Curse thee, ye olde white whale

White whale cards are fascinating. Cards that continue to elude us. Cards that are mythical in their own way, and continue to stay one step ahead of us. I enjoy a good white whale hunt, even if I come up empty handed. I guess for me it's the thrill of the hunt. I currently have 10 or so white whales swimming around out there somewhere. If you would like to share your white whale hunting story with us this is the time and place to do it, whether it's a story of success or failure. I know we all have to have at least one white whale tormenting us.

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  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    "But what's this long face about Mr. Starbuck; wilt thou not chase the white whale? Art not game for Moby Dick?

  • softparadesoftparade Posts: 7,913 ✭✭✭✭

    LSD went out in the mid 70's

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @BigRed7 said:
    My story from September 29, 2015

    I started buying cards before I can remember, my father took me to my first card show in Willow Grove in 1976, I was thirteen. We have continued to collect since.

    In 1980 , we purchased the 1st Beckett Football price guide. Upon going through the guide I saw a 1956 Parkhurst Football set and card number 33 was Calvin Jones. I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, and Calvin was a star, the road to the stadium is Calvin Jones Way. He was on the 7th issue of Sports Illustrated, the first Afro-American, and in 1955 won the Outland Trophy for the University of Iowa. For various reasons he chose to play Football in Canada.

    Following a successful rookie season, Calvin played in the East-West All Star game in Vancouver. He died in a tragic plane crash after playing in the Canadian Shrine Game, December 9 1956. He was headed home to try and attend the 1957 Rose Bowl game his friends were playing in for the Iowa Hawkeyes. His plane crashed in the side of Mt. Slesse. Calvin's number 62 is the only other jersey retired by the University of Iowa besides that of Nile Kinnick's number 24.

    Today in the mail, after 35 years of searching, I let my father open the package, he didn't know what was in it other than I told him a surprise. It was my white whale, a 1956 Parkhurst Football Card Calvin Jones. It brought a smile to my fathers 85 year old face. This evening he took the card to the Booster's Club Meeting.

    There are a total of three graded by PSA, and now WE have one. Collecting never gets old!

    I'm speechless. That's one of the best collecting stories I've ever heard. I'm truly speechless. Congratulations on finding the card, and I'm so happy for you. I know how much this must mean to you and your father. Thank you for sharing a beautiful story. I'm stunned.

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    There is no feeling in the world like finding a white whale card.

  • Randy Rubel Jr.

    Bryan

    "When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep and not like the screaming passengers in his car."

  • electrodeelectrode Posts: 107 ✭✭
    edited April 17, 2019 6:18AM

    During the boom years of hockey card shows in the early nineties a seller opened up a wax pack of 1957 Parkhurst hockey cards he mentioned that he paid $100 for the pack he showed me a Henri Richard r.c. and it sure looked great, he wanted $200.00 Canadian,i thought it was to much so i turned the offer down, while driving home after the card show i thought to myself "what are you doing go back and buy the card,to late it was sold,i am now retired and with lesser funds i will never have a chance to buy a raw card this card again let alone a highly graded one.

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @electrode said:
    During the boom years of hockey card shows in the early nineties a seller opened up a wax pack of 1957 Parkhurst hockey cards he mentioned that he paid $100 for the pack he showed me a Henri Richard r.c. and it sure looked great, he wanted $200.00 Canadian,i thought it was to much so i turned the offer down, while driving home after the card show i thought to myself "what are you doing go back and buy the card,to late it was sold,i am now retired and with lesser funds i will never have a chance to buy this card again.

    I feel your pain. There are a few cards out there that I would love to have, but it's just not going to happen. I live on a tight budget, and it's just not possible. I just try to find cards that I can afford that make me happy. Like last month I finally found a 1983 Uno racing Darrell Waltrip card. I had been searching for this card for years, and finally found one I could afford. One popped up on Ebay for $38.00.

  • craig44craig44 Posts: 3,015 ✭✭✭✭

    @BigRed7 said:
    My story from September 29, 2015

    I started buying cards before I can remember, my father took me to my first card show in Willow Grove in 1976, I was thirteen. We have continued to collect since.

    In 1980 , we purchased the 1st Beckett Football price guide. Upon going through the guide I saw a 1956 Parkhurst Football set and card number 33 was Calvin Jones. I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, and Calvin was a star, the road to the stadium is Calvin Jones Way. He was on the 7th issue of Sports Illustrated, the first Afro-American, and in 1955 won the Outland Trophy for the University of Iowa. For various reasons he chose to play Football in Canada.

    Following a successful rookie season, Calvin played in the East-West All Star game in Vancouver. He died in a tragic plane crash after playing in the Canadian Shrine Game, December 9 1956. He was headed home to try and attend the 1957 Rose Bowl game his friends were playing in for the Iowa Hawkeyes. His plane crashed in the side of Mt. Slesse. Calvin's number 62 is the only other jersey retired by the University of Iowa besides that of Nile Kinnick's number 24.

