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Thrift Treasures 102: Nomo Mojo for $5

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on March 17, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

Surely you’ve heard of “weekend warriors,” a phrase that has been given to many groups of people including those who run around to various garage sales and flea markets looking for treasures. 

Well, have this week I was a Wednesday Warrior.

I went to visit a friend who recently had surgery and during this trip I also visited a mid-week flea market that has turned up some treasures for others.  The pickings were slim got a sports guy like me, but I did find a single binder that for $5 was too good to pass up.

It’s crazy to think this, but it’s been twenty years since the baseball world went crazy for Japanese star Hideo Nomo. His stuff was blazing hot, and among his most sought after cards was his primary Japanese 1991 BBM release. 
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Well, this binder just so happened to have the basic Japanese rookie card, as well as four other subsets from that same set.  Additionally, it had more than 30 total Nomo cards, most of which were from 1995, his MLB rookie year. photo 836447D8-50D7-4376-A400-C71D6EC135A0_zpsfbrpzx8b.jpg
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As a bonus, the binder also had this sweet 2010 Topps National Chicle Tim Wakefield which I’d always wanted.
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Also two autographs, including one with a “John 3:16” inscription. 
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Total cost of these treasures: $5

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Sadaharu Oh: Japanese Baseball Icon

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , , on April 3, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

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Yu Darvish sighting / Bowman Chrome

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 3, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

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I’m kind of going into 2009 Bowman a bit blindly. I’ve not read a bunch of reviews, but given the fact that box prices are already under $60 at Dave & Adam’s, I’m guessing this product features a list of lackluster prospects. If I’m wrong, someone tell me.

Anyhow, that didn’t stop me from buying a single back at Target the other day while buying my wife’s birthday gifts. Based on the headline of this entry, you can guess what I pulled … the card on the left.

The rest of the pack was pretty un-eventful. Base cards were Cliff Lee, Andre Ethier, Mark Teixeira, Rich Harden and Chris Young; Gold parallel of Scott Kazmir; Base prospect Michael Stutes; WBC Base Alex Liddi (Italy), Chrome prospect Michael Swinson; and of course the Darvish Chrome.

For some reason this card made be extremely excited. Probably because it was one of the cards I was hoping to acquire this year. Getting it in the first pack was great.  Judging by eBay sales, it’s not worth a ton, but it’ll take a nice spot in my “rookies” box. Every time I hear this guy’s name I think of this damn Soulja Boy song. I’m not really a hip hop guy — used to be in the 90s — but this song is really catchy.

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Card of the Day: 2003 Upper Deck Superior Sluggers Hideki Matsui

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Fifty homers. That’s how many Hideki Matsui hit with the Yamiuri Giants in 2002. You hear that? The Yamiuri Giants. So tell me why the hell Upper Deck decided to make note of that in its 2003 Upper Deck insert set named Superior Sluggers. First off let’s get one thing straight: Matsui is not a slugger. He was dubbed Godzilla because he showed power while playing in Japan. But in his six years in the Major Leagues, he has not hit more than 31 homers, and has eclipsed the 25-homer mark only once.  So again, I ask, why put Matsui in the set? Continue reading

Card of the Day: 2008 Bowman Chrome Kosuke Fukudome Japan

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 8, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

This is what happens when I get too much time on my hands during a lunch break. I get bored. I go to Wal-Mart or Toys R Us and I buy baseball cards. Damnit, I’m weak. I was actually in search of a Wii Fit, but ended up buying nine packs of Bowman Chrome (in blister wrappers so they were not searched) and pulled this thing. Go figure. Under normal circumstances I’d be thrilled. I mean Japanese players in their first year plus Bowman Chrome usually make for a good pull, yes? That’s true unless that player happens to be the most over-rated Japanese player Major League Baseball has seen in a decade. Continue reading