Archive for Mike Piazza

Congrats to Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza on their HOF selections — 89 UD, 92 Fleer BGS 9

Posted in Hall of Fame Rookie Cards, Hall of Famers with tags , , , , on January 6, 2016 by Cardboard Icons

   
 

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. 

Before they were great … They were unproven

Posted in Instagram Portraits with tags , , , , , , on January 10, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

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Card of the Day: 1998 Fleer Tradition Mike Piazza (Marlins)

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

Five. That’s how many games future Hall of Famer Mike Piazza played for the Florida Marlins. Remember that because it will be the answer to a trivia question one day. And in the right situation it could be worth a million dollars. You never know. Continue reading