Thrift Treasures 73: What’s up, Buster! Early Posey release found at thrift.

I made a short trip to the thrift store today with my son and lookie here … a baggie of cards worth buying.

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They had about a dozen bags, 10 of which were filled with 1988 Topps cards, one that had a stack of Pro Set hockey from like 1991-92, and then this one, which had some oddball San Francisco Giants cards.  See the small sections of orange?  I like to buy baggies when they have local odd ball releases.  Sometimes they can be valuable, other times it’s the only place you’ll find them these days as they were more than likely a giveaway for children.  And we all know that once children get a hold of things — especially made of paper — more times than not they’ll end up in the trash.

So I plunked down the$3.99, which is a bit more than I like to spend on a “blind bag,” but I could see there was a rookie-year (or maybe early 2011?) Posey from one of these sets inside. I figured that card alone would be worth my money.

Well, when I opened the bag, I was pleased to find not just the Posey, but the entire nine-card set, which appears to be a Junior Giants giveaway from early 2011.  The back of the cards are not dated, but there is the 2010 Giants World Series logo on the bottom.  It could be a late 2010 release, but I’m guessing early 2011. I’m not positive on how these cards were distributed, but it would appear that they were given individually to a child once they completed a task as described on the back of the card. The set features Posey, Maddision Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres.

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While I would have been pleased with just those nine cards, I was pleasantly surprised to find a partial set of other Junior Giants cards.  Based on the format, I gather that there were nine cards in this set as well, however this baggue only had seven of them.  Well, lucky for me the most important — Posey — was included here, as was a card of Pablo Sandoval.  If I had to guess, these cards with the black border across top are actually 2010 releases based on the lack of World Series logo and the inclusion of Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand.  This of course would make the Posey a actual rookie-year release, which of course could make this a tough rookie-year issue to find for a collector.

IMG_5066 IMG_5067There is something funny about the Posey card.  So, this card presumably was given to kids when they finished a portion of their reading program.  Well … read the back. I spy a spelling error …

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The remainder of the bag was pretty brutal, but there was one other small nugget in here, a 2002 Fleer Tradition Mini Al Levine, serial numbered 38/50.

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