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The kindness of strangers

A reader named Mike contacted me several weeks ago, telling me of a Kurt Stillwell card that he had not seen on my blog. It was a self-issued “testimonial” card, autographed by the former shortstop/second baseman. He also offered a 1988 team-issued postcard, of which I was aware but had not yet obtained for my collection. I sent him a few Stillwell cards he was missing from his collection, and Mike sent these two cards:

Kurt Stillwell baseball cards

But Mike didn’t stop there. He included several other Reds cards, including an autographed Duane Walker 1983 Topps…

walker

…and nearly the entire set of 1990 Best “All-Decade” Cedar Rapids Reds, a set that includes Eric Davis, Chris Sabo, Paul O’Neill and several other stars of the 1980s and 1990s Reds teams!

cedarrapids

These cards were unexpected, but very much appreciated. Thank you Mike, for your kindness! I’m on the lookout for more Stillwell cards from your wantlist!

New Kurt Stillwell cards in my collection

A websurfer recently stumbled across my Kurt Stillwell wantlist and e-mailed me, offering to fill some holes in my collection, including a parallel, an upgrade of a poor condition card, and a card I didn’t even know existed! I happily accepted the offer and six more Stillwell cards have found a good home:

1986 Texas Gold

1987 Broders Rookies

1988 Starting Lineup Talking Baseball

1991 Royals Police

1992 Carls Jr Padres

1997 Pacific light blue parallel

I love the Broders cards. I know that they are unlicensed and are frowned upon by many in the baseball card community, but to me they are just more cards to chase down and add to my collection. I had not been made aware of this particular Broders issue before it was offered to me. I am always on the lookout for more cards to add to the checklist, so if you know of other unlicensed issues featuring Stillwell, please let me know.

The regional Royals and Padres issues are the first of their kind in my collection. These cards will pop up from time to time on eBay, but I’m not willing to shell out the money usually requested for them (or the extravagant shipping prices). I have seen a few on other marketplace websites, and may eventually use those to further my collection.

While I am not generally a fan of parallel sets, and will not actively seek to add those cards to my collection, when the offer is right I may go ahead and say yes. The offer was right in this instance, and the 1997 Pinnacle Light Blue Parallel will be housed in the Stillwell binder right next to the base card.

Here is my updated wantlist (only 25 to go!) for Kurt Stillwell cards:

  • 1987 Reds Kahn’s Kurt Stillwell 11
  • 1988 Royals Smokey Kurt Stillwell 23
  • 1988 Royals Team Issue Kurt Stillwell 31
  • 1988 Starting Lineup Talking Baseball Reds Kurt Stillwell 18
  • 1989 Cedar Rapids Reds All-Decade Best Kurt Stillwell 6
  • 1989 Kenner Starting Lineup Cards Kurt Stillwell 140 (figure and/or card)
  • 1989 Royals Tastee Discs Kurt Stillwell 8
  • 1989 Score Young Superstars II Kurt Stillwell 42
  • 1989 Topps Stickers Kurt Stillwell 266
  • 1990 MLBPA Baseball Buttons (Pins) Kurt Stillwell 106
  • 1990 O-Pee-Chee Kurt Stillwell 222
  • 1990 Royals Postcards Kurt Stillwell 24
  • 1990 Topps Stickers Kurt Stillwell 269
  • 1991 Donruss Super DK’s Kurt Stillwell 24
  • 1991 O-Pee-Chee Kurt Stillwell 478
  • 1991 Red Foley Stickers Kurt Stillwell 91
  • 1992 Padres Mother’s Kurt Stillwell 5
  • 1992 Padres Police DARE Kurt Stillwell 23
  • 1992 Padres Smokey Kurt Stillwell 34
  • 1992 Score Rookie/Traded Kurt Stillwell 19T
  • 1994 Indianapolis Indians Fleer/ProCards Kurt Stillwell 1819
  • 1994 Topps Spanish Kurt Stillwell 198
  • 1995 Indianapolis Indians Fleer/ProCards Kurt Stillwell 104
  • 1996 Rangers Dr Pepper Kurt Stillwell 32
  • 1996 Rangers Mother’s Kurt Stillwell 22

I obviously need the most help with those regional cards in Kansas City, San Diego, and Arlington.

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