9 5 7    T O P P S
Big Blony Checklists: 3/4 4/5, Bazooka Checklists: 4/5
Contest Cards: June 22, July 19, Lucky Penny

  1 9 5 8    B E L L    B R A N D
1 (Campanella) 2 (Cimoli) 3 (Drysdale) 4 (Gilliam) 5 (Hodges) 6 (Koufax) 7 (Podres) 8 (Reese) 9 (Snider) 10 (Zimmer)

  1 9 6 0    B E L L    B R A N D
3 (McDevitt) 5 (Repulski) 6 (Labine) 7 (Roseboro) 8 (Furillo) 9 (Koufax) 10 (Pignatano) 11 (Essegian) 12 (Klippstein) 13 (Roebuck)16 (Williams) 17 (Zimmer) 18 (Alston) 19 (Podres) 20 (Wills)

  1 9 6 1    B E L L    B R A N D
3 (W. Davis) 8 (Roseboro) 9 (Moon) 11 (Lillis) 12 (T. Davis) 14 (Hodges) 16 (Demeter) 19 (Gilliam) 22 (Podres) 24 (Alston) 30 (Wills) 32 (Koufax) 34 (N. Sherry) 37 (Roebuck) 38 (Craig)40 (Williams) 43 (Neal) 51 (L. Sherry)

  1 9 6 2    B E L L    B R A N D
3 (W. Davis) 4 (Snider) 6 (Fairly) 8 (Roseboro) 9 (Moon) 20 (Spencer) 22 (Podres) 24 (Alston) 25 (Howard) 30 (Wills) 32 (Koufax) 34 (N. Sherry) 37 (Roebuck) 40 (Williams) 51 (L. Sherry)53 (Drysdale) 170 (Roebuck)

1 9 6 1    P O S T    C E R E A L

156 (Larker) 157 (Neal) 158 (Gilliam) 159 (Moon) 160 (Drysdale) 161 (L. Sherry) 162 (Williams) 163 (Roach) 164 (Wills) 165 (T. Davis) 168 (Hodges) 169 (Podres)

1 9 6 2    P O S T    C E R E A L

101 (Hodges) 103 (Spencer) 106 (W. Davis) 107 (Roseboro) 108 (Podres) 109 (Koufax) 110 (Drysdale) 111 (Sherry) 113 (Larker) 114 (Snider)

1 9 6 3    P O S T    C E R E A L

113 (Walls) 114 (Gilliam) 115 (Wills) 116 (Fairly) 118 (Snider) 119 (W. Davis) 120 (Roseboro) 122 (Williams) 123 (Drysdale) 124 (Spencer)
  1 9 6 5    T O P P S
002 008 115 130 132 134 136 150 155 160 245 261 266 267 289 294 310 350 360 372 385 389 400 401 444 449 456 468 470 477 478 487 488 494 507 547 549 550 556 571 573 589

1 9 6 6    T O P P S
Birth Year Quest
298 300 320 450 460 463 469 486 524 525 526 528 529 531 533 535 538 539 540 541 542 543 544 545 547 551 555 556 557 558 560 561 562 563 564 565 566 567 569 572 573 577 578 579 583 584 585 586 587 589 590 591 596 598
  1 9 6 8    T O P P S
001 005 011 016 020 040 045 080 086 100 110 136 138 144 150 151 154 158 160 170 186 220 240 247 257 280 290 294 313 330 331 349 350 355 360 361 363 364 366 368 369 370 372 373 375 381 383 390 400 401 402 407 414 431 437 447 454 459 462 464 465 466 468 472 476 477 478 479 480 483 487 490 491 493 495 496 497 498 499 500 501 505 510 511 513 517 520 521 522 527 528 529 530 532 534 540 541 544 545 551 554 575 579 582 585 586 595

1 9 7 0    T O P P S
David Kolenda Memorial Set

300 654 660 669 712 713


1 9 7 2    T O P P S
 668 713 730 751 760 768 777
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C O M P L E T E D    S E T S  -  O B C    H E R O E S

1948 Bowman Dodgers  (10-4-02)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Lynn Miller
1962 Topps Dodgers Green Tints (5-14-04)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Doug Smith
1974 Topps Checklists (4-13-02)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last cards from Al Crotte
1949 Bowman Dodgers (1-17-06)
Completed with the help of OBC
1963 Fleer Dodgers (10-14-03)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Lynn Miller
1975 Topps Baseball (3-6-03)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last OBC cards from Steve Rittenberg
1952 Bowman Dodgers (2-5-04)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Brian Lindholme
1963 Topps Dodgers (11-20-03)
Completed with the help of OBC
l 1976 Topps Baseball (11-29-01)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Steve Rittenberg
1953 Bowman Dodgers (2-21-04)
Completed with the help of OBC
1965 Topps Embossed Baseball (7-29-06)
Completed with the help of OBC

1977 Topps Baseball (11-29-01)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Steve Rittenberg
1953 Topps Dodgers (10-19-02)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Steve Rittenberg
1971 Topps Baseball (9-8-11)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last cards from Glenn Codere,
Tom Housley and Brian Lindholme

2nd time completed
1978 Topps Baseball (7-3-00)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Lynn Miller
1957 Topps (1-13-07)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last OBC card from Tim Fitak
1973 Topps Baseball (6-4-11)
Completed with the help of OBC

3rd time completed
1978 Topps Baseball (10-14-03)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Lynn Miller
1961 Fleer Baseball (7-29-06)
Completed with the help of OBC
1974 Topps Baseball (9-11-04)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Don Rice
1980 Topps Baseball (9-02-05)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Shawn Adkins
1962 Topps Dodgers (5-16-03)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Al Cummings
1974 Topps Traded (10-25-01)
Completed with the help of OBC
Last card from Mike Rich


