Sunday, February 5, 2017

Grolier Life in America Cards

Are these Grolier Life in America readily available in bulk?  I wouldn't mind getting the entire set of 2,600 cards if they can be had for a low price.  Why?  I would enjoy reading them and I like the photos and design.

These cards are quite similar to Sportscaster cards.  I need to do some research to see how many track and field cards are in the set.  If the set is too much money, I certainly plan to get the track and field cards.

If you have any information on these cards please let me know.


Saturday, February 4, 2017

Great Site for Track and Field Card Checklists

Here is another great site for track and field checklists.  I like how they detail which cards in a multi-sport set are track and field cards.

http://athleticards.com/index.html


I don't know how active the site is so I sent them an e-mail about finding a checklist for foreign Sportscaster cards.   I hope to at least get a checklist of all of the track and field athletes featured in the other Sportscaster sets.  There are plenty of cards in those sets that don't exist in the North American version of Sportscaster cards.

The site categorizes the sets in alphabetical order.




I have a bunch of track and field cards that I don't know much about so I will hopefully learn more about this using this site.  





Friday, February 3, 2017

Swedish Sportscaster Cards - I Now Have a Few Duplicates to Trade

I'm up to 171 different Swedish Sportscaster cards, all track and field.  I still have no idea about a checklist.  Has anyone found out anything about that?

I've also now got eight duplicates shown in the picture.  They are not perfect but they look good.


I'd be willing to trade these for cards that I need from this set.  

I have lots of doubles from the Finland version of these cards.  Unfortunately I don't have baseball, football, basketball and hockey cards because most people seem to sell those separately and then dump the other stuff in a lot.  That's good for me getting track and field cards but if I want complete sets that is a challenge.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Card Collecting Books Don't Always Ignore Sportscaster Cards

Many collecting books don't mention Sportscaster cards.  The book in the link below makes some nice comments about these cards.



Collecting Vintage Football Cards - A Complete Guide With Checklists

I'm still looking for that master checklist.  At this point I'm planning on creating one myself, something I've already made some progress with using Excel.  I haven't decided on the best online platform for such a checklist.  Does anyone have suggestions?

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Swedish Sportscaster Card Updates

I found the remainder of my Swedish Sportscaster cards.  There were not many more.  Most of the track stars were in that stack, except for Prefontaine.

From what I've read, it looks like there might be 76 decks from Sweden.  I have cards as high as deck 73 so that makes sense.

I still have only track and field cards, so I don't know anything else about this set.

I've been too busy to get some different pictures.  




I have 127 singles.  Here is the breakdown:

1.  All of the stars that I just added to my checklist have the same numbers as the USA set counterparts.  Now I have 54 cards with the same card number that was used in the USA (North American) version of Sportscaster cards.

2.  18 cards are different from the ones produced in the USA version.

3.  55 cards appear in both sets but with different card numbers.  I didn't check yet to see if there are variations since I can't read the backs which I assume are in Swedish.


Good news for someone.  I have seven doubles that I'd be willing to trade for my other foreign Sportscaster needs.  I've got Faina Melnik, Abebe Bikila, Guy Drut, Alberto Juantorena, David Hemery, Tom B. Hansen and Eremitage-loppet.  The last two cards seem to not be in the USA set.  I still need to confirm the last card since there is a language issue for me.

Does anyone know how many track and field cards are in this set?



Monday, January 16, 2017

Ugh! I Really Need a Checklist for These Foreign Sportscaster Cards

I was trying to inventory the Sportscaster cards that I have from Sweden, Finland and the UK.  I started with Sweden since I have between 100 and 200 track and field cards and nothing else.



Of the 104 that I entered so far here are some stats:

1.  Only 33 of the cards have the same card number that was used in the USA (North American) version of Sportscaster cards.

2.  17 cards are different from the ones produced in the USA version.

3.  54 cards appear in both sets but with different card numbers.  I didn't check yet to see if there are variations since I can't read the backs which I assume are in Swedish.

If these ratios hold true, I might not want to get more of these cards since it will be another long-term project just to get a checklist created.  My work from the USA set isn't even paying off much.


I give up!


I can't find the stack of cards that has the Beamon and Jenner above so they haven't been included in these counts.

I really dread sorting the cards from Finland because I have a lot more and they use a different numbering scheme.

Someone must have a checklist of these cards.  Maybe not, since I haven't even found a checklist for the North American Sportscaster cards.

On a positive note, I have completed my list of Sportscaster cards from French set.  Unfortunately, I am still at one card - the one shown above.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Sportscaster Cards and PSA

I was reading on a forum that it could cost about $18 to get a Sportscaster card graded.  With that in mind I can only imagine that one would great the three expensive cards (Bird, Magic, Gretzky) or maybe some of the last series because they are in such short supply.

I'm making no effort to verify the cost or to see how much more it would cost to get the autograph certified.  How would they even certify some of the thousands of athletes on those cards?



I was quite surprised to see on PSA's site that they have graded 5,166 Sportscaster cards.  Maybe it would be useful to grade cards from some of the harder to find foreign sets.  

Is it like the 1989 Donruss Craig Biggio where PSA must have given someone a good price to get lots of them graded and advertise the product?  

Here are some surprising numbers:

# graded   name  (pack/deck)
110           Bobby Orr (001)         ---  set one is the most plentiful set, right?
  80           Muhammad Ali (001)
  57           Larry Bird (074)
119           Wayne Gretzky (077)
  53           Magic Johnson (078)


Lots of cards have none that have been sent to PSA.  Imagine the cost of getting all 2,184 cards graded.  Would that person also go for variations?