Return trip to the LCS vintage bargain boxes and more
I used to do this more often but my work schedule doesn’t always allow me to get to the local card shop, Stevens Creek Sports Cards, that has a wide array of vintage cards, including a load of “price-friendly” boxes featuring lesser condition vintage at fantastic prices. (Side note: they have a great selection of graded vintage on eBay too)
I had about 90 minutes to spare on Thursday so I made the trip and went through a dozen boxes or so. The haul on this date wasn’t as heavy as usual, but I found some nice additions to my collection and some nice bargains that I couldn’t pass up.
We’ll start with a pair of vintage HOFers. Here is a 1969 Topps Deckle Carl Yastrzemski and a 1971 Topps Willie McCovey. They present well for the price of $1 each.
I always wanted the 1952 Topps Gus Zernial card. I finally scored one at a good price. If you need to ask why I wanted it all you have to do is look at the picture.
As you know my big project is to obtain rookie cards of every guy who played on the Majors. It’s a never ending task and an improbably goal. But it does make things fun. Here’s a 1965 Topps high-number Frank Linzy and Bob Schroder rookie card.
Here’s the 1959 Topps rookie card of former Giants player and manager Felipe Alou. It has a crease, but is centered nicely.
Every time I dig through these boxes I find myself stopping when I get to the 1960 Topps section. I always pause when I see the rookie card of Frank Howard because I keep forgetting if I already owned it. Well, my online list didn’t show me owning the card of the 1960 National League Rookie of the Year so ai picked up this decent looking one for what I think was a good price.
About five years ago while attending the annual Tri-Star show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco I picked up a badly miscut copy of the 1973 Topps Dwight Evans rookie card for $5. When I saw this nicely centered copy in Thursday for $6, I figured it was time for an upgrade.
Sometimes a deal is just too good to pass up. True, I already own a 1957 Topps rookie card of Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski. And yes, mine is in better shape. But I couldn’t resist buying this one … Even in its present condition.
It’s hard to pass on a good-looking Derek Jeter rookie card at $4. No obvious flaws anywhere.
It’s a little weird spending $5 for Kuechel considering that it was more expensive that the aforementioned Mazeroski, but when you see something you want/need you should pounce. Besides, it’s never a bad thing to support your local card shops.