I picked up some big-name vintage basketball goodness for cheap at the card show yesterday.
To set the scene: when I arrived at the show, the baseball bins from the main dealer I gravitate to were pretty full with people. To bide my time, I half-heartedly got a stack going from his football dimebox, but ended up abandoning it when the two guys beside me were getting a little annoying.
So I inched closer to the baseball area, waiting for a spot to open up, and my attention was grabbed by some sweet vintage front and center in the basketball 50¢ section.
So many Larry Bird rookies for 50 cents each! (1980-81 Topps Basketball is a weird set with each card being 3 attached minis with various player combinations.) Sure, none are the most desirable version shared with Magic Johnson, but still! 50 cents! Not reprints! Vintage! I don't need all of these. I'll probably Listia off the extras, but if any of you out there want one, let me know about a trade.
A couple early "Pistol Pete" Maravich cards. That fantastic Dr. J is an All-Star card from his rookie year. The Wilt is great too, though I believe I already have it, so it's also available for trade. The 1987-88 Fleer Magic and Bird ain't too shabby either.
A bunch of Bill Bradley cards (with a dupe available for trade). Keith Wilkes rookie card (a.k.a. Jamaal Abdul-Lateef). Bob McAdoo rookie card. LL card with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nate Archibald, and John Havlicek. Some damn fine cards there.
I'd be remiss if I didn't show a few backs of these cards so you can enjoy the cartoons:
Gotta love vintage cardboard.
So yeah, quite an impressive haul for 50¢ a pop. Turns out the baseball section being full was a blessing in disguise, since otherwise I would never have stumbled upon these screaming deals. I'm not a huge basketball collector by any means, but I do like to have a well-rounded card collection with a bit of everything, and these cards definitely bolster the basketball portion of my collection nicely. (That said, I'd be willing to listen to trade offers for most of these; really only the Dr. J card is untouchable.)
Back to baseball tomorrow.