I think the August-September edition of Beckett Vintage Collector magazine has been on store shelves for three weeks now and I'm just getting around to mentioning it here.
My third article for Beckett Vintage is in the latest edition. As usual, I had to have other collectors inform me of this. And then because there isn't an adequate bookstore within an hour of me, it took a few weeks to see the article in print for myself. I just picked up a copy yesterday while on a road trip.
I'm getting a little tired of this. If I'm going to be IN the magazine, I should be the one letting people know I'm in there, right?
I'm terrible at this pimping stuff.
So in the next week or so -- when there's money -- I'll finally get a subscription to Beckett Vintage so it will arrive at my mailbox before someone can notify ol' clueless that he has another article in the issue. (Pro tip: the editors don't really tell you when your article is going to show).
My latest story is about the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Topps set.
Although I own a decent amount of cards from that set and it does hold a place in my collecting history -- these were some of the cards I received in a trade for "current" Yankees (1978) when I was a young collector -- I can't claim I'm an "expert" on the set like with the first two articles.
I did my best to research it (who else are you going to get to count the total number of players not wearing caps in the 1969 set?). But I wanted to find someone who collected that set as a kid, so everything wasn't from an outsider's viewpoint.
So I contacted Wrigley Wax and interviewed him.
WW -- a.k.a. Paul -- was great and his quotes are there in the article. I picked up an extra copy to send him so he can brag properly about being in a magazine just like I'm trying to do now.
That's what it looks like for you folks hunting for it in BOOKSTORES EVERYWHERE.
I love saying that.
Also, I am currently writing -- as in writing today -- my fourth article for Beckett Vintage. I really like this one, and I'm hoping it will turn out well.
So, thanks for reading -- both here and in the magazines!