Thursday, March 23, 2017

Still Going Through Those Dimeboxes

This is more of what I picked up at the card show I attended this past February. I'm still at the first table I stopped at (which also happens to be the host's table). He has dozens of monster boxes filled with cards that are a dime a piece. These boxes are all that I look at while I'm at his table.


These two discs are from the twenty-four disc 1990 King B set. These could be found in specially marked packages of their beef jerky.


I don't have lists made up for 1981 Donruss and 1981 and 1982 Fleer, but I need so many cards from each set, whenever I see any for cheap I pick them up.


There were a couple of 1983 O-Pee-Chee cards that ended up going home with me.


I've been slowly putting together the 1987 Kmart 25th Anniversary set. I know it would be easier to just buy the set, but first of all I haven't seen it at a show, and secondly, I enjoy putting sets together this way.

Of course I haven't made a list, so I have no idea how close I am to completing it.


1986 Fleer is a set that was released the year before the first time I returned to card collecting. I don't have very much of it, nor do I have much of 1986 Donruss either, '86 Topps...that's another story.


We'll close out this post with a couple of Starting Lineup cards from the 1988 edition.

Well, I'm still at the first table of the show and there's still more dimeboxes to go through!



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Yes, I'm Being "Short" With You

As usual for me, blogging has been few and far in between. I've managed to make it to a couple of card shows in the past few months so I'm going to do a series of short posts to try and stay more active on the blogosphere.

The guy that runs the card show sets up at the front door (and why not?), so he is the first table or should I say tables that you see. The majority of his tables are dime boxes (and as I've mentioned before...unorganized). I'll usually stop there and spend maybe twenty minutes to a half hour just going through box after box. This time I found a bunch of 1994 Topps Finest Baseball...


...forty-nine to be exact. I could not afford these at the time they were released, so whenever I see them on the cheap I'll grab what I can.


As I was scanning through all of the dimeboxes I picked up whatever caught my eye...like this 2003 Upper Deck Hideki Matsui rookie.


I don't have the 1992 Topps Traded Set (the Garciaparra and Varitek rookies make it a little pricey...wouldn't I love to find those two cards in a dimebox!), so I settled for picking up the fourth most expensive card in the set (if you care, Sammy Sosa is the third).


We're going to switch to hockey for a moment. I'm sure anyone who was collecting at the time remembers the buzz over Manon Rheaume, the first female to ever try out for an NHL team. She played in a couple of exhibition games, including one against my Boston Bruins which I missed (Dang!).


I also found one of the four cards that make up the 1994 Mother's Cookies Mike Piazza Rookie of the Year set. This is card 3 of 4.


I picked this card up solely because he had been invited to Spring Training with the Red Sox. I like having cards of as many players from Spring Training as possible. It's one of my many quirks.


I also grabbed three Red Sox Prospects from 2014 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks and Prospects so I could have cards of them if they were invited to Spring Training.

Bryan Hudson was invited to Spring Training last year, but has not made an appearance this year.


Jordon Austin was actually released in 2015 and according to Baseball-Reference.com hasn't caught on with another team...so unless he's in the stands, I won't be seeing him.


Joseph Monge is with the Red Sox this year for Spring Training. I guess one out of three isn't bad.


Sunday, March 19, 2017

Drake's Duo

I received these two 1986 Drake's box bottom cards from Kaz at "This Way to the Clubhouse". Unfortunately he's currently not blogging anymore, which is sad because it was one of my favorite blogs to read. 


He mentioned on his last post that he was backlogged in trade "thank you" posts.


He sent me these last September so it looks like I qualify as backlogged too.

Thanks, Mark! Hope everything is well!


Saturday, February 11, 2017

2015 Panini Americana - Complete!

I ended up buying a few more packs at Dollar Tree and finally pulled the last card I needed.


I still have plenty of dupes if anybody else is interested in taking a stab at completing this set.

Friday, February 10, 2017

I'm Still Here (Part 3)


This is the last post about the most recent card show I went to. You can read the previous two posts here and here.

There's usually about twenty or so dealers at each month's show and I will generally only buy from three or four of the dealers that are there. This time was no different. The last table I stopped at was where I spent the most money. I've bought from him before as he will usually have stuff I haven't seen in a long time. He sets up on a few tables and he had a few dimeboxes on the first table which of course I looked through.



First I picked up all of the 1976 Topps he had.

Now I am about to say something that has never been said before:

Here's a Pro Set card that I've always wanted.




I'm pretty sure I'm the first person to put those words in that particular order. 

