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Thrift Treasures 103: an Uncommon Refractor

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , on March 24, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

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So there I was doing my thing on a Thursday morning, looking for cardboard treasures in multiple thrift stores when in one store I spotted a binder in a showcase that intrigued me.
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The binder, as you can see from the picture, was covered in shiny baseball stickers from a vending machine, and was surrounded by two bags, one containing all 1991 Fleer baseball (pass on those every time) and another that obviously contained a few dozen Sports Illustrated For Kids cards, which I usually buy if the price is right.
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I asked the clerk to open the showcase and when I opened the binder quickly and I could see that there was a mix of soccer, non-sports, hockey and some baseball cards.  And in the back there were two signed photos of former soccer star Eric Wynalda (which were personalized to “Ben” — which just so happens to be my name.)  Also tucked in the back was a game-used card and a certified autograph. I flipped through the binder pages quickly and could see a few 1996 Finest cards including a few silver “uncommon” cards, which at that point I felt was worth the purchase.  I did not go through every page before I bought the binder.
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I also decided to buy the bag of cards that contained the SI For Kids cards — it was 20% off because it had been sitting there for a while.

I made the purchase and headed to the car.
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I ripped into the bag of cards first and counted more than 40 SI For Kids cards, including an early Shaq, an early release of female soccer legend Mia Hamm, and a bunch of other stars from various sports. The remainder of the bag was filled with basketball commons which were all in sleeves. While there was nothing of great value here, I would’ve paid a dime per SI For Kids card if I had seen them separately so this was a fair deal.

Now onto the binder.
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I started to flip through the pages one by one hoping that there was some treasure within.  The first card that made me stop was about a dozen pages in.  It was a 1995 Ultra X-Men acetate “Limited Edition” insert of “Beast.”

A few pages later I located a pair of quality Derek Jeter cards, a 1997 Finest base card and a 1997 Pacific Crown Prizm card, which is a set I loved back in the day.
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The next page, stopped me dead in my tracks.

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Located in the No. 9 slot on the binder page was a 1996 Finest Silver Refractor Derek Jeter, an “Uncommon” refractor.  In 1996 and 1997, Topps’ Finest product was divided into tiers, base “common” cards, silver “uncommon” shorter print cards, and gold “rare” even shorter print cards. And naturally there were refractor versions of each. Well, Jeter is Jeter and in this hobby, Jeter always has been one of the top draws.  How this card managed to find its way into a binder and left at a Goodwill is unreal. The card has a high book value of $80. And even if you consider book value to be meaningless, you get the point that it’s not a common card.

The remainder of the binder held a few other neat cards including several of the uncommon Finest cards, a Sammy Sosa “common” refractor, a 1994 Crown Contenders Randy Johnson insert (I loved these too in 1994), and a 1996 Pinnacle ‘Essence of the game” Eddie Murray insert (these were 1 per 23 packs).
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Usually such binders are filled with items not really to my liking, but this is a clear example that you must at least peruse a binder before ruling it out.

Total cost of these Treasures: $14.85.

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Return trip to the LCS vintage bargain boxes and more

Posted in Vintage Bargain Bins with tags , , , , , , , , on August 14, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I used to do this more often but my work schedule doesn’t always allow me to get to the local card shop, Stevens Creek Sports Cards, that has a wide array of vintage cards, including a load of “price-friendly” boxes featuring lesser condition vintage at fantastic prices. (Side note: they have a great selection of graded vintage on eBay too) 

  
I had about 90 minutes to spare on Thursday so I made the trip and went through a dozen boxes or so. The haul on this date wasn’t as heavy as usual, but I found some nice additions to my collection and some nice bargains that I couldn’t pass up.

We’ll start with a pair of vintage HOFers. Here is a 1969 Topps Deckle Carl Yastrzemski and a 1971 Topps Willie McCovey.  They present well for the price of $1 each.

  
I think this is the fourth 71 McCovey I own. Go figure.

I always wanted the 1952 Topps Gus Zernial card. I finally scored one at a good price. If you need to ask why I wanted it all you have to do is look at the picture.

  
As you know my big project is to obtain rookie cards of every guy who played on the Majors.  It’s a never ending task and an improbably goal.  But it does make things fun. Here’s a 1965 Topps high-number Frank Linzy and Bob Schroder rookie card.

 

Here’s the 1959 Topps rookie card of former Giants player and manager Felipe Alou.  It has a crease, but is centered nicely.  

 
I like the 1964 Topps set, especially the dual-player rookie cards. Here is one of solid Major Leaguer Rico Carty and counterpart Dick Kelley.

  
Every time I dig through these boxes I find myself stopping when I get to the 1960 Topps section.  I always pause when I see the rookie card of Frank Howard because I keep forgetting if I already owned it. Well, my online list didn’t show me owning the card of the 1960 National League Rookie of the Year so ai picked up this decent looking one for what I think was a good price.

  
About five years ago while attending the annual Tri-Star show at the Cow Palace in San Francisco I picked up a badly miscut copy of the 1973 Topps Dwight Evans rookie card for $5.  When I saw this nicely centered copy in Thursday for $6, I figured it was time for an upgrade. 

  
Sometimes a deal is just too good to pass up. True, I already own a 1957 Topps rookie card of Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski. And yes, mine is in better shape. But I couldn’t resist buying this one … Even in its present condition.

  
Speaking of Hall of Famers, I found a BGS 4.5 1961 Billy Williams in the show case at a great price. 

