Dave Toback

(AKA Dr. Chaos)'s Cardboard Home Page

(Member of OBC, OCT and VCT)

<------- Want lists can be found by clicking on the link to the left


For some reason most people have trouble finding the link on the top left

Notes (last updated 5/7/2022):

  • Condition: As a proud member of OBC, I always prefer a hole in my card over a hole in my set. That being said, I typically will upgrade to cards with no creases, writing, paper loss, bad blemishes or tape marks. Centering and corners are less important to me. I guess this is VG+? Using the conventions of PSA, I typically don't like 1's or worse (although all the expensive cards I own are mostly a 1 or an A). and am happy with a 1.5. My sweet spot is a 2. If it's higher than that I usually would prefer to have used my money/trade bait for a lower grade card.

  • Graded vs. Ungraded: Speaking of graded cards, I always prefer raw cards over graded cards, but often choose graded cards for vintage superstars that are frequently counterfeited.

  • Overview of what I collect: My focus has shifted over time. My primary focus is Baseball, with priority always being the Topps baseball run. Next priority is vintage Bowman, Goudey `33 and `34, Play Ball, Fleer, Red Man and Leaf. I'm actively working on other early stuff, but that's been slow so any help is appreciated. On the other hand I've also decided to do Heritage because I love the card stock, and expanded to Archives and A&G. Recently I've added Football and Basketball lists, as well as a couple of newer UV card brands (Upper Deck, Donruss, and Fleer).

  • Trading or otherwise hitting my want list: I realize my lists are getting harder to hit. I'm comfortable with many-for-few card trades, as well as few-for-many card trades. If you can't find anything on my want list, but still want to trade, PLEASE email me at toback@tamu.edu. I like to find good homes for my dupes, and typically prefer any card I don't have to a dupe in my box. I'm also happy to get upgrades, and then share the wealth with my dupes. I'm not much for oddball stuff yet... sorry... some day... maybe...

  • Cardboard Currency Galaxy of Games: I run a number of games to help the cards fly. It's mostly with OBC, OCT and VCT folks, but others are welcome to join. See the links and let me know if you are interested. Like all schoolyard games they are FAR easier than they look. There are just ground rules to make them fun and make things go easier on everyone.


Dave's Top 10 (ish) Card Want list (last updated 5/12/2022) - This list includes a number of former top 10's that got traded away

  1. 49 Leaf Paige

  2. 33 Goudey Ruth (there are 4 of them total)

    1. #149 Red

    2. #181 Leaning

  3. 33 Goudey Gehrig #160

  4. Ty Cobb

    1. 1911 T205

    2. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company

    3. Cracker Jack

  5. 38 Goudey DiMaggio

  6. Replacements

    1. 33 Goudey Foxx ( #154)

    2. 40 Play Ball Joe Jackson

    3. 49 Leaf Joe DiMaggio

List of cards that used to be on on my top 10 list (most recent on top)

  • 49 Bowman Ashburn (May 2022 - Curtis Early)

  • 49 Leaf Ruth (April 2022 - Ashish Jain)

  • 38 Goudey Feller (April 2022 - Derrick Owens)

  • 1909-11 T206 Ty Cobb/Bat off Shoulder (April 2022 - James Keenum)

  • 49 Leaf Warren Spahn (April 2022 - Mitch Braunstein)

  • 52 Topps Campanella (March 2022 - Ted Sherman)

  • 86 Fleer Jordan (February 2022 - Ashish Jain)

  • 80-81 Topps Bird/Johnson/Irving (February 2022 - Ed Pike/OBC)

  • 52 Topps Reese (February 2022 - MM7 Sportscards)

  • 48 Leaf Williams (February 2022 - Ashish Jain)

  • 39 Play Ball Williams (February 2022 - Ashish Jain)

  • 33 Goudey Foxx (#29) (January 2022 - DallasCardShow)

  • 33 Goudey Ruth (#53 Yellow ) (January 2022- Mark Daily)

  • 57 Topps B. Robinson (January 2022 - Chris Tanton)

