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markf31
05-22-2012, 11:00 AM
I'm quite new to collecting autographs, but when I collect I like to define a focus of my collection, a goal, or a topic if you will. I also think it's cool to hear about the focus or topic of other collectors collections as well, so please feel free to share! Or perhaps you don't have a focus and you're just all over the place.

As for my focus I'm working towards autographed balls of HOF pitchers. I thought, what better way to assemble a collection of HOF pitcher autographs than on the tool they used to ply their trade with.

My goal is to obtain an autographed ball from each league commission the player played under. So for example, with Warren Spahn I will eventually like to collect a National League ball signed by Spahn with Commissioner Ford C. Frick and another with Commissioner Warren C. Giles

RichardSimon
05-22-2012, 11:13 AM
Uh, I think you should read your title and correct it :).

(What is your primary area of fucus)

RichardSimon
05-22-2012, 11:15 AM
I'm quite new to collecting autographs, but when I collect I like to define a focus of my collection, a goal, or a topic if you will. I also think it's cool to hear about the focus or topic of other collectors collections as well, so please feel free to share! Or perhaps you don't have a focus and you're just all over the place.

As for my focus I'm working towards autographed balls of HOF pitchers. I thought, what better way to assemble a collection of HOF pitcher autographs than on the tool they used to ply their trade with.

My goal is to obtain an autographed ball from each league commission the player played under. So for example, with Warren Spahn I will eventually like to collect a National League ball signed by Spahn with Commissioner Ford C. Frick and another with Commissioner Warren C. Giles

Those vintage baseballs with HOFers like Spahn are not that easy to find.
Of the later era HOFers I have seen or found a number of Jackie Robinson signed baseballs (most but certainly not all have been good, IMO) but no HOFer with near the number of baseballs signed by Jackie. I think in all my years in this business I have found one vintage Duke Snider ball for example.

mighty bombjack
05-22-2012, 11:18 AM
I collect HOFers myself, with a sub-focus on diversity within that collection. I know collectors that only collect baseballs or 3x5s, but I like to look for more unique and diverse items to add, something on a different format or with a story behind it.

It's getting tough, but I've finally got a new item in my sights!

HOF Auto Rookies
05-22-2012, 11:19 AM
HOF autographed rookie cards.

markf31
05-22-2012, 11:30 AM
Those vintage baseballs with HOFers like Spahn are not that easy to find.
Of the later era HOFers I have seen or found a number of Jackie Robinson signed baseballs (most but certainly not all have been good, IMO) but no HOFer with near the number of baseballs signed by Jackie. I think in all my years in this business I have found one vintage Duke Snider ball for example.

You are right, they are not easy to find but when you can find them they are quite awesome IMO.

Giles NL balls and Cronin AL balls are about as far back as you can go and expect to find much of anything. With that being said 28 of the 31 HOF pitchers who pitched post WWII pitched into the Giles/Cronin era. And let's be honest too, auto'ed balls of pre-war pitchers are extremely hard to come by regardless, as a result my Commissioner qualifier becomes practically impossible. But any pitchers from the mid 1950's on should be much more realistic...not easy, but more realistic.

jgmp123
05-22-2012, 12:22 PM
My main focus was the 500 home run club and Roger Maris items. I have now moved onto a new project, trying to complete the full 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers roster....mostly signed checks, cuts, cards, etc.

Scott Garner
05-22-2012, 01:11 PM
One of the major areas of focus in my collection is the signatures of all pitchers that threw a no-hit or perfect game from 1893 forward. I collect signed 3 x 5's, GPC and signed cuts, baseballs, cards, and tickets to the actual no-hit games.

johnmh71
05-22-2012, 06:50 PM
Baseball and Hockey HOF, with a few exceptions for Semi-stars or Red Sox/Bruins players.

