Friday, February 26, 2016

Another Card Show, Another Satisfied Customer

Last Sunday I had the good fortune to make it to a card show, and once again I was extremely pleased with what I was able to find. Usually this time of year, the weather is non-cooperative and I usually avoid driving in foul weather unless I absolutely have to. This show was attended by more people than usual, so I didn't get a chance to look at a couple of tables because they were always people in front of what I wanted to look at. Everything I bought was from the same dealer (the one with all the oddball cards), and even then I had to wait awhile for some space to look at what he had to offer this time.

We'll start off with this card from the 1989 Pacific Baseball Legends set. I don't really think of Bill Campbell as a "Baseball Legend", but I like the card and I need it. By the way, is it a law that if your last name is Campbell, your nickname has to be "Soup" or some other derivative of that?

Here's Jim Abbott from the 1990 Wonder Bread Stars set. I'm not sure if I have this card or not. I went a little light on buying the oddball cards this time, because I haven't made any lists and I have no idea what cards I have and what cards I don't.

This one though, I know I didn't have. This was the only Kellogg's card that the dealer had, a 1977 Mike Hargrove.

I picked up three from the 1993 Denny's Grand Slam set...and just realized two of them are the same Will Clark card. Dang!

A couple years prior to the 1993 Grand Slam set, Denny's released a twenty-six card hologram set. I grabbed almost half of them.

There was a promotion with these cards and if I understand it correctly (I got the information from the Beckett website), when you bought a Grand Slam meal from Denny's, you received one of these holograms. If someone on the team hit a grand slam during the contest period, you received a free meal. Almost half the teams hit grand slams, so that turned into a lot of free meals, causing Denny's never to run this portion of the contest again.

There were two 9-card sheets of Red Sox 1992 Topps Gold Winner cards. I grabbed them all without even looking at them.

Any dupes are available for trade of course.

Don't you find it odd that you can be searching for cards for decades and never see them, then one weekend you hit the motherload?

Such is the case with the twenty-card 1991 Pepsi Red Sox set. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw four 9-card sheets of them.

I know Metallattorney from the blog Red Sox Fan In Nebraska is looking for these cards too, so he gets first dibs on any dupes I have here that he needs.

The best part of this is that I ended up getting the entire set...and even Rob Murphy from the 1990 Pepsi Red Sox set.

I'm going to stretch this out into two posts, so keep an eye out for the rest!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Didn't Expect To Hear From Me Today, Did You? (Part III)

Today is my forty-seventh birthday. I'm just a few years from middle age...that is if I think I'll live to be one hundred. Chances are thought, that I hit middle age about ten years ago, since the life expectancy of a male in the Unites States is around seventy-eight.

But enough about me. This is part three of what I bought at the card show I went to a few months ago. You can read the other two parts here and here.

As I was done looking through the cards he had to offer, I noticed a box on the floor that had a bunch of newspaper and other stuff that looked old. I went through it and found...the Red Sox yearbooks I had when I was a kid!

I was psyched when I saw this. This was right around the time I started collecting and really paying attention to baseball.

This was his first year with the Red Sox (hence the posed shot). There were a lot of spring training pictures in this book because there were a fair amount of first year Red Sox players.

I've never understood why this picture was in the yearbook. Number 48 was Mike Paxton, who wasn't even on the team that year, having been traded in the offseason (with three other players) for Dennis Eckersley and Fred Kendall.

There were two editions of the 1978 yearbook and I got both of them for five dollars. I remember this edition more than the other. I still have pages of it somewhere.

Some of the players had the same photo in both editions.

Some had different pictures like the newer players that had mostly posed shots in the first edition, but action shots in the second.

Jim Wright "graduated" from sharing the spotlight with five other players to almost having his own page.

After the game you could have stopped at Lulu White's Jazz Supper Club. You can't today though, because it closed in the early 80's.

I also picked up three boxes of cards; 1995 Bazooka, 1991 Line Drive and "I Love Lucy". The boxes were five dollars each or three for ten dollars.

The person at the table seemed kind of elated when I bought the 1995 Bazooka box. I wanted it because I had a bunch of cards from repacks and it would be a cheap way to finish it off or at the very least, get pretty close to completing it.

The packs of cards came with a piece of Bazooka gum in them. As you can see, it is stuck to the back of the card.

Pulling the gum off leaves a stain...

...that bleeds to through the front of the card. Sometimes it even bled onto the second card, and they stuck together. So I had to throw away at least one card in each pack. No I know why the seller was elated when I bought the box.

I enjoy picking up cheap boxes of non-sports cards, especially when they feature TV shows that I used to watch when I was a kid. This box was really fun for me to open and definitely worth the three bucks.

That wraps up everything I got from the show I went to a few months ago. I also managed to get to a show last Sunday, so that's what you'll be reading about in my next post. Have a good night!

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Didn't Expect To Hear From Me Today, Did You? (Part II)

Here's a bit more from the card show I went to a few months ago. I think I paid fifty cents a card for the following:

1975 Topps Willie Stargell

1976 Topps Willie Stargell

1976 Topps Joe Morgan

1979 Topps Rod Carew

The rest of these cards I got for three for a quarter.

I also picked up the 1986 Star Wade Boggs twenty-four card set. The first twelve cards had statistical information on the backs and the last twelve cards had a picture of him batting. The cards were issued in sheets of three.

This is the back of the last twelve cards. With all the space above his head, this would have made a great card for 1988 Score.

To conclude this evening's post, I present with you some from the 1978 Papa Gino's Collector's Series. There were forty discs in this set, and you could become the proud owner of one (or more) with your meal.

I can squeeze at least one more post out of this card show. I got a couple yearbooks and some cheap boxes that I'll share with you next time. See you then!

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Didn't Expect To Hear From Me Today, Did You?

Oh my, how the time flies. I was looking at my previous posts last night and realized it's been almost two months since I last posted. (I even lost a couple of followers.) I'm going to still blame it on work. Four months into this job, I'm still wiped out when I get home. So I'm going to fight the urge to go to bed and show off some cards I got at the last card show I went to...that have been sitting in a pile since I got them several months ago.

Let's start off with four from the 1979 TCMA Baseball History Series set. All of these cards came from the same dealer, you know the one with all of the oddballs.

This is almost half of the 1984 Drake's Big Hitters set. I also picked up the Robin Yount card, which for some reason I didn't scan.

I also picked up a bunch more of the 1988 Fleer Star Stickers set.

I'm sure I have some of these '78 Topps already (I didn't have my list with me), but for a dime a piece, I'll take the chance I don't.

I also picked up two cards from 1977 Topps...

...and two from 1979.

I was pleased to see some cards from the twenty card 1991 Pepsi Boston Red Sox set. I remember pilfering...I mean getting a couple of these cards from 12 packs of Pepsi at a gas station (before there were security cameras everywhere). I think I have close to half the set now.

Whenever I see 1982 Topps stickers, I buy them all. This time there were only three, and I think I already have them. No worries.

I'll end with a 1986 Topps Traded Bobby Bonilla card that was only a dime as well. In fact every card you see in this post was only a dime.

Hope everyone is having a great year so far, and my next post will show the rest of what I got at the show...hopefully not two months from now!