Saturday, September 20, 2008

Goodie for Goudey!

When you're talking dream cards, mine is a 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth. Will I ever have one? Doubtful. But my vintage Goudey collection officially started yesterday with the arrival of this:

171. Charley Jamieson, Cleveland Indians
Sorry for the crappy scans. I'm in the process of switching over to a new computer but my old one still has the scanner hooked up and the old monitor is horrid. Instantly Charley becomes the oldest part of my baseball card collection. I've got a couple of non-sport and boxing tobacco cards that are a little bit older, but not by much. According to BaseballReference, Charley was never a superstar but he was a solid hitter holding down a career average of .301 in almost two decades of playing. In 1924 he hit .359 and finished third in AL MVP voting.
The card itself is in solid shape with no creases. It has been loved over time as the nicely rounded corners show but it was never manhandled. This card was inserted as a Buy Back from 2008 Upper Deck Goudey. I'm not sure what Goudey commons are worth but when I saw the Buy it Now of $8.00 I figured a pretty little piece of pre-WWII vintage was more fun than a random pack or two of the new stuff.
Upper Deck also inserted a card of congratulations indicating this is indeed a Buy Back.
What I find interesting is the language used. 
You have received a trading card that was originally released in a previous product and is now being re-released for your collecting pleasure.
Can Upper Deck not take a couple of extra seconds and state what set it's from? And maybe even go a step further and discuss the history of the 1933 Goudey set? Gasp! One would think that seeing as how Upper Deck has the rights to call the new set "Goudey" they'd also have the rights to point out the origins of the old cards as well.
It's not that I care that much. I'm just excited to have the first of hopefully a handful of cards from this set.


deal said...

congrats. How many packs of Goudey have you picked up this year?? That is the first buyback I have seen. Was it out of hobby box?

Ryan Cracknell said...

I haven't opened a single pack of this year's. I loved the 2007 set but was turned off of the prospect of the many SPs again this year.

I picked this one up from eBay for $8. I believe Buy Backs are supposed to be one per case.