    Today in the mail, after 35 years of searching, I let my father open the package, he didn't know what was in it other than I told him a surprise. It was my white whale, a 1956 Parkhurst Football Card Calvin Jones. It brought a smile to my fathers 85 year old face. This evening he took the card to the Booster's Club Meeting.

    There are a total of three graded by PSA, and now WE have one. Collecting never gets old!

    That is a great story and what the hobby is all about. I wish I could have seen the look on your dad's face

  • lawyer05lawyer05 Posts: 1,283 ✭✭✭

    @BigRed7 said:
    My story from September 29, 2015

    I started buying cards before I can remember, my father took me to my first card show in Willow Grove in 1976, I was thirteen. We have continued to collect since.

    In 1980 , we purchased the 1st Beckett Football price guide. Upon going through the guide I saw a 1956 Parkhurst Football set and card number 33 was Calvin Jones. I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio, and Calvin was a star, the road to the stadium is Calvin Jones Way. He was on the 7th issue of Sports Illustrated, the first Afro-American, and in 1955 won the Outland Trophy for the University of Iowa. For various reasons he chose to play Football in Canada.

    Following a successful rookie season, Calvin played in the East-West All Star game in Vancouver. He died in a tragic plane crash after playing in the Canadian Shrine Game, December 9 1956. He was headed home to try and attend the 1957 Rose Bowl game his friends were playing in for the Iowa Hawkeyes. His plane crashed in the side of Mt. Slesse. Calvin's number 62 is the only other jersey retired by the University of Iowa besides that of Nile Kinnick's number 24.

    Today in the mail, after 35 years of searching, I let my father open the package, he didn't know what was in it other than I told him a surprise. It was my white whale, a 1956 Parkhurst Football Card Calvin Jones. It brought a smile to my fathers 85 year old face. This evening he took the card to the Booster's Club Meeting.

    There are a total of three graded by PSA, and now WE have one. Collecting never gets old!

    thats awesome !!!! smile on your dad worth more than any mickey mantle

  • 1951WheatiesPremium1951WheatiesPremium Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited April 17, 2019 8:51AM

    I love telling this story.

    I collect the 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos (henceforth, WPP). I may be the only one but how many sets feature a 1951 Mickey Mantle rookie card? Bowman is the only one I know of and with just 211 total PSA graded cards from the WPP, their murky origins and my childhood obsession with all things Mickey Mantle I made it a mission to one day own one. I picked up several others from the set (over many years) and I now do own a Mantle (a PSA 6) but once I had the first one in hand all those years ago in hand, I knew immediately that I wanted them all, not just Mickey. Over the years, I read every auction catalog listing, researched the heck out of the set, and created the first full and correct checklist - 12 cards. Of the 12, four prove to be very elusive - Betty Schalow, Ben Hogan, Phil Rizzuto and Jack Kramer. I sort of just lucked into Hogan and Schalow over the years. Ben Hogan being the impetus for me bringing my research to PSA and they graciously worked with me and now grade the full 12 card set (10 prior). At this point, I had the number two set on the Registry but was stuck on 10 cards. Since there was only one PSA Rizzuto and zero PSA Jack Kramer’s (still the case) and I had exhausted just about every search there was, I had little hope of completing the set. Then, one day two years ago, I decided to join these forums, write about my favorite set and share it with the folks around here - it really is my favorite and it’s one of those items that blows people away in hand and just has a very cool murky history and a 1951 Mantle card.

    So one day, truly out of the blue, I get an email with the subject line ‘Wheaties Rizzuto’, I open the email and see this.

    The note attached basically said:

    Hey, I saw you collect this set on the PSA Forums; want it?

    When I woke up three days later, I responded, overpaid, and about a month and half later, Phil was slabbed.

    The cherry on top of this delicious little sundae is the fact that at the time, Phil also pushed me into first place on the Registry for the WPP.

    And so, thanks to these very forums, one of the rarest and most elusive cards around found me.

    I still sail the seas looking for a Jack Kramer, so the hunt lives on, but the landing of Rizzuto is a whale of a story...

    Curious about the rare, mysterious and beautiful 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos?

    https://forums.collectors.com/discussion/987963/1951-wheaties-premium-photos-set-registry#latest

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @1951WheatiesPremium said:
    I love telling this story.

    I collect the 1951 Wheaties Premium Photos (henceforth, WPP). I may be the only one but how many sets feature a 1951 Mickey Mantle rookie card? Bowman is the only one I know of and with just 211 total PSA graded cards from the WPP, their murky origins and my childhood obsession with all things Mickey Mantle I made it a mission to one day own one. I picked up several others from the set (over many years) and I now do own a Mantle (a PSA 6) but once I had the first one in hand all those years ago in hand, I knew immediately that I wanted them all, not just Mickey. Over the years, I read every auction catalog listing, researched the heck out of the set, and created the first full and correct checklist - 12 cards. Of the 12, four prove to be very elusive - Betty Schalow, Ben Hogan, Phil Rizzuto and Jack Kramer. I sort of just lucked into Hogan and Schalow over the years. Ben Hogan being the impetus for me bringing my research to PSA and they graciously worked with me and now grade the full 12 card set (10 prior). At this point, I had the number two set on the Registry but was stuck on 10 cards. Since there was only one PSA Rizzuto and zero PSA Jack Kramer’s (still the case) and I had exhausted just about every search there was, I had little hope of completing the set. Then, one day two years ago, I decided to join these forums, write about my favorite set and share it with the folks around here - it really is my favorite and it’s one of those items that blows people away in hand and just has a very cool murky history and a 1951 Mantle card.

