Today’s Little Card Project

This morning I awoke and had the urge to sort through some of my cards.  For awhile I’ve been wanting to pull out all the cards that pertain to individuals and events that help shape certain sports and The Hobby.  Luckily for me, I have some kind of mutant power that enables me to remember where specific cards are stored.

I created an entire new album called “Pioneers & Card History”.  Most of the cards that fill this album come from products like ’09 Obak, but there are a few Legendary Cuts floating around.  I’m only two cards shy of all the base “Game Changers” that were part of TRISTAR’s Obak set last year.  The ones I’m missing are Jack Norworth who wrote the song “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” and William “Dummy” Hoy.  The Hoy cards from that product are extremely popular.  You can’t even find one base card up for sale.

Obak is really an underrated product.  In a lot of cases it features the first cards of people that helped shape the game of baseball.  TRISTAR plans to bring back Obak later this year.  Collectors can already find Obak update cards in 2010 Pursuit like Ernest Thayer (Casey at the Bat) and John Montgomery Ward (1st professional sports player’s union).  Other products may feature cards of people like Derek Jeter, Babe Ruth, and the hottest rookies coming through the pipeline, but Obak fills in the holes of people that have very few cards.  Of all the cards in this little collection, the rarest one would have to be the Alexander Cartwright ’09 A&G Silk #’ed/10.  I would love to have seen the Lena Blackburne cut signature from ’09 Obak.

I look forward to seeing who else will be included in the 2010 Obak set.  If anyone deserves a card, its Jefferson Burdick.  Obak sure would be the set for him to appear in.

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