Vintage Sports Report

If you're interested in vintage baseball collectibles, we've got the info you need. Our Vintage Sports Report takes you into the world of classic baseball collectibles.

Hello Phillies Phans. My name is Randy Ruth and I am the owner of R&R Sports and Things. I am what's known as a vintage dealer. I buy, sell and trade in future commodities, just like a stock broker would, except that I deal in baseball and football items from turn of the century to the mid 80's; after that, it's considered too new.

I do carry some new products but those are only Phillies players and other top rookies from both baseball and football.

I got my start in the mid 60's by riding my bike to a small store and buying packs of cards and then making the six mile ride home to open them. Instead of playing with them, I put them away and simply collected them until I was in my thirties. No small feat, since the collection went through multiple wives and my travels around the world in the military, but it all paid off. While some of the cards didn't survive, those that did became the basis of my buisness.

Enough about me.

Week to week I would like to speak about some of the older major brands on the market, but also some you may not have heard of. Naturally,the more scarce they are the higher the price.

Anyone that would like to start collecting vintage now, should probably start with T-206, which are readily available at a decent price, but do not buy them graded; if you want it graded do it yourself. A graded 206 can cost anywhere between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars.

Be sure to check the quality of the cards you purchase. First and foremost, no creases or chipping. Chipping is when some of the color on the card has been removed.

Here are some examples of Philadelphia players from the T-206 set.

PLAYER COST
Kitty Bransfield $75.00
Stan Coveleski $75.00
Charles Dooin $75.00
Mike Doolan (three poses) 2@$60.00 / 1 @ $75.00
Fred Jacklitsch $75.00
Otto Knabe $60.00
Sherry Magee (three poses) $60.00, $125.00 and $10,000.00
George McQuillen $75.00
John Titus $60.00

As you can see, prices are not bad, except for the rarest of the Magee cards.

Another thing to watch for is which team your are buying if you're interested in just wanting to put teams together. Remember, that the Phillies were not always called the Phillies. They were the Nationals, for T-206, the Quakers and the Blue Jays. While they were actually never in league play as the Blue Jays, some items came out with that listing.

If you liked the article, have any suggestions, questions or are just looking for something, feel free to e-mail me at RRSports@ptd.net.


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