  • 49 Bowman Paige (January 2022 - Greg Morris Collectibles/eBay)

  • 67 Topps Seaver (December 2021 - Greg Rosen)

  • 49 Leaf Jackie Robinson (December 2021 - Peter Sycks)

  • 63 Topps Stargell (November 2021 - BattersBox)

  • 48 Bowman Spahn (November 2021 BattersBox)

  • 63 Topps Rose (November 2021 - Ilanos)

  • 53 Bowman Reese (November 2021 - Kurt Tourdot)

  • 59 Topps Gibson (November 2021 - Ed Hutchinson)

  • 41 Play Ball Reese (November 2021 - Ashish Jain)

  • 52 Topps Mathews (October 2021 - Peter Sycks)

  • 41 Play Ball Joe DiMaggio (October 2021 - Adam Gordon)

  • 52 Topps Mickey Mantle (October 2021 - Ashish Jain)

  • 72 Topps Roger Staubach (September 2021 - Steve Archibald)

  • 51 Bowman Mantle (September 2021 - Peter Sycks)

  • 48 Bowman Rizzuto (September 2021 - Steve Archibald)

  • 58 Topps Jim Brown (August 2021 - SunDiegoCollectibles/eBay)

  • 67 Topps Carew (Oct 2020, upgraded Aug 2021 - Steve Archibald)

  • 67 Topps Seaver (Original ?, upgraded Aug 2021 - Steve Archibald)

  • 40 Play Ball Joe Jackson (March 2021 - Jay Kaplan)

  • 33 Goudey Berg (Jan 2021 - Stan Loch)

  • 40 Play Ball Ted Williams (Jan 2021 - Mark Macrae)

  • 41 Play Ball Foxx (Nov 2020- Dave Estright)

  • 34 Goudey Gehrig #61 (Oct 2020? - James Keenum?)

  • 34 Goudey Gehrig #37 (8/9/2020 - Mac Wubben)

  • 49 Bowman Stan Musial (6/19/2020 - Mark Macrae)

  • 54 Bowman T. Williams (6/19/2020 - Stan Loch)

  • 49 Leaf J. DiMaggio (5/15/2020 - Drew Epstein)

  • 41 Play Ball J. DiMaggio (3/15/2020 - Jimi Thayer)

  • 40 Play Ball J. Dimaggio (3/6/2020 - Mac Wubben)

  • 49 Bowman J. Robinson RC (3/4/2020 - Michael Ward)

  • 33 Goudey Gehrig #92 (2/27/2020 - Kent Jones)

  • 49 Leaf Musial RC (2/13/2020 - Kent Jones)

  • 33 Goudey Ruth #144 (2/9/2020 - Chad Caudill) )

  • 49 Bowman Reese (2/9/2020 - Tom Weigle)

  • 57 Topps B. Robinson RC (replacement 2/3/2020 - Joe Nienalt)

  • 39 Play Ball DiMaggio RC (1/25/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 49 Bowman Snider RC (1/25/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 50 Bowman J. Robinson (1/25/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 52 Bowman Mantle (12/28/2019 - Mark Olson)

  • 48 Bowman Musial RC (11/25/2019 - Katherine Toback)

  • 63 Topps Stargell RC (11/25/2019 - Rex Morgart)

  • 57 Topps B. Robinson RC (11/17/2019 - Gary Bell)

  • 41 Play Ball T. Williams (11/9/2019 - Jeremy Addy)

  • 63 Topps Rose RC (11/9/2019 - Jimi Thayer)

  • 54 Topps Kaline RC (11/2/2019 - Adam Gordon)

  • 48 Bowman Feller (11/1/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 48 Bowman Spahn (11/1/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 50 Bowman T. Williams (11/1/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 50 Bowman Reese (10/12/2019 - Evan Fedorovich)

  • 49 Leaf DiMaggio (9/25/2019- Dmitry Drubitsky)

  • 41 Play Ball Dimaggio (9/3/2019 - Jimi Thayer)

  • 52 Topps Mays (8/22/2019 - Jimi Thayer)