 

OBCers met: 43

Rick Ellison
Mike Kinney
Brett Domue
Ken Morganti
Peter Iverson
Pete Brito
Joshua Levine
George Pizzo
Bill Lehuta
Pat Sweeney
Steve Rittenberg
Joe Cerullo
Bob Donaldson
Mike Hair
Dale Towne
Al Cummings
Geno Wagner
Ed Pike
Joel Glickman
George Hay
Todd Knowles
Ray Luurs
David Kolenda
Kit Okamuro
Doug Smith
Brian Lindholme
Doug Chamberlain
Rex Stahlman
Glenn Codere
Larry Gersbach
Grant Rainsley
Sal Domino
Dave Fallen
Kent Goto
Linda & Tim Fitak
Kevin Martens
Erik Greenwood
John McLaughlin
Earl Kilbourn
Mark Talbot

Mike Rich
Lynn Miller
Rich Niessen

 - first OBCer met - have no idea when, but it was a long time ago!
 - met at Promise Keepers in Fresno in 1997
 - met in San Francisco with Trips to go to a Giant game at Pac Bell
 - met at 2000 Anaheim National
 - met at his house to go to a Dodger game - 1998?
 - met at his house in WA several years ago
 - met up for a Dodger game w/ Peter, Peter's nephew Eli & my son
 - met at a Tri-Star show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco - 1998?
 - met at the same Tri-Star show as George
 - met at 2000 Anaheim National
 - met at 2000 Anaheim National
 - met in San Francisco while he was on a business trip
 - met in 2003 while he was out here in Central California for business - went to a Modesto A's game
 - Mike flew in several years back for a Dodger game with me & Trips.  Mike is elected MLB commissioner
 - met at my house while he was on vacation
 - met at 2003 Anaheim National
 - met at Lefty O'Douls in San Francisco - summer 2002
 - met at same Tri-Star show as George and Bill
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met at V03
 - met while on vacation in Oregon in Feb '04
 - met while on vacation in Oregon in Feb '04
 - met at V04
 - met at V04
 - met at V04
 - met on July 2, 2006 in Vancouver B.C. - Flying Beaver: wings, beer, great conversation)
 - met at 2006 National
 - met at 2006 National
 - met at 2006 National
 - met at 2006 National
 - met at 2006 National
 - met at 2006 National
 - FOOTogether September 2007
 - FOOTogether September 2007
 - FOOTogether September 2007
 - FOOTogether September 2007
 - met during a trip to Las Vegas Dec. 2011
 - met during a trip to Las Vegas Dec. 2011

 

Guru Grading
by Larry "Guru" Tipton

In an effort to standardize OBC grading procedures, I have been asked to post my Condition Guide. Dealers are hereby warned that reading any further is likely to cause stomach pains.

Mint (MT): The front of a Mint baseball card will include most of the original paper. Normal "in the shirt pocket" creases are allowed, as are thumb tack and staple holes. You should also be able to read most on the back of the card. The only writing allowed on a Mint baseball card is scratching off the old team name and inking in the new team. I have received numerous e-mails asking about "gloss" and "centering". Since I do not know what these are I cannot comment on it. Any Mickey Mantle card grades Mint. Early 1900 tobacco cards can never grade lower than Mint.

Near Mint (NM): A Near Mint baseball card will at first appear to be perfect, but upon closer inspection some minor flaws may be discovered. For example, your favorite Milwaukee Braves pitcher is Joe Jay, but you can never pull a Joe Jay from a pack. You have seven cards of Braves pitcher Don McMahon, so you carefully cross out Don McMahons name and replace it with Joe Jay. It goes without saying in this example you would also have to thicken up Don McMahons eyebrows a little too. When examined closely, staple holes may actually be nail holes which would downgrade a Mint card to NM.

Excellent (EX): An excellent condition baseball card should have at least three corners. Hole punched cards and cards with BB holes will normally not grade above EX. Any kind of writing is allowed on cards in excellent condition. Added nasal hair, arrows through the players head, black eyes, and blacked out teeth are certainly allowed. I have a 1958 Topps #5 Willie Mays with a penciled in goatee, blacked out teeth, and a large chip out of Willies left nostril. When the dealer told me he would take five dollars for the card I replied "Excellent Dealer Dude!" Bicycle spoke creases are allowed on EX cards, and any stain from any source are allowed on EX condition cards. To read my award winning dissertation entitled "Baseball Cards and Stains Accomplished By Ten Year Olds" click (http://www.tenyearold.stain/ballcards.htm).  ANY BROOKLYN DODGER CARD CAN NEVER GRADE BELOW EXCELLENT!

Very Good (VG): If less than 10% of the card has been burned up, this would classify as a VG card. Cards that have been cut in two and taped back together normally grade VG. EXCEPTION: 1941 Double Play Cards that have been cut in two. If both sides have been taped, stapled, or glued back together, these normally grade NM. If only half of the card remains, it grades VG. Remember your least favorite card when you were a kid? Somebody like Frank Zupo? You take your Frank Zupo card and lay it down face first in the street and then get on your bike and get going real fast. Just before your rear tire runs over your Frank Zupo, hit the brakes! You could drag that Frank Zupo card ten feet if you timed it right! Mouse damaged cards normally grade VG, however, cat damaged cards (if you know what I mean) normally grade a lot lower than VG.

Good (G): Good condition cards can be bent, cut, hole punched, taped, stapled, wrote on, eraser damaged, torn, ripped, scuffed, stained, creased, chipped, chewed, and glued. VG cards could have been used for target practice, dunked in the toilet, set on fire and dropped from your upstairs bedroom, used to mix model airplane paint, and definitely thrown at your sister. No matter WHAT a card looks like, if you need it for your collection, it looks GOOD to you!