Wednesday, May 18, 2016

2016 Topps Heritage...Done!

Well, this weekend was the local card show and I had one goal in mind. Get as close to finishing 2016 Heritage as you can. So far this year I'm two cards away from finishing 2016 Topps Series 1 and I've finished 2016 Topps Opening Day. I've bought a box plus a random assortment of packs and hanging boxes and have come up one hundred and twenty-seven cards short of completing the base set.

The first table I went to always has a bunch of singles from the past few years. I was happy to find a couple rows of Heritage and believe it or not...I was able to find all hundred and twenty-seven cards I needed! I also grabbed a couple of memorabilia cards that they had priced at a buck a piece and paid ten dollars for the whole haul. Not bad for starters. I had been there about twenty minutes and had already accomplished what I had set out to do.

Next I went to the dealer that usually has all of the oddball cards. Unfortunately all of the vintage football, hockey and basketball that I passed on last month was not here this time. Oh well, my loss.

There was only a few cards that I was interested in on his table, so I picked up this 1976 Topps John Candelaria.

I think I might have all of these already, but they are better copies.

I also picked up this 1978 Willie Montanez... well as these three from 1979 Topps.

After this I went to another table (which ended up being the last one that I purchased anything from). He had a bunch of monster boxes of cards, (which were not sorted in numerical order...a pet peeve of mine), but nonetheless I was able to disregard my feelings of anguish and fill some wantlist needs.

First I was able to find thirty-four that I needed from 2012 Topps Heritage. Still have a long way to go on this one.

Then I picked up ten from 2015 Topps.

Going through the monster boxes, I was able to find some from a set I really liked, 2011 Topps Lineage. I needed almost half the set, and was able to find a whopping eighty-seven cards that I needed!

I only need four cards to complete the set. I am missing...

196 - Ichiro (All-Star Rookie)
91 - Brent Morel
42 - Jackie Robinson
2 - Derek Jeter

If anybody out there has any of these four, I'd like to make a trade for them. I'm sure I've got some cards in return that you would need. Additionally, I'm now working on 2016 Bowman. Is anybody out there doing that set?

Once again, I was able to get a good amount of cards for very little money. Another successful show in my opinion.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

It's A Crime To Pay More Than A Dime (Part II)

Here's the second half of what I got at last month's card show. The first post can be seen here.

Anytime I see cards from the 1977 - 79 Topps sets, I usually end of buying a few. As I've mentioned on this blog before, these are the first sets that I collected and I have finished none of them.

Another early set (for me) that I haven't finished is 1982 Topps. I'm not sure if I need this card or not, but the price was right.

I wasn't sure if this was an Eric Davis rookie card or not (it is), but I was pretty sure I needed it.

I mentioned this on my blog before, but both card shops in my area sell 1500 ct boxes of commons for ten bucks. I've gotten a lot of the 1987 Donruss Rookies set via them, but I'd never gotten the Palmeiro card.

The same story pertains to this 1989 Score Update Jim Abbott.

There were plenty of Ken Griffey Jr. promo cards, but I liked this one from the 1992 National Sports Convention in Atlanta, Ga the best.

He had some vintage hockey as well (late 70's), which are also sets that I collected as a kid (but of course didn't finish). I've got wantlists somewhere for these, but didn't buy any of the hockey cards because I don't need very many and don't know which ones they are.

He also had a lot of late 70's basketball as well. I only grabbed these 1980-81 Topps, which was all he had for this set. I should have picked up a lot more of the other vintage basketball, because unlike the hockey sets from this time period, I only have a handful.

He also had some vintage football. I only bought a couple of cards (like this 1977 Ray Rhodes), and I regret not buying more. Maybe they'll still be some at the next show.

Yes, I wish I had bought more.

I picked this card up because I have foolish visions of trying to complete this set.

He had a lot of Drew Bledsoe cards. I picked up two that I knew I didn't have. This one from 1993 Classic Four Sport...

...and from a set I really like, 1994 Action Packed Quarterback Challenge.

I paid slightly more that a dime for this 1979 Red Sox program (but not much more).

My memory must be failing me, because I don't ever remember Rick Averbach...

...or Dennis Marinez.

The program was scored though.

The game was August 16, 1979 and the Red Sox won 7-5. Allen Ripley was the winning pitcher and Mike Proly was the loser. Fred Lynn, Bob Watson and Butch Hobson all hit home runs for the Red Sox.

Another nice and cheap haul for me!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

It's A Crime To Pay More Than A Dime

If you live in my area, and are forced to listen to the radio like I am (because that's all your work van has), you've probably heard a auto commercial numerous times that uses that catch phrase. I can't stand the commercial (and usually change the station), but it's highly appropriate for this post.

There usually aren't any card shows in my area during the summer, so I wanted to be sure that I made it to the April show. I brought more than my usual $20 budget, but I "didn't pay more than a dime" for any of the cards.

The first order of business was to take care of what I needed for Topps Series 1.

I found a dealer who had a decent amount and I was able to pick up forty eight of them. That leaves me with just two cards I need!

If anybody has..

26 Chris Davis/Mike Trout/Nelson Cruz LL
188 Greg Bird (RC) - New York Yankees

...I'd like to make a trade for them.

I remembered to bring one of my wantlist books with me, and the same dealer had singles of a couple other sets that I've been working on.

So I picked up twenty-two of 2012 Topps Heritage...

...and nine from 2015 Topps Series 1.

At this point I had made my way over to the table that I usually frequent...the dealer with all of the oddballs. I was initially disappointed, because there weren't many oddballs to be had, and at first glance I really wasn't all that interested in what he had on his table. I was ready to leave when I saw a few boxes to the side of loose cards and after rifling through those, I was able to pick out some beauties.

We'll start off with this 1976 Hostess Card of Willie McCovey.

Then we'll move on to this 1974 Frank White rookie.

Two cards from 1976 Topps came home with me...a Mike Flanagan rookie and this Dwight Evans.

I grabbed what I could of 1977 Topps.

Some of these I already had, but they were better copies...mostly because my initials weren't scribbled on the card.

Additionally, the back of the Red Sox checklist was "checked". It didn't deter me from buying it, in fact that made me want it more.

I might have some of these 1978 Topps cards as well, but they would be upgrades over what I have. And no, I didn't get two of the Mike Easler rookies on purpose. I didn't realize it until just now.

I had been looking for the Jerry Remy card for quite awhile...really since 1978, so I was very happy to finally pick one up.

More from the show on the next post!