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Thrift Treasures 73: What’s up, Buster! Early Posey release found at thrift.

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on October 15, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

I made a short trip to the thrift store today with my son and lookie here … a baggie of cards worth buying.


They had about a dozen bags, 10 of which were filled with 1988 Topps cards, one that had a stack of Pro Set hockey from like 1991-92, and then this one, which had some oddball San Francisco Giants cards.  See the small sections of orange?  I like to buy baggies when they have local odd ball releases.  Sometimes they can be valuable, other times it’s the only place you’ll find them these days as they were more than likely a giveaway for children.  And we all know that once children get a hold of things — especially made of paper — more times than not they’ll end up in the trash.

So I plunked down the$3.99, which is a bit more than I like to spend on a “blind bag,” but I could see there was a rookie-year (or maybe early 2011?) Posey from one of these sets inside. I figured that card alone would be worth my money.

Well, when I opened the bag, I was pleased to find not just the Posey, but the entire nine-card set, which appears to be a Junior Giants giveaway from early 2011.  The back of the cards are not dated, but there is the 2010 Giants World Series logo on the bottom.  It could be a late 2010 release, but I’m guessing early 2011. I’m not positive on how these cards were distributed, but it would appear that they were given individually to a child once they completed a task as described on the back of the card. The set features Posey, Maddision Bumgarner, Matt Cain, Tim Lincecum, Brian Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff and Andres Torres.

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While I would have been pleased with just those nine cards, I was pleasantly surprised to find a partial set of other Junior Giants cards.  Based on the format, I gather that there were nine cards in this set as well, however this baggue only had seven of them.  Well, lucky for me the most important — Posey — was included here, as was a card of Pablo Sandoval.  If I had to guess, these cards with the black border across top are actually 2010 releases based on the lack of World Series logo and the inclusion of Bengie Molina and Aaron Rowand.  This of course would make the Posey a actual rookie-year release, which of course could make this a tough rookie-year issue to find for a collector.

IMG_5066 IMG_5067There is something funny about the Posey card.  So, this card presumably was given to kids when they finished a portion of their reading program.  Well … read the back. I spy a spelling error …


The remainder of the bag was pretty brutal, but there was one other small nugget in here, a 2002 Fleer Tradition Mini Al Levine, serial numbered 38/50.


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Rookie/Prospect Card Six Pack #35

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , on March 16, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_72532008 Bowman Chrome Jarrod Parker, 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractors Jordan Zimmermann, 2008 Bowman Chrome Refractors Austin Jackson, 2008 Bowman Chrome Madison Bumgarner, 2008 Bowman Chrome Jason Heyward, 2008 Bowman Chrome Josh Reddick

Chrome Corner: 2008 Bowman Chrome Prospects Autographs Madison Bumgarner

Posted in Chrome Corner with tags , , , , , , on May 25, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

In the last edition of Chrome Corner, I featured a Jarrod Parker card from the 2008 Bowman Chrome set.  Well, in this edition I bring to you the 2008 Bowman Chrome Madison Bumgarner autograph from the same set.

Bumgarner and Parker have a few things in common:

– They both were first featured in the 2007 Bowman Chrome Prospects set as non-auto-graphed cards.

– Both obviously have their first on-card certified autograph in this 2008 set.

– Both now pitch for teams in the San Francisco Bay Area.  Parker for the Oakland A’s and Bumgarner for the San Francisco Giants.

But here is the reason why I decided to feature Bumgarner in this edition.

Bumgarner was also selected in the first round of the 2007 baseball draft.  In fact, he and Parker were the first two high school pitchers to be selected in that hurler heavy first round.  And to makes things even more interesting:  Bumgarner was selected right after Parker.

Parker might have had the higher draft slot, but to this date, Bumgarner’s on-field accomplishments are incomparable.

In fact, while Parker was recovering from Tommy John surgery in 2010, Bumgarner was earning his stripes in a legendary Giants Pennant race that ultimately ended with Bumgarner and the Giants winning the World Series.  Bumgarner won a pivotal Game 4 of the World Series by tossing 8 innings of shutout ball in Texas to give the Giants a 3-1 Series lead.