Sunday, December 31, 2017

A Handful Of Bledsoes

Quite often when I'm rummaging through dimeboxes, I'll see where someone has decided that their player collection no longer has the worth that it used to. This particular time, I saw a plethora of Drew Bledsoe cards. I only was interested in rookie cards and inserts from his rookie year.

1993 Bowman Foil. I already have this card but at ten cents I'll take two more please!

1993 Fleer Prospects.

1993 Playoff.

1993 Score Select.

Lastly, 1993 Upper Deck Rookie Exchange.

Most of these cards book for around five or six dollars, so I was quite happy to find them for so cheap.

With only a few more hours left in 2017, I hope everyone has a safe and happy New Year!

Friday, December 29, 2017

2003-04 Parkhurst Original Six Boston (Revisited)

I posted back in September that I had found a bunch of these cards at a recent card show. While the packs were somewhere around 5 bucks each back then, I was able to get the singles at that show for a dime each.

Well, I found more at the same low price.

These aren't black and white cards, I just happened to scan them that way.

This time I ended up with twenty more cards.

Also continuing the habit of picking up 80's hockey cards for a dime each landed me a couple of O-Pee-Chee beauts.

First, this 83-84 Phil Housley rookie...

...then this 86-87 Denis Potvin.

Now three from 1981-82 Topps.

A 1985-86 Topps Paul Coffey.

Four cards from 1987-88 Topps including Kevin Hatcher and Ulf Samuelsson rookies. 

I also picked up a 1988-89 Topps Bob Probert rookie.

Although I already have one, I couldn't resist picking up another 1990-91 Upper Deck Sergei Federov rookie for a dime. 

Hope you all had a Merry Christmas! (If you celebrate it.)

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!