The Astroland Collection
Nearly 35,000 All-Different Cards of the Houston Colt .45's and Houston Astros, Plus Bonuses
Hawaiian and Alaskan, and International Buyers:
Thanks for clicking, but this is a US, Lower 48 offer only. No offense, it's a freight thing.
Please Read Through, Better for Me, Better for You:
What is Being Sold: One of the best team set collections of the Houston Astros (or any other team) on the internet.
34,750+ different cards as of this writing. Scads and scores and loads of Jerseys and Bats and Patches and Autos and Numbereds and Star Players and Those Players of Interest to the collecting Astros fan. I'll try to avoid the exclamation points, but as you'll see, it's pretty darned impressive. To break it down:
Over 1,400 different cards of new Hall of Famer CRAIG BIGGIO, including the scarce and coveted 1988 Jones Photo minor league card being listed by some clown on eBay right now for $750.00, over 140 Game-Used cards, and over 240 numbered cards, including three different 1 of 1's.
(Click here for a list of all 1,467)
Over 1,300 different cards of franchise great LANCE BERKMAN, including 31 autographs and over 120 Jersey or Patch cards, 55 Game Bats, 383 Numbered cards, and three 1/1's
(Click here for a list of all 1,315)
More than 1,000 different cards of team icon ROY OSWALT, including 66 autographs, and over 180 Game-Used Bat, Patch or Jersey cards, and 410 Numbered Cards
(Click here for a list of all 1,054)
Over 550 different cards of beloved meme generator HUNTER PENCE, including 19 autographs, 11 Jerseys, and his complete, absurdly difficult, 164-card /150 base set in 2008 Topps Moments & Milestones
(Click here for a list of all 572)
Over 340 cards of hobby driver NOLAN RYAN, including two autos numbered to 5, all his Topps Tiffany cards with the 'Stros, and ten Jerseys, one numbered to /15 and another to /10
(Click here for a list of all 353)
Over 700 different from 163 players, including a 2004 Leaf Certified Cuts Marble Black Patch of BIGGIO, numbered 1 of 1, a 2003 Leaf Certified Mats Mirror Emerald of NOLAN RYAN, each numbered of 5. And a Mirror Red /5 as well. A 2003 Leaf Certified Mats Mirror Emerald of BAGWELL (1/5), and a 2008 Upper Deck Heroes Emerald of OSWALT, also numbered of 5. Oh, and 2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Autograph Blue, Black, Sepia, Gold, Red, and Silver Ink Black Refractors of current fave GEORGE SPRINGER
Jerseys and Patches:
(You can click here for a list of all 710 autographs)
Over 800 different from 67 different players, the highlights of which are: A 2002 Leaf Certified Mats Mirror Gold Patch of BAGWELL numbered of 25, a beautiful TotT Patch of CARLOS BELTRÁN, also numbered of 25, and a super distinctive 2003 Leaf Limited Thread Prime /25 of BIGGIO, with a swatch of gold lame cloth taken from some sort of dress uniform, the only such thing I've ever seen. Plus, you know, 821 more.
Take a look at 'em all.
Over 260 cards from 28 players, and I don't mean those manufactured things, either (although the collection includes some of those as well). The collection includes a 2004 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Black Bat of BIGGIO, numbered 1 of 1 of course, a 2005 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Emerald Materials Bat /5, also of BIGGIO, and now might be a good time to mention the two (/18 and /27) 2008 Triple Threads Book cards honoring the famous six-pitcher no-hitter of the Yankees, which each feature splinters of bats from pitcher # 2 KIRK SAARLOOS and pitcher # 3, PETE MUNRO
Machine-Stamped or Handwritten Numbered Cards
Over 5,000 different.
44 different one-of-ones.
116 numbered of 5.
228 different numbered of ten or less.
679 numbered /25 or less.
2,132 numbered 100 or less.
