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Beckett’s $10 Card Shop Challenge leads to seven hits for $44

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

challenge.jpg largeChris Olds, editor and writer of damn near all things Beckett, threw down the first “$10 Card Shop Challenge” of 2013.  You can see the rules and history on the site.  Olds is giving away a prize to the person who is voted to have had the best purchase for the price point.  I feel I should disqualify myself for any prizes due to my affiliation with the magazine, but that doesn’t mean I can’t play along for fun.  I mean I am a collector.

Anyway, I set out to Belmont, Calif., on Monday afternoon to participate in the challenge.  I went to Peninsula Sports Cards, which is roughly 40 miles from my house.  It’s a trek for sure, but worth it since I only make the jaunt every three to six months.  The shop owns two other stores that are closer to my house, but each store has a vastly different  selection of cards.  I love this.

The price point for the challenge was $10, as noted above, but what I ended up with was seven hits for $44.  There are a few binders of autographs and relics in one of the showcases.  The cards in the binders are priced $4.95 each, or five for $20.  I wound up buying six cards from these binders. And then I located one card in another showcase in which everything was marked 50 % off.

My Challenge entry are the two cards shown in the picture above.  They are a 1998 Press Pass Jason Williams autograph and a 2009 Press Pass Authentics James Laurinaitis.  The Williams was a sweet find because in 1998 I was still collecting basketball cards and he and Vince Carter were two guys I was really into at the time — as were many other people.  And the Laurinaitis?  Well, he IS the son of wrestling legend Road Warrior Animal.  That in and of itself makes the card awesome.  Also adding to the cool factor is that it’s a college on-card autograph.  It’s just neat in my opinion.  Both were worth the $4 each that I paid for them.

Other cards I purchased from the binders; remember these were $4 each:

2012 Topps Allen & Ginter Relic Jackie Joyner Kersee

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Relics Byron Nelson

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autographs Bryan Clay

2009-10 Panini Basketball Hall of Fame Autographs Orsten Artis 125/899

And from the 50 % off showcase:

2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autographs Natalie Gulbis

Thrift Treasure 53 (Part 1): Hauls from The National (Day 1)

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on August 4, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Here is the first installment of Thrift Treasures from The National. My bargain finds story should be on at some point in the next day or two. In the meantime, enjoy this video.


To see more Thrift Treasures posts, click HERE

Road Trip! Cardboard Icons is headed to The National!

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on July 1, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I must be crazy.

It’s been confirmed for a week now, but I still can’t believe that in one month’s time I’ll be in Baltimore attending my first National Sports Collectors Convention.

A lot of you East Coast collectors get out to the show every year or two.  But for me being from the West Coast, this really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  I mean, who travels across country for a card show? Seriously, who does that?!

I’m not rich.  And although  I love cards, I had a hard time convincing myself that this was a good decision.

But thankfully my wife gave me the final nudge and blessing.

The trip will be a bit of a mix between business and pleasure.

I’ll be enjoying myself for sure as I have some specific collecting goals I plan to handle while there.

But there’s also some writing assignments planned for the trip, some of which will be published here, and also elsewhere.  Details on that will be released later.

Beckett $10 Card Shop Challenge Entry. Gold auto and a “Perfect” auto

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on June 15, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Every so often over the last two years, Chris Olds over at Beckett has thrown a challenge at collectors to see what they can dig up for a set price point.  Most recently, the magazine editor threw this challenge out at the $10 level.

Well, after a crazy busy week at work I finally made my trip to the card shop and managed to gather two cards for the entry.  Each of these was located in a binder in which all cards were priced $5.I kinda dig my entry …

Who cares about a Karim Garcia auto, right?  Well, did ya notice the color of the ink? That’s gold baby.  These gold autos were seeded 1 in 1,509 packs.   And while Karim Garcia never turned out to be a major star, he managed to stay relevant for about a decade, and continues to play in his native Mexico.

Before that was Matt Cain, there was Philip Humber. Funny how quickly we forget the great accomplishments of baseball.  Dude, a true Humber rookie that is autographed and serial numbered to less than 1,000 copies should not be sitting in a binder for $5 at this point since he hurled one of only 22 perfect games in the history of baseball.  But since the card was in the “crap” binder, I thank you, Lefty’s Sports Cards and Collectibles of Burlingame, Calif.

