Thrift Treasures Part VIII: Give ‘Em The Cheese

boxThis is the second box of the previous Thrift Treasures post. This box really needed to be showcased by itself because it’s so different than the two-row box shown earlier filled to the brim with 1993 product. This one is full of stuff from 1981 through 1989.

This is an old Clearfield brand box that once held a 5-pound block of white pasteurized processed American cheese. The box itself is somewhat interesting because it reminds me of the kind of boxes my friends and I used back in the day before hobby stores carried the standard white boxes. Anyhow, the previous owner of these cards seems to have used this for a few different types of cards as the following words and phrases are written on the box: “1982,” “1979,”  “Topps Set,” “Stars” and “Fleer.” Best I can tell this box is pretty much rid of the real big stars and Topps in general.

There is a bunch of 1989 Donruss in here. I knew that when I first opened the box. But what made me purchase it was the fact that there are Fleer cards from the early 80s in here, which instantly reminded me of a similar type post shown by Greg over at Night Owl Cards. Let’s have a look at what lives in this box, shall we.

WARNING: There is nothing of real monetary value in here. If you’re looking for something worth a bunch of bucks, I’ll save you the time. But if you love baseball cards, keep reading …

1989 Donruss Puzzle Warren Spahn

1989 Donruss Puzzle Warren Spahn: This card would have looked awesome signed. These puzzle cards never really caught on with collectors but I actually enjoy them very much. I especially like the ones from the mid 80s.

1990 Fleer John Smoltz

1990 Fleer John Smoltz: Lookin’ VERY young here, huh? Hard to believe Smoltzie is 23 in this picture. He’s how 42.

1997 Score Darin Erstad "Goin' Yard"

1997 Score Darin Erstad “Goin’ Yard”: From the back of the card: “Although he hit only four homers his rookie season, Darin’s powerful swing will send many balls sailing over walls in the future.”

Any one see the humor here? Erstad had more than 200 at-bats his rookie year, that’s a homer in every 50 or so at-bats …

1987 Pinnacle Inside Wade Boggs

1997 Pinnacle Inside Wade Boggs: This could be the only card in the history of the hobby to feature a Hall of Famer applying sunscreen to his butt-chin.

1991 Upper Deck John Wetteland

1991 Upper Deck John Wetteland: This card makes me laugh.

1987 Topps Candy Maldonado

1987 Topps Candy Maldonado: The back of this card notes that Candy enjoys traveling. Was Topps forecasting something? Candy played for seven teams during his 15-year career, including two separate stints with the Blue Jays and Indians. This means that he changed teams NINE times.

1998 Score Charles Nagy

1998 Score Charles Nagy: Anyone feeling awkward about this image?

1989 Bowman Gary Sheffield rookie

1989 Bowman Gary Sheffield rookie: Some things never cease to amaze me. The 1989 Bowman release was a success and a failure in this hobby. For most young collectors, this set afforded us the opportunity of a lifetime; a lesson in how NOT to care for your cards. Because these cards are taller than the standard cards and there was no adequete protectors from them, many of these ended up being trimmed down to size or simply folded. In a sense, it was a throwback to the sets of the early 1950s. Well, here we’ve got a Sheffield rookie that made its way to a thrift store and it survived! Aside from the Sheffield in my 1989 Bowman factory sealed set, I’ve never owned a Bowman rookie of his that was in such nice shape. Amazing.

1992 Post Scott Erickson

1992 Post Scott Erickson: This card reminded me of the on-going litigation between Major League Baseball and Donruss, Leaf and Playoff.

1979 Topps Doug Flynn

1979 Topps Doug Flynn: As noted on the back of this card, Doug Flynn is one of the four players who were dealt from the Reds to the Mets in exchange for Hall of Famer Tom Seaver. Does it still hurt, Mets fans? Amazin’ aint it?

1989 Donruss Hal Morris

1989 Donruss Hal Morris rookie: When I was a kid, I always wanted to hit like Hal Morris. I wonder if Hal signs through the mail. I always wanted this card signed …

1989 Donruss Wallace Johnson

1989 Donruss Wallace Johnson: Look at Johnson’s position. This is the second “Pinch Hitter” card I’ve found in two weeks. I’m thinking about starting a funny little collection of pinch hitters. I can add this one to the Kirk Gibson card I wrote about recently.

1982 Fleer Lloyd Moseby

1982 Fleer Lloyd Moseby rookie: I’ll likely never utter Lloyd Moseby’s name again on this blog, but this is in fact his rookie card. Flippin’ awesome, right?

1998 Score Jason Giambi

1998 Score Jason Giambi: Still one of the coolest photos I’ve seen.

1991 Upper Deck Bobby Thigpen "Save Master"

1991 Upper Deck Bobby Thigpen “Save Master”: Great card. Upper Deck should make a similar looking card of Francisco Rodriguez.

