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.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2015 Panini Americana

Since my job keeps me on the road a lot, I pass a lot of Dollar Trees along the way. Lately they've had packs of the 2015 Panini Americana set and I've bought a few trying to complete the 73 card set.

They are really bland looking but since I had a huge crush on Paula Abdul in the 80's, I'm not really noticing it on this card.

Like most Americana releases, it features a lot of people that I'm not familiar with. Unfortunately, thanks to my wife's love of reality shows, I'm quite familiar with her.

Next to Van Halen, Motley Crue was my favorite band in high school. I find it funny that they consider Vince Neil a musician...

...but Coolio is a rapper. I knew he wasn't a musician.

I did manage to score a couple of autos from the random packs I picked up. I correctly assumed that this was the daughter of Dr. Oz.

I also correctly assumed I had no idea who either of these two were.

I am however, missing one card. Card number 7 which is Aly Raisman.

Pardon me for a second while I find out who this is.


Turn out she's a gymnast that grew up about an hour's drive from me. Well, that was embarrassing.

So if anybody out there is doing this set and has a dupe of Aly, I'd like to trade for it. I also have a lot of dupes as well.

Hope everyone had a Happy New Year!