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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Signed 1991 Fleer Baseball set
Sunday, September 13, 2020
Posted by jaygross
Comments: 2

Long time member Crunk57 (Josh) recetly shared on our message board that he has completed the 1991 Fleer baseball set.

Our listing for the 1991 Fleer set shows (as of today):
  • 722 cards
  • 727 linked Players
  • 36 Deceased Players
  • 38 Hall of Famers

    So I had to ask him some questions:

    When did you start the project?

    I started it in March 2017 whenever I started ttm'ing.

    Why did you pick this set to go after?

    I picked this set because it’s the first set that remember getting packs of with my dad. Also picked it because every card is obtainable. Several of my card collection friends said about it being So ugly of a set so that gave me some motivation too.

    Approximately how much of the set do you think you got by mail (TTM)?

    Probably received 100-150 ttm. I got all your typical ttm'ers. Some of the surprise ones were Mark Carreon and Brian Downing.

    Who is toughest to get from this set?

    Toughest was Luis Aquino. Before the one I just got I have never seen another one. Kenny Rogers and Tim Crews were the next toughest. There’s plenty of Crews cards out there but for some reason I never was able to find the Fleer.

    What's next for you?

    I’m trying to finish the 1991 Fleer Update set. I am down to the final 3 to complete it. Still need Dante Bichette, Julio Machado and Gary Carter. Other than trying to finish that up I will mainly just focus on sending stuff out TTM and take a break from focusing on a set.

    Here are scans of the cards for your viewing pleasure:




















































































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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Signed 1972 Topps Basketball set
    Saturday, July 18, 2020
    Posted by jaygross
    Comments: 0

    Long time member Deadshot (Kyle) has been collecting the 1972 Topps basketball set for quite a few years and has been sharing his progress with the community. Since I am huge 1970's NBA+ABA fan (I am working on a few sets also), I have been living vicarously through his progress.

    Our listing for the 1972 Topps set shows (as of today):
  • 264 cards
  • 288 linked Players
  • 76 Deceased Players
  • 92 Hall of Famers

    This set features rookie cards of Julius Erving, Phil Jackson, and George McGinnis.

    On July 14, 2020, he let the SCN community know that he finished the set!!! Such an amazing accomplishment.


    So I had to ask him some questions:

    When did you start the project?

    I received my first success in October of 2011. I don't think I intended to do the set at this point, but it didn't take me long after that.

    Why did you pick this set to go after?

    I think there were a couple of factors that contributed. Visually, the set appealed to me. I'm a huge Pacers and ABA fan, so I wasn't going to do anything before 1971. I also really liked Julius Erving's rookie card.

    Approximately how much of the set do you think you got by mail (TTM)?

    I wish I had kept track a little better, but I would guess that at least 1/3 were TTM.

    Who is toughest to get from this set?

    Wendell Ladner had the least amount of time to sign his card of anyone in the set. Luckily a PSA copy of that card was on eBay pretty early in my search. Pete Cross didn't have long to sign, but I've seen multiple copies. John Brisker is a tough one - my copy is the only slabbed copy I've seen. Willie Sojourner and Jimmy Walker were the last cards I picked up and I was beginning to wonder if I would ever see those.

    What's next for you?

    I've dabbled some with the 1968 Topps baseball set, but I can't see myself seriously pursuing another set again. I enjoyed this journey, but I have so many card-related interests, it's hard to stay focused.

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    MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Cooper's Art Projects
    Thursday, June 25, 2020
    Posted by jaygross
    Comments: 3

    I saw a great thread on our message that I thought was worth sharing here on the site's blog. Last month a long time SCN member bobbystl posted the wonderful art projects his young son Cooper has been making and getting autographed.

    he wrote:

    My son Cooper wanted to cut up some of my old cards for a project. He started doing a Cardinal team cutting up all kinds of premium late 80's cards. I got the idea to send a couple of his projects out to Hall of Fame players. Cool returns so far.





















































    I thought it was really cool that Bobby's local newspaper featured Cooper in a story:



    As a parent with younger kids stuck at home during the COVID-19 isolation, I thought was an amazingly cool way to get Cooper interested in baseball and our hobby.

    There are lots of great details I love:
    • how he has put a colorized hat on top of some the Hall of Fame plaques.
    • the pictures of the character nicknames (Penguin for Ron Cey, Cobra with Pirates hat for Dave Parker).
    • the colored in background on the Juan Marichal & Cecil Cooper pics.


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