For the last year and a half I’ve had the good fortune of having some of my writings published in Beckett Sports Cards Monthly. After spending about a decade in the newspaper business and seeing my name on newsprint, it’s been fun to see my name in a magazine related to my hobby. But recently things took an even cooler twist when I was asked to write more for Beckett Baseball, which is THE magazine I had been reading since I was like 7 years old. And this week I picked up the latest copy — featuring National League Most Valuable Player Andrew McCutchen on the cover — and found my first published column (on Page 16) in the baseball magazine. Obviously I knew it was coming, but it’s been awesome to finally see my name and my writings in the baseball magazine. I’m looking forward to writing more in the future.
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It’s been three months since I’ve posted a Thrift Treasures entry. That’s not to say it’s been three months since I’ve found post-worthy items. I’ve probably got a dozen entries I need to write. But we’ll get to those items in the future. For now we’ll focus on items I found Saturday night while thrift shopping.
My family went to a shop in South San Jose, one I only happened to find about three weeks ago. The store apparently had been there for years, but I’ve never stepped foot inside. Reality, however, was that when I walked in the first time, I was short on time and was instantly turned off by the crazy prices. They had baggies of cards (roughly 50 in each) priced at $7.99 to $9.99. Ugh.
But on Saturday, I decided that the family should make a trip to this location because my wife — who also digs thrift stores (she loves jewelry and clothes) — haven’t been there before. Turns out this trip yielded a few decently priced treasures.
First item is a promotional T-shirt for “Money Ball,” the flick starring Brad Pitt and featuring the Oakland Athletics. In 2011 when the movie hit theaters, the A’s had a T-Shirt giveaway at O.Co. This shirt, which is a size XL and bears the Pepsi Max logo on the back, was given to like 10,000 fans at a game. This is the first time I’ve seen this shirt at thrift. And with the $2.99 price tag — which happened to be half off today because it’s been in the store for a while — it was a no-brainer purchase.
So yeah, cards. As I noted earlier, they had cards at this store when I first checked it out a few weeks ago. And today they had even more. Sadly it was a lot of the same — overpriced crap from the 1980s and 1990s. Seriously, bags of 1988 Fleer baseball, 1992 Pro Set football, and 1991-1992 Fleer basketball for more than $7.99? Hell, no!
But among the peg hooks I found a few smaller baggies priced more in my range. This one caught my eye because I could see some 2012 Topps Heritage and 2012 Topps Archives inside, and I could see at least one SP cards. It was worth my while.
As it turned out there were two SPs within he bag (Heritage Kyle Seager; Archives Griffey), a pair of Matt Moore rookie cards, and rookie-year cards of Yu Darvish and Matt Harvey. No too bad.
And then there was Romo …
Not Tony Romo. Bill. As in Bill Romanowski.
I’ve mentioned before my recent love for the book aisle in thrift stores. I’m not a big reader, I have just had fantastic luck in finding signed books.
Here we have a signed — and non-personalized — copy of Romanowski’s autobiography
I’m going to be honest … I put this one back on the shelf and at one point left the aisle. I saw that it was signed, but the $5.99 price tag was a bit steep for my penny-pinching ass. Besides, I hadn’t even paid that much for any of my Presidential signatures. That said, I decided to buy it when I realized we had a 30% off coupon.
It’s a fun signature to own. But it does remind me of the time that I passed — yes, passed — on a signed Ronnie Lott book last year. Grrr …
Total cost for these treasures: About $8.80
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It’s a milestone day. Today is indeed the fifth anniversary of this blog. And what better way to celebrate the day than to give you a very short update. I’ve been rather infrequent in posting over the last month or two; time flies. A day turns into a week, a week into a month, etc.
I’ve found that at this point, there are so many ways to express my thoughts or show my creativity, which essentially has been my objective of this blog. When I started, I tried to post something — anything — every day and it was fun. Then we had the addition of Twitter and Instagram to our collecting worlds. I tell you, its a lot easier to hammer out a few 140-character tweets from anywhere than it is to sit in front of a computer, write out a concise piece and then add pictures. Believe me, I’ve spent hours laboring over some of my posts in the past. (Like this one from earlier this week: The World is Your’s: The Life and Times of Lil B Weezy)
And personally, Instagram has been a God-send. I’ve always sought ways to show off my cards; using the Instagram app has made it fun and allowed for some interesting images.
Anyhow, I’ll wrap up this officially brief anniversary piece by saying that I plan to write more in the near future — perhaps this weekend? — but as is the case with everything, only if time permits.