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Thrift Treasures 96: Vintage Gaylord and ‘Blue Moon’

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I love me some thrift store baggie’s full of cards.  I love it even more when at least one of the cards is already in some sort of protector.

Such was the case earlier this week when I saw this:

 I immediate saw this and snatched it off the leg hook. I recognized that as a 1965 Topps Gaylord Perry. Sure, I could buy the single almost anywhere for less than the $2.99 price tag on this bag, but this all goes back to the theme of the last “Thrift Treasures” post — principle. This is a third year card of a member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it should have never been in this situation. 

Once I opened the package I could see that the Gaylord was in pretty good condition other than the centering. 

  
At this point, everything else in the package was a bonus. Let’s have a look at what else was within.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some names still strike a cord with people out here. The aforementioned Perry is one. Another is Oakland A’s legend John “Blue Moon” Odom, a top pitcher for the club as Oakland won three consecutive World Series Titles from 1972 to 1974.

  
The Perry and Odom were the only true vintage cards, but there also were these early 1980s cards.

  
And nice 1985 Topps card commemorating Tony Perez’s grand slam in 1984,  which made him the oldest player to hit one.

   
A few other HOFers on some 1980s cards that aren’t as highly regarded.

  
And finally a few inserts. I LOVE the Topps Rookies glossy set, which were available only on rack packs. And anytime I locate an early Kevin Maas oddball card I usually buy it because of this story I wrote seven years ago.

 
Total cost of these Treasures: $2.99

You can read more Thrift Treasures posts here.

Icon-O-Clasm: 1990 Columbus Police Kevin Maas

Posted in Icon-O-Clasm, Instagram Portraits with tags , , , on March 16, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

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Card of the Day: 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

JuLY 29, 2008, will be a day that lives in infamy. OK, in my little world of cardboard icons it will. That was the day that I had arrived as a collector. For 11 years now I’ve focused primarily on rookies. I had an epiphany at a card show in 1997 when I realized that I could trade two inserts (worth then about $60; which of course translated into $30 credit) for two prime rookies: 1984 Donruss Joe Carter and 1993 SP Derek Jeter that I could not afford to buy. Then it became an addiction to unload whatever I could for rookie cards. I got my McGwire before it skyrocketed; Bonds, too. But while those moves built the foundation of my mansion of rookies, it is this 1933 Goudey Lou Gehrig that now stands tall like a billboard announcing my presence in the neighborhood.

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Card of the Day: 1990 Upper Deck Kevin Maas rookie

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 17, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

**Note: With the All-Star game taking place this week at Yankee Stadium, I will spend the next several days showcasing cards from my Yankee collection.

The Yankees have always produced legends. Ruth. Gehrig. Mantle. But for each one of those guys who have had their names, faces and resumes engraved in bronze and placed in Monument Park, there are dozens of other legends whose accomplishments, or lack thereof, are engrained in the minds of fans and particularly of baseball card collectors. In 1990, the hobby had two major budding superstars: Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas. But at Yankee Stadium there was another youngster with apparent Ruthian power trying to make a name for himself. That was Kevin Maas. Continue reading