Saturday, September 28, 2013

Maine-ly Oddballs

I like Friday night card shows. I enjoy the show itself, but my favorite part is after I get home, I crack open a beer (Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale this time), and go through all of the loot I just accumulated. I can't very well do this on Sunday card shows (unless I want to start drinking at 1 in the afternoon...which never turns out well for me).

So last night I made the trek up to Maine for another card show. I spent about 45 minutes there and went a few dollars overbudget. As I go to more and more shows I'm noticing it's the same few dealers over and over again. Fortunately they have a lot of things that I want.

The theme for this show was oddballs. I didn't set out with that intention, but after going through a few dime boxes, it was apparent that this would be my focus.

So let's start with the food issues:


More Post.

And yet even more Post.

A 1990's version of Hostess cards. These were included with what was called Hostess Baseballs. I ate so damn many of these in 1993 just to get the cards.

Of course 90's Hostess cards are nowhere near as good as....

70's Hostess Cards!
Note to dealers: If you have 1970's Hostess cards at your table, you have my attention.

The Carlton and Palmer were priced at $6 a piece and the Bench was priced at $8. I got all three for $5. Much better.

Captain Crunch. Did your parents buy you the sugar cereals or were you forced to eat Cheerios and Total like I was?

Ralston Purina. When you buy a lot of repacks you end up with one or two cards from a slew of oddball releases. And because I have set collectors disease, I must get the rest of them.

Jimmy Dean.

And bringing up the rear is this cool Drake's card of Robin Yount.

Now let's bring on the retail stores.

I knocked off quite a bit of the 1990 Ames set at this show.

Toys 'R Us.

1987 Kmart...

...and 1989 Kmart.

Moving on to some gas station cards...

1985 Circle K Ernie Banks...

...and Willie McCovey.

I worked the night shift (10 PM to 6 AM) at a Circle K for a few months back in the early 90's. That is one f'd up shift. I ended up quitting because a police officer informed me (while I was working) that he would be stopping by frequently because there had been a lot of armed robberies in the area recently.

Check, please.

I also picked up a 1984 Milton Bradley Pete Rose...

...and a Wade Boggs from the 1988 Topps All-Star set.

I was also able to pick up the 2006 Topps Red Sox Team Set for a buck. Note the airbrushed Josh Beckett wearing number 21. Nobody has really worn number 21 since Roger Clemens.

A 1978 Topps Thurman Munson cost me just over a buck-fifty...

...and a 1990 Score Traded Frank Thomas cost me twenty cents.

I also picked up eighteen more 1979 Topps in my quest to complete one of the sets I collected as a child. I love the Pirates yellow uniforms.

Even though I'm an adult, I still read the backs of cards and one thing jumped out immediately about the Mario Mendoza card.

How does someone hit .221, .180, .185, .198 and .218, yet have a lifetime batting average of .278?
I suppose if anyone needed funky math, it was Mr. Mendoza.
Now if only we could have used that math to figure out my college GPA.


  1. Tons of great oddballs there! Love the Hostess cards, especially the '76 Bench.

  2. I ate a ton of those Hostess as well. We had a Hostess outlet store in the town I worked, the two packs of the baseballs were like 10/$2. Have some singles left over if you need any. I'll be looking at your wantlists as well.