Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Best Leadoff Hitter Of All Time

...and a perfect card to lead off this post. Yes it's more random cards I've picked up at recent card shows.

I bought a blaster of 2005 Bowman Heritage a few years ago, so I picked up some parallels...

...including one of the recently retired Carlos Beltran.

I wasn't sure if I had this card or not, but when you find a card that books for 8 bucks in a dimebox, you take a chance.

Sometimes I'll buy a card I know I already have just because it's a dime.

I probably have this one already too. I have recently slowed down buying cards because I've gotten so many boxes that I haven't even sorted. My fantasy is to one day have everything all organized and neatly put away instead of unorganized and all over the house. I'm pretty sure it's my wife's fantasy too.

I already own the Lou Gehrig from the 1987 Hygrade All-Time Greats with the green I have the orange border version as well.

I found this 1989 Upper Deck Gary Sheffield rookie in a dimebox as well. According to the toploader the card was in, this was (not) selling for $8. It's just a matter of time before I find the Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie in a dimebox. Yeah, right.

We'll close out this Thursday evening post with an 1982 Donruss Tom Seaver. 

Have a great night!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Winner, Winner, Liver and Goat Cheese Dinner!

I don't use the phrase "Winner, winner, chicken dinner", in fact I had to look it up to even see why people say it in the first place. Using liver and goat cheese instead is my satirical take on the supposed health kick we Americans are supposedly on.

I used to subscribe to Men's Health about ten years ago, back when I used to hit the gym every day. There were always a few healthy recipes in the magazine too, with ingredients that I often couldn't pronounce, much less desire to eat. It also amazes me how many people I've read say that we should grow our own food. Just because you can grow patio tomatoes doesn't make you a farmer.

Wow...that's really disjointed, isn't it? What does that have to do with baseball cards?

Some 1992 Topps Gold Winner Cards I picked up at a card show.

Per the usual, I picked these up for a dime each.

Three cards from 1983 Fleer.

I bought another three pack of 1982 Topps Coca-Cola Brigham's Red Sox cards and needed the Chuck Rainey that I pulled. Now all I need is the Yaz and I've finally completed the set. I have a bunch of dupes if anybody else is trying to do this set as well.

Now let's shift to hockey...Olympic Hockey. I don't know why I like this set, it was released in 1991 by Impel Marketing. It is a ninety card set that featured members of the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. I picked up all the cards I could find of the 1980 Gold Medal winning hockey team. I've seen both the games against the USSR and Finland, although not at the time they aired originally.

I'll pick up any early to mid-80's hockey cards. During that time period I was either not collecting or collecting baseball only. Needless to say, I missed out on a lot of the key rookie cards from that era.

Case in point...although these five '84-'85 Topps cards are welcome additions, my collection is sans a Steve Yzerman rookie.

Fun fact nobody cares about: My brother used to be Rejean Lemelin's garbageman.

Instead of rolling the dice for '87-'88 O-Pee-Chee Luc Robitaille rookies, I was trying to get 1987 Topps Cory Snyder and Mark McGwire cards. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

A Small Selection Of Oddballs

Yes, I'm still trying to put together this set.

Out of the four cards I only needed the Mike Torrez.

I didn't need that Dennis Eckersley card...

...but I did need this 1979 Kellogg's one...

...and this 1976 Hostess card.

When I'm able to pick up cards like this relatively cheap, that's when collecting is really enjoyable to me.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

2003-04 Parkhurst Original Six Boston

Normally when I'm just looking through dimeboxes at a card show, I'm looking for vintage (which in hockey terms for me is mid 80's or older). However, if I do find some "newer" releases that I have a bit of, then I'll grab those too.

This was a one hundred card set that if I remember correctly was five bucks a pack. There were sets made for all six teams known as the "Original Six"; Boston, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Montreal and Toronto.

So I ended up getting twenty-four cards for less than a half a pack.