RichardSimon
05-23-2012, 10:33 AM
I am really all over the place with my autograph collecting now.
I stopped some time ago trying to complete the HOF, just an impossible and way too expensive task.
Now I enjoy collecting my sports teams, the Presidents I thought were good ones and some historical and entertainment figures that I admire for their contributions to society.

bender07
05-23-2012, 01:02 PM
I am really all over the place with my autograph collecting now.
I stopped some time ago trying to complete the HOF, just an impossible and way too expensive task.
Now I enjoy collecting my sports teams, the Presidents I thought were good ones and some historical and entertainment figures that I admire for their contributions to society.

Richard - Out of curiosity, how far did you get on completing the HOF set? Who was the most 'rare' guy you had?

RichardSimon
05-23-2012, 02:33 PM
Richard - Out of curiosity, how far did you get on completing the HOF set? Who was the most 'rare' guy you had?

I had a good number (cannot remember exactly) at the time I stopped.
It has been a while since I broke up the HOFers but I did have all the bigger names that were not in the impossible to acquire category. Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Young, Speaker, Johnson, Huggins, McGraw, etc.
I still have Mathewson and that is certainly the rarest one that I have ever had.
Though I am also a Kennedy collector and I do have Lee Harvey Oswald whom I consider to be quite rarer than Matty.

T206Collector
05-23-2012, 03:26 PM
Signed T206 Cards

7nohitter
05-23-2012, 04:09 PM
Signed T206 Cards

insane!

David Atkatz
05-23-2012, 04:18 PM
New York Yankees 1903-1927. Theoretical physicists. Various historical and cultural autographs--people who, for one reason or another, interest me. Some examples: Houdini, Lincoln, Einstein, the Beatles, Lon Chaney, Isaac Newton, Dwight Frye, W.C. Fields, Bob Dylan, Neal Armstrong, Colin Clive, the Wright Bros...

bender07
05-29-2012, 11:13 AM
I like to collect cards signed during the time period the card was issued. I especially like those guys that have a significantly different playing career version of their signature compared to their autograph circuit/Sharpie type.

canjond
05-29-2012, 12:05 PM
New York Yankees 1903-1927. Theoretical physicists. Various historical and cultural autographs--people who, for one reason or another, interest me. Some examples: Houdini, Lincoln, Einstein, the Beatles, Lon Chaney, Isaac Newton, Dwight Frye, W.C. Fields, Bob Dylan, Neal Armstrong, Colin Clive, the Wright Bros...

Neil Armstrong... just busting your chops David!

mschwade
05-29-2012, 12:12 PM
I had a good number (cannot remember exactly) at the time I stopped.
It has been a while since I broke up the HOFers but I did have all the bigger names that were not in the impossible to acquire category. Ruth, Gehrig, Cobb, Young, Speaker, Johnson, Huggins, McGraw, etc.
I still have Mathewson and that is certainly the rarest one that I have ever had.
Though I am also a Kennedy collector and I do have Lee Harvey Oswald whom I consider to be quite rarer than Matty.

What's your Lee Harvey Oswald signed on? Any backlog on how you obtained it?

Clark7781
05-30-2012, 12:31 AM
My main focus is signed ROMLBBs. I collect these for any autograph I'm getting today. For older guys no longer with us, I try to get OMLBBs, but if I can't I get whatever I can find, as long as certified.

Currently I am working on team balls of the minor league teams. I used to do 50/50s with fellow collectors with my local MiLB team, but job and family has prevented that recently.

I also collect the HOF. I have some cool ones on ROMLBBs that I got in person: PM Tony Blair, Sec of State James Baker, and Sec of State Connie Rice.

Exhibitman
05-30-2012, 12:57 AM
New York Yankees 1903-1927. Theoretical physicists. Various historical and cultural autographs--people who, for one reason or another, interest me. Some examples: Houdini, Lincoln, Einstein, the Beatles, Lon Chaney, Isaac Newton, Dwight Frye, W.C. Fields, Bob Dylan, Neal Armstrong, Colin Clive, the Wright Bros...

Colin Clive...nice! Dr. Frankenstein died at 37.

