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Latest COMC mailday … sigs, sigs and more sigs

Posted in New Addition with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 12, 2013 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_3123Over the last four months I’ve made about 40 purchases on the consignment site  I’ve said it before — and I will continue to say it going forward — if you haven’t at lease checked out the site, you’re missing out.

Anyhow, the batch of cards arrived over the weekend and as the title of this post suggests … it’s full of ink.

TEN Hall of Fame signatures, an iconic one and a slew of prospect (and failed prospect) autographs filled this batch.

OK, enough of the shenanigans, let’s get to it.

We’ll start with a solid rookie card I’ve needed for quite some time — a 1955 Bowman Elston Howard.  Howard isn’t a hall of famer, but his career was significant.  Howard was the first black player to ever don a Yankees uniform, he was a 12-time all star, an MVP in 1960 and a six-time World Series Champion.  SOLID.

IMG_3110Speaking of MVP’s here’s a 2009 SP Legendary Cuts cut signature of the 1926 National League MVP Bob O’Farrell, who played for four teams during his 21-year career, including two stints with the Cubs and three stops with the Cardinals.

IMG_3115Here’s a 2010 Bowman Chrome autograph prospect card of a contender for the American League 2013 MVP award, Josh Donaldson.  He won;t win it — because it’s hard to pick him over Miguel Cabrera, who made another run at the Triple Crown this year — but he had a legit season.  At one point these Donaldson chrome signatures were over $20 each.  Just after the World Series I managed to grab this one for less than $8.  His signature isn’t hard to find, but this release is THE card to own — well of the non-parallel versions anyway.

IMG_3109Here’s a few prospect/failed prospect autos:

IMG_3107IMG_3126A few vintage rookies:

1933 Goudey Joe Sewell.  Did you know that Sewell, a Hall of Famer, struck out a total of 114 times during his career?  American League Home Run Champion Chris Davis struck out 199 times in just 2013.

IMG_30651933 Goudey Bernie Friberg.


1934 Goudey Dolph Camilli.  Camilli took home the American League Most Valuable Player award in 1941, slugging a league-best 34 homers and driving in 120 RBI’s.

IMG_3112Here’s a card that always intrigued me: 1994 SP Holoview Michael Jordan.  Jordan didn;thave a basic SP rookie from this set; if he had one, it would be an epic card.  Instead we are left with this holoview caard, which is cool, but not nearly as cool as a foil, condition-sensitive rookie card would’ve been.  An if for some reason you’ve never handled one of thee Holoview cards, try to check one out … UD’s technology in the early 1990s was second to none.  The hologram of Jordan incorporates several images of Jordan’s face, so when you turn the card, he’s always looking at you.


Here’s a pair of 2004 Bowman Heritage Signs of Authority autographs … I’m sort of working on this set.  Who collects umpire signatures?  This guy.


How about a pair of 2012 Panini Cooperstown Signatures of journalist Murray Chass and Marty Brennaman.  I love these non-player signatures.

IMG_3120So yeah, Hall of Famer autographs … Here’s five.

1993 Nabisco Jim “Catfish” Hunter w/ COA.


1998 Donruss Signature Series Ozzie Smith /2000


2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Rollie Fingers.


2001 Fleer Greats of the Game Tom Seaver


2001 Topps Team Legends Mike Schmidt rookie reprint autograph


Last week I declared war on the 2000 Fleer Greats of the Game autograph set.  Here’s a few of the ones I purchased over the last few months on the site.  The highlight is the shortprinted Willie McCovey.


And perhaps the prize of the whole package … a 2013 Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures Jackie Earle Haley, who played “Kelly Leak” on the Bad News Bears.


Thrift Treasures 52: Tuesday’s Gone …

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

“I don’t know … where I’m goin’ … I just want to be … left alone …”

Words to live by … especially when you’re thrifting.

After work on Tuesday I made a quick run to a thrift store just to see if they had any new cards in their card trough.

Sure enough they had a few new ones sprinkled in with the same stuff I’ve been looking at for almost a year.

But before we get to the cards, check out this steal on got on this Lynyrd Skynyrd CD … four of the songs on this album always find their way onto all of the Skynyrd greatest hits compilations.  And it cost me … a buck.  Anything I found in the card bins after this was going to be a bonus.

So this thrift store is the one that I constantly battle with when it comes to pricing their baseball cards.  There’s no sign on the card trough, and depending on clerk working the register, the cards are either 10 for $1 or 20 for $1.

Today they were 20 for a $1.  I’ll do the math for you.  That’s a nickel a piece. I got 20 cards. I know, big spender!

Here’s the loot …

I hadn’t seen 1989 Pro Set football at thrift in quite some time, but this one instantly reminded me of my early collecting days. That’s Hall of Famer Rod Woodson’s rookie card, baby.

This 1997/1998 UD Choice Draw Your Own Card of Michael Jordan seemed like a no-brainer at this price point.

With those non-baseball items out of the way, let me back up a tad and tell you what i saw when I first got to the bins.

There were little stacks of 2000 Upper Deck Legends baseball cards mixed in these plastic tubs, and THAT is what instantly caught my eye because I knew that I hadn’t seen them before.  I got to the store 20 minutes before they closed so I had to bust through these boxes real quick.  There were probably more quality stars but I took these:

Four 2000 UD Legends Mike Schmidt cards.

Ken Griffey Jr, Stan Musial and Lou Gehrig subsets from 2000 UD Legends

Seven UD Legends Hank Aaron cards.

2000 UD Legends “Millenium Team” Mark McGwire and Mike Schmidt

And now the show stopper …

Do you see it?

Check out the shiny card.

That’s not a base card.

What’s amusing to me is that there could be a Greg Maddux SuperCollector out there who is missing this 2000 UD Legends parallel /100. And as it turned out one of the 100 produced cards was sitting in a bargain bin at a thrift store.  At any time this card could have fallen onto the floor, and then be swept into a dustpan and discarded.

Total cost of these (card) Treasures: $1.

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2009 Topps Ser. 2 Baseball 3 Pack break

Posted in Box / Pack Break with tags , , , , , , , , on June 20, 2009 by Cardboard Icons


I said I was going to try this Topps Ser. 2 set after buying just two packs. But I decided to pick up three hobby packs at the card shop the other day. Here’s the break. I’m also working on a few trades, so I’ll post a want list soon enough.

Pack 1

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