  • 52 Topps Robinson (8/22/2019 - Jimi Thayer)

  • 55 Topps Robinson (8/3/2019 - National)

  • 55 Topps Clemente (7/20/2019 - Carl Verive)

  • 49 Bowman Campanella (7/12/2019)

  • 51 Bowman Williams (7/4/2019 - Justin Dickerson)

  • 57 Topps Drysdale RC (6/8/2019)

2022 Collecting Goals

This year I have a number of goals, most of which feel very out of reach. On the other hand, 2021 saw so much change that I guess I shouldn't be afraid. I was taught that good goals are "well in sight, but just out of reach". With that in mind here goes:

The specific "do-able"

  1. Hit the 1500 "outgoing to OBC" mark

  2. Get 3 cards from my "slightly more than top 10" list

  3. Vintage Baseball Goals:

    1. Complete the Topps run from 1952-1980. Sub-Goals (in order of likelihood):

      1. 1961 Topps

      2. Re-kill 1957 Topps

      3. 1963 Topps

      4. 1967 Topps

      5. 1952 Topps

    2. Complete Bowman Vintage Run (1949)

    3. Complete one Goudey or Play Ball set

    4. Complete one Red Man set

    5. Complete the upgrading of one 1970's set

  4. Football and Basketball Goals

    1. Complete three vintage football sets and three UV football sets

    2. Complete three vintage basketball sets

    3. Complete three UV basketball sets

  5. UV Baseball Goals

    1. Complete 2021 Topps

    2. Complete one Topps Traded/Update Series set

    3. Complete one Heritage set

    4. Complete an Archives set

    5. Complete an A&G set

    6. Complete three non-Topps brand UV sets

The "never ending" or "ill-defined"

  1. Keep CCA, UV/Bulk Matchmaker, Two Weeks To Kill and Dupes Bingo going

  2. Reduce the "off-brand" cards footprint in my house

  3. Resist the urge to overpay to make progress

  4. Resist the siren call of doing variations (except Topps 74 Washington) and non-sports (other than Star Wars)

  5. Resist the siren call of pre-1933 cards

2021 Collecting Goals

This year I have a number of goals, most of which feel very out of reach. On the other hand, 2020 saw so much change that I guess I shouldn't be afraid. I was taught that good goals are "well in sight, but just out of reach". With that in mind here goes:

The specific "do-able"

  1. Complete the Topps run from 1968-2020 - Check

  2. Get 3 cards from my "slightly more than top 10" list - Check

  3. Complete one set from 1960-1967 - Check

  4. Complete 1 Bowman vintage set - Check

  5. Complete 1 vintage Fleer or Leaf set - Check

  6. Complete one vintage basketball set - Almost, came within 1 of finishing 1969-70

  7. Complete two 1970's football sets and one 1960's FB set (Topps or Philadelphia) - Almost, got two 70's FB sets (71 and 78), no Philly set even close

  8. Complete one Heritage set - Not even close

  9. Hit the 1000 "outgoing to OBC" mark - Almost/Check: Hit 965, but can call this complete if I include CCCG stuff

  10. Complete one Topps Traded/Update Series set - Check (1992)

  11. Finish the upgrading of one 1970's set - Check (1978)

  12. Complete one non-Topps brand UV set - Check

The "never ending" or "ill-defined"

  1. Keep CCA going - Check

  2. Reduce the "off-brand" cards footprint in my house - Luckily this was ill-defined, so it was "reduced"

  3. Resist the urge to overpay to make progress - Complete fail

  4. Resist the siren call of doing variations (except Topps 74 Washington, and 69 Deckle) and non-sports (other than Star Wars) - Mixed. Added other "Topps sets" but didn't do any variations

The "longer term" or "lower priority" goals

  1. Finish an Archives or A&G set - Check (A&G 2020)

  2. Finish the 1952 "low numbers" set - Not even close

  3. Finish one Red-Man set - Not even close

  4. Finish one Goudey or Play Ball set - Almost. Got close on 1941 Play Ball