I am working on the heavyweight champs, though I will likely never own a Jack Johnson or John L. Sullivan signature.

David Atkatz
05-30-2012, 01:23 AM
Colin Clive...nice! Dr. Frankenstein died at 37. "Crazy am I? We'll see whether I'm crazy or not."

http://i82.photobucket.com/albums/j245/datkatz/clive.jpg

MooseDog
05-30-2012, 10:23 AM
I grew up in Oakland during the A's heyday. With the likelihood the city is going to lose ALL of it's professional sports teams within the next 10 years I'm narrowing my focus to autographs of Oakland A's and the Oakland/California Seals former NHL team.

For fun I collect signed cards and photos of players with Big Hair (think Oscar Gamble, Artis Gilmore, Ross Grimsley).

I have an extensive collection of baseball HOFers and non-HOFers from the 1900s-1960s but I simply can't afford to play in that arena any more.

mr2686
05-30-2012, 10:50 AM
I always got a big laugh when watching Oscar Gamble with that big hair and that little batting helmet that seemed to be floating on top. I've heard stories that he's a real nice guy, which reminds me that I still need a signed ball from him for my 69 Cubs project.

Scott Garner
05-30-2012, 11:33 AM
I always got a big laugh when watching Oscar Gamble with that big hair and that little batting helmet that seemed to be floating on top. I've heard stories that he's a real nice guy, which reminds me that I still need a signed ball from him for my 69 Cubs project.

One of my favorite Oscar Gamble quotes happened when, during the mid-1970's, Gamble and his teammates were on the team bus and were passing by Anaheim Stadium. The "Big A" out in the parking lot announced that Nolan Ryan would be pitching for the Angels that night.

Gamble announced to his teammates on the bus:
"A good day today might be an 0-4 with 4 strikeouts and not get hit!" :p

Big Six
05-30-2012, 01:27 PM
I just love autographs and I'm all over the place as a results. At this point, I collect, in no particular order...


Hall of Fame Index Cards
Perez Steele Post Cards
Perez Steele Group Great Moments - see Cy Young #1. I have a second Cy going as well as a Jackie Robinson (ROY) going...
Hall of Famer ROMLB
Award Winner Index Cards - Cy Young, MVP and ROY
1991 Fleer Ultra Autographed Set
2006 & 2007 Topps Heritage Autographed Set
1978 Yankees Burger King Poster - almost done!
This doesn't include any random autographs (including Presidential) that I come across, especially if an in-person opportunity occurs! Unlike cards, autographs just seem to take up too much time to secure so I don't add that much to my collection as I would like to...

travrosty
05-30-2012, 03:35 PM
Colin Clive...nice! Dr. Frankenstein died at 37.

I am working on the heavyweight champs, though I will likely never own a Jack Johnson or John L. Sullivan signature.




i collect autographs of boxing heavyweight champions too, and the challengers but had to sell them all. i still needed a sullivan too, and a . Now i am back to square 1.

Exhibitman
06-01-2012, 03:12 PM
i collect autographs of boxing heavyweight champions too, and the challengers but had to sell them all. i still needed a sullivan too, and a . Now i am back to square 1.

That's a shame but at least you get the fun of doing it again ;) As Spock observed in Amok Time: "After a time, you may find that having is not so pleasing a thing after all as wanting. It is not logical, but it is often true."

I am currently working on my 4th iteration of the 1954 Topps baseball set, [though I only collect stars and popular players].

chaddurbin
06-01-2012, 05:54 PM
50's-90's topps run of hof/stars/rookies

pooh528
06-06-2012, 11:06 PM
I am primarily a signed set collector. I have finished 1985 and 1987 topps sets and the 1968 set minus the Clementes. I need between 2 and 20 to finish 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1989 topps sets and the 1988-89 pacific legends set. I need about 50 to finish the 2011 topps heritage set and 60 to finish my 1969 topps set.

mr2686
06-06-2012, 11:10 PM
Welcome Carl. Are there any sets you haven't started that you plan on collecting?

