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Thrift Treasures XLV: 2012 San Francisco Tri-Star Show Haul 3/3

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

Well, I made it.  I managed to scan the remaining 200 cards that I bought at the Tri-Star show.  And if you thought Part One and Part Two of this special Thrift Treasures series were awesome, I’m telling you …






1990 Score Bo Jackson FB/BB

This is Part Three of Three

I’ve been going to this annual card show consistently for the last six years.  And it was not until three years ago that I learned that the real point of going to these shows was to swoop in on the bargains that are hiding in the dime boxes.

I used to go to the show to look at cards I could not afford, buy some packs and supplies and leave with a handful of cards that really didn’t satisfy my appetite.

But over the years I have learned that I can pretty much buy any card I really want at any time; and a lot of the packs at the show might have been touched by a dozen too many hands if you catch my drift.  So why waste my money and time to go look at stuff that is always accessible to me?  What’s not always available are super cheap cards.  Now when I go, I spend 90 percent of my time digging through bargain bins, 5 percent looking for bargain bins that don’t exist, and 5 percent looking at the autograph area where the athlete’s are hidden behind a blue curtain hoping to catch a glimpse of a legend.

OK, enough of that diatribe.

The following cards are ALL from the same dealer.  The sign on the table said 25 cents each, or 100 for $10.

Do the math and that’s a dime each if you find enough.

Trust me, I found enough.

In the end, these all came out to 10 cents each.  I found 200 cards that had to come home with me.  There were probably another 100 I could have settled on owning, but this was the FIRST table I stopped at.  I spent 90 minutes here and I wanted to see what other treasures I could unearth.

Let’s kick things off in grand fashion.

1992-1993 Upper Deck Team MVP Michael Jordan

Meet Michael.  He’s kind of a big deal in the hobby.  Even his most basic card should not be in a dime box.  And now consider that this is an insert … and he’s holding the NBA’s biggest prize.  He’s no stranger to the trophy, and he’ll be no stranger in this post.  This card alone holds a Book Value of $25.

1959 Topps San Francisco 49ers Checklist

I was in San Francisco, right? Why was this card still sitting in this box?

vintage Fleer baseball A's sticker

I love these vintage stickers.  I still have all of the stickers from the Fleer packs I opened in the late 1980s and early 1990s.  Maybe I’ll met my kids play with them when they are older.

Let’s stick with vintage for a few …

1974 Wonder Bread Paul Warfield

1974 Wonder Bread Larry Csonka

1971 Topps Game Inserts Frank Tarkenton

1970 Kellogg's (Blank Bank) Bill Nelsen

1978-1979 Topps Stan Mikita

1981 Kellogg's George Hendrick

1974 Topps Ron Santo

1974 Topps Larry Bowa

1974 Topps Eddie Mathews

1968 Topps Tony Perez

1970 Topps Tony Perez

1974 Topps Tony Perez

1970 Topps Joe Morgan

1972 Topps Joe Morgan

Some random old school Garbage Pail Kids stickers.  I still can’t believe my mom was buying these for my sister and I when we were 5. Crazy.

Here’s that Michael Jordan guy again …

2 1992-1993 Upper Deck McDonald's Michael Jordan Holograms

I remember when Upper Deck and McDonald’s collaborated for this set.  I never had the fortune of pulling one of these holograms, although I did wind up with a dozen Tom Gugliotta and Alonzo Mourning rookies. ugh …  Guess I got the last laugh though.

Who likes wrestling legends?  These two might look familiar from earlier in this series.

1987 WWF Topps Bartolo Colon Andre The Giant

1987 WWF Topps Hulk Hogan IA

And baseball legends?

1993 Topps Archives 1953 Series Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle

1991 Foot Locker Bo Jackson

6 1994 Action Packed Roberto Clemente cards

Some randomness …

1990 Leaf John Smoltz

1994 Mother's Cookies Rookies of the Year -- Tim Salmon / Mike Piazza

1994 Mother's Cookies Rookie of the Year -- Tim Salmon/Mike Piazza -- still in wrapper

1996 SPX Bound for Glory Mike Piazza

Hey, look, it’s Michael Jordan again …

1989 Hoops Michael Jordan and David Robinson IA

And some more randomness …

1997 Circa Super Boss Bernie Williams

1998 Donruss Diamond Kings Bernie Williams /10,000

1998 Topps Mystery Finest Borderless Greg Maddux

1998 Topps Etch-A-Sketch Greg Maddux

1990 Action Packed Barry Sanders

1995 Leaf Limited Gold Don Mattingly

1991 Upper Deck Holograms Emmitt Smith

1997 Upper Deck Power Package Barry Bonds

1996 Leaf Limited Steel Gold Hideo Nomo -- w/ Protective Coating

Look, it’s Mike again…

1992-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW1

1991-1992 Upper Deck Holograms Michael Jordan #AW4

You know you love holograms!

