Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Card Show Coinboxing: Dime Time

Here's "chapter 3" of my card show haul from the weekend, now onto the spoils from the dimebox dig. I ended up with 100 cards for $10.

There were a couple big caches of 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes. I basically just flipped through them quickly looking for parallels. The zip code rainbow foil stamps were seeded 1 per box, while the state gold stamps came 5 per box. Some dudes I collect here (the Fisk plus the 3 on the lower right), plus some trade fodder (let me know if you need any of these).

I would then turn over the stacks of Hometown Heroes and flip through trying to find any pesky SP high numbers... only I wasn't exactly sure where they started. At #300, I thought? No, I think it was lower than that. I was thinking maybe the Fergie (#258) was high enough to be a short-print, but no.. In highsight of looking it up online, the SPs run from #261 through #300. Oh well, maybe I'll remember that the next time I'm in that situation. Fergie's a PC guy for me, so no harm done there. Accidentally grabbed an extra Griffey.. anybody need one? The Upton Sportdisc is also up for grabs.

I haven't messed with 2014 Panini Golden Age much, so I had fun picking out the equivalent of a loaded pack or two with cards that caught my eye. Dig the Evel Knievel playing card.

The recent Panini products continue, now onto 2019 Diamond Kings. Don't think I've busted any of this yet, so again, this was a nice opportunity to curate a couple packs-worth of cards catered to my collecting interests. Man, I really hope Larry Walker is able to make it into the HOF (announcement due after I'm writing this, but probably before the post is published). UPDATE: YESSSSS!!!! So happy Walker made it! I was stressing out over that way more than I should have.

Here's some 2018 Ginter.. players I collect plus that cryptocurrency card which was going for crazy prices for a while shortly after this set came out (which I still believe can be attributed to dumb guys wanting to get in on the cryptocurrency train, but they didn't really get that whole thing, so they settled for buying a "cryptocurrency rookie card" as if that'll end up being worth a lot someday)-- looks like the card is rightly down to selling for about a buck now.. or a dime if you're lucky as I was.

Now we're to the point where I was running out of time to take pictures this morning before work and so just scattered the rest for a quick shot. Shiny Monte Irvin reprint, perhaps the first non-Star Wars card of Daisy Ridley in my collection, diecut Darvish, Krush fishfractor, and some other stuff that caught my eye.

And finally some potential trade fodder. The Tristar prospects on the right are all #'d /50.. meaning as a sucker for serial-numbered cards, I just couldn't pass them up for 10 cents each, even though these guys are all out of the game now without ever cracking the majors.. but maybe a team collector would want them (might have to research which organization these minor league teams correspond to) ..but yeah, let me know if you want any of them.

That wraps up my card show purchases for this month, though the day's haul also included ~1500 cards gifted to me by Rod that had a bunch of great surprises among them, but that'll have to wait for a future post, as I'm still sorting through it all. I also got a very impressive Zippy Zapping to show off at some point, plus a nice bubble mailer from John Miller, and a few neat eBay pickups I need to find time to post about soon.

Oh, speaking of packages.. heads up that most USPS postage rates for packages are increasing a bit on January 26th, so if you've got any packages you've been procrastinating on mailing out, you might want to put them in the mail by the end of the week, or expect to pay a little more starting next week. (Stamps are staying at 55 cents, so this year's price update doesn't effect PWEs.)

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Card Show Coinboxing

I pulled off a coinboxing trifecta at the card show today. First I dug through a nickelbox, then I spent some time at a quarterbox, before finally wrapping up my day at a dimebox. (If only there was an elusive pennybox I could have run the table on mainstream US coin currency.) I also got handed a reusable grocery bag full of cards from my bud Rod. So no high-dollar pickups, but still a very productive day at the card show.


Pacific Legends are great for getting cheap cards of old-timers.

Cards from some 80s sets I intend to complete one of these days.

More dudes I collect or otherwise caught my eye.

And some cards that'll likely get filed away in the for-trade boxes. Anybody want to call dibs on the Mark Grace Broder pair?

With the bulk discount, this purchase was $2 for 50 cards.

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I'm a sucker for serial-numbered cards, especially when they're cheap and of guys I collect.

I don't have a lot of Pacific in my PCs, so don't mind snagging some when I see them cheap.

I bit on some 2014 Topps High Tek. McGriff and Eck at the top are both /99 while the others are unnumbered.

Not a whole lot in the way of vintage today, though I did score a pair of buybacks someone might need, plus a Hostess and some off-condition 50s stuff, some of which may end up with Bo.

Shield your eyes from all the shiny!

I passed up a lot of Altuve cards that I likely would have added to my stack a week ago. But as it is with my shifting opinion of him, only this one (2015 Topps Update Series - Retail Throwback Variation) made the cut.

A little surprised to find a 90s Finest refractor in a quarter box. I don't collect Conine, but couldn't leave it there.

The Baines up top is a 1st Day parallel or something.

I love these things.. what with the shiny and acetate windows.

More Padres pickups.

More dudes I collect.

The above are all Rookie Cup Reprints from 2005 Topps, I believe.

And a decent stack of trade fodder.

This quarterbox purchase ended up running me an even $20 for 117 cards.. working out to 17¢ per.

Well, this post is pretty long, so I think I'll save the dimebox haul for a future post. Thanks for reading and I hope you're enjoying your holiday weekend.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

a Bill Madlock ghost whale landed!

Wishing a very Nice 69th Birthday to Bill Madlock! Recently scored an awesome addition for my Mad Dog PC: his only true card as a member of the Texas Rangers.