I didn't collect much hockey during the early to mid 80's, so I missed all of the key rookie cards of that era. So while I'm not actively pursuing any of these sets, anytime I find any random cards (like this 1986-87 Topps Dale Hawerchuk) in my travels, it comes home with me.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Still Raiding Those Dimeboxes

These are more cards that I've gotten at recent card shows. The person that runs the monthly card show that I frequent sets up right by the front door and the majority of his table are dimeboxes. Most of what you've seen over the last few post have been from his table. This one will be no different.

He has different stuff every month...this particular time I was able to pick up most of the New England Patriots cards from the 1977 Topps set...including the Mike Haynes rookie. This was the first year that I collected cards.

I remember wanting to stop at Cumberland Farms in Exeter, NH (where I grew up) on the way to see a movie to buy a pack of these and because of that pit stop, the movie was sold out when we got there. Oh well, I don't remember what movie it was but I still have the cards.

In 1977, the New England Patriots were coming off of their first winning season since joining the NFL. They finished the season 11-3 and lost in the Divisional Championship to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Oakland Raiders.

One of their losses during the season was to the Detroit Lions, who stomped them 30-10. The assistant special teams coach for the Lions that year? Bill Belichick.

Three cards from 1974 Topps.

1980 Topps Mark Moseley.

1984 Topps Dan Fouts.

The final card I'll show for this post is this 1993 Classic Four Sport - Tri-Cards TC2 - 7 - 12 of Drew Bledsoe, Rick Mirer and Garrison Hearst. These were the top three picks of the 1993 NFL Draft. This card is also perforated into three smaller cards like the 1980-81 Topps Basketball set.

Monday, September 18, 2017

2008 Just Memorabilia Chih-Hsien Chang Autograph

I picked up this card at a card show for a buck only because I thought the Chinese signature looked cool. He was a Red Sox prospect who was traded to Seattle at the 2011 trade deadline for Erik Bedard.

But I didn't realize until I had gotten home what made this card even cooler.

You might not be able to tell by the scan, but it's a 1/25! My first 1! Sweet!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

All From The Dimebox (Part II)

Last post I showed you the football cards I picked here comes the baseball cards.

We'll start off with a couple from 1976 Topps. Not in the best condition, but good enough for me.

Two cards from 1977 Topps. I already have both of these, but these two don't have my initials written on the top of the card.

I also picked up a trio of cards from 1978 Topps.

I have this one already...but this is one of my favorite cards of all time. Now I have one for the set and one to display.

I'm not sure if this really is his autograph or not.

Looking at some more of his autographed cards some look close to his signature...

...and others don't.

This was the usual "I wasn't sure if I had this card or not, but for ten cents I'll take a chance".

Three from 1982 Donruss. (Sorry, but I need the Wallach.)

One from 1982 Fleer.

Four from 1982 Topps.

Two from 1984 Topps.

A mess of 1985 Donruss...

...and one from 1985 Leaf.

Some of these cards had prices on them...for instance the 1982 Fleer Ferguson Jenkins and the 1982 Topps All-Star Rod Carew had $10 written on them. I hope that nobody really tried to sell those two cards at that price.

The Leaf George Brett was marked $6. Since the Donruss version books at $3, that was probably what a dealer was trying to get for it. I like 10 cents better.

One from 1985 Topps.

One from 1986 Donruss. Someone wanted 2 bucks for this. They didn't get it.

I love anything and everything 1991 Stadium Club.

I also found a pack of two cards from the 2002 Post set. Let's see who I got besides Alex Rodriguez.

Why, it's Vladimir Guerrero...the first Expo to have a 30-HR/30-SB season. Yes I do read the card backs.

I also grabbed this 2013 Bowman Chrome Prospect card of Deven Marrero.

These last six cards are from the 2016 Topps 65th Anniversary set. This is a WalMart exclusive...and I was stupid interested in collecting this and bought a few of these boxes at the low price of $24.99 each. In the box were sixteen cards and one autograph. The idea behind this set was to have one card represent each year of the flagship releases from 1952 to 2016. The idea behind this set was to also sell you the same damn sixteen cards in each box. It only took me five boxes to decide that I'd had enough. I'll put up a wantlist for this at some point and if anybody else is trying to finish this I obviously have some dupes as well.