View Full Version : Subject of weird hoards

09-11-2012, 02:22 AM
I know a lot of people collect a particular player, unopened material, or series (87 Topps!), but I'm curious to see if anyone is hoarding anything else? If you're hoarding a player, unopened material, or series, is it anything strange? Might you be a "1/1"?

I've come across the guy who's got a thing for Billy Ripken. Anyone else have anything interesting to share?

I myself don't, but I get hot/cold on buying large lots of a particular series to just thumb through and enjoy like I did when I was young. I just find it fascinating to learn what other things people are into and why.

Thanks in advance for sharing!

09-11-2012, 09:06 AM
I don't think I hoard but am sometimes a compulsive collector in regard to trying to get one of everything Topps ever issued for baseball. For example, in collecting the Topps 1974 Deckle set, once I completed it, I went on to complete it in white back, grey back and proof form. Did something similar on the Topps 1985 Minis. Did them in regular back, the blank back, and now working, likely in vain, on red only backs.

The only Topps items I sort of "hoarded" were 1991 packs. It was their 40th anniversary and they issued one each of every card from every set back to 1952 inside the 91 packs. For the years 1952 to 1956 the packs had redemption cards rather than the actual card itself due to size. I bought a bunch a of packs/boxes to save. The redemption card would now be useless ( I never saw a list, if any, of what cards were not redeemed), but the packs may contain some old cards. I doubt the cards were mint to begin with since Topps bought them off the secondary market for the promotion, but it would still be fun at some time to open "modern" packs ( 21 years old now) and find a few old cards.

Plus th 91 set is interesting in many ways. In my opinion there are more errors, oddities and variations possible in that set than any other Topps set.

steve B
09-11-2012, 12:53 PM
I save a lot of odd varieties. 91 Topps does have a ton of them, plus Upper deck with different holograms, 93 Upper deck with different gloss patterns ....Stuff like that.

I used to buy big boxfuls of cards at the flea market. Mostly in the mid 90's when people were mad about the strike and bailing on cards. I've moved a lot of the commons, still have some.

I would go through them and put aside cards of players I thought were good but maybe not great. The sort of guys who had maybe an outside shot at 3000 hits, 300 wins or 400 HR. I still have the boxful of those, interesting to see how they ended up. (Nearly none of them made it.)

Steve B

09-13-2012, 05:15 PM
Probably not a hoard...but ANYTHING Nolan Ryan!

Big Six
09-13-2012, 06:35 PM
I have a Josh Phelps collection going that is composed of game used, autographs and cards...at last count, I see he has about 250+ different cards and I have 179 (71%).

09-25-2012, 10:36 AM
At one point I had 190,000+ Robin Yount cards! :eek:

09-25-2012, 12:33 PM
John---I think you have taken the first step in recovery with this admission :)

David W
09-25-2012, 03:34 PM
John---I think you have taken the first step in recovery with this admission :)

YUP - but seriously, how do you get 190,000 Robin Yount cards?

I mean that's 600 monster boxes full?

09-26-2012, 05:09 PM
At one point I had 190,000+ Robin Yount cards! :eek:

I'd say that qualifies.:eek:

09-28-2012, 11:19 PM
190,000?! Sounds like a whopper to me to me. I'm not sure if the space required to house that many cards is what gets me, or if it's the cost of acquiring that many Yount cards.

If you did, I hope you took the time to call up Guinness!

09-29-2012, 01:35 AM
I have 3060 - 93 Finest refractors. Does that make me a hoarder? The most I have of one player is 100 Randy Myers which is 41% of the production run.


09-29-2012, 10:59 AM
Yes Phil...you have sufficiently qualified yourself

09-29-2012, 12:58 PM
My favorite football player when I was growing up was Jim Kiick of the Miami Dolphins.
I started seriously collecting cards in 1971 and recall having hundreds , maybe thousands of 1971 Topps Football.
When I rediscovered my cards in 1987 the only cards I didn't still have were those 71 FB.

So, ever since, I have been recollecting them. I am doing 14 sets, low grade or high grade, doesn't matter to me. (263 cards per set)
I have maybe 5 or 6 sets that are full, mainly needing Bradshaw, Greene or some other bigger names to complete them. I also have at least a thousand extras that means I will likely keep going. I doubt that
I will try anything more than 71 full sets, any higher would be crazy.

But I only have about 30 of the 1971 Topps FB #186 Jim Kiick. I would like to get a lot more of those some day...maybe about 870 more before I stop.
That would be a box of 100 ct 9-pockets and one big binder full...sounds pretty cool :D

09-30-2012, 02:51 PM
At one point I had 190,000+ Robin Yount cards! :eek:

I know two brothers that collect Jimmy Key (they knew him in high school or something???)...think last time I asked them they had well over 200,000 cards of Key