Monday, May 3, 2021

Let's Get Repulsive

Cardinals of all shapes, sizes and years. 
Fellow Cardinals collecting blog All Cardinals All The Time shared another batch of Cardinals dupes with me a few months back. As usual, this stack of cards did not disappoint. It's not every day I get to add a card from the '50s to my collection, let alone one of Eldon "Rip" Repulski. Are there any Repulski super-collectors out there? I know he has relatively few cards, so I just want to know if there's someone out there hoarding copies of this 1955 Topps card, for example.

We jump (leap?) forward into the '90s with an autographed card from the 1997 Donruss Signature Series set. As I've said before, I love that this set offers collectors a chance at some really affordable autographs on the secondary market. I'm not the biggest autograph seeker myself, but if I were I'd be more drawn to this set (and TTMs) than new Bowman cards or something high end.

This might be the first time Dan Cholowsky has ever gotten a mention on this blog, but as it turns thirteen next month, I'm not sure that I would bet on it.

We go from a former top prospect who didn't pan out to a guy who has worked out well so far since his initial call-up last year. I don't know many that have doubles of Topps Now cards just laying around, so I'm guessing this was part of a bulk purchase. I'll sometimes look for cheap Topps Now cards to add to my collection, but they're often from a separate set. This might be the first one I own from the main set in their daily on-demand series.

Topps has certainly done the tobacco mini thing better, but I can never complain about getting more Pacific cards. It would be fun to open a box from one of their sets someday, although I'm always afraid that cards from this era are going to be permanently fused together.

With with minor league baseball (the pieces that Rob Manfred didn't destroy) returning tomorrow for the first time since 2019, it's only fitting to show off a young Ray Lankford AAA card here. So many minor league card photos end up looking like photo day at the local school.

Someday I will have all of the Walmart, Target, Meijer (?) and Walgreens parallels that I want. This is not that day. It's good to get another one for the team collection, though.

Mitchell Boggs isn't exactly a household name, but he was a part of the 2011 championship team and briefly held down the closer role that Jason Motte would eventually take over for their stretch and playoff runs.

I usually like Fleer Ultra inserts, but this is kind of an odd one. If I recall, I think the whole 2005 Ultra set sort of sticks out like a sore thumb in the otherwise attractive run of the Fleer product that dated all the way back to 1991. Of course, Upper Deck would end up taking it over and killing it off over the next couple of years.


  1. The Topps store parallels feel like they are getting tougher to track down. I like the Drew! Private Stock was an overlooked set.

  2. MLB hates the minors. I've been saying that even before the renaming, and the contraction, and everything. Argh.

    Nice Rip Repulski.

  3. Lankford grew up in my hometown.

  4. Your Cardinals have been on a roll. It seemed like every time I check the scores the past week or so, they were winning or won. Congratulations! But I hope they cool off a little by the time they play the Padres in mid May.

  5. I have no way of knowing if there is or not, but I sure do like the idea of a Rip Repulski supercollector existing somewhere out there.

  6. I like the concept of the Fleer Ultra insert but it seems a bit off. A lot of space in the red part with a small logo and name. But I like the baseball background. Good post.


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