Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Swing and a miss.... and two bloop singles

1959 Bazooka Billy Pierce. White Whale that will continue to elude me until I hit the lottery. OK, it's not that expensive but it's certainly will cost more than I can justify to myself. The top one of these two recently sold on eBay for $190. It sat at $72 for a couple of weeks tempting me. I finally put in a snipe at $90 and felt guilty so I removed it. I went back twice and re-entered a snipe and again I went back and deleted it. 

Turns out it didn't matter. Someone (a couple of 'someones' I guess) took it way past my limit and beyond. As cool as it is I simply won't pay that.


Funny thing about the Pierce Bazooka is that for some reason I just never see it. I find others at shows. I see the Mays, Mantle, Banks and especially the Cepeda regularly. But not Billy Pierce. This example below is actually the only other Pierce I've seen offered and it went for a huge sum via an auction site.


But I did wrangle myself a couple of additions to the Pierce collection. This is a single 1961 Topps stamp. I've missed out on a bunch of these at auction because I wasn't willing to pay the sort of premiums that seem to come with intact pairs. I finally took this one for a few dollars.


These stamps were very very popular among the collectors at my school back when they were fresh. I remember swapping dupes on the city bus with my friends as we rode home. And of course we stuck them in albums. I had mine for a long time. I think it was purged while I was away at school in the mid-70's. 

The second new addition is one of those things that wasn't even on my Pierce checklist. I just happened to stumble upon it with a casual Pierce search. This is a 1985 Coke White Sox card which obviously features Tim Lollar but includes a insert picture of Pierce. The whole set is done in this way with members of the '85 team shown with a corresponding old time Sox player. These are slightly 'oversized' cards, about the same size as so many of the 1980s 'police' sets. 



9 comments:

  1. I like the look of the 61 stamps. The ones from 62 aren't as nice.

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    1. I do too. They have a certain charm that the color ones lack.

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  2. Those Bazookas as such a pain in the butt. Let me know when you score yours, cuz I don't want to get in a bidding war with you over that card.

    That stamp is proving elusive for me.

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    1. I looked a long time for the stamp in as a single. The pairs are usually around but expensive. That reminds me, did you win a Pierce Dormond postcard last night? If you did, sorry, I ran up your bid.

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  3. Love posts with oddballs. Both of your purchases are really cool. I've never seen those 59 Bazookas, but they sure are pretty. Was the Pierce a short print? Or are these expensive in general? Best of luck in tracking one down.

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    1. You know Fuji, I really haven't considered it might be a SP. For some reason that never occurred to me. I should dig into that.

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    2. Found the PSA page which confirms the Pierce IS a Short Print. Great write-up on the set as well.

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    3. That makes sense. People who are building this set end up bidding against each other and driving up the price. Lol... you might want to limit your posts on this set. It's so beautiful, the more exposure you give it... the more people will want to collect it... and the more you're going to have to pay ;-)

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    4. While Pierce is a short print, the 1959 Bazookas seem to be pretty scarce and expensive. I've been looking to add one - any ol' common in any ol' condition will do - to my collection, but the idea of finding one for less than $10 is apparently wishful thinking.

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