1991 Score All Star Wade Boggs

1991 Score All Star Wade Boggs: I have a love-hate relationship with these early 90s all-star cards. The best part about this is the guy with the binoculars.

1990 Fleer Tim McIntosh

1990 Fleer Tim McIntosh: I hated this card when I was a kid. I was always troubled by the abundance of chest hair peeking out from underneath that V-neck pull-over jersey. Now as an adult I am wondering why this thing card was made, period. Look at the back. McIntosh hadn’t even sniffed the majors up to this point.

1986 Topps Jim Morrison

1986 Topps Jim Morrison: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 1: When ever you see a Jim Morrison baseball card, always think of The Doors.

By the way, I’ve started a “Rules to Collecting” page.

1987 Topps Mike Laga

1987 Topps Mike Laga: God, the 1980s air brushing techniques were horrendous weren’t they? I love the fact that we can still see one of Laga’s Tiger teammates in the background.

1982 Fleer Lou Piniella

1982 Fleer Lou Piniella: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 2: Always show off your cards of managers before they started calling the shots. You can see Lou’s rookie card here.

1982 Fleer Ted Power rookie

1982 Fleer Ted Power rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3: Appreciate “vintage” rookie cards.

1982 Fleer Rich Gedman

1982 Fleer Rich Gedman: I wonder if Gedman ever had issues with his glasses steaming up while he caught. I know I have that problem trying to read my fantasy baseball magazine while on the elliptical.

1982 Fleer Johnny Ray rookie

1982 Fleer Johnny Ray rookie: See Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3.

1982 Fleer Bob Ojeda rookie

1982 Fleer Bob Ojeda rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3

1989 Fleer Pascual Perez

1989 Fleer Pascual Perez: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 4: When you see a player with a ridiculous jheri curl or man perm hairstyle, post this Soul Glo video accordingly.

1990 Fleer Willie McGee

1990 Fleer Willie McGee: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 5: Show off cards featuring hitters striking out. If for no other reason than to make fun of them.

1984 Fleer Aurelio Lopez

1984 Fleer Aurelio Lopez: Look at the back of this card. How awesome is it that Fleer decided to list Lopez’s Mexican League statistics.


1984 Fleer Kirk Gibson: I think Sawyer from Lost looks like Gibby. My wife doesn’t … and neither does my mother-in-law. When asked if they looked the same, my mother-in-law said, “No … one of them has a hat.” Fine.


1982 Fleer Mike Marshall rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3


1982 Fleer Steve Sax rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3


1982 Fleer Von Hayes rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3


1982 Fleer 1981 All-Star Game: They certainly don’t make ’em like this any more. And they certainly don’t play the all-star game at the same time as they used to: The 1981 contest was played on August 9!


1982 Fleer Perfect Game: Fleer really screwed this one up. Bo Diaz didn’t catch Barker’s perfect game. It was …


1983 Fleer Last Perfect Game: … Ron Hassey. I guess this is the equivalent of a newspaper correction.

<<enter loud ECW “You F’d Up” chant.>>


1983 Fleer Ron Kittle rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3 applies here, but I also did a little write-up on Kittle the other day. You can see it here.

1983 Fleer Storm Davis rookie

1983 Fleer Storm Davis rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3

1983 Fleer Dave Dravecky rookie

1983 Fleer Dave Dravecky rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3


1983 Fleer Bud Black special (644): This card (Black) goes with …

1983 Fleer Vida Blue special

1983 Fleer Vida Blue special (643): …with this card to create …

1983 Fleer Black & Blue special (whole)

… this. Pretty neat idea.

1983 Fleer Duane Kuiper

1983 Fleer Duane Kuiper: Baseball cards used to be fun, huh?

1984 Fleer Matt Young

1984 Fleer Matt Young: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3

1984 Fleer Juan Berenguer

1984 Fleer Juan Berenguer: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 6: Juan Berenguer cards are always a constant reminder of this Blazing Saddles clip.

“Badges? We don’t need so stinkin’ badges.”

1986 Fleer Steve Buechele rookie

1986 Fleer Steve Buechele rookie: Cardboard Icons Rule No. 3

1986 Fleer Mookie Wilson

1986 Fleer Mookie Wilson: before the ground ball.

3 Responses to “Thrift Treasures Part VIII: Give ‘Em The Cheese”

  1. lol… i also used one of those cheese boxes to store my “nice” cards for years… i think i used it until the day i bought my first 2-column “shoebox”. had you not written this article, that memory probably would have died without another thought. thank you for keeping the “cheese” box alive in the hobby!

  2. I used to collect those boxes from the deli at the grocery store where I worked and take them to the card shop in Hanover, PA where I bought all my early 80’s sets. Still have a four pack box of ’em myself.

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