You can see the entire breakdown here: http://astroland.net/numberedcardcounter.php
(Please be patient with this one, it's a lot of cards for the script to sort)
Unnumbered Cards with known print runs:
Another 1,214 cards in this category, highlighted by that Pinnacle Mirror Black of Bagwell I was talking about before. That Biggio Jones Photo is in this category as well, as the print run of that set was at 400, but the cards were not machine stamped. You can see everything in this category here: http://astroland.net/printruncards.php
Well over 2,000 Complete Base and Insert Team Sets:
The backbone of the collection. Every card Topps has ever made of a Colt or an Astro. Every base Donruss, Fleer, Leaf, and Upper Deck card of the same. Every Bowman, Bowman Chrome, Bowman Chrome Prospects, and BC Draft Picks base card. Every Topps Chrome base, and just about every non-1/1 Topps Chrome parallel, too. Every Stadium Club base, every eTopps, every Leaf Limited. Just about every Elite and Prime Cuts and Absolute Memorabilia and Playoff Portraits and Playoff Honors. Damn near every Sweet Spot and Upper Deck SP, and SPx and Spectrum. Complete Astro team sets running the gamut from 1964 Topps Standups to 2013 ACV Venezuelan Stickers. Insert sets running from 1965 Topps Embossed to 2014 Topps Update the Future is Now. Oddballs from the prized 1967 Dexter Press through most of the well-known but hard to find mid '80's Tom Koppa sets, to all the Mother's Cookies sets through the rare Nabisco/Albertson's sets. On and on, tens of thousands of Astros cards, the history of the team and the history of the hobby, the overprinted stuff from the '80's and early '90's and O-Pee-Chee team sets from the early '70's you never see for sale. The whole schmeer that makes this the most nearly complete Astros collection you are every likely to see, let alone see for sale. There are so many Compete sets in this collection, I couldn't even figure out how to list 'em all, but this page here should give you a very good idea of the breadth of the collection, anyway: http://astroland.net/completesets.php
Over 650 Parallel team sets:
The cornerstone here to my mind is the complete run of Topps Gold Astro team sets, 1993 and 1994 and for every year since Topps reinstated the things in 2001. But also, all the Topps Tiffany team sets, loads of Topps and Bowman Chrome Refractor team sets, Blue Refractor sets and Gold and Orange. A 21-card 2010 Topps Black set numbered to /59. A five-piece 2009 Topps Finest Red Refractor set numbered to 25. An 11-piece 2003 Leaf Certified Mirror Gold set numbered to /25. A 13-piece set of the same from 2004. A 9-piece set from the same set in 2005. A 7-piece 2007 Bowman Chrome Orange Refractor set from 2007. A 30-card 2006 Upper Deck Special F/X Green set, each card numbered to /99 (and a Red set numbered to /50 missing just one card, damnit!). Target sets and Wal-Mart and Home Team Advantage and Hanger Box Orange and Donruss Gold and Silver Press Proofs, and on and on and on. The parallels are as thorough in their own way as the Base sets are in theirs. Only tougher, right? Check out a not necessarily-complete but definitely indicative list of what you get right here.
Or, if you want to get more specific as far as the many, many parallels you'll get and the some few you won't, check out the worksheets I've made for Topps Chrome, Bowman Chrome, 2006 Upper Deck Special F/x, 2008 UD Heroes, 2013 Topps, and 2014 Topps
228 Minor League Teamsets of Astros affiliates (and about 100 more cards from Minor League All-Star sets):
Speaking of thorough: Beginning with the rare and pricy 1973 TCMA Cedar Rapids Astros set and running through to 2013, almost 6,900 different minor league cards of players who worked in the Astros farm system. Up until about 18 months ago, I was running around saying I had every Astros minor league set, but then I found about the 2002 Tri-City set, damnit again. But *everything* else is here, including gems like the 1988 Jones Photo set that BIGGIO came from, a just-about-never-seen 1985 Team Issued Osceola Astros set with a KEN CAMINITI's pro debut card, a 1997 Team Auburn Doubledays with ROY OSWALT's initial card appearance, a 2004 Tri-City set with HUNTER PENCE's debut card. The 1998 Team Auburn Doubledays set with JOHAN SANTANA's first card. The 1994 Team Osceola Astros All-Time set with Kenny Lofton and Gonzo that I more or less called to the attention of the hobby, ask me about that some time. And other sets that may not have major league stars, but are still super hard to find: the 1984 Team issued Daytona Beach Astros set, took me 20 years to find, and the 1992 Play II South Atlantic League All-Stars Insert of Gary Mota, only 50 made, the Astro representative from the rarest minor league set I've ever heard of. Hate to say it again, but on and on. Check it all out, card by card, here.
