Thrift Treasures 94: You won’t find that in a box of Chrome

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , on August 27, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Technically there are lots of things you won’t find in a box of Topps Chrome baseball.  But today I was out this morning looking for Topps Chrome retail blasters and couldn’t find any.

So I decided to stop into one of my local thrift stores. They had a few bags of cards but none that looked worth buying. Before I left I did a quick sweep through the book section and sitting there was this signed copy of Condoleeza Rice’s memoir.  Rice was the 66th Secretart of State under President George W. Bush.  

Now I’m not Mr. Politico. I don’t go on rants about government or even reply subscribe to one line of thinking.  But the names of politicians do stick in my mind and when you find signed copies of their books sitting on thrift store shelves you should buy them.  If for no other reason they often can be flipped for something else to add to your collection.

I’d say that this find was much better than finding a stash of Topps Chrome Blasters, which I wanted to run into today.

Total cost of this Treasure: $4.99

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Rookie Card Upgrade 7: 1961 Topps Billy Williams

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , , on August 24, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

About 18 months ago I acquired a few PSA grades HOF rookie cards for what was a good deal at the time.  Among the cards was this 1961 Topps Billy Williams PSA 3.

It’s a good looking card with decent centering.  The funny thing is I wasn’t really looking to upgrade this card.  But last week when I visited one of my local shop they had this in the showcase.  

I’m more of a BVG guy than PSA. It’s my personal preference. This card on this grade at that price was a real and a heck of a way to upgrade this rookie card.  Besides, this is an old slab with sub grades.  I love these.


Cardboard bucket list item acquired; Welcome Michael Jordan auto

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

 There are few players who played their respective sport at the level at which Michael Jordan did. And when it comes to the hobby, there is probably no other name who commands the premium that Jordan does.

When it comes to Jordan, I never tried to compete with other collectors to get his cards. Yes, I own his 1986-87 Fleer rookie.   

I own his Nike postcard “rookie”  

I also recently added a Gem Mint 1994 Collector’s Choice baseball rookie to my collection.  

I also own a dual-relic baseball card.  

But the one glaring hole in my collection — not just Jordan collection, but my entire card collection — has been a Jordan autograph.

Well, that problem has been solved.

Let me introduce you to my newest addition. The latest bucket list card marked off the list. Here is the 2013-14 UD Black “Old School” Michael Jordan autograph, limited to just 23 copies.  

Jordan autographs are readily available, but they are pricey.  And they come in so many variations that I wanted to make sure that when I acquired one it was one I actually wanted to hold onto.

The price point for this one was on par with what one would expect to pay for a Jordan auto. And while I would have preferred a Bulls card (always two to three times what I paid for this one) or a White Sox card (doesn’t exist) this on-card example is far superior to the signed floor cards that are all over the market.

And so, my Jordan auto has arrived and taken its place in my collection. It might be times to settle down on the big purchases and start purging again, just as I did in 2010 after I acquired my 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie card.

What’s good for the Goose …

Posted in HOF Auto with tags , , , , , on August 21, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I like autographs. Who doesn’t.  I also appreciate when autographs on well-designed cards show up in our hobby. 

Like many others I like to gather autographs of Hall of Famers.  I have many of the same guys you likely do too, none of the super rare guys who are deceased.  

Well, Goose Goossage was elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008 yet his signature is one that was not in my collection. Shame on me.

But there is a positive to this.  If I had owned Gossage’s auto, I likely would have overlooked this sweet 2015 Panini Cooperstown autograph featuring HOFer Rich Gossage posing with a goose.  What’s also pretty near about this is that Rich signed this on-card, so he knew he was signing a card with a goofy picture. Love it.

On a side note, I like what Panini did with the Cooperstown brand this year. 

Thrift Treasures 93: The Topps Collectors Album (binder)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , on August 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Many years ago Topps released a collector’s kit which included a car collector’s album (really a three-run binder) along with some sheets. I always wanted to own one as a kid but never had a chance to acquire one.