Right next to the dimeboxes were all kinds of various sets that were a dollar a piece. There were a bunch of eleven and twelve cards sets of players that were made by The Star Co. in the late 80's and early 90's. I like these sets and picked up a bunch.


 Steve Avery


Barry Bonds (at least for the first card...)


...then he's Bobby Bonds for the rest of the set.


Jose CONseco


Albert Belle


David Cone


Tony Gwynn


David Justice


 Don Mattingly & Mike Schmidt


...and Mike Schmidt all his lonesome.


This was apparently also the only set that was worthy of the "limited edition" tag,


I was also able to find this 1992 Toronto Blue Jays 10th Anniversary Fire Safety Card Set.


There are thirty-six cards in the set...


...with the card numbers corresponding to the number the player wore. Each card also had a fire safety tip on the back.


The last two sets I picked up were the twenty card 1989 J.J. Nissen set...


...and the fifty card 1991 Upper Deck Domino's Pizza Quarterback Challenge set...which made buying that Bob Griese card earlier in the day kind of pointless.

I will tell you that no Patriots quarterbacks were featured in this set...probably because you had a choice of either Marc Wilson or Tommy Hodson (and they were a combined 0 - 12). You may be tired of the Patriots always winning, but growing up I was tired of them always losing.

But this was my "score" of the day.


A box of 2001 Topps XFL cards! I haven't seen these...well since 2001.

I didn't get to see much of the XFL season, but I had bought a few packs of the cards back then and really liked the set. I'm still opening the box but I've had a pretty decent hit so far.


This would have been quite the pull about fifteen years ago.

I ended up getting everything at this table for twenty-five dollars. At the three tables, I spent more than double my budget this time around, but to me it was well worth it.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

I'm Still Here (Part 2)

This is the second post about the last card show I went to. You can read the first post here.


One of my guilty pleasures...the Monkees. I loved the show when I was a kid and I've always enjoyed the music. So when I got to the next table and saw these...


Four cards from the 1966 Donruss Monkees set...



...and ten from the 1967 set.

He wanted a dollar a piece for these cards...and that can add up very quickly. Ultimately he ended up selling them all to me for twelve dollars.

I did purchase one more item from his table.




The complete twenty-two card 1977-78 Topps Hockey glossy insert set. Once I had gotten these home and started looking at them they weren't as I remembered them.


This is how I remember them. All of the ones I pulled from packs back then had the rounded corners. What I didn't know was that they also were available with square corners...which is what I bought from the dealer. He sold me the set for 5 bucks.

So now I'm already well past my normal budget of twenty dollars and I still have one more table to post about!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

I'm Still Here

Although my posts have been as infrequent as ever, I'm still as involved in collecting as I've ever been. I've been going to my LCS much more than hitting card shows or stopping at Walmart or Target lately, but this month I was able to attend the local card show.

I've not purchased much the last few times, but this show I easily exceeded my $20 budget. When you walk into the show, the first table you see is that of the show's promoter. He always has some good stuff but it is not in any order whatsoever. Next to not pricing anything, this is my biggest pet peeve at a card show. But they are all dimeboxes, so I'll usually look through a few before moving to the next table.


First I picked up this 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Maurico Dubon (which I later found out I didn't need).

Then I just picked out a few random cards that interested me.






I also found a bunch of cards from a couple of sets I had started quite some time ago:


Even though I haven't made a list for the 2002 Upper Deck Piece of History set, I got all eighteen cards I could find.


I also got twenty-eight cards from the 2002 Upper Deck Ovation set. I haven't made a list for this set either, so I probably bought some dupes from both sets,


I also saw a lot of cards from the 2004 National Trading Card Day sets that were distributed on April 3rd, 2004. If you visited a card shop on that day, you were received some packs of these cards for free. I did visit a card shop that day but had no idea about this, so I was surprised to get some free cards. I bet I already have most of these, but since I'm still incredibly unorganized I picked up a bunch just in case.







The 1991 Upper Deck Domino's Pizza Quarterback Challenge set I've been putting together card by card since...1991. I found only this card at the show but as you'll later find out, I didn't need to get this card at all.


I also found a couple of unopened "packs" so to speak which I also picked up for a dime each. First was a pack of three 1982 Brigham's Coca Cola Red Sox cards. This was the first I had even seen of the set.


The last thing I picked up off his table was the 1995 Skybox Impact 1995 Football Rookie Bonus Set. I like this set and for a dime...yeah I'll get the "bonus set".

After this I moved onto the next table (which is the dealer that has all of the oddball cards), which I'll tell you about in my next post.