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Icon-O-Clasm: 1958 Topps AS Ernie Banks 

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm with tags , , , , on June 7, 2015 by Cardboard Icons


Thrift Treasures 57: A 99-year-old Mini Giants Blanket and 52 Topps card

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on April 6, 2013 by Cardboard Icons


April 6 marked the first Saturday of the month, which of course meant that one of the local community colleges was having its monthly flea market.

I made the jaunt, despite the occasional sprinkle, and it paid off. I spent about 90 minutes at the flea market, spent $9 on four cards and an old piece of cloth.

Ready to see the loot?

One dealer had a box of cards with everything marked at $1 each. Not bad. Had some solid mid 70s stars in decent condition, and some 1951/1952 Bowman commons. But I’ve got my fill of those. He also had a bunch of cards for local teams such as the A’s, Giants, Raiders and Niners.

I could have bought more, but I played it safe and went with these four: 1992 Pacific Picks The Pros Gold joe Montana, 1997 Inscriptions Jerry Rice insert, 1998 Studio Silver Press Proof Rickey Henderson, and 1952 Topps Gene Hermanski Red back.

The Hermanski was a no-brainer, the others seemed like good cards to flip via COMC.

A short while later I came across a dealer who had some cards at his booth. Nothing real special. But in his display case he had a 1914 B18 Ed Grant Blanket. I asked how much, he said $5. I couldn’t open my wallet fast enough. The seller said he had a bunch more earlier in the day but sold them for $10 each. At least I got one to keep me warm.





You’d think I was a Cubs fan …

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , on March 17, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Judging by some of my recent purchases, you’d probably think I was a Cubs fan.

I didn’t plan this, but as you can see from the images below, nine of the last ten cards added to my collection are autographs of players featured as Cubs.

Last week I was watching MLB Network’s “30 Clubs in 30 Days: Cubs.”  Not 30 minutes later I was randomly searching eBay when I came upon a poorly titled lot of Cubs auto prospects.  Got these eight cards for $36 shipped:

The three big autos in that lot are:

2009 Elite Extra Edition Brett Jackson auto

2011 Elite Extra Edition Matt Szczur auto /100

2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Javier Baez auto

Any one of those three top prospect cards  could have sold alone for the price I bought the entire lot.  That’s a win.

And in a separate transaction I acquired a card I’d been chasing for two years:

2010 Bowman Chrome Starlin Castro auto BGS 8.5

Sure, it’s a BGS 8.5, but do you not think that a lot of raw cards aren’t?  This is why I like BGS 8.5 … they sell for less than raw copies and I don’t have to worry about a seller shipping it in a plain white envelope to save money. You won’t find a raw copy of this card with a clean signature for $45 shipped.  A BGS 8.5?  Maybe … if I don’t beat you to it first.