Long time readers of my blog will know that I am a set collector at heart. I also enjoy puzzles and other challenges...and in the realm of baseball cards that usually equates to me collecting almost everything Allen & Ginter related.
It also meant that when I learned that you can buy original Allen & Ginter cards from eBay (original meaning cards from 1887 - 1890 or so) I decided to pick one of the sets and try and complete that set.
Did I mention that I'm a bit crazy?
It's been a long road ever since I chose my set (50 Fish from American Waters).
For one thing, my baseball card budget is extremely small so I don't have a lot of cash to spend on the set (which typically means any graded card is going to be above what I am able to pay). Another thing working against me?
The fact that the cards are from 1889. Yes, that's eighteen eighty nine.
2016 - 1889 = 127 years old!!
It's amazing to me that I've been able to acquire a single card that's 127 years old...but even more amazing is the fact that I'm approaching the end of the set!
(Also amazing, I still have some open slots in my 2016 Topps Series 1 group break - so go check that out too.)
That's right, thanks to a recent eBay pickup I am now only missing another 7 cards before I'll have a complete set of fish cards! So what was the eighth-to-last card for my set?
None other than the rather boring named, Chub.
This card is actually in pretty good condition - much better than some of the cards in my set (when you are on a budget and collecting cards this old you can't be too picky with condition)! If you like this card, be sure to check out my full online gallery of original Allen & Ginter fish cards!