Friday, September 21, 2012

On the Lighter Side...

Here's a "gem" of mine that was picked up at The Nationals:

It was sent to me after I got back from Baltimore, however. At the show, I ran into several of my OBC buddies including Larry "Guru" Tipton, who is legendary in the group for his condition guide. While at the show, he "scored" a collection of cards that were...shall we say, water damaged? After the show, he was kind enough to share cards of this "find" with members of the community.

In fact, he even inagurated his OBC-styled grading service called Guru's Grading Service (GGS). After lovingly grading and labeling many of the cards, he sent them to fellow OBC members as a way of spreading his good fortune.

I already have a 1961 Topps Hank Foiles in my own collection, so I'm not likely to free this one from its slab. Which may be a real treat for my nose.


  1. Hi all, very sorry to say that I've learned Vintage Sportscards blog author (and friend to many) Chris Stufflestreet passed away this morning.

    Bob D'Angelo, fellow member of the card trading group OBC, wrote about Chris this evening at

    "Saying farewell to vintage blogger is tough"

    RIP and thanks for everything, Chris.

  2. Farewell, Chris.

    The world lost a north country boy, an avid vintage collector and a lover of the greatest game on earth.

    I always admired your love for cards, no matter the condition. And I looked forward to reading each of your blogs 3 times a week. It's not going to be the same without you.

    Wish I could have met you in person.

    RIP and thanks.

  3. I've always enjoyed this blog and I've learned a lot from it. Godspeed, Chris, and RIP. Condolences to your family.

  4. RIP Chris. Love this blog sad to see it's author pass. :(

  5. So sad. R.I.P. sir.

    By the way, does anyone else find the title of this post extremely ironic? I feel like Chris is looking down laughing.