Thrift Treasures 96: Vintage Gaylord and ‘Blue Moon’

I love me some thrift store baggie’s full of cards.  I love it even more when at least one of the cards is already in some sort of protector.

Such was the case earlier this week when I saw this:

 I immediate saw this and snatched it off the leg hook. I recognized that as a 1965 Topps Gaylord Perry. Sure, I could buy the single almost anywhere for less than the $2.99 price tag on this bag, but this all goes back to the theme of the last “Thrift Treasures” post — principle. This is a third year card of a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it should have never been in this situation. 

Once I opened the package I could see that the Gaylord was in pretty good condition other than the centering. 

  
At this point, everything else in the package was a bonus. Let’s have a look at what else was within.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some names still strike a cord with people out here. The aforementioned Perry is one. Another is Oakland A’s legend John “Blue Moon” Odom, a top pitcher for the club as Oakland won three consecutive World Series Titles from 1972 to 1974.

  
The Perry and Odom were the only true vintage cards, but there also were these early 1980s cards.

  
And nice 1985 Topps card commemorating Tony Perez’s grand slam in 1984,  which made him the oldest player to hit one.

   
A few other HOFers on some 1980s cards that aren’t as highly regarded.

  
And finally a few inserts. I LOVE the Topps Rookies glossy set, which were available only on rack packs. And anytime I locate an early Kevin Maas oddball card I usually buy it because of this story I wrote seven years ago.

 
Total cost of these Treasures: $2.99

You can read more Thrift Treasures posts here.

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