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Thrift Treasures 75: 100 parallels for $2.99

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

One thing I really enjoyed about the Ultra brand produced by Fleer during the 1990s and 2000 was the parallel cards. I really enjoyed the gold and platinum parallels of the base set. If for no other reason that some of them in the early 2000 were die-cut. So, imagine my delight when I walked into a thrift store today and located a baggie of 100 2000 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion Parallels for the low price of $2.99.


Sounds great, right? Now what if I told you these were not just any Ultra Gold Medallion parallels. They were WNBA Ultra parallels. OK, I just lost 95 percent of the audience.


Like many of you, I have almost zero interest in women’s basketball. I’m not knocking it, I’m just saying I don’t watch it. But there are a few names that have stuck with me over the years, and as it just so happened, three of them were in this lot: Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, and Chamique Holdsclaw.

For fun I decided to use the Beckett Online Price Guide to see what this lot “books” at. Yes, I realize that “book value” has lots its footing in the hobby, but I still find it useful at times, and in this case for entertainment value.


The Swoops and Holdsclaw cards were the highest valued ones with a high book of $8 while the Leslie was tagged at $5.  My entire lot of 100 cards? High book of $219.75. Boo-Yah! (Some sarcasm here.)

What’s interesting to think is that someone who owned these cards before me had to buy multiple boxes of this product to acquire this many parallels.  I mean they were released one per pack. And the packs were probably in the $2.49-$3.50 range at the time. Think on that for a bit.

Total cost for these treasures: $2.99

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Dennis Rodman as Superman

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on January 19, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

2006-07 Topps Full Court

I was clicking around my favorite site on the ‘Net the other day and came across one of the coolest cards I’ve seen in a long time.  I figured it was nice enough to share with all of you.

Check out this 2006-07 Topps Full Court Dennis Rodman Photographer’s Proof card.

I don’t do much in basketball, so this five-year-old card is new to me.

Great job by the photographer capturing Rodman in mid-air, parallel with the court.  Very Cool card.

Price Guide Quiz

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on October 29, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

I saw this quiz about card prices on another blog(Voice of the Collector) today and figured it’d be fun to share. I took the quiz and came in at 90 percent. The ones I missed were the Molitor/Trammel rookie and the John Stockton rookie. Give it a try and let me know how you guys did. And don’t cheat …