Thursday, May 25, 2017

Cards From The Binder (Chapter 10)

Something in my house is white and fat....

I'm not a binder kind of guy, but I do have one that houses a veritable potpourri of cards and other things that have absolutely no relation to each other. So every now and then I feature a few cards from this mess, which usually translates into a post with very few views.

I'm not a comic book collector, but this card was included in the "Death of Superman" comic book that was released in 1992.

I bought two to open and one to keep just in case, you know in case it became valuable (which it didn't).

This is a 1995 Fleer Metal Trent Dilfer. Like many of the cards in this binder, I can't remember how I acquired it. I was buying any sportscard magazines I could find and this was probably included in one of them.

They didn't call this a promo card, they called it a sample card...hence the S-1 on the back.

The next "sample" card from 95-96 Fleer Metal was definitely from a magazine, I just can't remember which one.

I don't think you can tell from the scans, but the left side and bottom of the card have perforated edges. If my memory serves me correctly (and we all know how that goes), there were three other cards attached to this one.

I actually liked Collector's Edge football back in the day. This was one of four promo cards released (the other three were Ronnie Lott, Jim Everett and Bernie Kosar).

I think this may have come out of a Tuff Stuff magazine. Anybody remember that one? I've read it's now called Sports Collectors Monthly. I used to buy this magazine a lot back in the '90s. I liked the articles but their price guides were quite unrealistic. I remember not being able to give away Starting Lineup pieces they were listing for $50.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1982 Brigham's/Coca-Cola Red Sox Set

One of my "finds" at one of the recent card shows I attended was a dealer that had boxes of 3 card packs of the 1982 Brigham's/Coca-Cola Red Sox set. Even though the dealer wanted a buck a pack, I still bought several of them.

It was a twenty-two card set (not including the title card...which was in every pack).

Included in this pack along with Dennis Eckersley was...

...Rick Miller...

...and Gary Allenson.

Sadly, with all the packs I bought, I wasn't able to get all the cards for the set.

Right now I'm missing:

2. Tom Burgmeier
15. Chuck Rainey
18. Bob Stanley
20. Mike Torrez
22. Carl Yastrzemski

So if anybody has any of those five cards, I'd be willing to make a trade for them. I also have some dupes as well.

Sunday, May 21, 2017


According to Billboard Magazine, this was the biggest song of 1978.

According to me, this was the biggest baseball card of 1978.

I've had a copy of "Shadow Dancing" for quite some time, but I didn't have a copy of the Eddie Murray card until this past week. 

I had gone into my LCS just to pick up a storage box and while I was paying for it, noticed the card in the case below. I told the owner of the shop that I only wanted to know how much he wanted for it, but at only $20 I couldn't pass it up.

So now let's rewind back to the February card show that I've been posting about for the past few months. This will be the last post about it because I'm at the last table. This dealer had a bunch of 1977 and 1978 Topps commons and only wanted a dime a piece for them. If you've read my previous posts, you know that I've already spent a bunch of money, so I was going to stop at fifty cards for five dollars and then I was going to call it a day.

I had my want list with me this time (so there would be no guessing), and picked cards that I needed from the '77 set and from the '78 set (mostly from the '77 set).

When I told him I had fifty of the cards he said "Two dollars."

I said "I'll keep looking." Now I was going after any card I needed.

So for my original budget of five dollars I ended up bringing home...

Two hundred and two cards from the 1977 set...

...and eighteen from the 1978 set.

The condition of the majority of the cards was not bad and you certainly couldn't beat the price.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

It's Still February Here

I managed to buy quite a bit at the card show I attended last February. I also spent more at this card show than I had in a long time. The next table I went to had a bunch of sets for $1 each.

The 1983 Donruss Hall of Fame Heroes set. This was a forty-four card set with color illustrations of players such as Ty Cobb, Josh Gibson, Mickey Mantle and a player with one of the coolest nicknames, James "Cool Papa" Bell.

Also purchased at the same time was the forty card 1983 Topps All-Star Set. Yaz was the only Red Sox player in the set.

Even though I've gotten a good chunk of the one hundred and ten card 1990 Pacific Baseball Legends set via repacks and trades with other bloggers, it felt good to just get the whole set at once. If you read the card backs like myself, there's always a lot of good information there.

The last set I picked up at this table was the 1992 forty-five card Score 90's Impact Player Set. While there were some impact players like Ken Griffey Jr. and Jeff Bagwell, there was also Gary Cooper, Andy Mota and Rich DeLucia.

I just hope nobody ever paid $18 for this.

Monday, April 17, 2017

More Of The Monkees


During one of my previous posts I had mentioned that I was a big fan of the Monkees. At one of the recent card shows I had been to, I was fortunate enough to find cards from the 1966 and 1967 Donruss Monkees set.

The next month I found a lot more. (Yes, I'm still showing off what I bought at the February card show.)

I bought these from the same dealer as last time. This time he only had cards from the 1967 set. There were thirty-three cards total and as you can see there are dupes. I grabbed them without looking because I assumed it was a partial set. Rookie mistake, I know.

So if anyone is interested in the duplicates I got, let me know and we can work out some sort of trade.

And to get you in the's my favorite tune off the album.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

And It's Been Another Month Since I Last Posted

If you've been following my last couple of posts, I've been showing off the cards I bought at a card show I attended in February. All of these cards I bought from the first table that I stopped at, and they were all a dime apiece.

I haven't been buying oddballs as much as I used to. This card is from the thirty-three card 1988 Revco League Leaders set. I had never heard of Revco, but from their logo I correctly guessed it was a drug store. They were bought out by CVS in 1997.

These four cards are pretty cool. They are from the 1991 thirty card Post Cereal set, but the Canadian version.

Although I'm pretty sure I have a few of these cards already, I'm a fan of anything 1991 Upper Deck. I do still need to get the Final Edition set though.

As I've gotten older, I'm become a fan of the unlicensed Broder sets. This Wade Boggs and Mike Greenwell are from the twenty-one card 1989 Baseball's Best One. These were the only Red Sox players featured, although there is another Mike Greenwell card,

Here's a random football card. It was old so it became mine.

The last item I'll show in this post is not a card, but actually a set. This was released in 1991 by Barry Colla Photography with a "limited edition" production of only 7,500 sets. (This was set 5,573...and was apparently selling for $8.00 back in the day.)

Sorry I took so long between posts...I'm still trying to figure out this time management thing.

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 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 hasn't caught on with another 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.