Thrift Treasures Part XVII: 60 cards, $3


I had a hunch that something was looming. I’d been to this particular thrift store numerous times in recent months, but it had been a while since I’d spotted some cards worth paying for. They’ve had some random sealed wax boxes (1991 Game Day football; 1991 Fleer basketball, 1991 Parkhurst hockey) but nothing in terms of baseball. That is until Friday when I had a feeling there would be cards awaiting me. And boy was I right. There were 5,000 cards (approx.) resting inside one of those plastic under-the-bed-type storage bins you find for sale at Target. It was clear that these were all modern cards, but it was worth digging through. After all, the price (20 cards for $1) was right and my other card prospects were going to Target and buying a discount blaster of 2008 Stadium Club baseball. After thumbing through every single card, I walked away with 60 cards for $3. Here’s the haul:

We start with a little collection of Red Sox cards that made up nearly half of the cards I’d set aside. At times I feel like a cheap-ass, and often dismiss these when doing the bargain box shuffle. But on this day I was more than willing to spend  a nickle per card. Among some of the highlights, a 1990 Best minor issue of Boston second baseman John Valentin, a very cool 1999 Stadium Cub “Transitions” Pedro Martinez sub set, and a 1996 Finest Mike Greenwell.


Since we’re talking about Boston,  I may as well show off a handful of non-baseball cards I decided to purchase, particularly a pair of Bill Russell Topps cards. Now to be honest, I thought one of these two Russell cards had to be some sort of short print variation; remember I do not collect basketball, so this was purely speculation. Turns out I was wrong. Oh well. Also found a Kevin Garnet Celtics card, a Brandon Roy insert and a Randy Moss Upper Deck card. No harm no foul.


Next up we have a 1993 Stadium Club “Master Photo” insert of Jose Canseco. These cards were redeemable for three large photos of different players including the depicted player. In this case, the other players are Travis Fryman and Larry Walker. This card is headed to Florida if a certain blogger says he does not have it.


Jose Rijo was the 1990 World Series MVP, here he shows off his muscles while curling a 5-pound weight. When I saw this 1992 Stuido Jose Rijo card, I knew I had to own it long enough to scan it. I read the back of the card earlier today and found it equally enjoyable, especially the hobbies: favorite singer is MICHAEL BOLTON, his favorite talk show is ARSENIO HALL,  and he’s really into BRUCE WILLIS and PAULA ABDUL. Awesome, right?!


I stopped dead in my tracks when I saw this 1985 Topps Bobby Cox card. So weird to see him as a Blue Jay.


And a 1985 Donruss card of Robert Louis Gibson, which made me chuckle because this is about as far away from THE Bob Gibson as things can get — a white guy with the Brewers.


Cards of pitchers swinging the bat always intrigue me. This 1998 Upper Deck Mike Mussina shows Moose taking his first hacks.


Four Hall of Famers on one card, ony three of their faces are visible … the beauty of Pinnacle cards. This one a Pinnacle Inside “Stand Up Guys” insert featuing the faces of Ryne Sandberg, Rickey Henderson and Eddie Murray, and the hands of Paul Molitor.


In 1990, there was some buzz surrounding this 1990 Topps A. Bartlett Giamatti card. The MLB Commisioner died during the 1989 season and this card was made as a tribute to him. The quote on the back is awesome:

“It is designed to break you heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and leaves you to face the fall alone. You count on it, rely on it to buffer the passage of time, to keep the memory of sunshine and high skies alive, and then just when the days are all twilight, when you need it the most, it goes … And summer (is) gone.” — A. Bartlett Giamatti.

And yes, this is actor Paul Giamatti’s father.


This box off cards was a bit unusual in the fact tat there were some recent releases mixed in. Here we’ve got a trio of black border 2009 O-Pee-Chee parallels, and two cards of Phillies Jayson Werth and Carlos Ruiz. Honestly, I bought the Ruiz because I can’t stand the thought of having to use that ugly-ass 2007 Topps card in the Cardboard World Series if the Phillies return for a third season.


Four random cards: 2008 UD Timeline cards of Jose Reyes, David Wright, and Josh Hamilton, a 2007 Goudey Jose Reyes


cool-looking 1996 Sportflix Tom Glavine


1996 Finest “Uncommon” Ray Lankford; this 96 Finest set always caught my eye, love the silver cards.


A staple in Thrift Treasures posts: 1991 Upper Deck High number “Rookie Threats” card of then-rookies Jeff Bagwell, Karl Rhodes and Luis Gonzalez.


Three World Champion New York Yankees cards: 2009 OPC Alex Rodriguez, 2009 Topps Attax Hideki Matsui and 2009 UDX Joba Chamberlain


Navy Blue Mini 2009 Goudey Chase Utley


And now the rookie section:

1994 Collector’s Choice Billy Wagner. Back of the card catches my eye, it notes that Wagner had a K/9IP ratio of 19.1  in college. That’s insane.


1988 Fleer Greg Jefferies. I once paid $10 for a copy of this card, finding it for a nickle was a must as it makes me feel slightly better about that 20-year–old purchase. Notice I said slightly.


1985 Donruss Tom Browning. I own a lot of rookie cards, I was missing one of these.


1983 Donruss Mike Moore.  I love rookies of MLB maintays; kind of like finding a quarter in a ditch somewhere.


A pair of 1990 Best Bernie Williams minor league cards. Never seen these before.


And lastly, another rookie card of Joe Girardi, skipper for the Yankees. I now own all of Girardi’s rookies. Lucky me.


One Response to “Thrift Treasures Part XVII: 60 cards, $3”

  1. Nice variety of cards. I love bargains like that.

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