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Thrift Treasures 50: The Hardback Edition

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

I’m not a book collector, but I tell you, there are some mighty gems hidden in the book section of your local thrift stores.  Among all the out-dated text books, well-loved self-help offerings and trashy novels are some real finds that should not be resting among the stale stench of donated items.

I’ve had good luck in the past in this often-overlooked section.  I’ve found books signed by famed OJ Simpson Lawyer Johnnie Cochrane, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Football Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott and even President Bill Clinton.  Seriously.  I’ve sold all except for the Clinton.

And in one book I actually located a pair of mint Super Bowl XIX tickets, a game that featured the  San Francisco 49ers vs. Miami Dolphins in 1985.

So you can’t blame me if I keep checking out this section.

Well, last week I came away with some nice finds in this section again, albeit no where near the level of the aforementioned pieces.

Here we have first edition hardback copies of Hank Aaron and Willie Mays biographies, and a book my Rudy Ruettiger, the subject of  legendary sports movie “Rudy.”

Even if you’re not a book reader, the Mays and Aaron books make for great decorative pieces in a man cave.  The Ruettiger book, on the other hand, was a must-own because …

… it’s signed!

The moment I saw the signature, I instantly regretted not purchasing something I had seen just two months ago.  It was a book signed by Sean Astin, the actor who portrayed Ruettiger in “Rudy.”

And to answer your question as to why I passed on the Astin signed book … I didn’t want to buy a book about him being a Hobbit.

Total cost of these Treasures: $11.97

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Card of the Day: 2008 Topps Campaign Barack Obama

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on November 4, 2008 by Cardboard Icons


obamaIn just a few hours, this card could become the hottest collectible on the market. Then again in a few hours it could become nothing more than an after thought. And of course there is always the possibility that no one will pay attention to this card at all. Who really knows. Continue reading