Well, I made it. I managed to scan the remaining 200 cards that I bought at the Tri-Star show. And if you thought Part One and Part Two of this special Thrift Treasures series were awesome, I’m telling you …
1990 Score Bo Jackson FB/BB
This is Part Three of Three
I’ve been going to this annual card show consistently for the last six years. And it was not until three years ago that I learned that the real point of going to these shows was to swoop in on the bargains that are hiding in the dime boxes.
I used to go to the show to look at cards I could not afford, buy some packs and supplies and leave with a handful of cards that really didn’t satisfy my appetite.
But over the years I have learned that I can pretty much buy any card I really want at any time; and a lot of the packs at the show might have been touched by a dozen too many hands if you catch my drift. So why waste my money and time to go look at stuff that is always accessible to me? What’s not always available are super cheap cards. Now when I go, I spend 90 percent of my time digging through bargain bins, 5 percent looking for bargain bins that don’t exist, and 5 percent looking at the autograph area where the athlete’s are hidden behind a blue curtain hoping to catch a glimpse of a legend.
OK, enough of that diatribe.
The following cards are ALL from the same dealer. The sign on the table said 25 cents each, or 100 for $10.
Do the math and that’s a dime each if you find enough.
Trust me, I found enough.
In the end, these all came out to 10 cents each. I found 200 cards that had to come home with me. There were probably another 100 I could have settled on owning, but this was the FIRST table I stopped at. I spent 90 minutes here and I wanted to see what other treasures I could unearth.
Let’s kick things off in grand fashion.
1992-1993 Upper Deck Team MVP Michael Jordan
Meet Michael. He’s kind of a big deal in the hobby. Even his most basic card should not be in a dime box. And now consider that this is an insert … and he’s holding the NBA’s biggest prize. He’s no stranger to the trophy, and he’ll be no stranger in this post. This card alone holds a Book Value of $25.
1959 Topps San Francisco 49ers Checklist
I was in San Francisco, right? Why was this card still sitting in this box?
vintage Fleer baseball A's sticker
I love these vintage stickers. I still have all of the stickers from the Fleer packs I opened in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Maybe I’ll met my kids play with them when they are older.
Let’s stick with vintage for a few …
1974 Wonder Bread Paul Warfield
1974 Wonder Bread Larry Csonka
1971 Topps Game Inserts Frank Tarkenton
1970 Kellogg's (Blank Bank) Bill Nelsen
1978-1979 Topps Stan Mikita
1981 Kellogg's George Hendrick
1974 Topps Ron Santo
1974 Topps Larry Bowa
1974 Topps Eddie Mathews
1968 Topps Tony Perez
1970 Topps Tony Perez
1974 Topps Tony Perez
1970 Topps Joe Morgan
1972 Topps Joe Morgan
Some random old school Garbage Pail Kids stickers. I still can’t believe my mom was buying these for my sister and I when we were 5. Crazy.
Here’s that Michael Jordan guy again …
2 1992-1993 Upper Deck McDonald's Michael Jordan Holograms
I remember when Upper Deck and McDonald’s collaborated for this set. I never had the fortune of pulling one of these holograms, although I did wind up with a dozen Tom Gugliotta and Alonzo Mourning rookies. ugh … Guess I got the last laugh though.
Who likes wrestling legends? These two might look familiar from earlier in this series.
1987 WWF Topps
Bartolo Colon Andre The Giant
1987 WWF Topps Hulk Hogan IA
And baseball legends?
1993 Topps Archives 1953 Series Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle
1991 Foot Locker Bo Jackson
6 1994 Action Packed Roberto Clemente cards
Some randomness …
1990 Leaf John Smoltz
1994 Mother's Cookies Rookies of the Year -- Tim Salmon / Mike Piazza
1994 Mother's Cookies Rookie of the Year -- Tim Salmon/Mike Piazza -- still in wrapper
1996 SPX Bound for Glory Mike Piazza
Hey, look, it’s Michael Jordan again …
1989 Hoops Michael Jordan and David Robinson IA
And some more randomness …
1997 Circa Super Boss Bernie Williams
1998 Donruss Diamond Kings Bernie Williams /10,000
1998 Topps Mystery Finest Borderless Greg Maddux
1998 Topps Etch-A-Sketch Greg Maddux
1990 Action Packed Barry Sanders
1995 Leaf Limited Gold Don Mattingly
1991 Upper Deck Holograms Emmitt Smith
1997 Upper Deck Power Package Barry Bonds
1996 Leaf Limited Steel Gold Hideo Nomo -- w/ Protective Coating
Look, it’s Mike again…
1992-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW1
1991-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW4
You know you love holograms!
