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vintagebaseballcardguy 07-16-2017 09:18 PM

Any prewar player collectors??
 
#1 Since getting into prewar, I have found I like A LOT of prewar issues...especially the E cards. The Obaks are a ton of fun for me, and I will probably always collect them, but I am drawn to many, many other sets.

#2 I am on a budget and not looking to complete sets but would like a taste of several.

#3 If aspects of #1 and #2 fit you, have you turned to player collecting to make it happen?

#4 I find myself drawn to Lajoie. He was quite a player and manages to show up on some cool cards in some attractive sets but manages to be reasonably affordable, all things considered.

#5 I am thinking collecting him would give me the opportunity to collect some nice fronts and backs of a player who was significant and allow me to own cards from many different prewar sets. I will still collect Obaks, but this would allow me to branch out.

Anyone else taken an approach like this??

ronniehatesjazz 07-16-2017 09:30 PM

I've been really big into prewar (for me anyways) for about two years now. I'm somewhat of a budget but actually do like working on sets. I agree with you on Lajoie; very affordable despite his caliber. The one player I seem to somewhat focus on more than others is Matty. Very affordable but probably not as a great of a value of Lajoie, IMO, given the large number of cards Matty was featured in. I just enjoy collecting his cards for some reason and by doing so I have bought cards from sets I unlikely would not have otherwise. So I think ol' Nap can do the same thing for you!

vintagebaseballcardguy 07-16-2017 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by ronniehatesjazz (Post 1681668)
I've been really big into prewar (for me anyways) for about two years now. I'm somewhat of a budget but actually do like working on sets. I agree with you on Lajoie; very affordable despite his caliber. The one player I seem to somewhat focus on more than others is Matty. Very affordable but probably not as a great of a value of Lajoie, IMO, given the large number of cards Matty was featured in. I just enjoy collecting his cards for some reason and by doing so I have bought cards from sets I unlikely would not have otherwise. So I think ol' Nap can do the same thing for you!

Tyler, I love the idea of building sets, but there is a lot of ground I want to cover and I don't want to sink the time and resources into any single set (except for my continued pursuit of the 1910 T212-2 Obaks). I kind of figure Napoleon will help me travel around prewar, so to speak the way Matty does for you (great choice by the way ). I won't necessarily limit myself to Lajoie. I will pick up cards of other players I like in certain sets. Bottom line, is that this is really fun! Collecting has become so much more fun for me the last few months!

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frohme 07-16-2017 09:54 PM

Sideways set collecting
 
For whatever reason, I've always been attracted to T207, falling on the love side in the familiar "love it or hate it" feel people have with the set. One of the ideas I've toyed with is to put some meat into the general collection by collecting the other cards of the various T207 players - some of whom are a little obscure. A bunch of the smaller-name folks in T207 show up in various other sets, especially in the PCL world, namely both in the Obaks and Zeenuts. Weaving together the set of cards for folks that pass through T207 (or any) set gives it a different feel - you can explore it in so many ways ... player/team/minor-league team/etc...

A great idea, IMO, no matter how you tackle it. As others have said, collect what you like, how you like it. Being on a budget makes it all the more rewarding, especially when/if you're able to swing something you thought was out of reach.

Good luck!
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Mike

kmac32 07-16-2017 10:00 PM

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Originally Posted by vintagebaseballcardguy (Post 1681664)
#1 Since getting into prewar, I have found I like A LOT of prewar issues...especially the E cards. The Obaks are a ton of fun for me, and I will probably always collect them, but I am drawn to many, many other sets.

#2 I am on a budget and not looking to complete sets but would like a taste of several.

#3 If aspects of #1 and #2 fit you, have you turned to player collecting to make it happen?

#4 I find myself drawn to Lajoie. He was quite a player and manages to show up on some cool cards in some attractive sets but manages to be reasonably affordable, all things considered.

#5 I am thinking collecting him would give me the opportunity to collect some nice fronts and backs of a player who was significant and allow me to own cards from many different prewar sets. I will still collect Obaks, but this would allow me to branch out.

Anyone else taken an approach like this??


I not only collect T205 Cubs and T207 Cubs but I also collect Elmer Miller of the 1921 and 1922 Yankees. He is a distant relative of mine ( great great uncle) and was the first Yankee to get a hit and score a run in a World Series. Have cards and original type 1 photos from his playing days.

btcarfagno 07-16-2017 10:03 PM

At some point I can see myself starting a Germany Schaefer collection. Such an interesting guy.

Tom C

garymc 07-16-2017 10:08 PM

Team / Type collecting
 
I enjoy collecting just one team....NY Americans, Highlanders, Yankees, all Pre-war. I try on certain cards to put together team sets, also on some back runs and when I can all different card types that were issued. The fun is on the hunt, the history of the team also the type.

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KMayUSA6060 07-17-2017 09:35 AM

Grover Hartley is my Pre-War player I collect. He was the manager for the minor league team my grandpa and uncle each played for respectively.

Here is the Baseball Reference page. Donald May is my grandpa. My uncle played in 1939.

https://www.baseball-reference.com/r...gi?id=170780ce

Hartley has 7-9 (his T207 supposedly has different backs) Pre War cards. I have 2 of them at the moment.

Additionally, I am planning on doing a raw Gene Woodling Post-War basic collection (not sure if it would count as a master set), because he played against my grandpa in 1940, and went on to have a pretty successful career in the MLB. I might even buy them slabbed by PSA for their set registry.


As far as your collection goes, I will say this. I, like you, wanted everything. Haha. Pre-War sets are so cool and in many cases, very large. It's nearly impossible to collect EVERYTHING (as I am finding out), and Pre-War collecting goals often change (again, as I am finding out). My advice would be to collect a player who is very liquid. If you have no personal connection with Lajoie, my guess is you'll eventually want to change your Pre-War collecting focus at least once. A player like Lajoie is liquid enough to move pretty quickly, and if you buy them at good deals, you can even profit a bit.

Good luck and enjoy!

timn1 07-17-2017 10:02 AM

Different sort of player set
 
Having always been fascinated with obscure sets, my approach is different - I collect examples of as many different players as I can. This benefits my budget in that I'm looking mostly for commons. I keep something I call the "Alphabetical Master List" which is currently up to about 2200 players (MLB and minor league) whose prewar cards I have.

I also keep a wantlist of players, and there are some real toughies there. Anybody know where I can find a 1926 Exhibit Ramon Herrera, a Star Player Candy Garland Buckeye, an M101-6 George Dumont, or a Voskamp's Coffee Everett Booe?

vintagebaseballcardguy 07-17-2017 10:36 AM

"As far as your collection goes, I will say this. I, like you, wanted everything. Haha. Pre-War sets are so cool and in many cases, very large. It's nearly impossible to collect EVERYTHING (as I am finding out), and Pre-War collecting goals often change (again, as I am finding out). My advise would be to collect a player who is very liquid. If you have no personal connection with Lajoie, my guess is you'll eventually want to change your Pre-War collecting focus at least once. A player like Lajoie is liquid enough to move pretty quickly, and if you buy them at good deals, you can even profit a bit."

I hear ya on that. Lajoie might not necessarily be my choice on every single set but would be on most. Every set has one or two must haves because of the particular pose or whatever reason. This idea just helps gives me a concrete way of moving through a variety of cool looking sets...many of which I might not have otherwise known about. Another result could be that I run across a particular group of cards that I especially like and can afford. Also, I will always have my Obak obsession to fall back on..LOL!

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