Thrift Treasures Part XI: Low Risk, High Reward

tt11abCan you believe it’s been three weeks since I last wrote a Thrift Treasures post? Me neither. Just goes to show how little I’ve actually been dealing with baseball cards lately.

Anywho, I had a father-daughter day with my 3-month-old on Saturday and we (I) decided to check out a local high school flea market. These things are held monthly, and I was hoping to chase down the guy from whom I purchased THESE CARDS from last month. After searching, I found him hiding in a poor location. I was hoping he still had some 2004 Bowman cards left and indeed he did. The same price applied 6 cards for $1. I decided to spend $4. The results are within:

Let’s start with the rookies. Last month I snagged a Felix Hernandez Bowman rookie from this box, and while thumbing through the cards I saw two Carlos Quentin cards from the same set, but I forgot if they were true rookies. I balked and left them there. Turns out they were indeed true rookies. Well, lucky for me, the Quentins were still there this month so I bought them. In addition to those, I found a Topps Heritage Quentin rookie, two Kevin Kouzmanoff Bowman rookies, Zack Duke and Yadier Molina from the same set, a 2001 Bowman Heritage Travis Hafner rookie and a 2004 Topps Chrome Paul Maholm. None of these cards are going to be mistaken value wise for anything more than bargain bin finds, but I love these cards at this price, particularly the Maholm.


When I exhausted my search for decent rookies, I turned to inserts. Value wise, inserts are pretty much worthless these days, but for purposes of bargain purchases, I’m all about chase cards that I do not own. Here we’ve got 2005 Donruss Greats “Hall of Fame Souvenirs” inserts of Frank Robinson, Eddie Murray and Don Mattingly and a 2004 Donruss Classics “Legendary Lumberjacks” Eddie Murray (#’d 1000).


Then a few random cards: 2005 Fleer Platinum Bobby Jenks “rookie” (#’d 1000), 2005 Fleer Platinum Kerry Wood parallel #’d 199), 2003 Bowman Draft Andy Marte, 2005 Donruss Greats Dwight Evans parallel, and two 2005 Donruss Greats Alex Rodriguez Mariner cards, which I thought were short printed.


I was going to stop after those cards, but decided that I could not pass on the few Albert Pujols cards that were in the box. I’m really starting to wonder if I’ve taken Pujols for granted. I’ve got about a half dozen Pujols rookies — Bowman, Topps Gallery, Upper Deck, etc. — but his base cards still intrigue me. Here I found a 2004 Bowman, 2005 Fleer Platinum, 2004 Flair, 2005 Donruss Greats and 2002 Leaf.


Final Comments: These type of cards are the reason I love bargain bins. Most of these cards wouldn’t appeal to me if the price was any higher than a quarter each, but collectively they make for nice additions to my collection at a price point equivalent to that of two packs of 2009 Topps. And to make things even better, there are a few rookies in here with a little upside.

3 Responses to “Thrift Treasures Part XI: Low Risk, High Reward”

  1. Cool, i love going through bargin bins and such. I got a felix hernandez rookie out of a bargin bin at my card shop, and i also got a justin morneau rookie for 10 cents last year!

  2. Those Quentins are cool. Who’da thought he’d be such a monster.

  3. As a Diamondbacks fan, I was one of the many who was glad to see Carlos leave town after his lackluster debut. Oops…


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