Archive for Nick Swisher

Thrift Treasures 99: An auto, a variation and the Heartbreak Kid

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , on November 8, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I don’t get out to flea markets as often as I’d like, but we managed to get out this weekend.

We took the kids and some other family members to the monthly flea market at the local community college and while the kids were racking up good deals, for a while the only thing I had scored was this 1997 Playmates Figure of Shawn Michaels, the Heartbreak Kid.  

I felt like I was searching high and low for sports stuff and it just wasn’t there … At least something worth buying.

At one space I located a binder of 400 NFL cards in a binder that didn’t really intrigue me much. And then a short while later I thought I hit the jackpot as a dealer had a dozen 5,000 count boxes on his table.  Unfortunately the dealer said the prices of the cards vary from a quarter to a dollar but most of the cards were commons and massive quantities of unlicensed reprints. PASS.

But I did find a legit card table. I talked to the two guys at the table for a while and wound up with a few deals:

2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Raisel Iglesias auto. $3.  
2015 Topps Heritage High Numbers Black and White variation John Jaso.  $5. He added the base card for free.

A pair of stamped Topps Originals and a 2015 Stadium Club gold foil Javier Baez. 3 for $1  

 A 2015 Topps Chrome Pink Refractor Nick Swisher, 2015 Topps Tek Ken Griffey Jr., 2015 Topps First Pitch Jon Hamm. 3 for $1 
Total cost of these Treasures: $10.10

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Thrift Treasures XL: Nick Swisher holding up your pants

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Quick mid-week Thrift Treasures post.

Popped into one of the thrift stores on my way home today and found something that made me laugh.

It’s a silver Oakland Athletics belt buckle.

But if you look close enough, you’ll see it’s not just any A’s belt buckle.  It’s a NICK SWISHER Oakland A’s Belt Buckle!!!

Who wouldn’t want a likeness of Nick Swisher that close to their junk?!

I believe these were stadium giveaways, probably sometime in 2006.  The belt buckle is sponsored by Chevrolet, which is evident with the Chevy logo on the bottom right.

Cost: $5.99

Value: Priceless.

An unlikely pair of Yankee blue refractors

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on December 11, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

I still love refractors. No matter how plentiful they become and worthless in the eyes of collectors, these shiny versions of certain Topps manufactured cards still blow me away. That is why I sometimes purchase small lots of refractors at discount prices. A few years back I picked up a lot of blue refractors and among the lot were these two 2006 Bowman Chrome blue refractors of AJ Burnett and Nick Swisher. Who would have thought that three years later they would end up being teammates for one of the most stories franchises.

My winning package from Beckett

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

About a week ago, Chris Olds held a short contest via Twitter in which he showed a screenshot of the movie Top Gun, and wanted participants to name the actor in the image that has a certified autograph. Well, after making four guesses, I had the right answer: Adrian Pasdar, an actor from Heroes. (Altered image can be seen here.) The winner of said contest was to receive a baseball autograph.

Well, my package arrived Saturday and here is the baseball autograph: 2005 UD USA Baseball dual signature of Jonah Nickerson and Kevin Gunderson, both of whom played for Oregon State University, winners of the 2006 NCAA National Championship. Cool card.


But there was something else in the package that was equally as awesome: A Chris Olds custom card in the likes of 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter; his face emblazoned on an image of Nick Swisher. The card is “numbered” to 50 and like a business card as there is some basic information on the back: name, e-mail address and title with the company.  Laugh all you want — I some of you don’t like Chris — but you know somewhere on your computer you’ve got a custom A&G card too. ChrisOldsNow, which do you think is cooler: The above Olds card or this Jim Beckett, which Topps actually produced.