Sometimes you gotta give ’em what they want — NUDITY

Posted in Cardboard Porn with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

One of my favorite daily routines is to check my blog stats and search terms to see how some people found this little site about baseball cards.

Call me vein, but I like to know how you guys found me.  I don’t advertise anywhere (does Twitter count?), and I am not active in a bunch of forums — although I am sure my stats would be up if I were. So to see that hundreds of you are finding me each day is quite remarkable.

I digress.

Usually the search terms that lead to my blog are basic stuff — names of hottest players, recently released products, some broad search for “Yo MTV Raps cards.” (Have you seen the greatness of the Gallery?!?!?!)

But every few days I get a few lurkers hunting for nudity.

Today: “rickey henderson naked.”

This is the first time I got this search term.  Oddly enough I get a few hits from people looking for “David Wright Nude” every few days. Sorry guys and gals, no David Wright nakedness here.

But Rickey?

Oh yeah, I gots me some “Rickey Henderson Naked.” In fact, a LOT of people had some Rickey Henderson Naked in 1991.

So Beckett recently released the ’90s issue of the Beckett Sports Card Monthly and somehow, the magazine complely missed the gem that is the 1991 Score Dream Team subset.

Want to talk gimmicks and controversy?  Check these things out.  There were three players in the ultra-sheik 1991 Score Dream Team Set who posed partially nude for their baseball cards.

Rickey Henderson is in his underwear seemingly taking a lead off a base.

Jose Canseco is completely topless and wearing his jeans while completing a swing in the hillside somewhere.

And Kirby Puckett is just posing topless … kinda awkward, I know.

When I worked in newspapers a few years back I had some down time and searched our archives for articles on baseball cards.  I found two:  One on the controversial 1989 Fleer Bill Ripken “Rick” Face card and one on these 1991 Score Dream Team cards.

If I remember correctly, the article was written by a female colleague and essentially documented the various reactions from people about these  partially nude cards. Reactions were all over the board.  Some liked them, others said they would no longer let their kids collect because of the gimmickry.

Sound familiar?

New Beckett Sports Card Monthly is a MUST read

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , on May 18, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I want you to forget everything you think you know about Beckett.


Now remember everything you know and remember about Beckett.

The times you rushed to the hobby shop or newsstand to find the latest copy just to see who was on the cover.

The times you quickly scanned through the magazine in search up and down arrows.

The times you read the magazine from cover to cover and actually studied the price guide as if there was going to be a quiz in the morning.

Beckett has changed over the years just as this hobby has.  And although the magazine’s standing in the hobby has gone from a necessity to an accessory that only some people still use, the product can still flip a switch and bring back memories in an instant.

Take the latest issue for example.

Whether or not you still use the price guide, I urge you all to at least read the latest issue, it’ll bring back so many memories of an era gone by.

This month’s Beckett Sports Card Monthly features articles and factoids about collecting in the 1990s.  And if you were around in the hobby back then, this issue is something you must see.

Reading this particular issue can be cathartic for collectors scorned by the state of today’s hobby.

And before some clown starts bagging on this post and calling me a shill for the magazine, this post is written with all sincerity. True, I have an article in the magazine, but even if you skip over my piece, the remaining articles are worth a read.  If for no other reason than to reaffirm the reason you loved collecting when you were younger.

Thrift Treasures XXXVI: The Duke of Earl

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on January 17, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I’m a treasure hunter.

I dig through the shelves and racks at thrift stores, garage sales and the like looking for something that I can keep for myself or flip for something awesome for my baseball card collection.

One day this summer I discovered a game-used jersey belonging to Hall of Fame Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver.

I tweeted a picture of the uniform, and a few months later, I was asked to write a piece for Beckett Sports Card Monthly documenting the incident, and this extension of my hobby.

The magazine hit my local hobby shop shelves on Tuesday and should be in your stores now.

Whether you decide to buy the magazine or just read it is up to you, but I do encourage you to pick up the magazine and give the article a read. It’ll give you a taste of what kind of success I’ve had thrift store hunting.

Many people see second-hand stores as a place where poor people shop.  I see them as bearers of history and sometimes treasure.

You can see additional Thrift Treasures posts HERE.