1991 Upper Deck Holograms Hank Aaron
1989 Score Joe Montana
And now some mini player collections …
1989 Score Jerry Rice
6 1987 Topps Jerry Rice
1996 Summit Turf Team Jerry Rice /4000
The Iron Man …
1984 Topps Cal Ripken Jr.
1986 Fleer All-Stars Cal Ripken Jr.
1992 Fleer Team Leaders Cal Ripken Jr.
1992 Ultra Award Winners Cal Ripken Jr.
The Big Hurt …
1992 Donruss Diamond Kings Inserts Frank Thomas
1997 Topps All Stars Frank Thomas
1998 Metal Universal Language Frank Thomas
1993 Upper Deck Clutch Performers Frank Thomas
1998 Metal Universe Diamond Heroes Frank Thomas
1997 Topps Interleague Finest Frank Thomas / Sammy Sosa
1991 Stadium Club Frank Thomas
The Kid …
1987 Moeller High School Unauthorized and 1988 Spirit Ken Griffey Jr.
3 1991 Fleer All-Stars Ken Griffey Jr
The Ryan Express …
6 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan triple exposure
6 1989 Upper Deck High Series Nolan Ryan w/ Football
I know I am not the only one who remembers how hot these Nolan Ryan cards were. Especially that high series card where he’s throwing a football. You know you still love it.
And of course Jordan again …
Quick short story.
As I was digging through these boxes, the seller was sitting behind the table somewhat frantically shuffling through some stacks of cards. I was doing the same, pulling out dozens of stuff as you can see. Then I come across a little black box …
Just as I add it to my stack, the seller slumps his shoulders and is clearly dejected. He mutters the following:
“Oh, you found it.”
He immediately stops shuffling and stands up. From that moment on, he is watching me like a hawk as I am pulling out dozens more cards.
He didn’t say much else, and I was not about to offer to allow him to keep the cards. That’s a bad precedent to start … and it’d be bad etiquette for him to ask me to give it back to him. If we started down that road, there is no telling what else he might ask me to give back to him.
Here’s what was in the box … the 1991 Nike promotional set featuring Michael Jordan and Spike Lee.
Not bad eh?
While I would have been pleased to purchase everything shown above for a dime each, I would not have gone out of my way to pimp my finds on Twitter. You know I had to uncover some rookie cards.
8 1988 Topps Traded Tino Martinez rookie cards
Another 1981 Topps Dan Hampton rookie card
1981 Topps Dwight Clark rookie card
1990 Action Packed Junior Seau Rookie Card
3 1984 Topps Roger Craig rookie cards
1980-1981 Topps Mike Ramsey rookie cards
1978-1979 Topps Doug Wilson rookie card
1974 Topps Bucky Dent rookie card
1974 Topps Gorman Thomas rookie card
1979 Topps Carney Lansford rookie card
1985 Topps Orel Hershiser rookie card
1981 Topps Kirk Gibson rookie card
5 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson rookie cards
1990 Bowman Frank Thomas rookie card
4 1990 Score Frank Thomas rookie cards
1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card
2 1991 Topps Chipper Jones rookie cards
These Topps Chipper Jones rookies are some of my favorite cards of his.
But I like the 1991 Upper Deck rookie better.
I found a few of those …
BUT … There weren’t just two of them …
… or four of them …
… or six of them.
32 1991 Upper Deck Chipper Jones rookie cards
Don’t ask me who needs 32 of these. There is no way I pass on these when they cost a dime each.
Who wants to see more rookies?
That Barry Sanders guy was pretty good …
6 1989 Pro Set Barry Sanders rookie cards
Say what you want about Barry Bonds, but he is the Home Run King. Think I found any of his rookies?
Maybe one …
Maybe two …
Maybe three …
How about 15!
15 1987 Topps Barry Bonds rookie cards
OK … now we’re hitting the home stretch.
1977-1978 Topps Darryl Dawkins rookie card
4 1993 Bowman Andy Pettitte rookie cards
1971 Topps Dave Concepcion rookie card
Now the final three …
1993 Topps Derek Jeter rookie card
2 1977 Topps Bruce Sutter rookie cards
And lastly …
Is that a …
What the puck!?
It may not be pretty, but that IS a 1980-1981 Topps Ray Bourque rookie card.
Did I mention these were all a dime each?
Total cost of these Treasures: $20
Simply put this was the greatest card show haul I’ve ever had. And I thank you for taking the time to view this post, as well as the other two parts of this series. If you care to revisit them, or view them for the first time, click the links below.
Part One // Part Two // Part Three