    So one day, truly out of the blue, I get an email with the subject line ‘Wheaties Rizzuto’, I open the email and see this.

    The note attached basically said:

    Hey, I saw you collect this set on the PSA Forums; want it?

    When I woke up three days later, I responded, overpaid, and about a month and half later, Phil was slabbed.

    The cherry on top of this delicious little sundae is the fact that at the time, Phil also pushed me into first place on the Registry for the WPP.

    And so, thanks to these very forums, one of the rarest and most elusive cards around found me.

    I still sail the seas looking for a Jack Kramer, so the hunt lives on, but the landing of Rizzuto is a whale of a story...

    Beautiful story. I love it when a white whale is finally caught. I hope you find the Jack Kramer someday. Thanks for sharing.

  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,160 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio

    What a nice story - thanx for sharing.

    I graduated from Franciscan University - Steubenville in 1973. Seems like a lifetime ago.

    Mike



  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,160 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I currently have 10 or so white whales swimming around

    Wow Jason - that's a lotta fish!

    If a whale is based on price point? Mine would be the T3 Cobb - very expensive.

    Mike



  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @Stone193 said:

    I currently have 10 or so white whales swimming around

    Wow Jason - that's a lotta fish!

    If a whale is based on price point? Mine would be the T3 Cobb - very expensive.

    I actually have more than 10, but I am focusing on about 10 right now. I check the ocean, aka Ebay, everyday to see if one might surface.

  • ahopkinsahopkins Posts: 560 ✭✭✭

    Check Kijiji!!!

    Andy

  • akuracy503akuracy503 Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭
    edited April 17, 2019 3:22PM


    Source T206 museum .com

  • BigRed7BigRed7 Posts: 240 ✭✭

    @Stone193 said:

    I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio

    What a nice story - thanx for sharing.

    I graduated from Franciscan University - Steubenville in 1973. Seems like a lifetime ago.

    What a small world, I was up on the campus today watching High School Baseball. The campus has really changed, where are you from originally? When was the last time you were in Steubenville?

  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @akuracy503 said:

    Source T206 museum .com

    Every time I see the T206, I am just speechless. What a masterpiece.

  • Stone193Stone193 Posts: 23,160 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @BigRed7 said:

    @Stone193 said:

    I was born and raised in Steubenville, Ohio

    What a nice story - thanx for sharing.

    I graduated from Franciscan University - Steubenville in 1973. Seems like a lifetime ago.

    What a small world, I was up on the campus today watching High School Baseball. The campus has really changed, where are you from originally? When was the last time you were in Steubenville?

    Haven't been back since 1973 - went to Columbia U afterwards - I still support the college.

    I know the school has changed - more students - have no idea about the town.

    Just know they had 2 FB teams - Big Red and Catholic Central (I think that was it's name)

    FB was supreme in those days - Big Red would have a game and the whole world showed up for it!

    Used to get my favorite cheap meal at Naples - called the heel - and a place called Pimpy Johns - a great sausage sandwich or ham and cheese for 50 cents!

    Steubenville is a great city - alive and well until the mill shut down in Weirton I believe?

    Mike



  • yankeesmanyankeesman Posts: 654 ✭✭✭

    About four years ago I started collecting the autographs of all the Topps Rookie Cup winners on their rookie cup cards. I'm just over 80% complete of the group of over 600 but the one that keeps eluding me is the 1971 Topps Thurman Munson. It would make sense that this would be pretty tough but I've seen two PSA graded examples in auctions and been outbid both times at what I would have thought would have been safe top bids. One day maybe I'll be able to snag one. Here's a pic of the most recent to auction in December of last year.

    Yogi Berra, Thurman Munson, Brian McCann and HOF Catchers collector
  • doubledragondoubledragon Posts: 280 ✭✭✭

    @yankeesman said:
    About four years ago I started collecting the autographs of all the Topps Rookie Cup winners on their rookie cup cards. I'm just over 80% complete of the group of over 600 but the one that keeps eluding me is the 1971 Topps Thurman Munson. It would make sense that this would be pretty tough but I've seen two PSA graded examples in auctions and been outbid both times at what I would have thought would have been safe top bids. One day maybe I'll be able to snag one. Here's a pic of the most recent to auction in December of last year.

    Beautiful card. I'm rooting for you. I hope you find it, because I can see how much it means to you.

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