  
There are three more cards that I purchased but none of them are vintage. But two of them were priced so well I couldn’t pass on them, and the other is of a guy who is having a breakdown-out season.

It’s hard to pass on a good-looking Derek Jeter rookie card at $4.  No obvious flaws anywhere.

  
There is zero chance I pass on one of the most iconic rookie cards of the early 1990s, the 1992 Bowman Mike Piazza, at this price … Even if there is some issue with one corner.

  
And lastly, just before ai checked out , I located a 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks Dallas Kuechel in the showcase or $5.

  
It’s a little weird spending $5 for Kuechel considering that it was more expensive that the aforementioned Mazeroski, but when you see something you want/need you should pounce. Besides, it’s never a bad thing to support your local card shops. 

Thrift Treasure 81: MLB Showdown ASG finds a home

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I’ll say this up front, I am not a big card game guy.  I never got into Magic.  I never played Pokemon. I don’t hate it.  I don’t dislike people who play such games.  I, personally, have never felt the need to sit down and learn or play those games.  They are games of strategy; I prefer to apply my knowledge — the little that I have — to my hobby, where I acquire real things. That’s just how I operate.

IMG_9512Having said that, I do find some intrigue when I find card game cards at thrift stores.  I have a little knowledge as to what is “worth” money, but I can say that I have not cashed in on anything card game related.  This post, I suppose, follows in those foot steps.

So, in the early 2000s, Wizards of the Coast, makers of the Magic The Gathering cards, produced a series of baseball strategy card game that spanned the course of four of five seasons I believe. The game had a mild following. I don’t recall the cards ever being scorching hot.  And every now and then I find them in thrift stores, usually mixed in with some typical baseball cards. I usually pass on them unless I see an absolute reason to buy:  Multiple foil cards, many “first edition” cards, multiple stars, quantity for little money,  etc.”

On this occasion, I happened to find this box (shown here) sitting in an aisle of photo albums.  It must’ve been mistaken for a photo box, but I knew what it was immediately. When I opened it, I got a bit excited because while the bx itself makes for a fun display, it had a fair amount of cards. I was even more exited when I learned that the $3.99 price tag on it was incorrect for on this day, this item was half off.

IMG_9513So for $1.99 everything in this picture came home with me.  And while I won’t strike it rich with this find, it turned out to be a bargain.

The box contained 5 foil cards …

IMG_9543A bunch  of cards, albeit it a 4:1 ratio of strategy cards to player cards

IMG_9545Some neat team — and other subject/set — dividers

IMG_9546and … 50 2002 All-Star Game cards, which is the whole set.

IMG_9544The funny thing is the 2002 All Star Game is infamous for having ended in a tie, which ultimately led to then-Commissioner Bud Selig to the ASG “count” in subsequent years.

Total cost of these treasures: $1.99

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RIP Bob Sheppard, voice of the New York Yankees

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , on July 11, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

Bob Sheppard's plaque at Memorial Park at Yankee Stadium. - May 17, 2010.

I never got a chance to hear Bob Sheppard announce a name live, but during my visit to New York in May, I got to hear his voice via a recording. The Yankees still play an old recording of him announcing Derek Jeter’s name before his at-bats. I’d heard the recording played on television, but there was something majestic about hearing it at the Stadium. I took video/audio of it, but have yet to upload it. Perhaps I’ll upload and share it later.

Topps National Chicle Baseball Retail is Live

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , on May 10, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I stopped at Target this weekend to get some painters tape and noticed that they had one box of Topps National Chicle. Based on this image you can guess someone already went through it in search of game used and autos.

I bought one pack even though it goes against everything I am doing right now. One pack was better than two or more, sue me. Pack results were OK. Even though I am a Red Sox fan, I do not hate Derek Jeter, so pulling his card from one pack is nice. And the Mathewson was also a nice surprise.

And in case you’re interested, here are the odds posted on the wrapper.

Glad I only bought one pack. I can tell this is going to be a “love it, hate it” type of set. The art work is so-so, really depends on the artist and the player they are trying to depict. The card stock actually reminds of me another hit-and-miss product — Upper Deck Goudey. I was not a huge fan of that set, although I purchased plenty of it when it hit discount levels. Why, I am really not sure. That’s going to have to change.

Anyway, if anyone has any Red Sox from this set, I am interested.

Big Thanks to Wax Heaven

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on November 25, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

G0nna make this short and sweet. A few weeks back Mario broke a pack of Triple Threads baseball supplied by Topps and out of it he pulled this sweet Jon Lester auto-relic. I immediately inquired about it and he said I could have it for nothing more than my postage-paid bubble mailer. When the card arrived, it also came with a little container of other goodies including about a dozen random Red Sox cards, a UFC Michael Bisping Auto redemption (Topps estimates it’ll be ready in March) and this Derek Jeter Upper Deck short print card commemorating his achievement as the all-time Yankee hits leader. If there is one thing I have learned in my 18 months as a blogger it’s that there are a lot of generous people in our hobby.

Stupid Inserts Part IV: 2005 Playoff Prestige “Connections”

Posted in Stupid Inserts with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

2005PrestigeConnectionsJeterRodriguezLook, I understand the idea behind creating cards featuring one or more players from the same team. Some collectors dig that kind of stuff, especially when the card features two of the hobby’s heaviest hitters: Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. But what makes this 2005 Playoff Prestige “Connection” insert set ridiculous is the freakin’ design. Look at the left hand side of this card. Who the hell is Rodri? Maybe the card was supposed to say “A-Rod,” but fact is Playoff had to fill that space with something and they chose Rodri. Boo!