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Old 12-07-2013, 11:05 AM
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Default Player collectors -- Best player to collect

For all you player card collectors out there, who do you think is the best player to collect (and why). When responding, please consider:
1. Popularity
2. Price (accessibility to the average collector)
3. Any other pertinent factors

I am sure there are many opinions. Looking forward to reading the responses.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:00 PM
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One of the players I collect is Frank Robinson and he has my vote here.

I think he is under appreciated in the hobby and in the sport itself considering all he has done in his career.

MVP in both leagues, 1966 Triple Crown, two time World Series winner, nearly 600 home runs and the first black manager in baseball.

All that being said, I don't think his card prices reflect the great career he has had and when people talk about all the all time greats, especially during his era, more folks talk about Aaron, Clemente and Mays.

One other player I want to mention is Ron Santo. He is a favorite of mine and only recently Santo is getting his just due in the hobby. For years I thought he was over looked not only for the HOF but in the hobby yet he was the best third baseman in the N.L. during the 1960's and into the early 70's.

Santo played in a strong pitchers era as did Frank Robinson but put some solid numbers up during his career.
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Old 12-07-2013, 12:17 PM
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I collect Mantle, but price can definitely be prohibitive. I think Yogi Berra may be a decent way to go, and he was up next on my list. In whoever you collect, I think the key is to avoid anyone with a career that lasted into the 80s/90s. I love Nolan Ryan, and he would have been my natural first choice, but the number of card he has is astronomical. On the other hand, Mantle is right around 230-300 cards which is a bit more manageable.
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My vote would go to Clemente. He certainly passes the popularity test. IMO he is as or more iconic than any player of the last 50 years with the possible exception Mantle. Price is manageable to the average collector and his cards cover most of the iconic sets of the 50-70's.

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Not pre-1980 but I player collect Wade Boggs. I collect him because he is my all-time favorite player. After he retired I quit collecting till very recently. The good thing about his cards being from the junk era is they are cheap as chips. The bad part is there are an amazingly large amount of cards to hunt down.
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i collect mantle so my vote is for Mantle but like other guys said, price can be a problem.....

My other more reasonable choice is maris and jackie robinson

Maris is really affordable... and it is the first to beat the Ruth homerun record. I love the movie 61 so i love maris
I think it is popular, the price are verry reasonable and Maris cards are easy to find ...

when my mantle topps run set will be completed i think i will go with Maris or perhaps my other choice , jackie robinson.

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I love this thread, thanks so much for starting it! As a new collector it really gives me some insight into the hobby/passion of collecting.
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I love this thread, thanks so much for starting it! As a new collector it really gives me some insight into the hobby/passion of collecting.
Welcome to the hobby. I used to be a set collector, but it can get overwhelming. Collecting player sets can be less daunting and lots of fun. It is great to document a players career while also having an opportunity to collect cards from several years. Enjoy and be sure to post your cards.
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I absolutely agree on Frank Robinson and think Spahn, Drysdale, and Bob Gibson are both affordable and very under appreciated. Unfortunately I lack the attention span to collect any one player.
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I collect Mantle, but price can definitely be prohibitive. I think Yogi Berra may be a decent way to go, and he was up next on my list. In whoever you collect, I think the key is to avoid anyone with a career that lasted into the 80s/90s. I love Nolan Ryan, and he would have been my natural first choice, but the number of card he has is astronomical. On the other hand, Mantle is right around 230-300 cards which is a bit more manageable.
100% agree about avoiding players that play into the 80s. The chase just becomes almost unmanageable.
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