I am not a super vintage collector. I'm not a really a super anything collector. I'm a dabbler. I dabble in set collecting and team collecting and autos collecting and dust collecting, but there's not one thing that distinguishes my collection. I may have an unhealthy obsession for completing whatever I start, and this has led to an accumulation of untold Phillies and Bowman from the 2011 calendar year. And maybe this is why the hobby has such a hold on me; I must get the next thing, even if the next thing is unattainable and out of reach.
There are a few things on my list that I have not been able to obtain and this bothers me to no end. If I had unlimited funds, I would just go out and get them. One such object of desire is a 1993 Finest Refractor, another is the complete 1995 Score Platinum Set (please don't ask me why), and another for a long time, was a card issued before WWII.
Since I had stopped going to shows sometime in the '90s, tracking down one of these guys without any references or sight unseen proved to be difficult. (I also got sidetracked by all my other crazy collecting pursuits). Beyond the tobacco cards and 1933 Goudey, I didn't have much idea what was out there. Why? Because anything before 1948 was not listed in Beckett for a long time.
Then, along comes Matt of the Number 5 Type Collection, who sends me two cards of the '30s from two different sets out of the blue (I think it was for a contest). These are the two oldest cards in my collection by 15 years.
article at Sully Baseball. It really put into perspective that not all catchers are what they seem. Of course, his name everywhere else is Jimmie Wilson.
Hopefully, this won't be the first look I have at pre-WWII cards. They're way more vintage than vintage.