Monday, July 27, 2015

Sportscaster Cards at the National Card Show

I will be looking for Sportscaster cards at the National this week.  I've never seen promotional items, proof sheets, etc.  That is probably because this was a mail order only set, right?

I haven't run across any Sportscaster experts anywhere either.  I will keep trying.

I hope to find at least a card from each language-specific set, even though I can't read any of them.

If I see anything good that is over my spending limits I will try to take a picture of the items.  Heck, I can't even get Gretzky, Bird and Magic Johnson cards from this set at the price they tend to be sold.

Friday, July 10, 2015

What a Sportscaster Cello Pack Looks Like - What Should it Look Like?

The two pictures below show an unopened cello pack from the Sportscaster card series.  I signed up to get these cards in the late 1970s.  I think that they would send another one each month until the subscription was canceled.  Like most people, I canceled mine long before the Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky cards appeared.  Ugh.

The front of the cello has nothing at all on it.  You'd almost think that this was created by someone at a flea market.   Toni Gustafsson is card number 1 in Pack/Deck/Series 3.  

There are 24 cards in each pack/deck/series.  Dwight Stones is card number 24 in this pack.

The Control Number tells which set it is and which series it is.  03 005 denotes the North American set.  The .03 means that it is series 3.

Each cello pack contains all 24 cards in the series so there should be no surprises in an unopened pack.  

The bottom right of the Stones card also denotes the same information.  It has 03 005 03-24.  This is the same information as the Control Number plus it adds the card number (24) in the series.

It seems like it would be easy to re-seal these.  Does card #1 have to be first and card #24 have to be last?  If so, my pack with Nolan Ryan on top has been re-packaged.  Please let me know if you have an answer to this.  

Some packs have special offers or other inserts at the back, so I can't always see which card is the last one in the pack.  

More about Dwight Stones later.  They weren't impressed with his two bronze medals I guess.