Friday, March 3, 2017
Getting oh so Close....My 1987 Calbee Set Saga Continues
I picked up two more cards on my want list last week, #254 (Rick Lancelotti, known as "Lance" in Japan) and #299 (Eiji Kanamori).
According to my trusty hand-made checklist here:
This is what the same checklist looked like 3 years ago when I made my last post about putting the 87 set together:
10 of the cards that remain on my want list (82, 83, 84, 86, 88, 89, 92, 97, 98 and 99) fall between 75 and 100, which supports the statements I have seen suggesting that run was short-printed. Its extremely hard to find cards from that series on Yahoo Auctions (and needless to say impossible to find them on Ebay). So if you have any cards from that series, hold onto them!
I am hoping that this year will finally be the year that I complete this thing and shift attention to some other sets (1975-76 is another major Calbee project underway, but its nowhere near completion. 1984 and 1986 are also works in progress). The 1987 set is a great one - cool photography and player selection throughout. And it will be a major mark of pride to have put one together, there are probably only a handful of collectors out there who have done it so this is one of those little niches in the hobby where you can brag about stuff like that (in part because so few even bother trying, though this is legitimately a very hard set to piece together regardless).