About two years ago I ran across one in an antique store and it had a $10 price tag, but for whatever reason I balled.  And when I changed my mind and went back for it, it was gone.

Fast forward to about a week ago.  While checking one of the local thrift stores I spotted one of these binders and it was bull of binder pages filled with cards.

The price tag was $19.99 and in my mind I was not going to let this binder out f my sight again.  The contents of the binder really were a bonus.  

Well, as you can probably guess, the cards in the binder really did leave much to be desired.  It was mostly 1990 Donruss cards separated by team with a few other cards from the same era thrown in. Here are the highlights … 

A few Hall of Famers…  

A few stars of the time …   

And by far the card with the weirdest image, a 1989 Upper Deck Fernando Valenzuela.

The binder sheets were also typical poor quality of the time, so many of them were not worth keeping for my use. But there were three original Topps brand sheets inside. These were slightly different than the typical sheets because you load the card through the side of the pocket instead of on top. A few other companies tried this design too, but it never really stuck with collectors.

Total Cost of these Treasures $19.99

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Thrift Treasures 92: A baggie to DYE for …

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Have you ever wondered how prevailing autographs and game-used cards are in our hobby? Well, they are so prevalent now that I occasionally find them at thrift stores.

Over the last year or so I have managed to unearth a few certified autos and GU cards in baggies just like the one pictured above.  None of them have been very valuable, but still … They are what we’ve dubbed “hits” and they’re sitting among forgotten toys.

This week I located the Baggie shown above and as you can see a foil sticker auto was peaking out at me.

Whose the auto? Well, the headline probably gave that away …

He’s not a hard auto to get, but this one is limited to 125.

There weren’t any other hits in the bag. In fact, much of it looked like this:

But it did have a 2001 Topps gold parallel numbered to … 2,001

And what appears to be the equivalent of a single retail pack of 2002 Fleer Greats of the Game. I love looking at the stats these guys complied.

Mickey Cochrane tallied a .320 batting average over a 13-year career. 

Check out Tony Perez’s 1970 stat line: 

Paul Molitor could hit … Just 3,319 which was good for a .306 career average.

Eddie Murray wasn’t too shabby either. He is a member of the 3,000 hit/500 HR club. I got to see homer number 498 during a doubleheader in Oakland late in 1996. (8/16/96, game 2)

A fellow Eddie in the 500 HR club. 1953 and 1959 were monster seasons for Eddie Mathews.

Total cost of these Treasures: $2.99

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Look at that girl with the Daisy Dukes on …

Posted in Mail Day with tags , , , , , , , , on August 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

Long before the 69 Boyz made this smash hit “Daisy Dukes,” a classic song from the 90s celebrating women wearing short shorts, there actually was Daisy Duke — the television character for whom the shorts were named.

  Catherine Bach played the iconic character on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard.” This show was a hit when I was growing up and was one of my favorite shows.

Everyday I sat and watched the Duke boys, Bo and Luke, fight crime in Hazard County (and sometimes nearby Chickasaw County), and then escape the chase of Roscoe P Coltrain. Their efforts were often aided by a scantily clad (for 1980s taste anyway) Daisy whose beauty often sidetracked Roscoe, sidekick Enos, and of course Boss Hogg.

It was good, cheesy, solid television for the time. The story lines were often lame, but who could resist the show, especially that iconic car, the General Lee.(*side note: The episodes with cousins Coy and Vance instead of Bo and Luke were unwatchable.)

The show has been back in the news recently because of the car and the Confederate Flag that was emblazoned on top. If you’re looking for a hot political take, you can stop reading now.  You’re not getting it here.

In 2014, trading card makers Panini released a line of cards called “Golden Age.” It was a mix of sports and pop culture cards. In the set were autographed cards of John Schmeider (Bo Duke), Tom Wopat (Luke Duke) and Catherine Bach (Daisy Duke).

I managed to get the signed cards of Schneider and Wopat pretty early, but as you can imagine there was quite a demand for the female star of the show. I waited a year, but managed to acquire the Bach autograph recently to finish the signed trio. Yeeeeeeee-Hawwwwww.



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