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.

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.