2014 Topps Mini three-box bundle results

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , on January 31, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

A few weeks ago Topps had a sale on their 2014 Topps Mini boxes. They sold three-box bundles for $49.99. Essentially it was a buy one get two free sale. Needless to say I snagged a bundle. Here are the color and hit recaps from each box. Black parallels are /5, pink are /25 and gold are /63.

 

Box 1

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The Martin Perez Black 2/5 came
In the very first pack. This was officially my first pack of 2015.

Box 2

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Box 3:

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All in all this was a fun break, especially for the price. I need to sort the singles and figure out what I need for my set. I’m sure I have plenty of duplicates. I already had two boxes of base cards that were gifted to me at The National.

Icon-O-Clasm: 1989 Donruss Pop-Up Will Clark “Casting Shadows”

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , on January 30, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

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Icon-O-Clasm: A trio of 56 Topps HOFers “Names on Back”

Posted in Card Art, Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , , on January 29, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

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I buy low-grade vintage because …

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , on January 26, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

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In Memoriam: Ernie Banks, Jan. 31, 1931 – Jan. 23, 2015

Posted in In Memoriam with tags , , , on January 24, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

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The Mickey Mantle Collection

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_8719When it comes to collecting baseball cards there are just a few names that really strikes a cord with collecting Perhaps the biggest name is Mickey Mantle.  Mantle may not have been the best player in the game, but he is probably the most popular among cardboard enthusiasts.  When I was a kid I only dreamed of owning a single Mantle card.  Any Mantle card.  And when I was 16, Topps released the Mickey Mantle reprint series which turned the hobby on its ear.  Yes, believe it or not, reprint cards were selling like hotcakes.  If you were a collector back then you surely remember the hunt for Topps.

While those reprints were an affordable way for collectors to own reprints of the original Mantles, they are reprints and there is nothing quite like the real thing.

Over the last five years I’ve managed to acquire some real Mantle cards, including his rookie.  No, not that 1952 Topps card that is often mistaken for his rookie cards.  But his true rookie, the 1951 Bowman.  I digress. In addition I’ve added a few of his singles from the 1950s and 1960s, and I figured I’d post them all on my site.  Not only for you to see, but so that I have a visual reference to what I already own.  As the header to the page says, the cards may not be mint, but they are indeed real. Enjoy.

 

So …. “Thrift Treasures” has been nominated for an award

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on January 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

ThriftTreasuresLogoTo say that this blog is what it was six years ago when I started it would simply be untrue.  The industry has changed. My life has changed.  I was married for a mere three years when I started this thing, and I didn’t have any kids.  I now have two kids who are 6 and 4 and my wife and I will be celebrating our tenth anniversary later this year. Oh, and I had a career change some four years ago. Yeah, time flies.

There was a time when page hits were important to me; when I felt the need to publish something everyday.  But the more that I let that motivate me, the more this hobby became like work. Over time I did my own thing.  I branched out and got published elsewhere and used this site to do what I initially set out to do, chronicle MY collection and share MY thoughts.

One of the things that has developed through this site is ‘Thrift Treasures,” which has been my constant theme in which I chronicle sports items — usually cards — I find during trips to thrift stores, antique stores, flea markets, etc.

It came as a surprise to me this week when I learned that the “Thrift Treasures” series has been nominated for “Best Recurring Subject,” in the “2014 Bip Awards” as hosted by fellow bloggers over at A Cardboard Problem.

I’m humbled by the fact that I have even been nominated. The other candidates are among some of the stronger and more popular blogs in our hobby.  Anyway, I’ll quite rambling. If you’re so inclined go vote for somebody — even if its not me.

And in case you missed it or care to read them again, all of my Thrift Treasures posts can be read HERE.

Some of my favorites include:

* A 1971 San Jose Bees (Royals Single-A affiliate) signed baseball (read)

* Sealed 1984 Donruss set (read)

* A signed George W. Bush book (read)

* a Cal Ripken Jr. signed book (read)

* A signed Harry Caray book … which I returned to the owner (read)

* A full game-used bat that might be photo-matched to a card (read)

* a team-signed 1997 USA Baseball jersey (read)

* A signed Casey Stengel 1963 Topps card (read)

* And of course, the legendary find of a game-used Earl Weaver jersey (read) which has been the gift that keeps on giving. The find led to new opportunities within the hobby for me, including a chance to meet Earl and have his sign the jersey before he passed away in 2012. (Beckett first-hand piece from 2012)

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