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Thrift Treasure 81: MLB Showdown ASG finds a home

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on February 18, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I’ll say this up front, I am not a big card game guy.  I never got into Magic.  I never played Pokemon. I don’t hate it.  I don’t dislike people who play such games.  I, personally, have never felt the need to sit down and learn or play those games.  They are games of strategy; I prefer to apply my knowledge — the little that I have — to my hobby, where I acquire real things. That’s just how I operate.

IMG_9512Having said that, I do find some intrigue when I find card game cards at thrift stores.  I have a little knowledge as to what is “worth” money, but I can say that I have not cashed in on anything card game related.  This post, I suppose, follows in those foot steps.

So, in the early 2000s, Wizards of the Coast, makers of the Magic The Gathering cards, produced a series of baseball strategy card game that spanned the course of four of five seasons I believe. The game had a mild following. I don’t recall the cards ever being scorching hot.  And every now and then I find them in thrift stores, usually mixed in with some typical baseball cards. I usually pass on them unless I see an absolute reason to buy:  Multiple foil cards, many “first edition” cards, multiple stars, quantity for little money,  etc.”

On this occasion, I happened to find this box (shown here) sitting in an aisle of photo albums.  It must’ve been mistaken for a photo box, but I knew what it was immediately. When I opened it, I got a bit excited because while the bx itself makes for a fun display, it had a fair amount of cards. I was even more exited when I learned that the $3.99 price tag on it was incorrect for on this day, this item was half off.

IMG_9513So for $1.99 everything in this picture came home with me.  And while I won’t strike it rich with this find, it turned out to be a bargain.

The box contained 5 foil cards …

IMG_9543A bunch  of cards, albeit it a 4:1 ratio of strategy cards to player cards

IMG_9545Some neat team — and other subject/set — dividers

IMG_9546and … 50 2002 All-Star Game cards, which is the whole set.

IMG_9544The funny thing is the 2002 All Star Game is infamous for having ended in a tie, which ultimately led to then-Commissioner Bud Selig to the ASG “count” in subsequent years.

Total cost of these treasures: $1.99

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Thrift Treasures XXXVIII: Plastic Card Coffin

Posted in Newspaperman, Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , on February 9, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Somewhere in the history of card collecting, a great myth arose:  The harder the case, the better protection for your cards.

It’s a simplistic way to look at things.  I mean in theory it sounds like it should work.  A 1-inch thick lucite case should better protect you against common dropage than a card saver or top loader.  And surely a plastic box would provide more protection than your mother’s shoe box, right?

But things are not always as they appear.

Thick screw down cases often put too much pressure on a card, causing the surface and corners to be damaged over the years.  And plastic boxes mass generated for a novice collector surely are no way to protect your cardboard icons.  They wind up being plastic card coffins.

The beauty, though, is that these coffins can sometimes turn out some nice treasures when they are excavated from the depths of the lowly thrift stores.

At first glance you probably see a bunch of crap.  You’ve got a 1993 Score card on the left, a John Kruk 1994 Triple Play base card in the center, a few game cards that most of us don’t care.

But if that is all you see, then you lack vision.

The box has a $5 price tag, and there are roughly 700 cards in the box, so surely there has to be that much fun in here.  Plus, the amount of game cards here make it worth while because … people actually do buy these things in bulk lots. 

And so for $5, the coffin came with me and I became a tomb raider.

As it turned out, of the 700 cards in the box, there were FIVE HUNDRED MLB Showdown cards from years 2000-2003. Yeah, 500.

And then there were a few pretty neat 2003 Upper Deck Vintage cards.  I was never a huge fan of this set — which is a total rip-off of the 1965 Topps design by the way — but I always found the retired stars in the set interesting.  Yogi is a classic.

But that was not all.  Here is where my location — the San Francisco Bay Area — paid off.  There was 80 percent of a 2010 Topps Emerald Nuts San Francisco Giants stadium giveaway team set.

And amazingly the key card to this set was still here and not badly damaged.

That’s World Champion Catcher Buster Posey.  Love it.

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