Dave Toback

(AKA Dr. Chaos)'s Cardboard Home Page

(Member of OBC, OCT and VCT)

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Notes (last updated 12/9/2020):

  • 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). 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 sets. run. 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...


Dave's Top 10 (ish) Card Want list (last updated 12/9/2019)

  1. 49 Leaf RC Jackie Robinson (PSA2@$1,200)

  2. 40 Play Ball Ted Williams (PSA2@$500))

  3. Mickey Mantle

    1. 51 Bowman (PSA2@$5,000)

    2. 52 Topps (PSA2@$20,000)

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

    1. #53 Yellow (PSA2@$5,000)

    2. #149 Red (PSA2@$4,000)

    3. #181 Leaning (PSA2@$4,000)

  5. 33 Goudey Gehrig #160 (PSA2@$1,500)

  6. Pee Wee Reese

    1. 41 Play Ball (PSA2@$300)

    2. 52 Topps (PSA2@$500)

  7. 52 Topps Mathews (PSA2@$2,500)

  8. 52 Topps Campanella (PSA2@$800)

  9. 48 Bowman Rizzuto (PSA2@$100)

  10. Ty Cobb

    1. 1911 T205 Cobb (PSA2@$1,200),

    2. 1909-11 American Tobacco Company (???)

  11. 33 Goudey Berg (PSA2@$300)

  12. 40 Play Ball Joe Jackson (PSA2@$1,200)

  13. 49 Leaf Paige (PSA2@$5,000)


Dave's retired top 10 wants (most recent on top)

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

  • 67 Topps Carew (Oct 2020? - ??)

  • 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)

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

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

  3. Complete one set from 1960-1967

  4. Complete 1 Bowman vintage set

  5. Complete 1 vintage Fleer or Leaf set

  6. Complete one vintage basketball set

  7. Complete two 1970's football sets and one 1960's FB set (Topps or Philadelphia)

  8. Complete one Heritage set

  9. Hit the 1000 "outgoing to OBC" mark

  10. Complete one Topps Traded/Update Series set

  11. Finish the upgrading of one 1970's set

  12. Complete one non-Topps brand UV set

The "never ending" or "ill-defined"

  1. Keep CCA 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 69 Deckle) and non-sports (other than Star Wars)

The "longer term" or "lower priority" goals

  1. Finish an Archives or A&G set

  2. Finish the 1952 "low numbers" set

  3. Finish one Red-Man set

  4. Finish one Goudey or Play Ball set