Well, it was a surprise to me!
I had assumed the local card show was on the last Saturday of the month like it typically has been the past few months. But a curious check of the website this morning at 11am informed me that, no, the show was today.. GOING ON RIGHT NOW!
Well damn, glad I checked before it was too late. I threw on pants and got out the door in a few minutes time.
I ended up making 2 purchases, both from my usual go-to dealer. One was 16 cards from the quarter boxes for $4, and the other was 28 cards from the dollar bins (or 7 for $5) for $20. I was a bit restrained compared to my past few card shows, but with the late start n' all, it was a fine haul.
Let's take a look.
Bowman catchers. MVP Josh Donaldson RC, the legendary LUUIIIIIIS Torrens ref, and Jose Queliz /250.
A-rod and Pujols each #'d /999.
A set need for my '65 build. It had some pencil markings on the back, but I was able to erase it a bit and it doesn't look too bad now ("Altered! Altered!")
Hunter Pence RC (red back).
I needed a couple more cards to bring it to an even dollar amount, so I took a quick look in the football and found these 2. Not familiar with Leon Washington, but a card #'d /10(!) for a quarter seems pretty good. (Any Jets fans out there interested?) The Emmitt Smith is a phone card thing, #'d 1588/3577.
Now we're out of the quarter box and into the dollar territory. These are autos of 3 decent names I remember from my days collecting as a kid. El Presidente is a silver, so I guess that means it's slightly more rare than the bronze Baerga and Kelly cards.
Pretty sure that's Justin Upton on the right, right? It's a 3D ("experimental lineagraph") card from Lineage, /99.
Always keeping an eye out for my trade buddies.
TRADE BAIT: Yankees and Cubs autos. Michael O'Neill could fit in my Black Sheep minicollection, as he's Paul's nephew. Slade Heathcott (didn't photo well). Adam Warren. Brett Jackson. Robinson Chirinos. All up for trade.
More trade bait autographs. Brian Bannister #'d 13/15. Jeremy Hellickson is the Chrome card there that doesn't photograph well. He's been having a solid year for the Phillies.
MORE trade bait autos. Who wants 'em?!
We close with the Big Hurt. Getting "junk" cards graded just seems dumb, but hey, for less than a buck a pop, I'll add some encased Frank to my PC, I guess.
Plus a few set-aside-for-others cards not pictured. Not a bad haul for $24.