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Old 07-18-2008, 07:12 PM
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Posted By: Brandon Brown

For a collector on a reasonably "tight" budget. In terms of Price, Size of the set, and popularity (how hard they are to find). Not terribly worried about getting the Nm-Mt stuff, just would like to have a presentable set that I can be proud to have when its done. I've been thinking of a few to start, and a few jump out at me, such as 48 Bowmans(considered prewar?), Diamond Stars, and Delongs. Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:18 PM
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Posted By: Arthur Lobbe

I found Diamond Stars and 35 Goudey the easiest to complete. 48 Bowman only counts if your talking about the Korean War.

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Old 07-18-2008, 07:27 PM
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Posted By: Rob

1939 Goudey can be fun. 162 cards, real photos (although not the most clear), and inexpensive except for DiMaggio and Ted Williams.

others to check out - 1933 tattoo orbit, 1934 batter up, 1934 diamond stars, 1933 delong (gehrig = big $), 1911 T205 gold borders.

Good luck and let us know what you decide!
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Old 07-18-2008, 07:34 PM
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t200.

Simply the most enjoyable set to collect.


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Old 07-18-2008, 07:49 PM
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Posted By: Frank Wakefield

I'd suggest a 'one of each player' approach for a particular team (other than the Pirates and A's) in T206.

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:14 PM
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Posted By: Brandon Brown

Those are all good suggestions! I like the fact that the Diamond Stars are reasonably priced, and the "real pictures" of the Goudeys is an attraction too. The small size of the Delongs has been a draw for me, but the prices on some of the better cards are a little beyond my budget at this time. I will have to give it some thought, and will let you know what I decide! Alsso if anyone has any of these they are willing to part with, I will be watching the BST!! Thanks again,

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Old 07-18-2008, 08:38 PM
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Posted By: Chris

Not rally pre war per say but 1948 Bowman is a great set and you can put together a pretty nice looking set for $1500- $2000

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Old 07-18-2008, 09:22 PM
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Posted By: Darren

1941 Playball, after the Williams and Dimaggio it's a piece of cake.

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Old 07-19-2008, 11:08 AM
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Posted By: Arthur Lobbe

That's like "besides the incident, how did you enjoy the play Mrs. Lincoln?"

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:04 PM
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Posted By: Spike

1936 Goudey doesn't include many stars and the limited number of cards makes it more affordable than others. 1933 Goudey is the set I enjoyed building the most, but it's not really "low budget" unless you skip the Ruths and Gehrigs.

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Posted By: boxingcardman

It's the one you like best

You might try some of the strip cards or Exhibit cards. 1922 Eastern Exhibits is a good one. It is relatively small, has a lot of HOFers but only the Cobb and Ruth are expensive. W515 is another that can be shopped. I've picked up about a dozen HOFers from the set for under $20 each in presentable condition.

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:58 PM
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Posted By: Bruce Babcock

What Adam said. It's what you like best. Sometimes you don't know what you like best until you buy one card as a type piece and then decide it would like better with a couple others from the same set. Then you're hooked.

Take a look at R312. They're bigger than most cards but have a lot of unusual poses and multiple player cards with a good number of HOFers and they won't break the bank.


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Posted By: Jim Clarke

1921 Exhibits!!! Lots of HOFers and affordable. Plus it is first year they came out for that issue.

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Bruce has posted one of my all time favorite cards, that R321 of Mr. Mack and Lefty... gotta love the scorecard in hand, the dress clothes, the bats. What a card!!

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Posted By: Alan

Brandon -

Define "tight" budget. One's "tight" budget is different than another's "tight" budget.

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Posted By: Jodi Birkholm

Alan,

Good point. Is that "I might have to hold off on that sports car" tight or "26 Fabulous Recipes Using Government Cheese" tight?

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Posted By: Alan

Yeah, a few years ago one collector couldn't afford the PSA 8 T-206 Wagner because his budget wouldn't allow it, so he got one of the lower grade PSA 1 Wagners, which was "only" a little over 100K at the time if I recall.

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Posted By: Brandon Brown

Im thinking in terms of a "tight" budget meaning key cards in mid grade under $1k. Im not going to be able to put a set together in record time, so long as I can add a few nicer cards as I go along, that would be ok. I am half-heartedly working on a E106 set, and have come to the conclusion I may be waiting a LONG time to complete that one, purely based on the scarcity and price of low grade examples. I am leaning toward the idea of trying to complete the Diamond stars, since I have 10 graded examples now, all of which are Sgc 60 and higher, and havent paid over $100 for any of them yet. Seems like there will come a time when that will no longer be the case, but the majority of commons are really affordable. Thanks for all the great suggestions so far, there are some seriously interested possibilities out there. Way more than I originally considered!

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