Thrift Treasure 81: MLB Showdown ASG finds a home
I’ll say this up front, I am not a big card game guy. I never got into Magic. I never played Pokemon. I don’t hate it. I don’t dislike people who play such games. I, personally, have never felt the need to sit down and learn or play those games. They are games of strategy; I prefer to apply my knowledge — the little that I have — to my hobby, where I acquire real things. That’s just how I operate.
Having said that, I do find some intrigue when I find card game cards at thrift stores. I have a little knowledge as to what is “worth” money, but I can say that I have not cashed in on anything card game related. This post, I suppose, follows in those foot steps.
So, in the early 2000s, Wizards of the Coast, makers of the Magic The Gathering cards, produced a series of baseball strategy card game that spanned the course of four of five seasons I believe. The game had a mild following. I don’t recall the cards ever being scorching hot. And every now and then I find them in thrift stores, usually mixed in with some typical baseball cards. I usually pass on them unless I see an absolute reason to buy: Multiple foil cards, many “first edition” cards, multiple stars, quantity for little money, etc.”
On this occasion, I happened to find this box (shown here) sitting in an aisle of photo albums. It must’ve been mistaken for a photo box, but I knew what it was immediately. When I opened it, I got a bit excited because while the bx itself makes for a fun display, it had a fair amount of cards. I was even more exited when I learned that the $3.99 price tag on it was incorrect for on this day, this item was half off.
The box contained 5 foil cards …
Total cost of these treasures: $1.99
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