Thursday, October 30, 2014
Collecting 1984 Calbee
This was spurred by a Yahoo Auction purchase I made last week of a lot of 59 cards from the set. I added these to the 60 cards I already had (in a piece of incredible luck the new cards were almost all ones I needed), meaning that I now have over 100 different cards.
1987 Calbee (about 3/4 complete now) and the 1990 Calbee low numbers (about 1/2 complete) being the others.
The big difference between the 1984 set and the 1987 and 1990 ones is the difficulty of putting them together. The latter are among the more do-able of the pre-1998 rare Calbee sets to complete, while the 1984 set is among the hardest. The sheer size of the set - 715 cards - is daunting (the 1987 set has about half that and the 1990 low number series only 55). Among these are a number of series which were only released regionally in limited quantities (detailed here) which account for about one quarter of the total and are incredibly expensive. I don`t have any of those and might content myself with tracking down the easier to find ones first and, if I become independently wealthy in the future, might work on the rare block ones then.
There are some pretty cool cards in the set, which has a distinctive look to it. I love this Reggie Smith with his hair overflowing from under that batting helmet.