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Well, that instantly made the work day better …

Posted in Commentary, Misc. with tags , , on September 7, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

I got to work this morning and a friend of mine had a surprise for me. He handed me a Rawlings Official Baseball box with the top taped shut.

What was inside?

A Buster Posey signed 2012 World Series ball with two authentication holograms.

It’s not game-used; but it is signed by the Giants legend and future Hall of Famer.

This is not the first time this friend has given me signed items. A few years back he gave me an early 1980s ball signed by Rickey Henderson and teammates.

As a side note, I do some photo-matching work for this friend who heavily collects game-used NFL uniforms. I recently matched a 2016 Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman jersey to almost every road game, including the AFC Championship game that year against the New England Patriots.

Maybe I’ll write about it this week since the season kicks off tomorrow.

Collecting Kershaw: We have a trade! My nephew and I have struck a deal!

Posted in Collecting Kershaw, Misc. with tags , , , , , , on August 19, 2019 by Cardboard Icons

National Baseball Card Day has come and gone. Both of my kids and my nephew have ripped their packs and between them have amassed some four Clayton Kershaw cards for 2019 NBCD.


Nope. Not I. None for the guy who actually collects Kershaw. Well, that is until now.

My nephew — a Giants fan — had a pair of them. I asked if he would trade one and he agreed. (Side note, I checked with his parents first and they were OK with it — I already told them I was going to purposely overpay in trade for the Kershaw.)

So I dug through my boxes and grabbed a handful of Giants. And when it came down to it, I offered him 12 cards for his one.

In exchange for his Kershaw Card, I sent him cards of Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain, Juan Marichal, Evan Longoria, Brandon Crawford, Brandon Belt, Hunter Pence, Bruce Bochy, and Will Clark, whose shirt my nephew wore to school today.

If you’re counting,that’s just 11 names. Who was the 12Th? I actually offered him a Clayton Kershaw Card in the trade — so he could have another one. And in true Giants fashion, he handed it back and said he didn’t need another one.

Absolute comedy.

I sent a message to his parents letting them know a deal had been consummated. His mom (my sister) replied: “All of that for ONE? … You really wanted it.”

I told her that I could buy these Kershaws all day for like a quarter each, but I wanted to see his smile. Also, trading cards with my nephew is absolutely priceless.

Seeking your base cards … 

Posted in Misc. with tags , , , , , , , on May 19, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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So I’m gonna throw this out there. I want your base cards. 

Well, some of them anyway.

I’m tired of looking at some of the stuff I have. And some of you might be in the same boat.  I haven’t been huge on trading in recent years because it takes a lot of effort and a level of organization that sometimes is beyond my control. Also, it’s hard to find trading partners who aren’t just looking to bolster their collection of high-end stuff while giving up nothing. 

So here’s what I want. I want your base cards of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper.

Singles, duplicates, triplicates, whatever.  The catch is I want lots of at least 20 — and I need to know what you want in return. 

No, I will not trade autos or game used cards for them.

No, I will not buy them.

No, you’re not getting vintage in return.

No, I do not have a trade list.

I’m lookin to swap base cards of your guys or your team for cards of these guys.

Good old fashioned low-end trading.

Interested? Hit me on Twitter @cardboardicons or via e-mail:


I’ve always wanted to … 

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on August 12, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I go to a fair amount of baseball games.  Not a lot by any stretch of the imagination, but I go to four or five a year.  Over my 30 years of baseball fandom I have always wanted a game-used ball.

I’ve never caught a home run ball, not a foul ball, not a ball tossed to me by a player between innings. None.

In recent years MLB stadiums have begun selling game-uses items and I’ve always dreamed of buying something.  The items always seemed too expensive or I simply hesitated.

Well, Tuesday night, all of that changed.

My wife and I got free tickets to the Giants-Astros game in San Francisco.  They were 10 rows from the field, a gift from my sister, who has gotten them from a co-worker season ticket holder who couldn’t make it.  As it happened, Giants stud Madison Bungarner was on the mound.  Tickets for his starts are always at a premium.

What we got was an absolute gem from Bumgarner, who hurled a 5-hit, 12-strikeout complete came to earn his 13th win of the year; his 80th career victory.

It was probably the second most dominating pitching performance I had seen in person. It rivaled a game in 1999 in which Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez struck out 12 Oakland Athletics.  And it slightly edges out a Curt Schilling performance about a half decade ago in which he nearly no-hit the A’s. Schilling lost the biggest-hitter with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

I digress. After the game I went to check out the game-used merchandise and there were four used balls from the game left for sale.  Two were thrown by Astros pitcher Scott Kazmir and two were thrown by Bumgarner.  One was a foul tip that Jed Lowrie got a piece of in the second inning ($40) and the other was the ball that Houston outfielder Carlos Gomez singled to right on the ninth pitch of the game.  The Gomez-Bumgarner ball was originally $150, but had been marked down to $69.

I took the Gomez-Bumgarner ball. True it was more expensive. Yes, it was a hit and not a strike. But I liked that it was a star versus star and ultimately I could pinpoint exactly which play the ball game from.

As it turned out, it’s a pretty neat piece of “history.” Tuesday marked the first day in Major League history in which ALL 15 home teams won their games. The FIRST TIME EVER. 

After the game I caught the replay on TV and archives the video showing the entire at-bat, and the specific pitch in which this ball was thrown.  That was kind of fun.

Some other facts about the ball and game:

*This was Carlos Gomez’s 883rd career base hit.

*The ball was used for one play, handed from umpire Dana Demuth to catcher Buster Posey then tossed to Bumgarner who threw the pitch. Gomez then hit it to right and it skipped to Hunter Pence who then threw it to all-star shortstop Brandon Crawford, who then threw the ball out of play.  It was later authenticated by MLB — customary practice for game-used items being sold at stadiums.

*The ball was thrown during Bumgarner’s 80th career victory.

*Bumgarner struck out seven batters in a row, tying the Giants record.

*The picture below is a screen shot of Gomez on third base later in the first inning after the single.  My wife and I are in the shot. 🙂


Thrift Treasures 73: What’s up, Buster! Early Posey release found at thrift.

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I made a short trip to the thrift store today with my son and lookie here … a baggie of cards worth buying.


They had about a dozen bags, 10 of which were filled with 1988 Topps cards, one that had a stack of Pro Set hockey from like 1991-92, and then this one, which had some oddball San Francisco Giants cards.  See the small sections of orange?  I like to buy baggies when they have local odd ball releases.  Sometimes they can be valuable, other times it’s the only place you’ll find them these days as they were more than likely a giveaway for children.  And we all know that once children get a hold of things — especially made of paper — more times than not they’ll end up in the trash.

So I plunked down the$3.99, which is a bit more than I like to spend on a “blind bag,” but I could see there was a rookie-year (or maybe early 2011?) Posey from one of these sets inside. I figured that card alone would be worth my money.

Well, when I opened the bag, I was pleased to find not just the Posey, but the entire nine-card set, which appears to be a Junior Giants giveaway from early 2011.  The back of the cards are not dated, but there is the 2010 Giants World Series logo on the bottom.  It could be a late 2010 release, but I’m guessing early 2011. I’m not positive on how these cards were distributed, but it would appear that they were given individually to a child once they completed a task as described on the back of the card. The set features Posey, Maddision Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres.

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While I would have been pleased with just those nine cards, I was pleasantly surprised to find a partial set of other Junior Giants cards.  Based on the format, I gather that there were nine cards in this set as well, however this baggue only had seven of them.  Well, lucky for me the most important — Posey — was included here, as was a card of Pablo Sandoval.  If I had to guess, these cards with the black border across top are actually 2010 releases based on the lack of World Series logo and the inclusion of Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand.  This of course would make the Posey a actual rookie-year release, which of course could make this a tough rookie-year issue to find for a collector.

IMG_5066 IMG_5067There is something funny about the Posey card.  So, this card presumably was given to kids when they finished a portion of their reading program.  Well … read the back. I spy a spelling error …


The remainder of the bag was pretty brutal, but there was one other small nugget in here, a 2002 Fleer Tradition Mini Al Levine, serial numbered 38/50.


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Thrift Treasures 68: 2014 Tri-Star San Francisco show bargain bin hauls

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on May 1, 2014 by Cardboard Icons


So last week I attended the annual Tri-Star show in San Francisco, and this time I went with a co-worker, whom I recently discovered was a card collector.  I was a bit uncertain of going with the guy — because I tend to go spend a lot of time going through stuff most people don’t care about — but it turned out fine.  He also likes to spend a lot of time at shows.  Guess I have a new partner to go to shows with.

I digress.  As usual I went to the first night of the three-day show, which gave me an early crack at the bargain boxes, the ones full of cards priced at a dime an a quarter, etc.  Well, in comparison to previous shows, this one was probably the least exciting for me.  The overall volume of stuff I bought was the least I had purchased in five years.  There are different reasons for this, but I think I’m becoming a tad more selective in what I’m purchasing from these boxes.

Anyway, enough of the chit-chat, on with the show …

We’ll start with the first dealer, who usually has cards offered for a dime a piece if you buy 200, but for some reason his stock this time didn’t grab me the way it had in previous years.  He tends to come up with new stuff for each show — which is awesome, by the way — but this stash just didn’t have the appeal.  So I settled for just 18 cards at a quarter a piece. A handful of prospect refractors, a few serial numbered cards (as low as 50) and one of my favorites of all time, the 1992 Upper Deck “Mr. Baseball” short print card featuring Tom Selleck and Frank Thomas.

IMG_8674The same seller also had some other boxes in which he had “better” cards priced at different levels, $3 each or $5 each.  I was kind of in a stingy mood so I only went for three from these boxes.

The Joey Votto Heritage ‘Action’ SP/variation and Bobby Thomson autograph were $5 each, and the 2014 Topps David Ortiz celebration variation card was $3.


Across the way from the aforementioned seller was another guy who had cards cheap, at a dime a piece.  But I skimmed through the boxes really quick after a half dozen or so people did the same.  I spent five minutes going through boxes real quick and only nabbed these 10 cards for $1.  That’s six 1994 Topps Archives Hank Aaron rookie reprints and three Willie Mays cards from the same set.  I found a 2012 Topps Mike Trout as my tenth card and called it a day from that seller.


Around the corner from the second seller was a guy who had a showcase full of signed shiny stuff, and then two boxes of items that were priced at $3 each, or three for $6.  I found three cards and the guy said he only wanted a $5 bill from me.  This shocked me because … I got a steal on these.  Do you see what I did?

IMG_8668Yeah, that Justin Morneau and the ‘Hot Corner Guardians” card are … 2011 Topps Heritage BLACK refractors, serial numbered to 62 copies each.  At $1.33 each that’s a steal.  That Posey is a basic Heritage Chrome refractor /562.

A few tables to the south was a guy from Sacramento.  We chatted a bit as I was going through his boxes of random autographs.  I stumbled upon a 2000 Greats of the Game Autographs Moose Skowron, which he had labeled at $10.  I paused, it was obvious I wanted it. Not because I am a big Moose Skowron fan, but because I am working on the set.  I told the guy I was working on the set and the Skowron was one of those autographs that I always pass on, because I hate the price.  He told me that I could have it for the lowest eBay price.  I checked and the prices were all over the place, from $2 to $10.  We settled on $5.  Win for me … and him, too, I suppose.

IMG_8670At another table a guy was selling a bunch of items for just a quarter a piece.  And while I could have purchased many more items, I decided to limit myself a bit here.  I picked up a few 2014 Topps Opening Day Blue Parallels, a 2013 Topps Update Gold parallel Danny Salazar “RC”, a 2013 Topps Update BCA Pink Pedro Strop /50, a 2013 Topps Update Juan Lagares Emerald Wave /25, three 2013 Gypsy Queen Minis of Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays, and my favorite, a 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Bazooka mini of “King Tut” serial numbered /25.

IMG_8678The same seller had a box of cards for $1 each.  I took one, 2014 Topps Heritage Matt Kemp “Action” SP/Variation.  He put the base card in there too, which could be evident in the picture.

IMG_8679And the last dealer from whom I made purchases had a few items that made me laugh.  He had four boxes of items for a quarter each, and then a box containing items he was selling 3 for $5.

Well, the quarter boxes gave me eight cards, including five serial numbered cards (That McGwire is /600, Harrison is /100, Armas is /100, ans the Bagwell and Garciaparra are /2000), and three 1990 Leaf Sammy Sosa rookie cards.  I’m sure some of you remember when that Sosa Leaf rookie was a $150 card.  Had to own them at that price.

IMG_8675And the final purchases of the night came from the same seller.  Remember the aforementioned “3 for $5″ box?  Well, I found four cards.  He essentially charged me $1.50 a card.  That’s a 2000 Topps ‘Career Best” Sequential /1334, a 2000 Ultra Platinum Medallion Manny Ramirez /50, a 2012 Bowman Prospects (retail) Autograph Kolten Wong, and a card I always wanted, a 1974 Topps Willie McCovey with the “Washington” designation on top.  It’s the rarer version of the card; there is a more common “San Diego” version that is easier to find.


Total cost of these treasures: $38

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Thrift Treasures XXXVIII: Plastic Card Coffin

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

Somewhere in the history of card collecting, a great myth arose:  The harder the case, the better protection for your cards.

It’s a simplistic way to look at things.  I mean in theory it sounds like it should work.  A 1-inch thick lucite case should better protect you against common dropage than a card saver or top loader.  And surely a plastic box would provide more protection than your mother’s shoe box, right?

But things are not always as they appear.

Thick screw down cases often put too much pressure on a card, causing the surface and corners to be damaged over the years.  And plastic boxes mass generated for a novice collector surely are no way to protect your cardboard icons.  They wind up being plastic card coffins.

The beauty, though, is that these coffins can sometimes turn out some nice treasures when they are excavated from the depths of the lowly thrift stores.

At first glance you probably see a bunch of crap.  You’ve got a 1993 Score card on the left, a John Kruk 1994 Triple Play base card in the center, a few game cards that most of us don’t care.

But if that is all you see, then you lack vision.

The box has a $5 price tag, and there are roughly 700 cards in the box, so surely there has to be that much fun in here.  Plus, the amount of game cards here make it worth while because … people actually do buy these things in bulk lots. 

And so for $5, the coffin came with me and I became a tomb raider.

As it turned out, of the 700 cards in the box, there were FIVE HUNDRED MLB Showdown cards from years 2000-2003. Yeah, 500.

And then there were a few pretty neat 2003 Upper Deck Vintage cards.  I was never a huge fan of this set — which is a total rip-off of the 1965 Topps design by the way — but I always found the retired stars in the set interesting.  Yogi is a classic.

But that was not all.  Here is where my location — the San Francisco Bay Area — paid off.  There was 80 percent of a 2010 Topps Emerald Nuts San Francisco Giants stadium giveaway team set.

And amazingly the key card to this set was still here and not badly damaged.

That’s World Champion Catcher Buster Posey.  Love it.

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