More than 750 Team Issued Postcards:
Not complete, hard to know what complete might even be for these cards with only on-again off-again checklisting through Beckett, but a very, very nice selection, going back to 1964 with one of them, and very strong through the late '60's into the '70's. Missing only a very few through the '80's, and strong also with the sets Barry Colla produced between 1997 and 2005. Also included are about 50 Jim Rowe and JD McCarthy postcards. See a list of all the Team Issued Postcards included in the collection here.
The Promised Bonuses
To the winner of the auction, I will throw in all my 5,000 or so Astro doubles and other-team traders and my large collection of major and minor-league skeds. I don't want to misrepresent the doubles, as there's not a lot of great stuff there, but scattered within are some low-numbered cards and jerseys, thinking of a Gio Gonzalez Topps Chrome Red Refractor /25, a couple of 2003 Topps Chrome Xfractors /50, and more than a few SPx Winning Materials cards.
About the Collection, Things You Should Know
Take a look for more of that, I may be missing something. The skeds collection, though, for those inclined, is pretty damned strong, I urge you to give that a look-see, too.
I'll even, if you want, give you my Excel worksheets from which I generate all these lists, with instructions on how to use (domain and PHP server not included )
Cards in almost all cases have been placed in Ultra Pro sheets, filed by player, collected in D-ring notebooks. To keep the notebooks as flat as possible I have separated each player from the next with a sheet of colored paper in a thick sheet protector. Some of the doubles are in notebooks, too, with the balance in various count boxes. There are maybe 50 or so extra-thick cards I've got in screwdowns or the like. Cards like 1997 Pinnacle Certified or late '90's Topps Finest have had that protective film removed. Cards that the factory provided encased, like, let's say, 2003 Topps Chrome Xfractors, have been removed from their cases, so that they can sit with the other player cards from the same set. The collection (except for the Topps Venezuelans which are VG more or less) broadly grades to NM; though I am not a stickler, everything is something I was happy to put into my collection, and I have destroyed cards for condition that vendors thought were OK to ship. Note, however, that the pictures I have included in this listing and put onto my website may have been altered to look good on the web--don't go by them. I will be glad to respond to reasonable requests for unprocessed scans, if there's anything you want to see.
Proposed Shipping Method
To ship, I will place 4 or 5 or 6 notebooks in 13 x 13 x 13 heavy duty cardboard boxes, seal the boxes with packing tape, pile them all on a pallet, and shrink wrap the whole mess. I'll ship the cards, insured, by common motor carrier, in a climate controlled truck. It's what needs to be done, and this is why I can't consider international bids, but this will be expensive for me. For that reason, if making a best offer, let me know your zip code, and if business or residential delivery, so I can get a freight quote and take those costs into account when considering your offer.
About 30,000 of the 35,000 cards are priced at Beckett. The 5,000 that aren't priced include all the cards numbered under /25 that they won't show a value for, plus oddballs and postcards and minor league cards that aren't listed. The Buy It Now represents Beckett High for the 30,000. So it's high if you consider that you're paying a nickel for a 1991 Fleer, but low if you consider that you're getting 5,000 free cards, many of high value. And you know, that freight. I'm trying to be flexible and will consider best offers. Please be reasonable on your end, and keep offers above $10,000. I promise to consider and answer on everything else.
Please feel free to email with questions
Unfortunately, this being the internet, I need to protect myself against scams. For that reason, I'll be glad to accept any form of payment you'd like, but I will ship only upon the funds being cleared and present in my bank account. As far as assurance on your end, I intend to ship promptly based on what I wrote above. I'm willing to listen to what you say as far as what you need on your end, and of course you can see from my feedback that I don't play games when it comes to ebay transactions, but this collection represents 25 years of effort, and I cannot allow that to disappear with nothing received in exchange.
or requests for scans (within reason), and thanks very much for looking! This collection will instantly make you a supercollector, and I hope you will give it consideration.