Sunday, March 27, 2016

Crushing the Quarterbox (card show recap)

When I'm digging through bins of cards, I'm usually looking for 2 types of cards: old cards and new cards. So like, vintage or recent. I pretty much already have the vast majority of 80s/early 90s cards I want. I wasn't collecting in the late 90s or 00s, so I don't know which random Pacific inserts sell for a hundred dollars on eBay and which can be had for 18¢ on Sportlots. For me to pick up a card from this period, it's gotta look cool enough to really catch my eye, or maybe have a serial number on it to let me know how rare it is. I end up quickly thumbing through tons of McGwire, Ripken, Bonds, A-Rod, and other stars from those days that loiter in the bins.

Anyways, this post features a bunch of cards I bought from the 4 for $1 bins at the card show yesterday. It was probably my all-time largest haul of singles from one seller. While I won't show off all of them (many are already set aside for trader buddies), there were 193 cards. And without a bag, it took a great effort to get all the cards safely into my car without the stacks spilling everywhere.


Some of my favorite pickups of the day. The Tom Seaver and Ted Williams aren't in great shape, but I was still excited to throw them on my stack.


More vintage. The Willie Mays is a PC addition but the rest of these are available for trade.


I don't really care about Scott Rolen, but this card looked really cool. The baseball in the background has a cool 3-D thing going on. It reminds me of those Crystal Ball inserts from last year's Stadium Club.. but whereas those cards are super thick, this one is standard thickness.


I'm a sucker for these Bowman mini shimmer refractors. That said, I suppose these are all available for trade.


These are also available for trade besides the Mookie, Altuve, and Adam Jones.


I love these Galley of Greats inserts from last year. In my haste, I grabbed 2 Beltre cards, so one is available for trade.


Cutch PC additions.


Certified autos are tough to pass up for that cheap, even though these guys aren't familiar to me besides maybe Tony Armas, Jr. All available for trade.


SP variations. I grabbed the Geovany Soto purely for the magnetic case. Once I got home and was trying to figure out why a common warranted such a prestigious case, I noticed the sparkle.


More cards for me. Turns out the Bryce on the right is a photo variation SP... nice!


More cards for my tradebox. The top row are all numbered /199 or less. Anybody want to trade?


Cards of guys I collect from when I wasn't collecting.


These are also cards.


More cards.


Did I mention I grabbed a lot of vintage cards?


..because I did. I did grab a lot of vintage cards.


If all those cards from the show weren't enough, that afternoon when we went shopping, even though I had no intention of buying any retail that day, I took a curious look at the card section just in case the grocery store had anything good on closeout special (which just about never happens). And yep, they did...


Couldn't pass up this trio of discounted blasters. I will try to practice some self-control and ration out these packs on rainy days over the next few weeks. At the show, I had been looking out for something to rip but didn't find anything interesting at a price that grabbed me, so I was happy to run into these later at the store. (They also had a couple discounted 2015 A&G blasters that I passed on.)

So yes, it was a big card day for me!
See you next time.

27 comments:

  1. Duuuude... Epic haul. I'm interested in the Luminescent Panda & Sprakle Geo if they haven't been claimed already.

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    1. Right on, I'll put those 2 aside for you.

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  2. Damn dude have a day! Should be a fun sort.I know I need that '61 Willey but no rush, I'm sending you some stuff tomorrow

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    1. Sounds good.. I'll set it aside for you.

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  3. That's an incredible quarter box! Congrats. I'm interested in the Longo Heritage, the Chapman WBC, and the Betances X-fractor if they're available. Also, great finds on the discounted blasters! I keep hoping that I'll eventually find one(or more) of those discount Stadium Club blasters.

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    1. I'll probably try hanging onto the Betances for now, but the other 2 are good as yours. Thanks!

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  4. Not sure if it's for trade but I'd be interested in dealing for that Gallo variation if it is. That is a great day of acquiring cardboard right there!

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    1. Thanks, man. Gallo is sort of a fringe guy I collect, so I'm hesitant to part with it at this time, sorry to say.

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  5. That all camber from quarter boxes?! I want to go to your card show. That's a good day there.

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    1. Yep! The guy let me have all 193 cards for $45, so it was actually more like 23 cents per card.

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  6. Wow! I only know of 2 card shows in all of Colorado and the variety seems to run out after about 3 shows.

    Is that Panini Yasmany Tomas card for trade?

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    1. The main guy I buy from seems to get a nice influx of fresh stuff every show, which is very appreciated, though there's still plenty of old stuff to weed through (junk McGwire, Palmero, Bonds, etc), but yeah, totally worth it.

      And sure, I could part with the Yasmany.. feel free to get in touch about a trade.

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  7. That's one heck of a quarter box. Best of all worlds between the sweet vintage and shiny parallels. Also, I noticed one of your autos is of Nick Bierbrodt. You should look him up, quite a fascinating story.

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    1. Besides, his name sounds like beer and brats all in one, which makes me want to grill out.
      What a great haul. I really have to hit a card show, and soon!

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    2. Thanks, guys. And wow, dude got shot a few times and managed to come back and play again!

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  8. I need to see if I can help your Cutch collection.

    My local Target marks down blasters but it is rarely baseball. I think the same Nascar boxes have been there for 5 years.

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    1. If you want to shed some of your McCutchen triples on me, I'd be happy to have them!

      And yeah, my grocery store sometimes has discounted Nascar boxes too. Where it's like one promised auto in the box and nothing else. And a couple NC State (?) boxes that seem to have been there for a while.

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  9. Wow -- those Sepia refractors are pretty awesome, especially since they tend to sell for several dollars a piece on COMC/eBay.

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    1. Yeah, I saw a couple and put them on my stack.. then later I came to a bunch more and was like, "screw it, put 'em all on the stack!"

      Do you need the Braun? I grabbed a few more Brewers for next time we swap cards.

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  10. Dude great accomplished day right there!

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    1. Thanks, it was a fun day, all right. Already looking forward to next month's show.

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  11. Awesome! You are closing in on the Nickmyster himself with those finds. Great Dig.

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    1. Yep, nothing legendary, but still a very successful card show for me.

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  12. I spy a ton of vintage Athletics. Great finds buddy!

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    1. Thanks, Fuji. Yeah, basically anything pre-1970 is good to grab for a quarter. With 70s stuff, I'm a tad more selective.

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  13. wow what a recap. Nice pickups.

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    1. Thanks, John. It was a good day for me, no doubt.

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