Scott Garner
06-06-2012, 11:29 PM
Hi Carl,

Welcome to net54! :)

mighty bombjack
06-06-2012, 11:33 PM
I am primarily a signed set collector. I have finished 1985 and 1987 topps sets and the 1968 set minus the Clementes. I need between 2 and 20 to finish 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1989 topps sets and the 1988-89 pacific legends set. I need about 50 to finish the 2011 topps heritage set and 60 to finish my 1969 topps set.

Do you have a needs list? I have some signed 80s cards around. It's a long shot but I may be able to help you.

pooh528
06-07-2012, 12:23 AM
Thanks for the welcomes. My guess is I will start working on the 1984, 1986 and/or 1988 topps sets at some point. Have about 200-250 of each. Just haven't started working on them yet. May try another 70s set at some point. I will say the 68 and 69 sets were and have been pretty tough. Not sure if I have the stomach to start another 60s set.

pooh528
06-07-2012, 01:55 AM
My 70's and 80's wantlists are pretty short and tough

1976 topps
#246 Cesar Tovar
#476 Bob Moose
#556 Minnesota Twins (Gene Mauch)
#650 Thurman Munson

1979 topps
#142 Charlie Williams
#163 Glenn Burke
#310 Thurman Munson
#330 George Brett
#336 Bobby Thompson

1981 topps
#57 Dave Roberts
#160 Garry Maddox
#261 Rickey Henderson
#508 Rob Dressler
#681 Mets Team (Joe Torre)

also need to finish some multi-player cards. My white whale though is Rick Anderson on the Mariners rookie stars card

1989 topps
#77 Doyle Alexander
#422 Bo Diaz

scmavl
06-08-2012, 02:05 PM
My 70's and 80's wantlists are pretty short and tough

1976 topps
#246 Cesar Tovar
#476 Bob Moose
#556 Minnesota Twins (Gene Mauch)
#650 Thurman Munson

1979 topps
#142 Charlie Williams
#163 Glenn Burke
#310 Thurman Munson
#330 George Brett
#336 Bobby Thompson

1981 topps
#57 Dave Roberts
#160 Garry Maddox
#261 Rickey Henderson
#508 Rob Dressler
#681 Mets Team (Joe Torre)

also need to finish some multi-player cards. My white whale though is Rick Anderson on the Mariners rookie stars card

1989 topps
#77 Doyle Alexander
#422 Bo Diaz

I bet that '79 Munson will be tough. I've seen one, but that's it.

otismalibu
06-08-2012, 02:18 PM
http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb110/otismalibu/AutoJE.jpg

pooh528
06-08-2012, 02:19 PM
I saw this 79 Munson at a show in January, but did not have an extra $10,000 to spare

65772

Leon
06-08-2012, 02:56 PM
I am primarily a signed set collector. I have finished 1985 and 1987 topps sets and the 1968 set minus the Clementes. I need between 2 and 20 to finish 1976, 1979, 1981, 1983 and 1989 topps sets and the 1988-89 pacific legends set. I need about 50 to finish the 2011 topps heritage set and 60 to finish my 1969 topps set.

and a Laurel and Hardy welcome from me too.....We'll leave the lights on, enjoy your stay!! Neat sets btw..

scmavl
06-08-2012, 05:23 PM
I've been all over the map with my collecting but lately have gotten into signed books. I only have a meager collection now but I'm working on it. It ties in because my wife is an author and is always getting signed books sent to her from her author friends. And an author can't get mad at me for buying BOOKS. :D

JimH5
06-11-2012, 11:32 PM
I have about 80 Baseball Hall of Famers whose playing career ended by 1950, or in the case of executives, guys who were active in the era through the 1940s.

They're on index cards, GPCs, a few on cuts, but all on white stock, framed and double matted with new prints of vintage photos.

I have scratched off most of the easier guys, and now am down to a couple of buys a year, as most of my want list is getting pricey.