1991 Upper Deck Holograms Hank Aaron

1989 Score Joe Montana

And now some mini player collections …

1989 Score Jerry Rice

6 1987 Topps Jerry Rice

1996 Summit Turf Team Jerry Rice /4000

The Iron Man …

1984 Topps Cal Ripken Jr.

1986 Fleer All-Stars Cal Ripken Jr.

1992 Fleer Team Leaders Cal Ripken Jr.

1992 Ultra Award Winners Cal Ripken Jr.

The Big Hurt …

1992 Donruss Diamond Kings Inserts Frank Thomas

1997 Topps All Stars Frank Thomas

1998 Metal Universal Language Frank Thomas

1993 Upper Deck Clutch Performers Frank Thomas

1998 Metal Universe Diamond Heroes Frank Thomas

1997 Topps Interleague Finest Frank Thomas / Sammy Sosa

1991 Stadium Club Frank Thomas

The Kid …

1987 Moeller High School Unauthorized and 1988 Spirit Ken Griffey Jr.

3 1991 Fleer All-Stars Ken Griffey Jr

The Ryan Express …

6 1989 Upper Deck Nolan Ryan triple exposure

6 1989 Upper Deck High Series Nolan Ryan w/ Football

I know I am not the only one who remembers how hot these Nolan Ryan cards were.  Especially that high series card where he’s throwing a football.  You know you still love it.

And of course Jordan again …

Quick short story.

As I was digging through these boxes, the seller was sitting behind the table somewhat frantically shuffling through some stacks of cards.  I was doing the same, pulling out dozens of stuff as you can see.  Then I come across a little black box …

Just as I add it to my stack, the seller slumps his shoulders and is clearly dejected.  He mutters the following:

“Oh, you found it.”

He immediately stops shuffling and stands up.  From that moment on, he is watching me like a hawk as I am pulling out dozens more cards.

He didn’t say much else, and I was not about to offer to allow him to keep the cards.  That’s a bad precedent to start … and it’d be bad etiquette for him to ask me to give it back to him.  If we started down that road, there is no telling what else he might ask me to give back to him.

Here’s what was in the box … the 1991 Nike promotional set featuring Michael Jordan and Spike Lee.

Classic stuff.

Not bad eh?

Well …


While I would have been pleased to purchase everything shown above for a dime each, I would not have gone out of my way to pimp my finds on Twitter.  You know I had to uncover some rookie cards.

8 1988 Topps Traded Tino Martinez rookie cards

Another 1981 Topps Dan Hampton rookie card

1981 Topps Dwight Clark rookie card

1990 Action Packed Junior Seau Rookie Card

3 1984 Topps Roger Craig rookie cards

1980-1981 Topps Mike Ramsey rookie cards

1978-1979 Topps Doug Wilson rookie card

1974 Topps Bucky Dent rookie card

1974 Topps Gorman Thomas rookie card

1979 Topps Carney Lansford rookie card

1985 Topps Orel Hershiser rookie card

1981 Topps Kirk Gibson rookie card

5 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson rookie cards

1990 Bowman Frank Thomas rookie card

4 1990 Score Frank Thomas rookie cards

1989 Donruss Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card

2 1991 Topps Chipper Jones rookie cards

These Topps Chipper Jones rookies are some of my favorite cards of his.

But I like the 1991 Upper Deck rookie better.

I found a few of those …

BUT …  There weren’t just two of them …

… or four of them …

… or six of them.

Try 32!

32 1991 Upper Deck Chipper Jones rookie cards

Don’t ask me who needs 32 of these.  There is no way I pass on these when they cost a dime each.

Who wants to see more rookies?

That Barry Sanders guy was pretty good …

6 1989 Pro Set Barry Sanders rookie cards

Say what you want about Barry Bonds, but he is the Home Run King. Think I found any of his rookies?

Maybe one …

Maybe two …

Maybe three …


How about 15!

15 1987 Topps Barry Bonds rookie cards

OK … now we’re hitting the home stretch.

I promise.

1977-1978 Topps Darryl Dawkins rookie card

4 1993 Bowman Andy Pettitte rookie cards

1971 Topps Dave Concepcion rookie card

Now the final three …

1993 Topps Derek Jeter rookie card

2 1977 Topps Bruce Sutter rookie cards

And lastly …

Is that a …

What the puck!?


It may not be pretty, but that IS a 1980-1981 Topps Ray Bourque rookie card.

