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Thrift Treasures 77: The ‘Special’ and ‘Young’ editon

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on January 7, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

So there I was minding my own business in the toy aisle of one of the local thrift shops when I saw dozens of little bags filled with sports cards, some of which were actually in Card Saver II’s.  What’s that? Google it, kid.IMG_8014

Anyway, I was intrigued. I picked up each bag and checked as best I could to get an idea of what was inside of each.  Was this going to be a baggy of 1990 Donruss cards, or was there enough intrigue there to get me to buy it?  Out of the dozens of bags, four of them said “Buy Me!”  I should note that one baggy actually had a certified autograph inside, but when I saw that it was as shiny Topps Platinum auto of former 49ers running back Glenn Coffee tucked into a stack of 1989 Topps baseball, I exercised restraint and left it behind for someone else. Someone else can have the pleasure of owning that treasure.

I resisted the temptation of opening the baggies in the car and later opened them at home. I’ll explain real quickly about why each bag intrigued me.

The one on the left contained hockey cards, but my quick check revealed a Bobby Orr Power Deck insert card that I knew was worth the $2.99 purchase alone.  On top of the second bag there was a Juan Gonzalez Donruss Preferred die-cut insert card that I believed to be numbered to like 1,500 copies as well as a San Jose Sabercats team set and a San Jose Giants team set. In the third bag I could see a Reggie Miller gold portrait card that I had never seen before. And the fourth bag contained a stack of cards in Card Savers as I mentioned earlier.

In all, the baggies revealed the following … and three surprises.

The Bobby Orr insert mentioned above …

IMG_8023The Juan Gonzalez …

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A Reggie Miller Skybox USA Gold Portrait…

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The team set of the San Jose SaberCats of the Arena Football League … a set that contains four cards of players who played at San Jose State University when I was there.

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A 2006 San Jose Giants minor league team set …

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Some random star cards …

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And a stack of 1994 Donruss ‘Special Edition” parallel cards of the sets biggest stars …

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So, about those surprises.

Well, there was this shiny Upper Deck Roadrunner hologram…

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SANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

IMG_8021And … just an autograph of San Francisco 49ers legendary quarterback Steve Young.

IMG_8026 The Young is not certified and does not come with a Certificate of Authenticity (which is good in my opinion), but if you compare the signature to any of the certified autographs he has, it’s spot on. That’s a hell of a score … no pun intended.

Total Cost of these treasures: $11.96

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“Live” reveal of 1992 Score Ser. 2 pack with a “Franchise” (auto) insert.

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

On Wednesday I made a quick run to my local card shop and picked up another 1992 Score Ser. 2 box in search of the super rare ‘Franchise” insert cards, hopefully one that is signed.  Well, as the title of this post suggests … I got one!  Check out the “live” reveal …

In case you missed the other one I pulled, check out this one I pulled five months ago …

And here are what the autographs look like, I own all three single-signed cards:

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Card of the Day: 1994 Score Dream Team Mike Stanley

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1994scoredreamteammikestanleyFor 15 years I’ve owned this Mike Stanley 1994 Score Dream Team card. And every time I’ve looked at it, I always wondered why the hell Stanley, of all people, was being cotdhonored on a Dream Team card.

I never regarded him as a stud ball player, thereby not worthy of a best-of-the-best set. I saw him as a reserve who at one point played catcher for the Yankees prior to the Jorge Posada era. But in 1993 (the year before this was released), Stanley was a stud — he batted .305, belted 26 homers and drove in 84 runs. In some regard he statistically was Brian McCann, an elite player at his position. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1994 Pinnacle Artist Proofs Barry Bonds

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Inserts and parallels. That’s what collecting was all about in the early 1990s. When it became apparent that inserts were an instant money maker, card companies decided to make parallels of base cards, inserting them at a rate of one per pack. One of the first was 1992 Topps, which placed one gold foil card in every pack. And then through subsequent years companies made different types of parallels, which were increasingly more difficult to obtain. In 1994, the Score/Pinnacle company began using Dufex technology on their cards, calling the parallels in the Pinnacle base brand the “Museum Collection.” And then they decided to create the supposedly superior Artist’s Proof versions, which were inserted about one per box, and according to Beckett, limited to about 1,000 sets. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2008 Upper Deck Starquest Ultra Rare Alex Rodriguez

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , on October 31, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

So in my previous post I noted that I pulled this card from a retail blister pack along with an Presidential Predictor of Hillary Clinton v. John McCain. Initially I was thrilled about the Rodriguez. I saw a scratch-off code on the pack and some instructions, and the words “Ultra Rare” typed at the top, and figured I’d won something. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1997 Bowman’s Best International Preview Atomic Refractor Mariano Rivera

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 26, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Refractors are a beautiful thing. In their basic form the refractor coating on the card catches the light in a certain way, and suddenly every man has an appreciation for the colors of the rainbow. OK, that’s a little fru-fru, but you know it’s true. Refractors look awesome. But in 1997 the Topps company started a new refractor, the Atomic Refractor, something very similar to today’s X-Fractor. Continue reading

Card of the Day: 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

JuLY 29, 2008, will be a day that lives in infamy. OK, in my little world of cardboard icons it will. That was the day that I had arrived as a collector. For 11 years now I’ve focused primarily on rookies. I had an epiphany at a card show in 1997 when I realized that I could trade two inserts (worth then about $60; which of course translated into $30 credit) for two prime rookies: 1984 Donruss Joe Carter and 1993 SP Derek Jeter that I could not afford to buy. Then it became an addiction to unload whatever I could for rookie cards. I got my McGwire before it skyrocketed; Bonds, too. But while those moves built the foundation of my mansion of rookies, it is this 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig that now stands tall like a billboard announcing my presence in the neighborhood.

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