I am finally home from 2 consecutive weeks of work travel. The suitcase is put away, the laundry is finished and I have spent some quality time with wife and kids. I have opened up a few packages and have lots of scanning and writing to do. I realize I am perhaps the only blogger who hasn't chimed in on 2014 Topps - I have bought my Jumbo box, built my set and am actively working on my insert sets - but have decided to postpone that post for a little while.
Tonight I decided to finally talk a little about my Reggie Jackson collection and share 4 recent pick ups. As I look back on my collecting timeline, I believe Reggie was the 4th baseball player I started player collecting. In order here are the players I decided to collect:
1. Willie McCovey
1a. Rickey Henderson (started these two at the same time)
3. Dave Winfield
4. Reggie Jackson
5. Jim Rice (since abandoned)
6. Vida Blue
7. Ben Petrick
8. Dave Parker
I grew up in the 70s and 80s and Reggie was the straw that stirred the drink. I vaguely remember his exploits in the 1977-78 World Series with the Yankees but was too young to remember his A's days - however as a toddler I did attend a World Series game in 1973 or 1974 according to my dad. I still favor cards in his A's uniform, that era of A's unis are classic. I did read a lot about him and his personality and story led me to start collecting his cards.
I have 390 cards in my Reggie collection with the prize of the collection being his 1969 Topps rookie card. Most of my collection (almost 300 cards) consists of cards from the mid-90s and earlier. I haven't placed much focus on my Reggie collection since the turn of the century, just setting aside cards I pulled of him in newer products or picking up cards on the cheap on Sportlots or the LCS. I have been tempted a couple of times recently to fill up a virtual shopping cart on Sportlots or Beckett.com but haven't pulled the trigger. My want list is too long to post but if you have some Reggie's for trade drop me a note and I will reference my list.
Here are so of my recent pick ups: