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Thrift Treasures 95: the HOF Class of 2015

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on September 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

When it comes to buying cards at thrift stores, sometimes you have to throw logic out the window and buy things based on principle.

To understand what I mean all you have to do is look at this post.
Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson and John Smoltz were three of the four players elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame this year. The other was Pedro Martinez.  

 Biggio, Johnson and Smoltz all have rookie cards hailing from sets in 1989 so it is not uncommon to find the hiding in common boxes across the country. (Before you flip out and start thinking about Biggio, Smoltz and 1988 cards, understand that those two guys have cards on 1988, but they are considered XRC due to the fact they were released in factory update-style sets.

I digress. These cards aren’t very valuable in their raw form. But since when is it acceptable for rookie cards of hall of famers to sit around in a vulnerable state such as a plastic bag at a thift store? 

When I see them on such places, and the price isn’t too bad, I almost feel it is my duty as a collector to save the cards from their demise.

During this trip I located three bags at a local thrift store, one with a 1989 Donruss Smoltz rookie showing and another with at least one 1971 Topps card peeking out from the middle of the stack. The baggie’s, as you can see, were $1.49 each. 

The Smoltz was accompanied by the Fleer rookies of Randy Johnson and Craig Biggio rookies shown in the first picture. And while we’re at it, here are the card backs for those rookies, since no one bothers to look at those anymore.   

And while the remainder of the contents of these bags won’t light the collecting world on fire, there were some fun pieces.

As it turned out there were two 1971 Topps Lou Piniella cards.  

There also were some of the typical 1990s cards of more recent hall of gamers.


And a few that don’t get much pub these days.

Like this 1989 card honoring Tom Browning and his perfect game.

And former Commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti, who died less than five months after taking office. 

Total cost of these Treasures: $4.47

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Collecting Cooperstown:  Hall of Fame Class of 2015

Posted in Collecting Cooperstown, Hall of Famers with tags , , , , , , on July 24, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


Thrift Treasures XXXIV: Love between the sheets

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 11, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

The junk wax era is alive and well at some of my local thrift stores.  One shop was chalk full of little baggies containing horrible basketball cards from the early 90s; another was jam packed with 1988 Topps.  Good thing at one Goodwill, there was a binder with some small gems located within.

For the first time since I’ve been scouring my local thrift stores for treasures, I located a binder full of cards that were priced PER SHEET.  Usually the person pricing items in the back of the store takes one look in the binder and if they recognize ONE name out of any of the cards, they automatically throw a $49 price point on the binder.

This time it appears someone came to their senses and priced each 9-card sheet at $1.49.  There were probably 50 sheets in the binder and only four that really appealed to me.

Anyway, I scanned the nine-card pages in their entirety so that you can see the greatness that I uncovered.

The one pictured above has three nice rookie cards, and I am not talking about that sweet 1989 Topps Steve Searcy card or the 1992 Pro Set Ty Detmer BYU card.

I’m talking about the 1989 Donruss Craig Biggio, 1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio and the 1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz.  I already own these three cards, but this seemed like a solid buy.  A fun one if nothing else.

The second sheet:

Everyone knows how valuable those Pro Set Lawrence Taylor and David Meggett cards are.  That is the entire reason I bought this page.

OK, all kidding aside. Seriously?  A 1980 Topps Phil Simms rookie?  Sitting in a binder page?  At a Goodwill?

Believe it, son.  Believe it.

The Simms rookie isn’t worth nearly as much as it was back in the early 1990s, but it is still a Hall of Fame rookie card that really shouldn’t have been relegated to PVC Sheet status.

No worries, Mr. Simms.  I saved your rookie card.

Sheet 3:

Even the 50-year-old cashier knew who the guy in the bottom right was.  Hell, she even identified it as his rookie card.  1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. rookies are not hard to come by, but I was not going to leave this at the thrift store … especially when I can get it, and a 1988 Fleer Update Chris Sabo rookie at the same time. S-C-O-R-E-. SCORE!

Sheet 4:

I probably own enough 1988 Donruss Roberto Alomar rookies to decorate an entire wall of a house, but the real reason this sheet appealed to be is that 1988 Fleer Update Alomar rookie. I love that 1988 Fleer Update set, it was one of the first sets I actually purchased .. sort of.  I’ll save that story for another time.