Shoutout to GCA for giving me a heads-up about the existence of this set through a recent blog of his. I was aware of early 90s "all-time team" sets for the Dodgers and Orioles-- where over the course of a few series, often available as stadium giveaways, the team puts out cards featuring almost every player who ever played for the franchise up to that point-- but was unaware there was one for the Rangers out there.

One of my top-tier PC guys is Bill Madlock, and a "ghost whale" of mine (ghost whale n. a dream card for your collection that you're not sure if it even exists or not) was to get a real card featuring Madlock on the Rangers. He first came up with them, but was traded away to the Cubs before his first baseball cards were made. I checked on TCDB and sure enough, I found that he's included in the '93 Keebler Ranges set. In hindsight, I should have checked TCDB long ago and I would have found out about this card sooner, but alas! So yeah, like a pig hunting for truffles, I sniffed out what I was after and added it to the PC.

1993 Keebler Texas Rangers #237 Bill Madlock

The backs of his cards often erroneously gave Madlock's birthdate as 1/2, but as he's confirmed for me on Twitter (squee!! I had an interaction with Bill Madlock!), it is in fact 1/12.

These cards come in perforated sheets of 9 cards, so forgive the rough edges.

I ended up with a lot of 2 series of the set, and though I was really only after the Madlock, there were a few more keepers for my collection. Bonus!

Here are some highlights of the "trade bait" cards available. I had been excited thinking I'd have a Lopes oddball that gcrl needed, but then I looked at his list and seems he already has it, so it's up for grabs.

More available. GCA gets first dibs if there are any PC guys of his since I've got him to thank for tracking these down.

And more cards up for trade. Any guys you collect in this bunch? Just let me know. I don't need them.

The set ends with these photo-less cards of team records. Not the most "collectable" things as they don't have pictures. Perhaps I could shoehorn some of these cards into my PCs for the likes of Julio Franco who are listed. BTW, Al Oliver holds the team single-season record for games played with 163 in 1980 (listed on the back of the all-time games played card).

When I said at the top of the post that it was the only true card as a member of the Texas Rangers, it's because I discovered he's also got this oversized card from 1993 Upper Deck All-Time Heroes B.A.T. Triple-Folders. I'd consider this card a Pirates card primarily, though the smaller photo featuring young Bill with Texas is pretty cool. I don't have this one in hand yet, but have now snagged it on COMC for a buck and look forward to shipping out my next COMC order in the next few weeks sometime.

And of course I got this '73 custom I whipped up a few years back.

Under-represented short-term stops of the main guys I collect is one of the funnest niches of my collection. (See also McCovey on the A's). Just love seeing my favorite players in real yet unfamiliar uniforms! Blows my mind.. lol.

Airbrushed into a Cubs uniform on his rookie card.. so a mythical Rangers card is highly valued to me. Cool that I've been able to get that lost stint reasonably represented in my collection now!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

post-holiday event cards from Kerry, Bob, Tom, & Doug

Here's a trade roundup for some cards traders have sent my way to combat the post-holiday comedown blues.

This first part is a box from Kerry from Cards of Cards. We briefly met up the Friday after Christmas for a quick in-person swap.

Juan Soto bubblegumfractor! (as I call shiny pink cards)

More Soto goodness. This kid is pretty talented. Dig the fancy Topps website exclusive thing!

Setbuild needs!

Serial-numbered Padres!

More Padre cards!

Big boost to the Yelich PC!

Nice bunch o' Betts!

Snell! Snell!

Jose Ramirez in the house!

This Chapman lot sure is a piper!

Boston Bean-eaters!

More stars of today, including a Yelich I missed in the earlier photo.

Kerry is parting with Vlad Jr cards?! Is that even legal?!

Fan Favorites and fan favorites.

Kerry is a basketball guy and isn't afraid to show it. Some neat Duncan and Dirk cards here.

And a half dozen Damian Lillard cards. Excellent in deed!

Thanks a lot, Kerry! Incredible stuff. I'll continue keeping an eye out for cards for you.

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This next part is a friendly PWE from Bob of the Bestest Bubble.

Needed both these HOF beauties for sets I'm working on.

And a 12/25 auto! Sweet! Looks like this John Murphy was a senior at University Of Maryland in 2019 and went undrafted, but he'll always have a place in my Christmas Cards minicollection.

Thank you, Bob! I'll have to find something to send back your way soon.

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Now here's a thick surprise PWE from P-Town Tom from P-Town Tom's Awesome Blog.

Ooh! Tom's going OLD SCHOOL! Love to see it! The 1970 Topps needs got me past the 2/5 mark there, while the '75s bring me to exactly 85% complete with that set; 99 cards left to go.

And a 74 and a 1990 Donruss Yaz puzzle piece need. Of note is this is the first one of these in my setbuild that doesn't have the decimals before the piece numbers. Yeah, most of the pieces are like ".12  .11  .10" .. it's weird. I won't differentiate them in my set, but just more funky variations of 90D.

Thank you, Tom! I will send you something back soon, but I'll be sure to make it count because I know you've been trying to dissuade people from sending you "cards for the sake of cards". Or if you needed a custom cranked out or something, let me know.

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The surprises continue with a PWE from north of the border. I'm talkin' 'bout Douglas from Sportscards From the 99¢ Store.

Impressive young Padres including a Tatis RC. Nice!

A pair of gorgeous ladies of wrestling. Hubba hubba!

And a hockey card and a football card.

Oh hey, that football card is numbered 12/25 like how I like! Awesome!

Thank you, Doug! I think I'm low on cards you could use, but I hope to round up a return for you before long.

Thanks again to all these kind traders, and thanks to you for reading!