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C.A.: 1970 Topps Carl Yastrzemski, Sporting News All-Star

(For the first time since March, readership numbers went up in July, breaking the year-long downward trend. But it's August now, a traditional low readership month, so might as well lean into it and restart one of my least read features! It's time for Cardboard Appreciation. This is the 313th in a series): Without realizing it, I've been doing well in adding Carl Yastrzemski cards to my collection. Nothing nuts or anything (heck, I already have his rookie card), but it's nice to officially have his 1970s Topps cards out of the way with this particular one. I nabbed this card in another Twitter sale from @Tec872 as I continue to chase the '70 set. It occurs to me that Yaz is one of those players who never competed for the Dodgers that I will absolutely hang on to his cards as if he did. I know this is probably a common thing for people more accustomed to player collecting or those who grew up in the '80s and had to have every Bo Jackson card, whether he played f
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Hands off, hoarder

  You're going to have to wait a little for the vintage on this post, and it's just one card. But I think it's a decent one. So, yeah, that's my tease. First with the modern junk ... er ... stuff.   Kevin from The Diamond King sent me an unexpected envelope a week or so ago. It might have been payback for the 5,000-post giveaway envelope I sent, or maybe I actually requested some of these cards and don't remember. When I'm uncertain, I always land on the side of my feeble memory.   All of the cards, except for one, are modern Dodgers items, like the Koufax Archives card above, and a few are pretty snazzy, too.   For example this from last year's Donruss. I didn't know such a thing existed. It's certainly different for Panini, as the card company is not in the habit of showing actual baseball scenes behind the players.   I admit though I half expected Mookie to move in some sort of lenticular fashion, so that was a small disappointment. Also, this is

Ranking the cereal set of my youth

  I'm currently taking a forced break from my pursuit of Kellogg's cards. I'm in the middle of trying to collect the 1979 Kellogg's set. I struck out in attempting to purchase the entire set, as I had with 1980, because there's been a run on Kellogg's cards all year. So I've gone the card-by-card route, which has been more successful, but still frustrating in this "suddenly people care about these cards" world. And now the pursuit has ground to a halt thanks to limited cash flow, always an issue in August.   Before the Kellogg's sabbatical I had accumulated several '79s through various auction purchases last month. Here is that group: But now a few '79 Kellogg's cards are languishing in online carts and it's difficult to keep the panic from welling up inside as I envision collectors plucking those wonderful 3-Ds out of my unattended basket. Still, I can distract myself from that terrible scenario by playing with the cards that I

Going to call this "vintage week"

    I've received a few small envelopes over the last week or so that have included vintage cards. Couple that with the vintage that caused my jaw to drop a couple of weeks ago, I'm in a vintage frame of mind, more so than usual. So I think I'm going to call this "Vintage Week" and show some vintage throughout the week, ending with what will be one hell of a vintage post on Friday (fingers crossed). Not every card will be vintage in these posts, let's face it, not every card I want is vintage. But each post will include at least one vintage card. First, let's set the parameters of what is considered vintage. This is a question that comes up repeatedly. I instinctively think of vintage as any cards that arrived before I knew what a card was. I can do that because I'm old. There will be none of this "my first cards were 1987 so vintage for me is 1986." That idea, to me, is horrifying. The most recent year for which I didn't know what a base

A new Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Famer is an excuse to bore you with team cards

  Man, it got busy again. So there was an extra day to vote on the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame poll for the second straight week.   The poll pulled in the best turnout in weeks and in the end the 1970 Topps Seattle Pilots card was the runaway winner. The tally after 49 votes: 1970 Topps Seattle Pilots team card: 31 votes 1992 Pinnacle Jackie Gleason/David Cone Idols subset: 18 votes So, the only Pilots team card from a major-release set takes its place in the Cardboard Appreciation Hall of Fame. As a refresher, here are the others already enshrined:     The Pilots card may not measure up to the previous four in the eyes of some, but I welcome a little bit of variety in the C.A. Hall of Fame. Cards are notable for many reasons, and plays at the plate and stadium scenes and smiling faces are just three of many, many attributes that make up a Hall of Fame card. Team cards get a bad wrap. I really like them and I've grown to like them more as I've gotten older. As a kid I w