Did I mention these were all a dime each?

Total cost of these Treasures: $20

Simply put this was the greatest card show haul I’ve ever had. And I thank you for taking the time to view this post, as well as the other two parts of this series.  If you care to revisit them, or view them for the first time, click the links below.

Part One // Part Two // Part Three

So this is what happens when there are no logos … (Goodwin Champions)

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

On a whim I decided to purchase a blaster of 2011 UD Goodwin Champions. Yeah, I probably should have stayed away.  But I’ll admit that the image of Michael Jordan Peering at me on the side of the box and his signature scrawled in the area below his face made things intriguing.  Plus, I like that I got 12 packs in the box.

I digress.  I’d done ZERO research before  buying the box, so everything I saw in my packs was brand new to me.  Which may be why I was so stunned … and really amused … by the images I saw on my cards.

I mean I know Upper Deck really does’t have permission to print many logos on their cards, but some of these are really mindboggling.

Take a look at this Carlton Fisk.

The back of this card discusses how one of the lasting images of Fisk’s career is of him coaxing the ball fair in1975.  There’s also some chatter of him having his jersey number retired.  So how does UD honor this guy?  By depicting him as a lumberjack.  Wtf?

And Troy Aikman … Hall of Fame quarterback … blah blah blah.  All-American athlete … blah blah blah.  No mention of him leaving the world of football to be the head coach of some country’s national soccer team, which is how he is depicted here.

But perhaps my favorite … Mike Schmidt.

What says “one of the third basemen of all time” like depicting him as the director of some 1970s pornography film?   This image looks like it is straight out of Boogie Nights.

So, is this what happens when a company cannot produce cards of a player in their uniform?  Are companies just going to give us card images of players doing things that we are not used to seeing them doing?

I thumbed through the 48 cards I received in my box and noticed that there is really only ONE logo that appears on any of these cards…

Interesting, no?

An Iconic addition to the ‘Icons’ collection

Posted in Newspaperman with tags , , , , , , on June 8, 2011 by Cardboard Icons

The Jumpman logo is unmistakable.  The silhouette of a man flying through the air, legs spread apart, and a ball attached to his hand. The logo has been seen on shoes for two and a half decades, and nowadays  you can find the logo on just about anything associated with Michael Jordan.

Jordan’s likeness is one that has deep roots in our society.  Whether you’re a card collector or a shoe collector, or merely a sports fan, the logo means a lot. In many ways, it transcends sport and holds a special place in pop culture and even business.

Nike began using the logo in 1985 to help promote the Jordan brand of shoes.  And while promoting the line of shoes, they also used the pose on Jordan’s 1985 Nike promotion post card.

The set featured five cards of players/athletes from differed sports.  Lance Parish and Dwight Gooden were highlighted for baseball, John McEnroe for tennis, and James Lofton for football.  But they all pale in comparison to basketball’s representative — Michael Jordan.

The Jordan Nike card represents a cool and affordable rookie-year collectible for the sport’s greatest player, and perhaps one of the most successful people of the last half decade.

But like his 1986-1987 Fleer rookie, the Nike card is highly counterfeited, which I suspect is part of the reason why the card’s value is relatively low.  The Nike Jordan books at $50 while the Fleer rookie books at $800.  Raw copies of both are erratic in pricing because the real cards are outnumbered by the fakes.  But when the cards are authenticated they carry a nice premium regardless of condition.

I purchased my Nike Jordan as part of a five-card set for less than the price of two retail packs of any recent  product.  Card must be fake then, right?  Not necessarily.  The auction title was ridiculously horrible — no mention of Jordan in the title.  I was a bit skeptical, but with my buy-in price I was willing to take the gamble. And when the cards arrived in hand and I was able to examine them all, I think I’ve got the real thing.

Brett Favre Used to be a Bad-Ass

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1991UDBrettFavreChecklist2Before Brett Favre became Brett Favre he was a weight room bad-ass, the leader of a crew of New Kids on the Block in Atlanta who was supposed to bring the Falcons back from the dead. OK, maybe I’m reading a bit too much into this image.

I don’t deal at all in football cards these days, but every once in a while I find a straggler while sorting my baseball cards. The one I found today: this 1991 Upper Deck Rookie Checklist featuring Bad-Ass Brett Favre and his Posse — Moe Gardner, Erric Pegram, Bruce Pickens and Mike Pritchard.

There’s not much to say about the card, it’s pretty much worthless, even if it is a Rookie-year issue of Brett Favre. I just love the fact that before all of these Wrangler Jeans commercials and non-retirement retirement press conferences there once was a guy from the south who wore his hat backward and sported Nike flat-footed Astroturf cleats. Word.