Friday, September 5, 2014

1962 Canadian Post Cereal Billy Pierce And Pierce Checklist

Completing the 1962 Post/Jello/Canadian Post trio is more or less a milestone in my Billy Pierce endeavors. I hadn't seen many of the Canadian version available when suddenly a few weeks back two popped up on eBay. One had a low starting bid and the other, this one, was a B-I-N with a price at about the top limit of what I had decided I would be willing to pay.

I hemmed and hawed and finally decided that a Pierce in the hand is worth more than a possibly cheaper Pierce in the bush. So here it is. I mention it being a milestone because it is the last of the 'easily' attainable vintage Pierce items on my want list.

The other things I have searched for are items that are rarely seen or routinely are priced beyond what I will pay for any piece. The former covers things like Venezuelan-issued Topps cards (I have one but several others exist, I think), a stadium pinback that falls into the huge catch-all PM10 category of sports memorabilia, and the Dormand postcard from the mid-fifties. These pieces are elusive to the point that even if I had unlimited funds I would still be searching because I have never seen them.

The latter (too expensive) items include the 1959 Bazooka Billy Pierce, the Robert Gould card that accompanied the little toy statues like the one I was able to purchase, and the 1957 Swifts Franks. Except for the PM10 and the Bazooka, these have been acquired.

Below is an edited version my Pierce checklist/want list. I did not include the 'archives type of cards

Billy Pierce Collection (Updated Jan 23, 2019)
X=   I have it
???=  need it, I have not seen one
$$$= need it, the cost is high
P=Pending arrival

X 1947-1966 Exhibits (have two different, cropping differences)
??? 1947-1966 PM10 Stadium Pins 1 3/4'
X 1951 Bowman (have 2)
X 1951 Topps Blue Backs
X 1952 Bowman
X 1952 Star Cal Large
X 1952 Red Man
X 1952 Topps
X 1952 White Sox Hawthorn-Mellody Dairy Pins
X 1953 Bowman Color
X 1953 1955 Dormand
X 1953 Red Man
X 1953 Topps
X 1954 Bowman
X 1954 Red Heart
X 1954 Red Man
X 1955 Bowman
X 1955 Robert Gould Statues
X 1955 Robert Gould W605 card
X 1956 Topps (have 3)
X 1957 Swifts Franks
X 1957 Topps  (have two, one auto'd)
X 1958 Topps (have both letter variations)
X 1958 Topps Mound Aces
X 50s/60s White Sox Jay Publishing (have many different)
$$$ 1959 Bazooka
X 1959 Topps base (have 2)
X 1959 Topps All-Star Starter (have 2)
X 1959 Topps Ace Hurlers (have 2)
X 1959 Topps All-Star (have 2)
X 1959 Topps Venezuelan Ace Hurlers
X 1959 1961 Wilson Sporting Goods
X 1960 Topps base
X 1960 Topps All-Star
X 1960 Topps/O-Pee-Chee head shot Tattoos
X 1960 Topps/O-Pee-Chee signature Tattoos
X 1960 Topps Venezuelan
???  1960 White Sox Ticket Stubs
X 1961 Topps
X 1961 Post
X 1961 Topps Stamps
??? 1961 White Sox Ticket Stubs
X 1962 & '63 SF Giants Jay Publishing
X 1962 Post
X 1962 Post Canada
X 1962 Jello
X 1962 Salada Plastic Coins
$$$ 1962 Shirriff Plastic Coin
X 1962 Topps (have two)
X 1963 Topps
X 1963 Topps WS Game 6
X 1963 Topps Series Foes
X 1964 Topps
X 1964 Topps Venezuelan

X     1950s/60s Postcards, McWilliams, JD McCarthy, Elder, etc. Have many
X     Comiskey Park 2007 Billy Pierce Day canvas print
X     Comiskey Park (?) Billy Pierce 1959 AL Pennant commemorative glass
X     Comiskey Park Billy Pierce plastic stadium drink cup
X     1957 Sports Illustrated Pierce cover issue
X     1957 Sport Magazine Pierce cover issue
X     8x10 Pierce photos, souvenir photos, store premiums, and wire service photos (have many)
X     Embossed signature wallet (presentation gift to Billy Pierce)
X    NYC Baseball dinner program honoring high school All Americans (1945, inc Pierce)
X    Signed replica jersey

The list below consists of post-career Pierce cards and other items. I have no idea how comprehensive the list is. I pick these sort of things up as they appear and I certainly am not going to track down or overspend on contemporary cards like Archives, Lineage, autographed versions, etc. no matter how cool the card is.

The Key is simple.
X= I have it
No X = I don't have it or I might be misclassifying it.
???= It's a mystery I haven't solved yet.

X 1976 Chicago Greats
X 1976 White Sox TCMA All-Time Greats
X 1977 1984 Galasso Glossy Greats (auto'd)
X 1979 TCMA 50'S
X 1980 Marchant Exhibits
X 1980 White Sox Greats TCMA
X 1981 Giants 1962 TCMA
X 1981 Go-Go White Sox 1959 TCMA
X 1983 Topps Reprint 52
X 1983 Yankee Yearbook Insert TCMA
X 1885 White Sox Coke Pierce/Lollar
X 1988 White Sox Coke
X 1989 Pacific Legends II (auto'd)
X 1989 Swell Baseball Greats
X 1990 Pacific Legends
X 1991 Topps Archives 1953
X 1992 Bazooka Quadracard '53 Archives
X 1992 Action Packed
X 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes
X 1994 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes Gold Parallel
X 1999 Lemon Chill Stadium Giveaway
X 2001 Topps Archives #234
X 2001 Topps Archives #336
   2001 Topps Archives auto #TAA20
X 2001 Topps Archives Reserve
X 2001 Topps Tribute
X 2002 Topps Archives
X 2002 Topps Heritage Then & Now
X 2002 Topps Archives auto
X 2002 Topps Archives Reserve #160
X 2002 Topps Heritage Grandstand Glory
X 2011 Topps 1952 Black Diamond auto
X 2011 Topps Lineage Reprint auto
X  2001 Topps Heritage Real One Blue Ink Auto. /62
    2011 Topps Lineage Reprint auto Canary Diamond
X 2012 Billy Pierce Leaf History of Baseball Cut Auto
X 2013 Topps Heritage Real One Cert. Auto. Red Ink #ROA-BP /64
X 2014 White Sox Season Ticket


  1. I have NEVER seen a Bazooka card except for an image of one thru a Google search. I really want the Swift meats, but that thing is never in a decent price range.

    1. The Shirriff is expensive? Is it a short print?

    2. Jeff: That Bazooka always ends up way out my range on eBay. last one I saw stayed at $70-ish right up until the last hour and hit $200+.

      The cheapest Swifts Franks of any player I see is about $100. I have a bid on a Pierce, I have no chance at my price.

      1967ers: I never see the Shirriff. Maybe it's reasonable I should use the ??? tag.

    3. I have seen them, though I admit, not often. The '68 hockey release has some short prints that are stupid expensive, that's why I asked. I don't recall SPs in the early releases, though.

    4. I see a PSA 9 for $75. That's loopy.

  2. Best of luck on tracking down those remaining Pierces. Looks like you've accumulated one of the best Pierce PC's around.