What I Collect

Last edited on March 26, 2018

Listed below are my collecting interests. It's posted here for informational purposes. I probably don't have anything you'd be interested in trading for, unless you're into Oriole team issued Jesse Jefferson postcards. I've got boatloads of those. LOL

My collections and collecting interests:

-Orioles Topps/Fleer/Bowman/Donruss from 1954 to 1990. '90 marks the point I jumped the card collecting ship. I completed this long ago but I might upgrade a few cards in the future.

-Baltimore Colts mainstream cards from the AAFL Days thru the Mayflower move. I've completed this other than a few stray Fleer 'In Action' cards.

-Oddball, limited distribution, regional, team-issued and promotional sets, display items and paper collectibles for the Orioles and Baltimore Colts. Examples are Leaf, Johnny Pro stand-ups, all manner of Topps inserts, coins, stamps and extraneous junk, pocket skeds, commemorative glassware, pennants and player postcards etc.

-Batman...sets, sketch cards, books...almost anything! Mars Attacks as well.

-T206s and Japanese baseball cards of various types. I don't have huge collections of these but they fascinate me and I love picking up bargains online just for fun.

-Billy Pierce. I've been a fan of his since childhood. I believe I became one because he seemed to pitch at Yankee Stadium against the Yankees every time my Dad took me to see a game there involving the White Sox. I have a pretty extensive Pierce collection including cards, postcards/photos and novelty items.

-Yearbooks/Press Guides/Game Programs and postseason game programs for the Orioles, Baltimore Colts and New York Rangers. I lack only the 1954 and 1956 Oriole press guides for a straight run through 2016. I have nearly all the Baltimore Colts Press Guides from the mid 50s through the Mayflower move. As for the Rangers... I'm looking to build my collection of 60's guides (Blue Books). I also have many University of Houston paper memorabilia items.

-My fantasy football and baseball player collections. I've commished a league since 1980 and have collected one card of every player I've had on my team. Those cards are mostly Topps and the other mainstream issues but I also have had to dig up college issue cards, USFL cards, regional and team issues and have had to make a handful of cards myself for those few players never to have had one issued. I began playing fantasy baseball a few seasons ago and I collect those players as well.

-University of Houston alums who have gone on to the pro ranks. I used to really track these down and I have a nice collection from the 50's through about 1991 or so. Elvin Hayes, Fred Couples, Andre Ware, Dwight Davis, Doug Drabeck, Otis Birdsong and Clyde Drexler make up most of it. I also have quite a bit of University of Houston paper memorabilia including game programs, press guides, etc.

-Pins and buttons. I have managed to collect all the Orioles World Series pins. I lack the 1958 All Star pin. I also have numerous commemorative player and event pins and buttons for the Orioles, Baltimore Colts, NY Rangers and Astros.

Possible future projects:
Completing .....
the 1961 Nu Card College Football set;
a Johnny Unitas regular issue card run: Philly Gum, Topps, etc.;  DONE
the 1960 Topps baseball set; (Now In Progress) DONE
my half ass attempt to fill out the '75 Topps baseball and football sets; (BB is done)
one of the mid 60s Philly Gum football sets. (finished the '64 Philly Gum in 2017)

-I collect cards of the following players, some earnestly, others casually:

Brooks Robinson
Frank Robinson
Billy Pierce
Charles 'Chief' Bender
Johnny Callison
Jackie Jensen
Rusty Staub
Jim Palmer
Allie Reynolds (my Dad's favorite pitcher)
Elrod Hendricks
Dennis Martinez
Wes Covington
Eddie Murray
Sandy Koufax
Elston Howard
Juan Pizarro
Warren Spahn
David Clyde
Jim Gentile
Roger Maris
Mack Jones
Bob Moose
Mike Cuellar
Bob Gibson
Art Ditmar

Johnny U.
Lenny Moore
John Mackey
Gino Marchetti
Jim Brown
Tommy McDonald
Ben Hawkins
Gale Sayers
Ray Berry
Andre Johnson
Joe Morrison
Andre Ware
Case Keenam

Eddie Giacomin
Rod Gilbert
Gordie Howe
Mike Richter
Henrik Lundqvist
Patrick Roy
The Houston Aeros

Elvin Hayes
Connie Hawkins
Bill Russell
Any and all University of Houston players

Arnold Palmer
Fred Couples

Wayne Rooney
Bobby Charlton
Luis Figo
Paul Pogba

Lyndon Johnson
John, Ted and Robert Kennedy
Nelson Rockefeller
Teddy Roosevelt
Hubert H Humphrey
George Wallace
Richard Nixon
Barack Obama